World History I: Ancient to Medieval

Course Number: HST 110
Transcript Title: World Hist I: Ancient to Mediev
Created: May 15, 2017
Updated: March 27, 2019
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: Yes
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default)
Repeats available for credit: 0

Prerequisites

MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121.

Course Description

Covers the beginnings of civilization to the medieval period. Includes the ancient Near East, Egypt, India, China, Greece, Rome, and early medieval Europe. Prerequisites: MTH 20 orequivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Articulate an understanding of key events in the history of the ancient world and early medieval Europe.
  2. Critically evaluate historical changes and their impact on world civilization.
  3. Communicate effectively using historical analysis.
  4. Identify the influence of culturally based practices, values, and beliefs to assess how historically defined meanings of difference affect human behavior.
  5. Connect the past with present day events to enhance contemporary understanding and encourage civic activities.
  6. Recognize the different groups that interacted in the ancient world and early medieval Europe in order to evaluate and appreciate their historical contributions to world civilization.

Alignment with Institutional Core Learning Outcomes

Major 1. Communicate effectively using appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. (Communication)

Major

2. Creatively solve problems by using relevant methods of research, personal reflection, reasoning, and evaluation of information. (Critical thinking and Problem-Solving)

Not addressed

3. Extract, interpret, evaluate, communicate, and apply quantitative information and methods to solve problems, evaluate claims, and support decisions in their academic, professional and private lives. (Quantitative Literacy)

Major

4. Use an understanding of cultural differences to constructively address issues that arise in the workplace and community. (Cultural Awareness)

Major

5. Recognize the consequences of human activity upon our social and natural world. (Community and Environmental Responsibility)

To establish an intentional learning environment, Core Learning Outcomes (CLOs) require a clear definition of instructional strategies, evidence of recurrent instruction, and employment of several assessment modes.

Major Designation

  1. The outcome is addressed recurrently in the curriculum, regularly enough to establish a thorough understanding.
  2. Students can demonstrate and are assessed on a thorough understanding of the outcome.
    • The course includes at least one assignment that can be assessed by applying the appropriate CLO rubric.

Minor Designation

  1. The outcome is addressed adequately in the curriculum, establishing fundamental understanding.
  2. Students can demonstrate and are assessed on a fundamental understanding of the outcome.
    • The course includes at least one assignment that can be assessed by applying the appropriate CLO rubric.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Tests, research papers, discussion, quizzes, homework, group projects, and other forms of assessment all may be used for this course at the instructor's discretion

Course Activities and Design

Lectures, discussion, group activities, service learning are some of the potential activities that instructors may use at their discretion in this course

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Competencies and Skills

  • Analyze and evaluate primary and secondary sources
  • Identify a historian's thesis and supporting evidence
  • Develop your own thesis and historical interpretation, using evidence to support it
  • Think critically about the relationships between past and present events and issues
  • Compare and contrast the experience of diverse groups in the medieval and early modern world.
  • Demonstrate college-level communications skills

Themes, Concepts, Issues

  • Prehistory
  • Mesopotamia
  • Egypt
  • China
  • India
  • Persia
  • Hebrews
  • Minoans and Mycenaeans
  • Greeks: Hellenic and Hellenistic
  • Roman Republic
  • Imperial Rome
  • Christianity
  • Church Doctrine and Structure
  • Byzantine Civilization
  • Islamic Civilization
  • Invasions of Europe
  • Early medieval Europe
Considering such factors as:
  • Geography
  • Social hierarchy
  • Political, legal, and economic structures
  • Cultural contributions
  • Philosophies and religions