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Revision Date: 23-May-16

HIS-1111-VO01 - World History I

Synonym: 143192
Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 05-24-2016 to 08-15-2016
Faculty: Elisabeth Lehr | View Faculty Credentials

This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration

Course Description:

This survey course explores the economic, political, cultural, and social developments in world history from the rise of civilization to 1500 CE in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas. The course highlights geography, cultural and political movements, and human interactions that influenced the historical evolution of various world societies and their interrelationships within a global context.

Essential Objectives:

1. Discuss characteristics of various human societies from foraging to complex societies.
2. Analyze political and social structures found in ancient world societies and their impact on the modern world.
3. Investigate the diverse ideologies and religions found in ancient world societies including Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Rational Thought, and Christianity.
4. Assess significant characteristics of social identity found in ancient world societies, and discuss resulting social and gender hierarchies.
5. Identify the new ideas and worldviews that characterized the Renaissance and evaluate their effect on European hegemony and its consequences.
6. Assess the impact of economics and trade on world cultural interactions.
7. Explore the relationship between the geographical landscape and the development of ancient world societies and cultures.
8. Engage in and evaluate historical research employing information literacy skills.
9. Analyze the theses, context, values, perspectives, and facts in historical primary and secondary texts.

Additional Instructor Pre-Assignments/Notes/Comments:

Hello Students,

I invite you to review the entire course description and join the class for Summer 2016.
This course explores the similarities and interconnections between societies and cultures of the ancient world. In the course, you will learn how ancient traditions, attitudes, and behaviors laid the foundation for the world in which we live. We use historical evidence to explore and critically analyze the past.
I encourage you to come to class with an open and curious mind. Open yourself to not only learn about our history, but to develop the skills in researching and writing about history. History, by its nature, is a reading and writing discipline. It is about looking at evidence and interpreting it to build a picture of the past. I look at history as a treasure hunt where we travel a path looking for clues that will eventually add up to understanding how we got to where we are today and why. 
To lead us on our journey we will use the book: Understanding World Societies, A History, vol 1, Second Edition from Bedford/St. Martin's Press. The book is sold from Edmap. Understanding World Histories is also available as an ebook from the publisher. 
If you can find a used first edition of the book, you are welcomed to use that book instead. However, you are responsible for figuring out page number changes, if there are any.


History is a conversation about the past. This conversation takes place between readers and writers, and in this class you are both.  Sometimes that conversation will between classmates, and sometime between just you and I. As an online course, most conversation will take place in the weekly discussion forums, which include writing short weekly essays, and instructor and peer comments about what you are learning and your interpretations of the material. Also there will be  outside-of- class essay assignments and a research-based assignment that provide you with opportunity to delve deeper into different topics. 

Feedback that I give you on your work is not criticism of you, but a part of the conversation where you will learn more about the issue you are writing about, about writing clearly and effectively, and becoming the best student you can be.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Weekly discussion forum posts consist of students answering questions posed by the instructor and fellow students--40%
  • Two Essay Assignments and/or exams--30%
  • Research-based Annotated Bibliography--30% 

Annotated Bibliography Assignment

The Annotated Bibliography assignment is intended to provide students with a) an opportunity to investigate a subject in World History in-depth; and b) the chance to explore up-to-date academic scholarship and simultaneously improve their research and analytical skills. 

Grading Note:  

Students are provided with direct feedback on their work in the discussion forums and in the comments section of the Gradebook. It is very important that students routinely check the Gradebook for comments that will help improve course work. 


Grading Criteria:

Discussion Forum grading






Demonstrates mastery of reading assignment

Demonstrates a clear understanding of the reading assignment

Demonstrates a basic understanding of the reading assignment

Demonstrates minimal understanding of the reading assignment

Incomplete work.

Poses open-ended questions that invite more than a one word or one sentence answer

Poses questions that are relevant to the topic at hand

Poses questions that are partially relevant to the topic at hand

Poses questions that are not on topic or irrelevant


Answers questions in a manner that furthers discussion

Answers questions substantively and on topic

Answers questions tentatively and perfunctorily

Answers questions in one or two words


Essay grading: each essay will be judged on its pertinence to the assigned topic use of evidence, clarity of expression and the strength of its analysis.

A range

B range

C range

D range

F range

Demonstrates mastery of the topic with significant support.

Grammar, punctuation and spelling are exemplary

Demonstrates a clear, well-supported understanding of the topic.

Grammar, punctuation and spelling are very good

Demonstrates a basic understanding of the topic with some supportive evidence.

Grammar, punctuation and spelling are good

Demonstrates a minimal understanding of the topic

Grammar, punctuation and spelling are fair


Incomplete Work


Grading Criteria:

A+ through A-: For any work to receive an "A," it must clearly be exceptional or outstanding work. It must demonstrate keen insight and original thinking. It must not only demonstrate full understanding of the topic or issues addressed, but it must also provide a critical analysis of these, based on substantial evidence. In addition, an "A" grade reflects a student's ability to clearly and thoughtfully articulate his or her learning.

B+ through B-: For any work to receive a "B," it must be good to excellent work. It must demonstrate strong originality, comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "B" grade reflects a student's ability to clearly articulate his or her learning.

C+ through C-: For any work to receive a "C," it must meet the expectations of the assignment. It must demonstrate solid comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "C" grade reflects a student's ability to adequately articulate his or her learning.

D+ through D-: For any work to receive a "D," it must marginally meet the expectations of the assignment. It demonstrates minimal comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "D" grade may reflect a student's difficulty in articulating his or her learning.

F: Work that receives an "F" grade does not meet the expectations or objectives of the assignment. It demonstrates consistent problems with comprehension, organization, critical thinking, and supporting details. In addition, an "F" grade reflects a student's inability to articulate his or her learning. Students are strongly urged to discuss this grade with their instructor and advisor.

A+ = 99 to 100 points
A = 92 to 98 points
A- = 90 to 91 points
B+ = 88 to 89 points
B = 82 to 87 points
B- = 80 to 81 points
C+ = 78 to 79 points
C = 72 to 77 points
C- = 70 to 71 points
D = 60 to 69 points
F = 0 to 59 points












Summer 2016 textbook data will be uploaded on May 3. We strongly suggest that you verify the information below with our online bookseller EdMap before purchasing textbooks from another vendor. If your course is at the Winooski center, check the UVM Bookstore for textbook and pricing information.

Understanding World Societies, Volume 1 : To 1600, ISBN: 9781319008376,    $95.99

Attendance Policy:

Full participation in all components of the course are mandatory. Attendance for the week is recorded with the college on Saturdays. Students who have not posted their weekly discussion questions to class by  Friday may be marked absent for the week.

Late Work
To receive full credit for late work, students must communicate with the instructor prior to the due date.  Late work that has not been approved will receive one half of a letter grade off of the earned grade per day the assignment is late.

Class Academic Honesty Policy

Students caught cheating or claiming any material as their own  that is not ( including copying directly from the textbooks), the assignment is awarded an F (0) and the student will receive a warning. If incidents of plagiarism happen a second time, the student will receive an F for the course and a Plagiarism report will be filed with the college. 

Contact Faculty:

Email: Elisabeth Lehr
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Laura Rubenis


'Syllabus World History 1 HIS 1111 VO01—Summer 2016'


 Each week you will read one or two chapters in the textbook Understanding World Societies, Volume 1: To 1600. In addition, you will read all information in the weekly course block and any additional reading or watching assignments linked in the block.


The weekly assignment routine remains consistent throughout the semester with the exception of the last week of class—Week 12, which will end two days early.


1.     Post a question to your classmates no later than Friday. Weekly attendance is based on completing the assignment on time.

2.     All other work including responding to discussion forum questions, essays, and the Annotated Bibliography, are due by Monday night.

3.     During Week 12, all work must be completed by Sunday, August 14.



Week 1: First Civilizations –Read Chapter 2


Week 2: India—Read Chapter 3


Week 3: China—Read Chapter 4


Week 4: East Asia and Buddhism—Read Chapter 7

            Annotated Bib Research Topic proposal due in the Research Topic discussion forum by June 13.


Week 5: Ancient Greece and Roman—Read Chapters 5 & 6


Week 6: Early Medieval Europe and Byzantium Empire—Read Chapter 8


Week 7:  Islam—read Chapter 9

            Essay One Due by July, 11


Week 8: Africa--Read Chapter 10 


Week 9: Central and East Asia—Read Chapters 12 & 13


Week 10: Europe in the Middle Ages –Read Chapter 14

            I will review your Annotated Bibliography for you if turned in by August 1


Week 11:  Renaissance Europe—Read Chapter 15

            Annotated Bibliography due on Monday, August 8


Week 12: The Americas—Read Chapter 11

            Essay Two due and all discussion work due by Sunday, August 14.

Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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