The World History Teaching Center supports the teaching of world history at UCSC at all instructional levels (lower division, upper division and graduate). It supports quarterly weekend World History Teaching Forums.
The World History Teaching Forums are open to UCSC History faculty and advanced graduate students with a commitment to teaching world history. They offer training in teaching world history at the college level. Eligible graduate students must have taken at least one quarter of the graduate world history seminar (History 221A and 221B).
In 2006-2007, UCSC world history graduate students are working to complete the "Globalizing U.S. history project" which was presented to the WHA World History Association conference in June 2006.
The “Globalizing U.S. History” will include the undergraduate syllabi for each of the two parts of the U.S. history lower division survey, and will list lecture titles and assigned readings for each week.
An instructor’s syllabus is included for each segment of the survey, in an effort to encourage others to adopt this approach,. It outlines the main points in each lecture and provides a concise bibliography of essential readings. Both sets of syllabi will be posted on the CWH website in April, 2007 [See World History Teacher Resources], together with the presentations that outlined the Globalizing U.S. history project at the WHA World History Association conference in June 2006.
The chief activity of the year focused upon finalizing the syllabi and preparing a joint presentation of the “Globalizing U.S. history project” to the World History Association conference at C.S.U. Long Beach in June 2006. More than a dozen graduate students of world history collaborated over an eighteen-month period in the project.
Students involved in the “Globalizing U.S. history project” included (in addition to those named above) Michael Jin, Kevin McDonald, Michael Murphy, David Palter, Chrislaine Pamphile, Maia Ramnath, Martin Renner, Sabrina Sanchez, Peter Valceschini and Nat Zappia.
Under the direction of Edmund Burke III, Director of the Center for World History, the project seeks to provide a new lower division curriculum for United States history that reflects cutting edge research regarding the impact of the world on US history, as well as the impact of the US on the world. It aligns for the first time major dates in U.S. history with world historical processes, among them the eighteenth century Atlantic revolutions, the development of the U.S. national state, the struggle over the abolition of slavery and for women’s suffrage as well as global patterns of migration.
Four UCSC graduate students in world history (Sarah Doub, Urmi Engineer, Eliza Martin and Anders Otterness) presented the outline of the new model curriculum for U.S. history at the June 2006 meeting of the World History Association in Long Beach.
In Winter 2006 Thomas Bender (N.Y.U) led a workshop on globalizing the U.S. history survey course.
In Fall 2005 Charles Bright and Michael Geyer met with World History graduate students to discuss “Teaching the history of the Twentieth Century.”
The Fall 2004 Prof. Kenneth Pomeranz (History/ UC Irvine), conducted a discussion on the UC Irvine approach to the teaching of world history.
In Winter 2005 Prof. Charles Bright (History/Michigan) challenged the group to imagine developing a new US history lower division curriculum compatible with the latest research in world history. In the discussion that followed the group decided to undertake the project of globalizing the U.S. survey course.
In Spring 2005 Prof. Ray Kea (History, UCR) gave a presentation on new developments in African history and world history.
In Fall 2003 Prof. Ross E. Dunn (History/ San Diego State University) addressed the WH teaching workshop on the topic: “Teaching world history at the lower division level.”
In Winter 2004, Prof. David Christian (History/ San Diego State University) discussed “Big History: An Approach to the lower division World History survey.”
In Spring 2004, Prof. Burke led the group in a discussion of the UCSC world history graduate and undergraduate curricula.