HIST111 History of Western Civilization I

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: History

I. Course Number and Title
HIST111 History of Western Civilization I
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information

This course meets the General Education requirement for Arts/Humanities.
This course meets the General Education requirement for Diversity.
This course meets the General Education requirement for Critical Thinking.

VI. Catalog Course Description
This course is a survey and critical examination of Western human history and explores the social, political, religious, intellectual, and artistic achievements from the earliest human civilizations to the Age of Reason.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. demonstrate an understanding of the history and cultural heritage of Western Civilization, stretching from the earliest human civilizations to the Age of Reason [Arts/Humanities];
    2. critically analyze and evaluate competing points of view and voices in ancient and medieval Western history [Critical Thinking];
    3. demonstrate an understanding of the social and political systems, economies, and cultures of Western Civilization's diverse societies stretching from the earliest human civilizations to the Age of Reason [Diversity];
    4. describe the rise of the major monotheistic religions present in Western Civilization, such as Judaism, Christianity, and Islam;
    5. identify defining features of the major ancient cultures of ancient Western Civilization, such as Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome;
    6. identify the social, economic and cultural factors involved in the rise of Medieval European civilization; and
    7. identify the causes for the rise of the Renaissance in Medieval Europe.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. Prehistory and Early Human origins c.25,000 - 10,000 BCE
      1. Appearance of Homo Sapiens
      2. Paleolithic - Gathering Culture
      3. Neolithic - Agricultural Culture
    2. Emergence of Ancient Civilizations c.10,000 - 1000 BCE
      1. Mesopotamian / The Cradle of Civilization
      2. Egypt / Nile Valley
      3. Ancient Near Eastern cultures
    3. The Hellenic World c.2000 - 300 BCE
      1. Hellenic Bronze Age
      2. Early classical
      3. Classical Greece
      4. Alexander's empire
    4. Rome c.300 BCE - c.300 CE
      1. Roman republic
      2. Roman empire
      3. Fall of Rome
    5. Early Middle Ages c.300 CE - c.1000 CE
      1. Christianity and Monasticism
      2. Byzantine culture and political influence
      3. Rise of Islam
      4. Early Medieval west / Kingdom of the Franks
      5. Charlemagne's empire
    6. High Middle Ages c.1000 CE - c.1350 CE
      1. Feudalism and society
      2. Life on the manor
      3. Gothic art and architecture
      4. Monarchs and the Papacy
      5. The Crusades - Bubonic Plague
      6. Social recovery and cultural flowering of the High Middle Ages
    7. Renaissance, Reformation, and Age of Discovery c.1350 CE - c.1650 CE
      1. Artistic and intellectual renaissance
      2. Rise of the Modern Sovereign State
      3. Reformation, education, and the development of the Middle Class
      4. Northern Humanism and the rise of the individual
      5. Age of Discovery
      6. Revolution and the early Enlightenment
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Student assessment consists of exams, essays, written assignments, multi-media projects, and/or participation in classroom/online discussions.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 2/99; Revised 5/2012; New Core 8/2015