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. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course is a survey 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. Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students will:
      1. demonstrate an understanding of the history of Western Civilization stretching from the earliest human civilizations to the Age of Reason;
      2. demonstrate an understanding of the artistic and cultural heritage of Western Civilization;
      3. describe the rise of the major monotheistic religions present in Western Civilization such as Judaism, Christianity and Islam;
      4. identify defining features of the major ancient cultures of ancient Western Civilization such as Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Rome;
      5. identify the social, economic and cultural factors involved in the rise of Medieval European civilization; and
      6. identify the causes for the rise of the Renaissance in Medieval Europe.

    3. Core (if appropriate)
    4. Category I:
      Cultural Perspectives
      Students will be able to:
      1. demonstrate knowledge and awareness of some components of our society's cultural heritage such as artistic, historical, linguistic, literary, and philosophical foundations;
      2. compare, contrast, analyze, and/or defend differing world views and practices; and
      3. demonstrate the ability to think independently by reading critically, thinking analytically, and communicating effectively in both oral and written formats within the context of studying diversity in our culture.
  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 Core Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Student assessment consists of in-class exams, electronically administered exams, essays, written assignments, multi-media projects, and/or participation in classroom/online discussions.

    3. Core (if appropriate)
    4. Student assessment of Category I: Cultural Perspectives consists of in-class exams, essays, electronically administered exams, written assignments, multi-media projects, and/or participation in classroom/online discussions.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    See Course Format
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Section VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.

Review/Approval Date - 2/99; Revised 5/2012