March 29, 2011
Survey of the development of world civilizations to 1500.
- Prehistoric humans and their migrations.
- Emergence of agrarian societies.
- Early complex societies 3500-500 B.C.E.
- Formation of classical societies 500 B.C.E.– 500 C.E.
- Development of major belief systems.
- The post classical era 500-1000 C.E.
- The acceleration of cross cultural interaction 1000 – 1500 C.E.
- Development and interrelations between major states and empires.
- Relationship between humans and the environment.
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
- Demonstrate the ability to interpret primary and secondary sources and to compose an argument which uses them, as appropriate, for support.
- Analyze broad patterns of change on both interregional scales and within complex societies.
- Demonstrate an understanding of civilization through multiple analytical categories such as race, class, gender and ethnicity.
- Explain ways in which the world’s physical and natural environment has affected and been affected by developments in human history.
- Analyze ways in which human groups have interacted with one another, including trade, migration, warfare, cultural exchange, and biological exchange, from early times to 1500 C.E.
- Compare distinctive forms of political, social, and economic organization in the world and explain their historical significance.
- Identify major discoveries, inventions, and scientific achievements and explain their historical significance.
- Explain the historical significance of cultural developments such as art, music, architecture, literature and religion.
- Compare ideals, practices, and historical developments of major belief systems.
- Analyze historical developments across national, regional, and cultural boundaries.
- Written essays and/or research projects.
- Essay exams.
Can also include:
- Classroom discussions that include primary and secondary sources.
- Objective exams.
- Classroom projects and presentations.
Bentley, Traditions and Encounters
Buillett, The Earth and Its Peoples
Duiker, World History
Fernandez Armesto, The World
Hill, A History of World Societies
Spielvogel, World History
Spodek, The World’s History