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HIS 103 World History I (3 credits)

Course Description

This course investigates the foundations and developments of the major world civilizations and complex societies from approximately 3500 BC to AD 1500. It provides an overview of the key developments in the history of global peoples and cultures during this time period.

Learning Results

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
• Explain the importance of primary sources, textual and visual, in interpreting historical events.
• Discuss the role that economics and religion have played in shaping world history.
• Understand the role of geography in shaping world civilizations.
• Compare and contrast the major world religions.
• Trace the rise and fall of early civilizations through the tenth century.
• Discuss how Islam helped create the first global civilization.
• Describe the axial age and its ramifications for world history.
• Integrate faith and learning through critical analysis of your own insights into world history.

Textbooks

Learning Documentation

This course consists of 13 assignments and 2 exams.

Learning Evaluation

Assignments range from 25 to 100 points each and the exams are 100 and 150 points for a total of 950 points possible.

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