HIST121 The Ancient World (to c.500 A.D.)

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: History

I. Course Number and Title
HIST121 The Ancient World (to c.500 A.D.)
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course is a survey of the early societies and the development of the civilizations of the ancient world to the fall of Rome in the West.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. identify the defining features of the major civilizations of the Ancient Near East, such as the Babylonians, Sumerians, Persians, and Assyrians;
    2. identify some of the minor civilizations of the ancient world, such as the Hittites, Hebrews, and Phoenicians;
    3. identify the major civilizations of Ancient Mediterranean, such as Egypt, Greece, and Rome;
    4. explain the social, economic, and political factors behind the rise and fall of Ancient Greek civilization;
    5. explain the social, economic, and political factors behind the rise and fall of the Roman Empire; and
    6. evaluate the unique cultural contributions of the ancient Western and Near Eastern civilizations to the modern world.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. Mesopotamian Origins
      1. Sumer to Old Babylon
      2. Mesopotamian Culture
    2. Ancient Egypt
      1. The Three Kingdoms
      2. Egyptian Culture
    3. The Lesser Cultures
      1. Hittites
      2. Hebrews
      3. Phoenicians
    4. Near East After 1000 BC
      1. Assyrian Empire
      2. Neo-Babylonian Empire
      3. Persian Empire to Alexander''s Rise
    5. Greece
      1. Roots
        1. Minoa
        2. Mycenaea
        3. Cyclades
      2. "Dark Ages"
      3. Rise of the Polis to 490 BC
        1. Recovery from the "Dark Ages"
        2. Role of Sparta
        3. Role of Athens
      4. Persian Wars Era
      5. Golden Age
      6. Peloponnesian War Era
      7. Decline of the Polis to Philip II
      8. Greek Culture
    6. Hellenistic Age
      1. Philip of Macedon
      2. Alexander the Great
      3. Successor States
      4. Hellenistic Culture
    7. Rome
      1. Etruscan Monarchy
      2. Early Republic to 264 BC
      3. Over-seas Expansion to 146 BC
      4. Early Culture
      5. Gracchi Reform
      6. End of the Republic
      7. Augustan Consolidation
      8. Golden Age Culture
      9. Pax Romana
      10. Crisis of the Third Century
      11. Christian Religion in the Empire
      12. Reforms of Diocletian-Constantine
      13. Fall of the Empire 4th-5th Centuries
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Student assessment consists of in-class exams, electronically administered 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