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Course: World History I

V World History I • 2019 listing - for reference only • 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 dates, meeting times, and tuition are still being determined.
* 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
* Recommended background
No special background required.
* Instructor's Notes
We are currently reviewing texts for the 2019 Academic Year and will make a decision by June 1.
V Textbooks and Materials
* Patterns of World History, Volume I: To 1600 with Sources (Edition: 3)
Peter Von Sivers, Charles A. Desnoyers, and George B. Snow
This text is required.
ISBN: 0190693606
Publisher's website: Patterns of World History, Volume I: To 1600 with Sources
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: No earlier editions or other versions, please. Be sure to purchase the version with sources, not the brief version. Used copies of the third edition with sources version are entirely acceptable, however, and are available at a substantial reduction in price. Renting the book from or purchasing it as an e-book is also possible.

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