Global History Series


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This year's global history series has ended. Please explore the lessons below and stay tuned for next year's planniing around the theme of "Global Conflict."

2014-2015 Theme: Movement of Ideas

2015-2016 Theme: Movement of People

2016-2017 Theme: Power and Authority

2017-2018 Theme: Global Conflict

UCBHSSP and the International and Area National Resource Centers at UC Berkeley are partnering on a multi-year workshop series to help educators prepare students to understand cross-regional and thematic elements in global history. Each workshop features a scholar talk, the presentation of a teacher–designed model lesson, and collaborative planning time.  A light breakfast and boxed lunch are provided to all participants. This programming is made possible through a federal Title VI grant to the area studies centers at UC Berkeley.

We encourage educators to download the model lessons from the previously held sessions. Each lesson is provided as a .docx to enable changes based on student requirements.  Teacher keys are included with each strategy and/or section.  

Power & Authority 2016-2017



100 Years Later: The Russian Revolution The lesson uses the Russian Revolution as a point of entry for introducing students to the idea of historiography, that history is interpreted and those interpretations vary over time

Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies

Historiography of the Russian Revolution

Understadning Genocide: The Khmer Rouge The lesson will establish a conceptual understanding of genocide, provide an exploration of the Khmer Rouge, and explore oral histories as a form of historical evidence.

Center for Southeast Asia Studies

The Khmer Rouge

Women & War: Reflections in the Liberation of Kenya The lesson will explore the response of women, in particular, to European colonial rule in Africa.

Institute of European Studies

The Igbo Women's War


Movement of People 2015-2016



War & Displacement explored the movement of Syrian refugees to Europe. A teacher-modeled lesson then explored the impact of war on Jewish children during World War II. 

Center for Middle Eastern Studies

War & Displacement

Transport of Labor analyzed the movement of workers from South Asia to the Middle East. A teacher-modeled lesson used advertisements to explore the role of indentured servants in the American colonial economy

Instittue for South Asia Studies

Transport of Labor

Environmental Change & Relocation examined how farmers and herders in northwest China are creating strategies for survival amidst government relocation policies. A model lesson, studied the perspectives of people who migrated to California during the Great Depression

Institute of East Asian Studies

Settling into a New Home

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Movement of Ideas 2014-2015



Governing Empires  compared governance in the Han and Roman Empires. A video of the lesson presentation is available through the website of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

Institute of European Studies and the Institute of East Asian Studies

Governing Empires Lesson

Revolutionary Ideas  inquired into the theories and practices of communism in Vietnam and their relationship to the Soviet Union; a model lesson on the rise of communism in Eastern Europe was also presented.

Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies and the Institute for Southeast Asian Studies

Revolutionary Ideas Lesson

Religion Unbound explored the growth and development of Muslim communities in South Asia over a span of 1400 years; a model lesson, which explores the British colonial project in South Asia as a turning point in the formation of Muslim identity, was also shared.

Center for Middle Eastern Studies and Institute for South Asia Studies

Religion Unbound Lesson