World Civilization I

Western Texas College
Department of Social Sciences

  1. Basic Course Information
    1. Course Description: A survey of the social, political, economic, cultural, religious, and intellectual history of the world from the emergence of human cultures through the 15th century. The course examines major cultural regions of the world in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania and their global interactions over time. Themes include the emergence of early societies, the rise of civilizations, the development of political and legal systems, religion and philosophy, economic systems, and trans-regional networks of exchange. The course emphasizes the development, interaction and impact of global exchange.
    2. Prerequisites: Students should have a proficiency in reading and writing.
  2. Student Learning Outcomes. Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
    1. Create an argument through the use of historical evidence.
    2. Analyze and interpret primary and secondary sources. 
    3. Analyze the effects of historical, social, political, economic, and cultural forces on this period of world history. 
  3. Major Course Requirements
    1. Major Tests:  There will be two tests and a final exam, thus three major exams. Major exams will cover any assigned material, including, textbook, lectures, videos, handouts, downloads.
    2. Assignments:  Homework and/or in-class assignments may include short papers, presentations, map work, and document analyses.
  4. Information on Books and Other Course Materials
    1. The Human Record V.1 to 1700,  6th edition, Andrea/Overfield.  Houghton Mifflin
      ISBN – 13-978-0-618-75110-5
    2. The Earth+ Its Peoples V.1  to 1550, 6th edition, Bulliet, Crossley, et al.  Cengage
      ISBN – 978-1-285-43691-3
  5. Other Policies: Please refer to the WTC Course Catalog for the following:
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final Exam schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    6. Students with disabilities.
    7. Departmental Policy in regard to make-up/late work: Late papers will be penalized 10 points per day. After 5 days the grade turns to an automatic "0".
  1.  Course Organization & Tentative Schedule*


Week 1 Introduction      Andrea Prologue
Week 2  The Beginnings   Bulliet  Chapters 1-4, Andrea   Documents
Week 3   The Beginnings
Week 4 The Beginnings
Week 5 Exam One
Week 6  The Rise of Empires    Bulliet  Chapters 5-7   Andrea - Documents
Week 7 The Rise of Empires
Week 8 The Rise of Empires
Week 9 Exam Two
Week 10  The Rise of Islam and the Spread of Christianity     Bulliet   Chapter 9, 10 Andrea - Documents
Week 11  The Rise of Islam and the Spread of Christianity
Week 12 Culture and Contact   Bulliet  Chapters 13,14     Andrea Documents
Week 13 Western Europe   Bulliet  Chapter 15    Andrea  Documents
Week 14 Western Europe
Week 15  Western Europe
Week 16 Final Exam  




Last Modified: September 20, 2017