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A Survey of Early Western Civilization

Course NumberHIS 111W
Lab Hours0
Lecture Hours60
Course DescriptionPrerequisites: LEVEL 4 READING or LEVEL 2 WRITING. Studies political, social, economic and cultural history of Europe from prehistoric times through the 1500's. Gives particular attention to civilizations and their relevant contributions to the modern world. Credit may be earned in HIS 111 or HIS 111H but not both. (60-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Demonstrate an understanding of the historical development and significance of the first civilizations of Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, and Ancient Greece
  1. Explain the rise of the first civilizations from prehistoric origins.
  2. Explain the meaning of the term "civilization" in relation to the history of the west.
  3. Explain the spread of the earliest civilizations to other Near-East regions.
  4. Explain the development of Egyptian Civilization from the Old Kingdom through the New Kingdom and into the Post-Empire period.
  5. Discuss the basic tenets of the Hebrew religion and culture and its legacy.
  6. Trace the stages of development of Greek Civilization including the political, cultural, and social development of the Greeks from the Myceneans through the Greek Dark Age, the Greek Archaic Age, the Greek Classical Age into the Hellenistic Age.

Demonstrate an understanding of the rise and political, cultural and social development of Ancient Roman Civilization.
  1. Explain the origins and rise of the city of Rome.
  2. Explain the political and social developments of the Roman Republic.
  3. Discuss the expansion of Rome from city to empire.
  4. Explain the failure of the Roman Republic and its transition to the rule of the emperors.
  5. Discuss the rise of Christianity and its legacy.
  6. Explain the decline and fall of the Roman Empire and the legacy of Rome for Western Civilization.

Demonstrate an understanding of the political, cultural, and social developments of the Early, High and Late Middle Ages.
  1. Discuss the continuation of Rome in the east with the Byzantine Empire.
  2. Discuss the rise of Islam and its legacy.
  3. Discuss the development of monasticism.
  4. Explain the development of manorialism.
  5. Trace the development of feudalism.
  6. Discuss the transition from the Early Middle Ages to the High Middle Ages.
  7. Discuss the changes within the Christian Church in the west during the Middle Ages.
  8. Discuss the rise of centralized government.
  9. Discuss the major changes of the Late Middle Ages and their legacy.

Demonstrate an understanding of the Renaissance and the Reformation.
  1. Explain the political, social, and cultural origins of the Renaissance.
  2. Discuss significant cultural achievements during the Renaissance.
  3. Explain the political, social and cultural legacy of the Renaissance.
  4. Trace the political, social and cultural origins of the Reformation.
  5. Discuss the legacy of the Reformation.

Perform writing tasks to promote learning of concepts.
  1. Document attainment of skills learned.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the subject.

Demonstrate the learning of concepts through writing.
  1. Analyze course content in written form.
  2. Explain the subject matter in a coherent writing style.

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