May 29, 2023
HIS 101 - Introduction to Western Civilization I 3 Credits, 3 Contact Hours
3 lecture periods 0 lab periods
Pre-history to the Wars of Religion, a period extending from 10,000 BCE to 1648 CE. Includes transition from pre-historic to the historic period, Greco-Roman world, Early, Central, and Late Middle Ages, and Renaissance and Reformation.
Prerequisite(s): With a C or better: WRT 101 , WRT 101HC , WRT 101S or WRT 101SE
Gen-Ed: Meets AGEC - HUM or SBS and I, G; Meets CTE - A&H or SBS and G.
Course Learning Outcomes
- Describe the transition from the pre-historic era to the historic era.
- Examine the features of the Greco-Roman world.
- Describe the Early Middle Ages.
- Analyze aspects of the Central Middle Ages.
- Describe the events of the Late Middle Ages.
- State developments of the Renaissance and Reformation.
- Engage in historical inquiry utilizing methods appropriate for the Discipline of History (e.g. source selection and evaluation, written historical analysis, qualitative and quantitative data collection, artifact analysis and interpretation, etc.).
- Intensive Writing and Critical Inquiry.
- This course will involve the production of written discourse in more than one assignment through papers, reports, quizzes, tests, etc., which include a minimum word standard of 3,000 words.
- It will include written assignments that emphasize critical inquiry, which includes the gathering, interpreting, and evaluation of evidence.
- It will include a formal out of class paper of at least 1,500 words, which requires critical inquiry and where the writer develops and supports the main idea.
- It will also include explicit writing instruction with timely feedback to help students improve their writing and critical inquiry skills as part of the course content.
- The evaluation of written assignments must include the overall quality of the written work and critical inquiry, as measured by a rubric.
- At least 50% of the student’s grade must be based upon the written work and critical inquiry assignments.
- Transition from the Pre-Historic to the Historic Period
- Paleolithic and Neolithic cultures
- Invention of agriculture in the Fertile Crescent
- Civilizations of the Ancient Near East
- Peoples of the Ancient Near East
- Social and religious elements of the Ancient Near East
- Political and economic developments of the Ancient Near East
- Invention of writing
- Greco-Roman World
- Pre-Hellenic Civilizations of the Eastern Mediterranean
- Homer and the Greek “Dark Ages”
- Hellenic Civilization
- Rise of the Greek Polis
- Greek intellectual achievements
- Gender roles in Greek society
- Persian Wars
- Peloponnesian War
- Hellenistic Period
- Conquests of Alexander the Great
- Hellenistic science, math, and philosophy
- Ptolemaic, Seleucid, and Antigonid empires
- Roman Republic
- Etruscan civilization
- Development of Roman political system
- Punic Wars
- Roman Empire
- Imperial dynasties
- Territorial conquests and the imperium
- Artistic, religious, and societal institutions
- Barbarian invasions and collapse of the Roman system
- Diocletian, Constantine, and the beginnings of the Byzantine Empire
- Early Middle Ages
- Development and structure of the Christian church
- Church fathers
- Monastic system
- Rise of the papacy
- Barbarian kingdoms
- Golden Age of Byzantium
- Muhammed and the Rise of Islam
- Umayyad caliphate
- Abbasid caliphate
- Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire
- Viking invasions
- Feudalism and manorialism
- Central Middle Ages
- Invention of new agricultural techniques
- Increase in population
- Revival of European towns
- Creation of the university system
- Mendicant orders
- Four major crusades
- Albigensian crusade
- Creation of the Inquisition
- Rise of the Nation-State
- Artistic, architectural, literary and intellectual contributions of medieval thinkers
- Social and religious structures of Middle Ages
- Late Middle Ages
- Hundred Year’s War
- Joan of Arc
- Development of new warfare techniques
- Bubonic plague
- Peasant uprisings
- Babylonian captivity
- Great Schism
- Collapse of the Byzantine Empire
- Renaissance and Reformation
- Establishment of humanist concept
- Visual artists
- Literary artists
- Scientific revolution
- Voyages of “Discovery”
- Martin Luther and the 95 Theses
- Diet of Worms
- Formation of protestant denominations
- Council of Trent
- Religious warfare
- Peace of Augsburg
- English Reformation
- Thirty Years War
Full Academic Year 2021/2022
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