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World History: Modern

Master Teacher: Douglas Favelo, PhD
Duration: Yearlong course offered in fall/spring (32 weeks).
Suggested High School Credit Value: 1 credit.
Suggested Grade Level: 10th grade level and up.
Tuition: $746 for HSLDA Members / $829 for non-members

Description: AP® World History: Modern is organized under four historical periods. Roughly contemporaneous events are grouped together into periods for easier study, a process historians call periodization. Students explore the development and interactions of diverse human cultures, economies, and social structures, all from a Christian worldview. As students examine the history of the modern era, they refine their analytical abilities and critical thinking skills in order to understand historical and geographical context and make comparisons across cultures. Students also learn to use documents and other primary sources, and how to recognize different interpretations and historical frameworks.

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Live Online Class Session Schedule

Dates: August 19, 2024 - May 2, 2025

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time


Section 1: Mondays, 6:30–8:00 p.m. Eastern

Mr. Brian Trimmer

Additional class times may be added to the schedule later in the registration period. Please note: all class times are subject to the availability of each individual instructor. See this page for more information. If you have questions, please call 540-338-8290 or email academy@hslda.org.

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  • Students will learn

    • How to understand important facts, concepts, and theories pertaining to world history 
    • How to analyze and interpret basic data relevant to world history 
    • How to understand the interaction between the environment and the development of human societies, cultures, and civilizations 
    • How to analyze the similarities and differences between peoples and cultures of the modern world 
    • How to trace the development of world civilizations, nations, and empires 
    • How to biblically understand the impact of the major world religions on the modern era 
    • How to understand the importance of trade networks, empires, exploration, industrialization, revolution, and globalization during the progression of the modern era 
  • How much homework is in World History: Modern?

    We estimate that the course workload will take 10+ hours per week. During a typical week in this course, students will complete the following coursework:

    • 60–90 minutes of live class instruction
    • Lecture video (~ 30 minutes)
    • 1 chapter textbook reading
    • Primary source reading
    • Discussion forum post and reply

    Students complete four exams and an AP exam practice essay every 5-6 weeks. 

  • What books will I use in World History: Modern?

    The AP® World History: Modern Booklist is now available. In the official booklist, you will find information about the editions, book descriptions, and ISBN numbers.

    You can order course materials for competitive prices through the Christianbook.com bookstore. Use the Textbook Finder to locate the required resources for your courses. Please note that while most books are available through Christianbook.com, some titles are not carried and will need to be purchased elsewhere.

  • Prerequisites

    This is a rigorous, college-level course. Students should have strong reading and writing skills and be prepared for substantial studying and reading requirements. We recommend that students complete at least one high school history course at an advanced or honors level before enrolling. Please visit the College Board’s website for more information about the material and skills students will study in the course and will need to master for the AP exam. 

  • What is a Live Online Class Session in World History: Modern?

    In every HSLDA Academy course, students meet weekly with their instructor and classmates in an online classroom for additional teaching, discussion, Q&A, or group activities. The class sessions are interactive and are conducted using a web meeting software with video, audio, chat, and application sharing capabilities.

    Scheduled, real-time sessions in the online classroom are not the only form of instruction available in a HSLDA Online Academy course, but are offered in addition to lectures or other instructional materials that students are able to access online at their convenience.

    When they register, students will need to select a particular class section and live class meeting time. Additional class sections may be added to the schedule at a later point in the course registration period. Registered students will be notified of any changes to the live session schedule.

  • What if I have a schedule conflict with listed World History: Modern class times?

    All live class sessions are recorded for later viewing. While it is recommended that students attend each live class session, students can make arrangements with their instructors to watch the recordings and receive full participation credit.

    Students should contact their instructor at the start of their course to inform the instructor of any foreseen schedule conflicts.