History 101 (001) World History to Oceanic Contact



full year

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This World History course emphasizes the development of communities and civilizations and how encounters between them shaped our world from the first written records to the sixteenth century. Through the study of primary and secondary sources, students: explore various civilizations' cultural wealth and diversity as well as their problems; recognize not only each civilization's distinctive features, but also the commonality of the human experience; and study and discuss the controversial issues arising from various interpretations of World History. Topics to be covered include the emergence and diffusion of the world's great religions, the impact of cultural contact along trade routes and on military frontiers, the ordering of societies, and significant political developments. The course consists of lectures twice a week and discussion sections once a week both terms. Evaluation is based on several analytical and research essays of varying length, four examinations, and participation in all aspects of the course.