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Fall 2012

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HIS104 - Western Tradition 1
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Examines the political, social, economic and intellectual development of Western society from antiquity to 1500 CE. Explores the ways that ancient, classical and medieval societies shaped the development of contemporary Western thought and institutions. Emphasizes developing and implementing the skills of the historian.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
At the conclusion of the course, based upon extended writing, examination questions and classroom activities, students will be able to:

1. Evaluate and explain the long term changes and continuities of the distinctive features of early Western civilization (pre 1500). *

2. Analyze institutional formation in early Western civilizations and evaluate its influence on political, economic and social organization and control in at least three distinct societies.

3. Define the basic elements of culture and discuss at least three examples of the impact of these cultural elements on Western society.

4. Identify and discuss the influence of global forces on the development of early Western civilization.*

5. Evaluate at least three of the major religions and philosophies of early Western civilizations and analyze their impact on political and cultural change.

6. Discuss in three distinct ways the role that geography played on the development of the Western Civilization.

7. Analyze at least three current issues in Western society in their historical context.

8. Evaluate history as an interpretive discipline with a diversity of viewpoints through the detection and appraisal for bias and point of view within at least three pieces of historical writing related to pre 1500 Western civilization.

9. Read, interpret, and then explain at least three different types of primary evidence in pre 1500 Western history in reference to historical perspective and content.

10. Formulate, organize and defend an historical argument appropriate to pre 1500 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 online full-text databases(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.

Content Outline:
I. Origins of Civilization
II. Near Eastern Civilizations - Egypt and Mesopotamia
III. Small Kingdoms and Mighty Empires in the Near East
IV. The Legacy of Greece
V. The Rise of Rome
VI. The Pax Pomana
VII. Islam and the Byzantine Empire
VIII. The Carolingian world: Europe in the Early Middle Ages
IX. Revival, Recovery and Reform
X. Life in Christian Europe in the high Middle Ages
XI. The Creativity and Vitality of the High Middle Ages
XII. The Crisis of the Later Middle Ages
XIII. European Society in the Age of the Renaissance
XIV. Reform and Renewal in the Christian Church
XV. The Age of Religious Wars and European Expansion.

Effective Term: Fall 2009