Catalog 2016-2017 
    Mar 21, 2018  
Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

HIST& 126 World Civilizations I

5 credits
This course is an introduction to early world history with a global perspective, spanning the time period from human prehistory through the origins of civilization, the rise of the classical world, the birth of Islam, and the events of the Middle Ages. The course emphasizes cultural themes, including the technology, economic systems, agricultural practices, arts, governments, and religions of the period’s major civilizations.

Prerequisites: ENGL 099 .

Quarters Offered: Winter, Summer

Student Outcomes/Competencies:
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Use primary source materials from the period’s civilizations to increase knowledge of events and individuals
  • Compare and contrast various civilizations based on analysis of their methods of development and on cultural aspects including art, government, agriculture, and religion
  • Describe various systems of government and analyze how these systems work to increase or lessen inequality.
  • Synthesize multiple viewpoints in order to develop comprehensive descriptions of the civilizations being examined
  • Describe the importance of technology as a contributing factor in social and economic change
  • Compare and contrast the origins of the major world religions and their effects on early world societies
  • Outline the origins and development of early Bronze Age
  • Describe the societal changes that occurred with the transition from the Bronze to the Iron Age
  • Create timelines indicating the historical development of the classical civilizations
  • Describe the development of post-classical civilizations, outline the role these civilizations played in the early Middle Ages, and explain how these civilizations interacted with one another
  • Apply one’s analysis of world cultures to assist in recognizing and deepening one’s own global perspective