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Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 09-Apr-24

Fall 2024 | HIS-1111-VO01 - World History to 1500

Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 09-03-2024 to 12-16-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-16-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2024 - Refund Policy
This section is waitlisted (0). Please contact your nearest center for availability.


James Blynt
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Gilberto Diaz Santos

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
VSCS Humanistic Perspectives
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

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. Explain the relationship between the world’s physical and natural environments and the development of ancient world societies and cultures.
2. Explain the development and significance of distinctive forms of political, economic, and social organization in ancient world societies and analyze how they compare to modern world societies.
3. Assess significant characteristics of social identity found in ancient world societies and discuss resulting social, racial, and gender inequalities.
4. Analyze ways in which human groups have come into contact and interacted with one another, including patterns of migration, trade, conquest, and cultural diffusion, and critique the diverse impacts of those exchanges as experienced by advantaged and disadvantaged communities.
5. Investigate the diverse ideologies and religions found in ancient world societies, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and secular philosophies.
6. Identify the major shifts in philosophical, cultural, and scientific ideas and developments that occurred in this timeframe and evaluate their implications.
7. Analyze the theses, context, values, perspectives, and facts in historical primary and secondary sources.
8. Engage in and evaluate historical research using information literacy skills.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

*** This is a low cost ($50 or less) textbook or resource class. ***

This course uses one or more textbooks/books/simulations.

Fall 2024 textbook details will be available on 2024-05-20. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be specific to this class. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks/books.

HIS-1111-VO01 Link to Textbooks for this course in eCampus.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Artificial Intelligence(AI) Policy Statement

CCV recognizes that artificial intelligence (AI) and generative AI tools are widely available and becoming embedded in many online writing and creative applications.

Prohibited: The use of generative AI is not allowed in this course, with the exception of spellcheck, grammar check and similar tools. This course rests in the value of students engaging in the learning process without relying on AI-generated content. Students will develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills independently, owning their learning journey from start to finish. If you use these tools, your actions would be considered academically dishonest and a violation of CCV's Academic Integrity Policy.


This is an online class with no in-person or Zoom meetings. Students will work through each week's material at their own pace, completing quizzes, papers, and participating in online discussion boards according to posted deadlines. Each week students will have a variety of resources to explore, including readings, maps, pictures, and videos.

Evaluation Criteria

All grades are weighted equally. Your final grade will be calculated as an average of the following:

Quiz 1 - Intro, Prehistory, Egypt, Mesopotamia
Quiz 2 - Ancient India and China
Quiz 3 - Ancient Greece and Rome
Quiz 4 - Medieval period
Quiz 5 - Imperial China, Feudal Japan, West Africa
Quiz 6 - Renaissance and Reformation
Quiz A - Guns, Germs, and Steel (prologue-chapter 4)
Quiz B - Guns, Germs, and Steel (chapters 5-9)
Quiz C - Guns, Germs, and Steel (chapters 10-14)
Quiz D - Guns, Germs, and Steel (chapters 15-19)
Essay - Guns, Germs, and Steel (counts twice)
Discussion - First half of semester (not counting GGS)
Discussion - Second half of semester (not counting GGS)
Discussion - Guns, Germs, and Steel (first half of book)
Discussion - Guns, Germs, and Steel (second half of book)
General Class Participation

Note: assessments are subject to change. All quizzes are open-note/book

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


Introduction and Prehistory



Ancient Africa



The Ancient Near East



Ancient India and China



Ancient Greece



Ancient Rome



The Medieval East



Medieval Europe



Islamic Empires



Imperial China and Feudal Japan



Kingdoms of West Africa



The Age of the Renaissance



The Age of the Reformation



Guns, Germs, and Steel



Connecting Past and Present


Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Participation Expectations

Students are expected to be active participants in all weekly discussion boards.

Missing & Late Work Policy

You will have plenty of time to complete and submit all assignments. Late work will not be accepted for any reason.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

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.