SRJC Course Outlines

6/15/2024 12:38:40 AMHIST 4.1 Course Outline as of Spring 2013

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  HIST 4.1Title:  WESTERN CIV TO 1648 C.E.  
Full Title:  History of Western Civilization to 1648 C.E.
Last Reviewed:11/8/2021

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  HIST 4A

Catalog Description:
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A survey of Western Civilizations to 1648 C.E.  The course begins with the Ancient Near East, and includes the study of ancient Greece, ancient Rome, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Reformation.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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A survey of Western Civilizations to 1648 C.E.  The course begins with the Ancient Near East, and includes the study of ancient Greece, ancient Rome, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Reformation.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1987
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 C2HumanitiesFall 1987
 DSocial ScienceFall 1981Fall 1987
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 3BHumanitiesFall 1981
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 CID Descriptor: HIST 170 Western Civilization I SRJC Equivalent Course(s): HIST4.1

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1.  Locate on maps the geographical centers of historical development prior to 1648 C.E.
2.  Identify and analyze the interrelationships among major world civilizations and their unique contributions to the    Western tradition, and assess their continuing influence today.
3.  Apply historical knowledge to an analysis of controversial issues in Western history.
4.  Compare and contrast differing opinions on critical historical developments, and distinguish disciplined historical thinking from fable and antiquarianism.
5.  Demonstrate critical, independent thinking through analysis of historical events and trends using a variety of  primary and secondary sources.

Topics and Scope
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I.  The World before Civilization
      A. Emergence of human civilization
      B. Mesopotamia
      C. Egypt
      D. Eastern Mediterranean Coast
      E. Age of Iron
II  The Rise of Greek Civilization
      A. Minoans and Mycenaeans
      B. Greek colonization
      C. Classical Greece
III.  Hellenistic Greece
      A. Alexander the Great
      B. East meets West
IV.  Rome: Age of the Republic
      A. Italy and its people
      B. Roman society
      C. Expansion and transformation
V.  The Roman Empire
      A. Civil War and Pax Romana
      B. Crisis and division
      C. A Christian empire
VI.  Late Antiquity and Early Middle Ages (376-1000 C.E.)
      A. A different Rome
      B. Byzantine Empire
      C. Rise of Islam
      D. Western kingdoms
VII.  The High Middle Ages (1000-1300 C.E.)
      A. Order restored
      B. Society and politics
      C. Holy Wars
VIII.  The Late Middle Ages  (1300-1500 C.E.)
      A. Crisis of religion
      B. Black death
      C. War and disruption
IX.  The Renaissance
      A. Searching for answers
      B. The humanist spirit
      C. Society and economics
X. Age of Exploration and Global Expansion, 1450-1650 C.E.
      A. Discovery and confrontation
      B. The lure of the "new"
XI. Reformation and Religious Warfare, 1500-1648 C.E.
      A. Clash of dynasties
      B. Luther's revolution
      C. Religious reform
      D. Wars of the faith

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1.  Weekly reading assignments of 35-70 pages per week. These readings will include both
      primary and secondary sources.
2.  Ten to twelve pages of out-of-class writing. These may be short reaction papers, analytical
      essays, or research papers. An analytical component of primary and secondary sources
      must be  part of these assignments.
3.  Six to ten quizzes and/or in-class group assignments.
4.  One to two midterms and a final examination.  (All exams must be in class and include a
      written essay.)
5.  Other assignments may include group presentations.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
30 - 50%
Analytical, expository essays, reviews, research papers including primary and secondary sources.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
40 - 65%
Quizzes, midterms, final
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 10%
Group assignments and presentations

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Representative Textbooks and Primary Sources
Aspects of Western Civilization: Problems and Sources in History (7th), vol. I. Rogers, Perry. Pearson: 2011
The Epic of Gilgamesh. Translated by N.K. Sandars.  Penguin:  1972 (classic)
Making Europe, vol. I. Kidner, Frank, et al. Wadsworth: 2009
The Making of the West (3rd), vol. I. Hunt, Lynn. Bedford. St. Martins: 2008
Sources of the Making of the West (3rd), vol. I. Lualdi, Katharine, editor. Bedford St. Martins: 2009
Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War. Translated by Richard Crawley. Touchstone: 1998 (classic)
Two Lives of Charlemagne by Einhard and Notker the Stammerer. Translated by Lewis Thorpe. Penguin: 2009
The West in the World (4th), vol. I. Sherman, Dennis, et al. McGraw Hill: 2010

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