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Course: World History I

V World History I • Offering for 2017 • Grade 9 or above • History Sequence
* Primary Instructor
Bruce McMenomy
* Sections
[Enrolled students will be notified if teacher schedules change between course posting at the time enrollment opens and the scheduled start of classes. Please see Tuition and Fees for refund policy.]
Section 1 Instructor: Bruce McMenomy
Classes meet from September 5, 2017 to June 1, 2018
Monday 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM ET • Wednesday 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM ET
Enrollment Policy: Full Year Only
Tuition: $450.00

* Website
Please review more extensive materials at the teacher's World History I website.
* Description
Year one of this two-year World History covers political, social, and economic developments in all parts of the world, beginning with the prehistorical development of tools and agriculture, and examining in turn the ancient cultures of Mesopotamia, India, and China before looking at the classical world of Greece and Rome, the rise of Islam and Byzantium, and pre-Columbian cultures in the Americas. Later chapters look at African kingdoms and cultures, the medieval dynasties of Japan and China, and the rise of Mongol tribes in Asia before returning to medieval and Renaissance Europe, the age of European exploration, and the establishment of absolute and constitutional monarchies.

Lectures and readings provide students with a solid grounding in the key names, dates, civilizations, and movements of world history, while seminar-type live chat discussions help students develop the tools of historiography and explore unifying thems on use of resources, the establishment of communities, and the expression of power across time periods and geographical boundaries.

Dr. Christe McMenomy and Dr. Bruce McMenomy provide different interpretations of key movements and events, helping students develop their own interpretations of history.

* Meetings
This course meets 2 times per week for discussion and review of assigned homework.
* Homework
There are weekly reading assignments from the textbook, or from material provided on the website (see course page for details). Brief quizzes cover this material. There will also be written assignments, giving students the opportunity to learn to think and write about history in ways that require more than memorizing historical facts.
* Prerequisites
None
* Recommended background
No special background required.
* Instructor's Notes
This course is now taught by Mr. Christiansen, with frequent guest-teaching appearances from Dr. McMenomy.
V Textbooks and Materials
* A History of World Societies (Edition: 9)
John P. McKay, Bennett D. Hill, John Buckler, Patricia Buckley Ebrey, Roger B. Beck, Clare Haru Crowston, Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks
This text is required.
ISBN: 0312666918
Publisher's website: A History of World Societies
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: No earlier editions, please. Used versions of the current (ninth) edition are entirely acceptable, however, and are available at a substantial reduction in price. Renting the book from Amazon.com or purchasing it as an e-book is also possible. The volume linked is the combined volume, for the whole two years of the course.


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