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 Arts/Humanities, 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
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. 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];
    2. 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];
    3. critically analyze and evaluate competing points of view and voices in ancient and medieval Global history [Critical Thinking];
    4. identify the defining features of the major ancient cultures across the world, such as China, India, Mesopotamia, Mesoamerica, Egypt, Nubia, Greece, Rome, and Europe;
    5. identify the defining features of the major Medieval civilizations, such as Byzantium, China, Japan, India, Islamic civilization, and Europe;
    6. describe the development and rise of major world religions/philosophies, such as Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism and Islam; and
    7. demonstrate an understanding of the changing and growing world economy from ancient times to roughly 1500 C.E.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. Early Human Origins
    2. Emergence of Ancient Civilizations
    3. Earliest Chinese Dynasties
    4. Empires and Tribes of the Ancient Near East
    5. Early Mesoamerican Societies
    6. Ancient Mediterranean World
    7. Han China
    8. The Vedic Age and Gupta Empire
    9. Rise of Hinduism and Jainism
    10. Trade in the Ancient World: The Great Silk Road and Trans-Saharan Trade
    11. The Rise of Islam
    12. The Sui and Tang Dynasties and the Spread of Chinese Culture and Buddhism
    13. Pre-Columbian South America
    14. The Mongol Invasions and Their Effects
    15. Medieval India and Africa
    16. Medieval Europe
  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.

Approval/Revision Date: Approved 1/2014; New Core 8/2015