HIST113 Global History: Ancient and Medieval World
Department of Social & Behavioral Science: History
- I. Course Number and Title
- HIST113 Global History: Ancient and Medieval World
- 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 global history in which students explore the social, political, religious, economic, intellectual and artistic achievements of the earliest human societies until around the year 1500 A.D.
- VII. Required Course Content and Direction
- Course Students will:
- identify the defining features of the major ancient cultures across the world such as China, India, Mesopotamia, Mesoamerica, Egypt, Nubia, Greece, Rome and Europe;
- identify the defining features of the major Medieval civilizations such as Byzantium, China, Japan, India, Islamic civilization, and Europe;
- describe the development and rise of major world religions/philosophies such as Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism and Islam;
- demonstrate an understanding of the artistic, cultural , and intellectual heritage of the world’s major civilizations;
- demonstrate an understanding of the changing and growing world economy from ancient times to around the year 1500 A.D.; and
- demonstrate an understanding of the major themes and trends in the history of human civilization from the earliest civilizations to around the year 1500 A.D.
- Core (if applicable) Category I:
- demonstrate knowledge and awareness of some components of our society's cultural heritage such as artistic, historical, linguistic, literary, and philosophical foundations.
- compare, contrast, analyze and/or defend differing world views and practices.
- demonstrate the ability to think independently by reading critically, thinking analytically, and communicating effectively in oral and/or written formats within the context of studying diversity in our culture.
Cultural PerspectivesStudents will be able to:
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:
- Early Human Origins
- Emergence of Ancient Civilizations
- Earliest Chinese Dynasties
- Empires and Tribes of the Ancient Near East
- Early Mesoamerican Societies
- Ancient Mediterranean World
- Han China
- The Vedic Age and Gupta Empire
- Rise of Hinduism and Jainism
- Trade in the Ancient World: The Great Silk Road and Trans-Saharan Trade
- The Rise of Islam
- The Sui and Tang Dynasties and the Spread of Chinese Culture and Buddhism
- Pre-Columbian South America
- The Mongol Invasions and Their Effects
- Medieval India and Africa
- Medieval Europe
Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:
- Course Student assessment consists of in-class exams, electronically administered exams, essays, written assignments, multi-media projects, and/or participation in classroom/online discussions.
- Core (if applicable) 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.
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.
Approval/Revision Date: Approved 1/2014