It so happened that in and around 1948 several significant events took place that have shaped the world we live in since 1945. “1948: A Global History” explores how these events have made the world as we know it today. They include the UN genocide and human rights conventions, the Cold War, the beginning of Apartheid in South Africa, the partitions of India/Pakistan and Palestine/Israel, and several events that made the world one, or “global,” as we call it today, such as the foundation of the World Health Organization and of UNESCO. The class starts in 1948 and ends in the present, tracing the meaning and developments of these events since 1948. The course is open to undergraduate (with instruction permission) and graduate students.