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Patrick Manning has taught undergraduate, graduate and doctoral courses at numerous institutions. In recent years he has developed the four major curricula displayed here. Each curriculum encourages global and interdisciplinary study in new ways.

World History

This set of three World History syllabi is a framework, presenting topics, logic, questions, and analysis:

  • Course 1: “Institutions: Social Change through Institutional Evolution,” from 70,000 years ago to today
  • Course 2: “The Human System, Its Scales and Dynamics,” from 800 CE to today
  • Course 3: “Debate and Ideology: Growth and Debate for Public and Private Institutions,” from 1800 CE to today

The curriculum has few readings and does not yet have activities or assessments. Educators interested in developing this for classroom use should contact Patrick Manning.

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African Diaspora

This comprehensive curriculum for a college-level course is designed to be taken by high school students. It was prepared for the African Diaspora Consortium, a nonprofit organization that entered into collaboration with the College Board. The course reviews the history and culture of the peoples of Africa and the African Diaspora over the past five centuries.

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Interdisciplinary Methods

This is a graduate-level course designed to help students go beyond the experience of their primary discipline and develop research skills and knowledge more generally. Students choose disciplines that they wish to explore, assign readings, give class presentations, and lead fellow students in exercises within each discipline. At the end of the term, students give final presentations focused on methods and applications of their chosen discipline.

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Migration in Modern World History (CD-ROM)

CD Rom cover: Migration in modern history 1500–2000This instructional CD-ROM, published in 2000 with funding from the Annenberg-CPB Project, allows users to explore and interpret migration as a window into world history. There are 13 thematic units (each with 30 documents in various media), a narrative of 2000 words, and analytical exercises with five modes of analysis on three levels. Users may write essays using the resources from this curriculum. The CD-ROM is limited to Mac and Windows operating systems of 2005 and earlier.