Year one of this two-year intensive World History course 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 themes on use of resources, the establishment of communities, and the expression of power across time periods and geographical boundaries.
Dr. Christe McMenomy and Mr. Ricky Esposito provide different interpretations of key movements and events, helping students develop their own interpretations of history.
Course Website: World History I
Instructors: Christe McMenomy and Richard Esposito
Starts: September 5, 2023
Ends: June 1, 2024
Monday 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET • Wednesday 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET
Students should have completed a one-year survey course in world history at the junior high level, geography, or Western civilization. Students without this background should contact the teacher.
Textbooks and Materials
This item is required:Patterns of World History, Volume I: To 1600 [Edition or Version: 4], Authors: Peter Von Sivers, Charles A. Desnoyers, and George B. Snow
Publisher's website: Patterns of World History, Volume I: To 1600
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: There are several versions of the 4th edition. The ISBN above is to the Volume I edition without sources. You may also purchase the combined volume (containing all readings for the two year course) or the volumes with sources. Previous editions will not be acceptable, however.
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