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Course name
12 Inventions That Revolutionized the World
Recorded course taught by Phillip Campbell High School World History

The OPTIONAL Instructor Access Grading Service is available for this course!

Join this dynamic world history course to examine history in a unique way. You will study different eras through the lens of major inventions that changed mankind and history forever.
How to Get the Most Out of This Course

  • Take notes on all the main points and important people.

  • Review the recordings before taking quizzes.

  • Give yourself enough time to do the readings slowly and without rushing yourself (they are not very long).

  • And most of all, have fun!

Total classes: 12

Prerequisite: None

Suggested high school credit: 1 full semester

Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th

Instructor: Phillip Campbell

Course description: This class will look at the development of twelve of the world's most revolutionary inventions, focusing not only on their mechanical development but on how they changed culture and altered the way man views his place in the cosmos. Man's capacity to invent is a result of his being made in the image of God, the original Creator. This class explores the creative capacity of mankind and how man has shaped and reshaped his own self-understanding through his inventions, beginning with the alphabet and going all the way up to the Internet.

Course outline: 

Week One: The Origins of the Alphabet

Week Two: Cartography (Mapmaking)

Week Three: Time-Keeping

Week Four: Firearms

Week Five: The Printing Press

Week Six: The Telescope

Week Seven: Money

Week Eight: Antibiotics

Week Nine: Photography

Week Ten: Automobiles

Week Eleven: Electricity

Week Twelve: The Internet

Course materials: Online sources will be provided as needed by the instructor. No textbook is required.

Homework: Homework will consist of a semester-long research project/paper with different components due at various intervals throughout the semester, as well as weekly readings provided by the instructor, and weekly quizzes which are graded automatically inside Caravel.

Course name
12 Inventions That Revolutionized the World
Phillip Campbell
History ➤ World History
Grade level
High School
Course type
Recorded, free with subscription
Start time
January 18th, 2012 at 12:00 AM ET
Relative due dates
Relative due dates are disabled for this course.

Phillip Campbell holds a BA in European History from Ave Maria University and a certificate in Secondary Education through Madonna University. He taught history and Scripture for the St. Augustine Homeschool Enrichment Program for ten years.

Mr. Campbell is the author of the popular ” Story of Civilization” series by TAN Books. He recently joined the Catholic History Textbook Project. Mr. Campbell’s writings have appeared in the  St. Austin Review and The Distributist Review.

He is also the star of the YouTube sensation History in a Minute. Mr. Campbell served as the Mayor of Howell, MI from 2011 to 2015 and has been involved in homeschooling for more than 15 years. 

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