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. Number of Instructional Minutes
- IV. Prerequisites
- V. Other Pertinent Information
- This course meets the General Education requirement for Social Science, Diversity, and Critical Thinking.
- VI. Catalog Course Description
- This course is a survey and critical examination of global history in which students explore the social, political, religious, economic, intellectual, and artistic achievements of the earliest human societies until roughly 1500 C.E.
- VII. Required Course Content and Direction
Course Learning Goals
- demonstrate an understanding of Global human civilizations, their societies, and cultural heritage stretching from the earliest human civilizations to roughly 1500 C.E. [Arts/Humanities];
- demonstrate an understanding of the social and political systems, economies, and cultures of Global human civilization's diverse societies stretching from the earliest civilizations to roughly 1500 C.E. [Diversity];
- critically analyze and evaluate competing points of view and voices in ancient and medieval Global history [Critical Thinking];
- 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; and
- demonstrate an understanding of the changing and growing world economy from ancient times to roughly 1500 C.E.
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 Course Learning GoalsStudent assessment consists of exams, essays, written assignments, multi-media projects, and/or participation in classroom/online discussions.
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:See course syllabus.
Approval/Revision Date: Approved 1/2014; New Core 8/2015