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World History to 1500
Course: HIS110

First Term: 2021 Fall
Lecture   3.0 Credit(s)   3.0 Period(s)   3.0 Load  
Subject Type: Academic
Load Formula: S

Description: Survey of the economic, social, cultural, and political elements of world history from the beginning of human civilization to 1500.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Define the elements of civilization and identify factors leading to its development. (I)
2. Describe the beginning of civilization in Mesopotamia and its contributions to subsequent civilizations in the region. (II)
3. Explain the longevity of ancient Egypt and describe factors that contributed to its eventual decline. (II)
4. Describe the diffusion of civilizations in Africa and the Near East in the period 3000 B.C.E. \226 800 B.C.E. (II)
5. Describe the diversity of Indian civilization and its adaptability to external factors. (III)
6. Explain the role of continuity in early Chinese history and its effect on its civilization. (III)
7. Describe Hellenic Greek civilization and the role of the Hellenistic Greek world in transmitting this civilization to the Western world. (IV)
8. Analyze the factors shaping the Roman Republic and elements contributing to its collapse. (IV)
9. Describe the growth of the Roman Empire and the reasons for it. (IV)
10. Describe the origins of Christianity and explain the role the Roman Empire played in its early growth. (V)
11. Analyze the impact of the Germanic migrations on the late Roman world. (VI)
12. Explain the survival of the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) empire and describe its contribution to subsequent civilizations. (VI)
13. Describe the origins of Islam and explain the factors in its rapid growth. (VII)
14. Identify the major developments in medieval Asian civilization and explain how they reflect the continuities of their respective civilizations. (VIII)
15. Analyze the origins of Europe circa 1000 C.E. and explain the factors in its development. (IX)
16. Describe the development of civilization in the Western Hemisphere. (X)
MCCCD Official Course Competencies must be coordinated with the content outline so that each major point in the outline serves one or more competencies. MCCCD faculty retains authority in determining the pedagogical approach, methodology, content sequencing, and assessment metrics for student work. Please see individual course syllabi for additional information, including specific course requirements.
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Introduction/Foundations
II. The Cradle of Civilizations
   A. Ancient Mesopotamia
      1. Summer
      2. Babylon
   B. Ancient Egypt
   C. Ancient Africa
   D. The Near East, c. 1500-800 B.C.E.
      1. Minoan & Mycenaean civilization
      2. The Hebrews
III. East Asia
   A. Ancient India
      1. Origins
      2. Indian society
      3. Indian religion
         a. Hinduism
         b. Buddhism
   B. Early China
      1. Prehistory
      2. Shang dynasty
      3. Chou dynasty
      4. Confucianism
IV. The Classical West
   A. Hellenic Greece
   B. Hellenistic Greece
   C. The Roman Republic
   D. The Roman Empire
V. The Rise of Christianity
   A. Background
      1. The Judaic communities
      2. The historical Jesus
   B. Spread of Christianity
   C. Christianity and Rome
VI. Division of the Western World
   A. Waning of the Classical West
      1. Dividing the Roman Empire
      2. The Germanic invasions
   B. The rise of Byzantium
VII. Islam and the Remaking of the East
   A. The Origins of Islam
   B. The Arabic conquests
   C. The Abbasid Caliphate
   D. The Umayyad Caliphate
VIII. Medieval Asia
   A. India
      1. Alexander`s arrival
      2. The Maurya Empire
      3. The Gupta empire
      4. The arrival of Islam B. China
      1. The Ch`in
      2. T`ang China
      3. The Sung dynasties C. Japan
      1. The Chinese influence
      2. Feudal anarchy
IX. Medieval Europe
   A. The Origins of Europe
   B. Feudal society
   C. The crises of the later Middle Ages
   D. Origins of the Renaissance
X. Mesoamerican Civilizations
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: 3/25/2003

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