You don’t, and shouldn’t have to be studying History to have a more than basic idea of the History of the World.
Here are 22 courses available free from sites like Coursera that have been ranked by SliderRule.com as the best courses to learn World History.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF HUMANKIND – The course surveys the entire length of human history, from the evolution of various human species in the Stone Age up to the political and technological revolutions of the twenty-first century.
A HISTORY OF THE WORLD SINCE 1300 – This course explores the history of the modern world since Chinggis Khan. It focuses on the connections between societies from the time of the Mongol conquests and the gradual, but accelerating ways in which connections became ties of inter-dependence. The relations between societies are what will concern us.
THE WORLD SINCE 1492 – This world history course begins with the Age of Exploration, and covers the last 500 years of human history, after Columbus discovered America and the “new world”.
TOPICS IN CULTURE & GLOBALIZATION – This course explores how globalization impacts everyday life in the First and Third World; how globalization leads to a common cosmopolitan culture; the emergence of a global youth culture; and religious, social, and political movements that challenge globalization.