Sep 30, 2023
HIS 110 - Western Civilization: Ancient to Early Modern
Course Department: Social Sciences
Last Date of Approval: Spring 2022
Total Lecture Hours: 45
Total Lab Hours: 0
Total Clinical Hours: 0
Total Work-Based Experience Hours: 0
This course is a comprehensive study of the major political, social, economic, cultural and philosophical movements in Western Civilization from the Stone Age to the Age of Enlightenment. Throughout this course, students must read primary and secondary sources through a critical lens and use critical thinking skills to solve problems. Additionally, this course reinforces students written communication skills through essays and verbal communication skills through class discussions and presentations. Importantly, students are asked to think critically, consider the viewpoints of others, and effectively express themselves, all of which will benefit them in the classroom, in life, and in the workforce.
Mode(s) of Instruction: traditional/face-to-face, virtual, and/or online
Credit for Prior Learning: There are no Credit for Prior Learning opportunities for this course.
Course Fees: None
Student Learning Outcomes and Objectives:
Student Learning Outcomes:
A. Understand the major events, themes, and trends of Western Civilization from its origins to the Enlightenment.
- Identify and describe the key events, themes, and trends that have shaped Western Civilization from its earliest beginnings to the Enlightenment period.
- Analyze the social, political, economic, and cultural forces that have influenced the development of Western Civilization.
- Evaluate the continuity and change of Western Civilization over time.
- Explain the impact of Western Civilization on world history.
- Recognize and appreciate the diversity of Western Civilization and its complex nature.
B. Develop critical thinking and analytical skills through examination of primary and secondary sources related to Western Civilization.
- Evaluate primary and secondary sources related to Western Civilization from its origins to the Enlightenment.
- Analyze the historical context, author’s perspective, bias, and reliability of primary and secondary sources.
- Synthesize evidence from primary and secondary sources to support arguments and interpretations.
- Construct clear and logical arguments based on evidence.
- Demonstrate effective communication skills through writing, discussion, and presentation of historical ideas and arguments.
C. Recognize the diversity of Western Civilization and its impact on world history.
- Identify the major cultural, religious, ethnic, and linguistic groups that have contributed to Western Civilization.
- Analyze the impact of diversity on the development of Western Civilization.
- Evaluate the role of Western Civilization in shaping global history and culture.
- Compare and contrast the similarities and differences between various cultures and civilizations.
- Appreciate the importance of diversity in contemporary global society.
D. Explore the connections between Western Civilization and contemporary global issues.
- Analyze the impact of Western Civilization on contemporary global issues.
- Evaluate the role of Western Civilization in shaping modern political, economic, and social systems.
- Discuss and debate the legacy of Western Civilization in contemporary society.
- Identify and analyze the challenges faced by Western Civilization in contemporary global society.
- Develop critical thinking skills through the application of historical perspectives to contemporary global issues.
E. Demonstrate ethical and responsible behavior in the study and discussion of Western Civilization.
- Respect and appreciate the diversity of opinions and perspectives within the classroom.
- Demonstrate ethical behavior through the responsible use of sources and appropriate citation methods.
- Engage in respectful and productive discussions and debates with peers.
- Recognize the importance of historical accuracy and its impact on contemporary society.
- Develop an appreciation for the importance of academic integrity in the study of Western Civilization.
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