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World History I

Semester Dates: Last day to drop without a grade: 06-11-2020 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-14-2020 - Refund Policy
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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:

World History I broadly surveys the major civilizations of the world from earliest known history through the eighteenth century, including ancient Africa, the ancient Near East, ancient India, ancient China, classical Greece and Rome, the Middle Ages, Islamic empires, imperial China, feudal Japan, the kingdoms of West Africa, the Renaissance and Reformation eras, Tudor and Stuart England, and the Scientific Revolution.


Rubicon by Tom Holland
The Death of Woman Wang by Jonathan Spence
Galileo by Bertolt Brecht

Evaluation Criteria:

All grades carry equal weight except for class participation, which will be recorded as two grades: (a) attendance, (b) quality of participation and classroom courtesy. The 2 lowest quiz/essay scores will be dropped (the two participation grades cannot be dropped) before computing the final average.

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. 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.


Summer 2020 textbook data will be available on April 6. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.


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


WORLD HISTORY I - Summer 2020 - Syllabus

June 29
Introduction, Prehistory and Ancient Africa
Syllabus and course policies; Prehistoric Age; Rise of Civilization, Ancient Egypt
Film: Great Civilizations of Africa: Origins

July 02
The Ancient Near East
Mesopotamia; Other Early Civilizations of the Near East
Film clip: Birth of Civilization
Quiz 1

July 06
Ancient India and China
Early India, Maurya & Gupta Eras; Shang, Chou, Ch’in, Han Dynasties
Film: First Emperor of China
Quiz 2

July 09
Ancient Greece
The Hellenic Age and the Hellenistic Age
Quiz 3

July 13
Ancient Rome
The Roman Republic and the Roman Empire
Quiz 4

July 16
The Medieval East
Rise of Christianity; Byzantine Empire; Rise of Islam
Discussion of Rubicon
Quiz 5

July 20
Medieval Europe
The Early and High Middle Ages
Medieval Lives with Terry Jones
Quiz 6

July 23
Imperial China and Feudal Japan
Sui, Tang, Sung, Yuan, and Ming Dynasties; Early and Feudal Japan
Discussion of Death of Woman Wang
Quiz 7

July 27
Islamic Empires and Kingdoms of West Africa
Ottoman Empire; Delhi Sultanate and Moghul Empire; Ghana, Mali, and Songhai
Film: Empires of Gold
Quiz 8

July 30
The Age of the Renaissance and Reformation
The Renaissance; Age of European Exploration; Reformation; Tudor England
Quiz 9

Aug 03
The Age of Political and Scientific Revolution
Growth of Constitutionalism and Absolutism; Scientific Revolution
Quiz 10

Aug 06
Discussion of Galileo
Return papers, quizzes; catch-up day

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.
  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 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.

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