Course Content and Outcome Guide for HST 101 Effective Fall 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 and interpret an understanding of key historical facts and events in the ancient world and early medieval Europe.
  • Identify the influence of culturally based practices, values, and beliefs to analyze how historically defined meanings of difference affect human behavior.
  • Identify and investigate historical theses, evaluate information and its sources, and use appropriate reasoning to construct evidence-based arguments on historical issues.
  • Construct a well organized historical argument using effective, appropriate, and accurate language.

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