Course No. HI406X, HI506X
Why did the world become so unequal? Why have some societies developed more quickly than others? How come Europe conquered the Americas and not the other way around? Help your students understand these essential questions by learning the theories that Jared Diamond presented his Pulitzer-prize winning book, Guns, Germs and Steel. Professor Diamond dispels any ideas of racial inequality to claim that power has nothing to do with personal qualities, but with geographic advantages. He expertly weaves geography and history to provide a clear picture as to why some countries have developed more quickly, enabling them to take over other, less-developed nations. Using the PBS documentary based on the book and the accompanying website, you will gain a clear understanding of Diamond’s research and develop ways to apply his ideas in the classroom. Additionally, students taking the course for 500 level will explore ideas from his latest book Collapse, on what causes societies to collapse. This course is most appropriate to Grades 6-12 History or Geography teachers and World or Global Studies teachers.
There will be no additional fee for those with a Netflix subscription. Otherwise, fee will vary with choice of video purchase or alternate book.
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Known how to engage students in the larger dynamics and questions behind history
- Understand that the layout of the continents, including their latitude and longitude, influenced societal development
- Understand that every culture has intelligence and ingenuity; racial differences do not determine the development of societies
- Understand that world power and domination can be traced back thousands of years to agricultural development
- Know that domestication of animals proved to be an important influence on global inequality
- Understand that disease proliferation and epidemics are intricately connected with geography and societal development
Text, Guns, Germs and Steel, is approximately $9 from Amazon.com There will be no additional fee for those with a Netflix subscription. Otherwise, fee will vary with choice of video purchase or alternate book.
I really liked this course and found it to be relevant to my current teaching situation. The content was very interesting and the assignments were useful and challenged me.
11th Grade Teacher
Guns, Germs and Steel requires an entire shift in mindset - and it is fantastic! I appreciated the opportunity to grow, both as a person and as an educator. The professor, Wendi Fein, encouraged me to be creative and to stretch myself beyond my comfort zone. She mentored me throughout, and was prompt with her feedback. Overall, it was a terrific experience!
10th Grade Teacher
Guns, Germs and Steel was an excellent course! The material and content is fascinating and so relevant to today's social justice issues. The curriculum is so practical, I was able to transfer what I learned into my own class curriculum immediately. THANK YOU!