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
2250
IV. Prerequisites
None
Corequisites
None
V. Other Pertinent Information
None
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
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students will:
      1. identify the defining features of the major ancient cultures across the world such as China, India, Mesopotamia, Mesoamerica, Egypt, Nubia, Greece, Rome and Europe;
      2. identify the defining features of the major Medieval civilizations such as Byzantium, China, Japan, India, Islamic civilization, and Europe;
      3. describe the development and rise of major world religions/philosophies such as Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism and Islam;
      4. demonstrate an understanding of the artistic, cultural , and intellectual heritage of the world’s major civilizations;
      5. demonstrate an understanding of the changing and growing world economy from ancient times to around the year 1500 A.D.; and
      6. 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.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    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.
      3. 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.
  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 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 applicable)
    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.

Approval/Revision Date: Approved 1/2014