SRJC Course Outlines

6/17/2024 4:21:50 PMHIST 1.1 Course Outline as of Fall 2019

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  HIST 1.1Title:  WORLD HISTORY TO 1500  
Full Title:  World History to 1500
Last Reviewed:5/13/2024

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
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Catalog Description:
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The growth of civilizations and the inter-relationships of the peoples of Europe, Asia, Africa and Americas to 1500.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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The growth of civilizations and the inter-relationships of the peoples of Europe, Asia, Africa and Americas to 1500.
(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:Spring 1992
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 C2HumanitiesFall 1993
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 3BHumanitiesFall 1994
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Spring 1992Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Spring 1992Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course


Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1.  Analyze the political, economic, cultural and social developments in world
     history from the establishment of early civilizations to 1500 C.E.
2.  Evaluate the causes and effects of particular historical events.
3.  Critically analyze primary and secondary sources as historical evidence.

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At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
1.  Locate on maps the geographical centers of historical development prior to 1500 C.E.
2.  Identify the unique contributions of major European, African, Asiatic and American
      civilizations and assess their continuing influence today.
3.  Analyze the interrelationship among major world civilizations and the impact that exploration
     and conquest had on civilizations prior to 1500 C.E.
4.  Demonstrate an understanding of civilization through multiple analytical categories such as
     race, class, gender and ethnicity.
5.  Compare and contrast differing opinions on critical historical developments and distinguish
      disciplined historical thinking from fable and antiquarianism.
6.  Demonstrate critical, independent thinking through analysis of historical events and trends
      using a variety of primary and secondary sources.
7.  Identify major discoveries, inventions, and scientific achievements and explain their
      historical significance.
8.  Explain the historical significance of cultural developments such as art, music, architecture,
     literature and religion.

Topics and Scope
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I.  In the Beginning: Prehistoric Cultures Around the World
    A. History and the human condition
    B. Roots of humanity
    C. Origins of human society
II.  River Valley Civilizations, 5,000-500 B.C.E.
    A. Mesopotamia
    B. India
    C. Central Asia
III.  Ancient Africa and the Mediterranean
    A. Egypt
    B. Sub-Saharan Africa
    C. Israel/Palestine and Phoenicia
    D. Crete and Mycenae
    E. Greece
IV.  Empires and Common Cultures
    A. India
    B. China
    C. Near East
    D. The Americas
V.  Connections and New Traditions
    A. Interaction and exchange
    B. New paths in thought, economy, society
    C. Conquest and convergence
VI.  Regional Networks in Africa and the Americas
VII. Forging Connections between Europe and China
    A. Republican and Imperial Rome
    B. Han Dynasty in China
VIII. Universal Philosophies and Religions
    A. Great schools of thought
    B. Diffusion through trade and conflict
IX.  Reshaping the World
    A. Islam
    B. Tang China
    C. Christian Europe
X.  Contacts and Conflicts
    A. Africa
    B. The Americas
    C. Pacific Rim
XI.  Expanding Horizons
    A. The Mongol world
    B. Revival of commerce
    C. Nature and civilization
XII. Connecting the Globe
    A. Exploration and conquest
    B. Religion and economics
    C. Triumphs and challenges

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1. Weekly reading assignments of 35-70 pages a week. These readings will include both
     primary  and secondary sources
2. Out-of-class writing (1,500-3,000 words). These assignments may be short reaction papers,
     analytical essays, or research papers. An analytical component of primary and secondary
     sources may 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 including 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:
Sources of World Societies, Vol. 1. 3rd ed. Wiesner-Hanks, Merry and Ebrey, Patricia and Beck, Roger. Bedford St. Martins. 2017
Worlds of History: A Comparative Reader, Vol. I. 6th ed. Reilly, Kevin. Bedford St. Martins. 2016
The World: A History, Vol. I. 3rd ed. Armesto, Felipe Fernandez. Pearson Education. 2015
Traditions and Encounters:  A Global Perspective on the Past, Vol. 1. 6th ed. Bentley, Jerry and Ziegler, Herbert. McGraw Hill. 2014 (classic)
The Analects. Confucius. Trans. Dawson, Raymond. Oxford. 2008 (classic)
The Ramayana. Trans. Narayan, R. K. Penguin. 2006 (classic)
The Secret History of the Mongols. Kahn, Paul. Cheng & Tsui. 2005 (classic)

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