Course Content and Outcome Guide for HST 101 Effective Summer 2015

Course Number:
HST 101
Course Title:
History of Western Civilization: Ancient to Medieval
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Course Description

Explores the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Covers development of Judeo-Christian beliefs, early Islamic civilization, Byzantine civilization, and early medieval Europe. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion, student should be able to:

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

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assess by using any combination of the following:

  • Exams
  • Essays
  • Oral presentations
  • Research Projects
  • Service-Learning projects
  • Class participation and discussion
  • Other Creative Assignments

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

1.  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 ancient world and early medieval Europe
  • Demonstrate college-level communications skills

Themes, Concepts, Issues:

  • Prehistory
  • Mesopotamia
  • Egypt
  • Persia
  • Hebrews
  • Minoans & 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