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HIS 121: Western Civilization 1

Course Description

This course will examine the history of western societies and peoples, from the earliest formation of recorded western history to the Renaissance, including ancient Greece and Rome, the Dark Ages, and the Medieval period.

Prerequisite

  • None

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain and analyze how civilization formed in the West and the major chronology of the history of Western Civilization.
  2. Discuss primary and secondary historical sources and how they are incorporated into reasearch.
  3. Identify and describe the role of politics, religions, socio-economics, and conflict in Western Civilization.
  4. Apply critical and analytical skills to answer not only the who and when, but also the why of historical study.
  5. Distinguish between the evolution of cultural, intellectual, and technological ideas in different regions.
  6. Examine events in the history of Western Civilization within the historical context.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignment(s)Weight

Discussions (Weeks 1-8)

30%

Quizzes (Weeks 1-8)

30%

Midterm Exam (Week 4)

20%

Final Exam (Week 8)

20%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak’s online bookstore

  • Hunt, Linda, et al. Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures, Volume 1 - with Access Code. 5th ed. Boston and New York: Bedford/St. Martin's Press, 2016. ISBN-13: 978-1-319-05498-4

Course Schedule

WeekSLOsReadings and ExercisesAssignment(s)

1

1,2,4

Introduction - Why Study History? and the Early Western World

  • Readings:
    • Hunt, Author's Note: xl-xli and Chapter 1
    • Article: Peter Stearns' Why Study History
  • Read assigned material
  • Review Lecture Material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Weekly quiz (1)

2

1,4,6

Ancient Greece & the Polis (City-State), the Fall of Hellenistic Supremacy, and the Rise of Rome

  • Readings:
    • Hunt, Chapters 2-4
  • Read assigned material
  • Review Lecture Material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Weekly quizzes (2)

3

3,5,6

From Republic to Empire and Then the Fall of Rome

  • Readings:
    • Hunt, Chapters 5-7
  • Read assigned material
  • Review Lecture Material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Weekly quizzes (2)

4

1-6

Divisions in Humanity and Midterm Exam

  • Readings
    • Review for Midterm Exam

  • Participate in discussions
  • Weekly quiz (1)
  • Complete Midterm Exam

5

1,4,6

The "Dark" Ages

  • Readings
    • Hunt, Chapters 8 & 9
  • Read assigned material
  • Review Lecture Material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Weekly quiz (1)

6

1,3,5

Early Christian Europe and Europe in an Era of Growth

  • Readings
    • Hunt, Chapters 10-12
  • Read assigned material
  • Review Lecture Material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Weekly quizzes (2)

7

1,4,6

Death and Warfare in Europe and a Maritime Revolution

  • Readings
    • Hunt, Chapters 13-15
  • Read assigned material
  • Review Lecture Material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Weekly quizzes (2)

8

1-3,5-8

Review and Final Exam

  • Readings
    • Review for Final Exam

  • Participate in discussions
  • Weekly quiz (1)
  • Complete Final Exam
  • Complete Course Evaluation

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