Pre-AP World History by Mr. Cohen

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Schedule TBD
Total of 16 sessions
More students, less cost, and hope we can get 5+ students together.

2- 4 Students: $960 per program / RMB 6898

5-8 students: $640 per program / RMB 4638

MR. P. COHEN – BIOGRAPHY

Mr. Cohen has been a teacher of Social Studies and English as a Second Language for over 30 years from New York City to Mexico, Spain, China and Canada. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy from the State University of New York at Binghamton, a Master of Arts in Political Science from Rutgers University and a Master of Arts in English as a Second Language from New York University. He is certified to teach Social Studies in the City of New York, the State of New York and the State of New Jersey.

Mr. Cohen is an advocate of a differentiated approach to teaching, respecting that each student organizes thoughts and experiences in distinct ways. The goal is to encourage achievement based on a learner’s strengths, though one must be aware of a student’s weaknesses and encourage the development of compensatory skills.

Mr. Cohen’s professional interests focus on methods for teaching English as a Second Language in the content areas such as using the study of original documents and literature to teach History. Peter has participated in teacher exchanges on two occasions in China. He lives in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.

Students can work with the teacher to get any part of history tutored or use a program below to get educated.

This is one offered program to a specific student based on the student’s needs.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: ESSENTIAL THEMES IN WORLD HISTORY (16 SESSIONS)

Essential Themes in World History focuses on developing a foundational understanding of world history on a broad scale. This course will help students develop critical thinking skills to better interpret both historical events and the modern lived experience. These critical thinking skills will be encouraged and developed through an understanding of the role of primary and secondary sources, historical comparisons, chronological reasoning, and logical argumentation. Content delivery will incorporate discussions about global situational awareness, poverty and wealth, war and conflict, and migration.

While dates are important, the ability to understand cause and effect through a critical lens is the end goal. There will be projects, assignments and quizzes to assess knowledge and understanding.

THEMES (8 themes x 2 per week = 16 sessions)

Theme 1: Patterns of Population

This theme comes first because the number of men and women in the world, the distribution of populations around the globe, and the migration patterns of people from one region to another have always had a large effect on all other types of change.

Theme 2: Economic Networks and Exchange

This Key Theme is concerned with the role of networks of economic exchange in history. It has to do with the ways in which people have exchanged ideas and goods, sometimes over great distances, and how networks have provided the basic framework on which the present-day world economy has been built.

Theme 3: Uses and Abuses of Power

Why don’t we live in a world where all human beings are equally powerful, individuals cannot control the actions of one another, and no nation can dominate any other? Differences in power are present at many different levels of human society: between individuals, between states, between social classes. Indeed, power is all around us.

Theme 4: Haves and Have-Nots

In the paleolithic era, which accounts for most of human history, few differences of wealth, power, or social status separated individuals from one another. Hunter-gatherer communities lived mobile lives, moving from camp to camp and carrying all their possessions with them. Individuals or families might possess lightweight objects, such as ornaments or weapons, but they did not accumulate large amounts of material goods because they simply could not lug them around. How do we account for the enormous inequities in the world at present?

Theme 5: Expressing Identity

Who am I? What group do I belong to? Who are my friends? Who are my enemies? What is my identity?

The sense of identity is not unique to humans. All animals protect themselves. To do so, they have to be able to distinguish between members of their own species and “outsiders.” They know, in some sense, to what group they belong and who their enemies are. So our need for identity probably has deep roots in our biology. In the animal world, identity can be a matter of life and death. An antelope that cannot distinguish between hungry lions and other antelopes will not last long. Much the same is true in the human world. Among your own family and friends, you will generally find protection. Among aliens, you will often find indifference, sometimes even hostility. Thus the importance of identity.

Theme 6: Science, Technology, and the Environment

The study of science, technology and the environment has to do with the changing ways in which humans have used the knowledge they share through collective learning to exploit their physical and natural surroundings. As humans have discovered more and more ways of extracting energy and using animals, plants, and minerals for their own purposes, they have begun to change the biosphere at an increasing pace. Though our technological and scientific creativity has allowed our species to multiply, it has also transformed the living conditions for all species on earth.

Theme 7: Spiritual Life and Moral Codes

Are morality and spirituality unique to human beings? How has human spirituality changed in the course of history? How have changing ideas of morality and spirituality shaped history? The word spirituality refers to human awareness of a transcendental state of being, one that is beyond the material world of everyday life. It may mean belief in a supreme creator, in an afterlife, or in the existence of mysterious spirits and magical forces. Our sense of spirituality shapes how we think of the world and our place in it. It also shapes our sense of morality, that is, the way in which we recognize differences between right and wrong. Spirituality has been a powerful force in human history.

Theme 8: Where are we going?

Changes brought on by the exponential growth of human population (we are now at nearly eight billion and counting) and the worldwide scale of resource consumption, raise the question of where humanity is going. Ecological markers indicate that human civilization has now surpassed (since the 1980s) nature’s capacity for regeneration. We are now using more than 125 percent of nature’s yearly output. The survival of humanity and its cultural heritage is at stake. If we do not make a change in the path we are on then the collapse of human civilization awaits. What changes are necessary?

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