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HIS101 - World Civilizations 1
Catalog Description: Examines the social, political, economic, environmental, religious and intellectual influences on the rise and fall of world civilizations prior to 1500 CE. Presents history from a global perspective, with an emphasis on the beliefs and contributions shaping the whole of the human community. Emphasizes developing and implementing the skills of the historian.
Lecture: 3 hrs.
Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
At the conclusion of the semester, based upon oral or written presentations, examination questions or classroom activities, students will be able to:
1. Trace the path of human history from the earliest river valley civilizations to the emergence of socially organized urban centers.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of the primary characteristics of the city state as they unfolded in the Middle East, East Asia, the Indian subcontinent and the Mediterranean littoral.
3. Analyze the fundamental tenets of ethical religions and philosophies in the Bronze and Iron Age empires of China, India, Israel, Greece, and Rome.
4. Compare and contrast three aspects of the Aztec, Mayan and Incan civilizations.
5. Assess and describe patterns of social, economic and political organization that prevailed among the peoples of Africa from 500 to 1500.
6. Trace and evaluate the role of ideology, technology, and geography on the development of Eurasian societies between 500 and 1500 (Western Europe, Byzantium, Russia)
7. Analyze the social, economic and political impact of the Silk Road, the Indian Ocean maritime system, the trans-Saharan caravan routes, and the Mongol invasion on the eastern hemisphere.
8. Discuss four profound characteristics of the contact and interaction of the eastern and western hemispheres from 1492 to 1550.
9. Read, interpret, and then explain at least three different types of primary evidence in World history with reference to historical perspective and context (critical thinking).
10. Evaluate history as an interpretive discipline with a diversity of viewpoints through the analysis of bias and point of view within at least three pieces of historical writing (critical thinking).
11. Formulate, organize and defend an historical argument regarding a distinctive feature of a pre-1550, non-western civilization in a written or oral presentation (University of Chicago style guide format) based upon library research involving a minimum of three scholarly references utilizing a minimum of one online full-text source (critical thinking and information management).*
* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the College's Comprehensive Assessment Plan. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data (see Assessing Student Learning Outcomes form) and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Assessment and Special Projects.
I. Human Origins and the Agricultural Revolution
II. The River-Valley Civilizations
III. The Emergence of Iron Age Empires
IV. The Age of Greece
V. The Roman Republic and Empire
VI. World Religions
VII. India and Southeast Asia
VIII. Byzantium and Russia
IX. Europe: Decline and Revival
X. The Mongol Empire
XI. The Growth of Asian Civilizations
XII. Africa before the Europeans
XIII. Pre-Columbian America
XIV. Western Europe and the Wider World
Effective Term: Fall 2009