Feb 29, 2024
HIS 101 - Western Civilization From Ancient Times Through 1500
3 Lecture Hours
This course is designed as a survey of the political, economic and social developments of European civilization from ancient times through the rise of the early nation-state.
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:
- Identify the major distinguishing characteristics of the primary civilizations of the ancient Near East and North Africa.
- Describe the essential contributions of the ancient Near East to the social, cultural and intellectual development of Western Civilization.
- Explain the crucial role of Greek civilization of distinctive political, social, cultural and intellectual institutions of the West.
- Explain the major political, economic and social developments of the Roman Republic and Empire, which were central to the emergence of the West.
- Assess the reasons for the rise and development of various religions in ancient, medieval and early modern cultures.
- Compare and contrast the distinguishing features of economic, social and political feudalism in the evolution of European society.
- Identify the major forces that marked the transition from late medieval to early modern society and the European nation states.
- Evaluate the impact of political, economic and intellectual changes in the evolution and development of European civilization.
- Origins of agriculture and civilization
- Archaic civilizations in the Ancient Near East: Egypt, Mesopotamia and the Hebrews
- Hellenic Greece: Urbanism, overseas trade, art and philosophy
- The Roman Republic and Empire
- Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic world
- Eastern and western Christianity and the Islamic world
- Politics, society, religion, farming and feudalism in the Early Middle Ages
- Kingdoms, new economies, new learning, society and culture in the High Middle Ages
- The Renaissance
- Absolutism and dynastic states
Textbook, scholarly readings, films, maps and electronic resources as assigned.
Approved By: Bullock, Quintin Date Approved: 05/15/2015
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