In the name of their ideologies, people and nations have changed the world, imposed their views and beliefs on other people, overthrown governments, and subjugated populations. At other times, ideologies have encouraged others to fight for freedom and a better life for the marginalized. This class will look at some of the major ideas that shaped the world and the role people played in advancing their own beliefs. Using a thematic approach, students will learn about systems of beliefs, quests for power, empires, revolutions, and global challenges that the world faces today. The objectives of the course are to engage students in critical thinking on political, economic, and socio-cultural changes, to provide diverse perspectives on history, and to bring awareness of interdependence and shared humanity.