CCOG for HST 121 Summer 2024

Course Number:
HST 121
Course Title:
World History, Ancient
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Course Description

Explores the history of the ancient world from the earliest agricultural societies through 1000 CE. Includes historical topics drawn from among the ancient histories of Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East focusing on interactions between peoples, states, and cultures. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Apply methods of inquiry and analysis to examine social contexts and the diversity of human thought and experience.
  • Articulate and interpret an understanding of key historical facts and events in the ancient world.
  • 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.

Social Inquiry and Analysis

Students completing an associate degree at Portland Community College will be able to apply methods of inquiry and analysis to examine social contexts and the diversity of human thought and experience.

General education philosophy statement

This course requires students to focus on the history of the world in the ancient period from a variety of different perspectives, considering the ways in which the experiences of people in the past have been shaped by factors like social class, gender, race, religious belief, and ideology. Students must also evaluate relationships between different cultures, whether defined in terms of political identity (such as interactions between the people of two or more nations) or in terms of cultural groups within a larger society. One of the key goals of this course is to provide a perspective on the ancient world that is grounded in a robust and accurate understanding of the past, ultimately in the name of encouraging a greater sense of social responsibility.

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)

Competencies and Skills: 

Analyze and evaluate primary and secondary sources:

  • Connect evidence to its relevant historical context

  • Analyze and evaluate written, artistic, or other evidence

  • Assess the motivation and purpose of evidence

Evaluate different interpretations of past events and construct your own interpretation:

  • Identify a historian’s thesis and supporting evidence

  • Evaluate the arguments used to support different interpretations of historical issues

  • Develop your own thesis and historical interpretation and use evidence to support it

Think critically about the relationship between past and present events and issues:

  • Recognize and identify historical roots and parallels to current issues

Compare and contrast the experience of diverse groups in society:

  • Listen to and appreciate the experience of students from a variety of  backgrounds

  • Assess the contributions and experiences of various groups in society

Demonstrate college-level communications skills with an emphasis on writing (and may include listening and speaking):

  • Communicate effectively in writing about a historical topic

  • Communicate in writing an understanding of historical process and an evaluation of how concepts or values change over time

Clearly articulate thoughts and ideas to a particular audience which may include:

  • Working collaboratively with other students to evaluate and understand historical events

  • Working collaboratively with others in discussions, debate, or role plays

  • Presenting information in oral presentations

Themes, Concepts, Issues:
  • Social, economic, and political hierarchies

  • Cultural influences and interactions

  • Genders and Sexualities

  • Race and Ethnicities

  • Economic Systems and Trade

  • Nomads and settled societies

  • Philosophies, ideologies, and religions

  • Slavery and labor systems

  • War and conflict

Including topics drawn from:

  • Africa

  • Asia

  • The Americas

  • Europe

  • The Middle East