HIST 101 History of Civilization Cultural Traditions • 5 Cr.
Surveys the development of civilizations from ancient times to 1000 AD. Cultures studied include Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, China, Greece, and Rome, ending with the fall of Rome and the rise of Christianity. May be used as social science or humanities credit, not both, at BC.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Analyze relevant causes and effects through the media of written essays and oral analysis.
- Describe and explain the origins and development of early bronze age civilizations such as Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Indus Valley, and North China in the following ways
- Describe and explain the major accomplishments of the early bronze age civilizations – such as their political structures; economic and commercial systems; social stratification; gender relations; religious and philosophical beliefs; scientific and technological innovations; military and diplomatic systems; plastic and literary artistic achievements
- Identify the major causes leading to the decline or collapse of early bronze age civilizations
- Compare the historical conditions and experiences of different human communities during the ear of the bronze age.
- Describe and explain the global historical developments at the time of the transition from the bronze age to the iron age by:
- Investigate the development of kingdoms and Empires and the rise of smaller kingdoms and states such as; New Kingdom Egypt; the Hittities; the Hebrews; the Phoenicians; Minoans; Mycenaeans; Assyrians; Persians.
- Investigating the emergence of Aryan civilization in India and the Zhou dynasty in China
- Analyzing the major accomplishments of these empires and smaller states, using the categories outlined above and assessing the significance of their contributions in historical context.
- Compare the historical conditions and experiences of the above societies of the late bronze and early iron ages.
- Identifying and explaining the reasons for the collapse or failure of these states or societie
- Describe and explain the rise and development of the world’s classical civilizations – such as Greek, Hellenistic, Roman, Chinese, Indian in the following ways:
- Analyzing the major accomplishments of the classical civilizations using the categories outline above and assessing the overall contribution and impact their achievements in global historical context.
- Comparing the historical development and experiences of these classical civilizations.
- Identifying, evaluating and comparing the factors leading to the decline or collapse of the classical empires of Rome, India and China and assessing the impact of their decline or fall in global historical context.
- Describe and explain the emergence of the early post-classical civilizations and cultures, such as Byzantium; the rise of Tang and Sung China; early Western Europe; the rise of Islam and the expansion of the Arab Empire during the early middle ages in the following ways.
- Analyzing the accomplishments of the early post-classical cultures using the categories outlined above and assessing overall contribution and impact of their achievements and influence in global historical context.
- Comparing the historical development and experiences of these early post-classical cultures.