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 Course Title:   World Civilizations II: D

 Title Abbreviation:   WORLD CIVILIZATIONS II:D

 Department:    HIST&

 Course #:    127

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    540101

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2017

 Course Description  

A survey of world civilizations from the 13th through the early 19th century. Includes the Renaissance and Reformation, Islamic Empires, European colonization, Scientific Revolution, and the American and French Revolutions.


Prerequisite: Appropriate placement or grade of 2.0 or higher in ENGL 099.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Social Sciences  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
U of W HIST112

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. understand the major developments in world history from the late Middle Ages through the 1800.
  2. explore the interactions of early modern empires, such as the Islamic Empire, the British and French Empires, and the Chinese dynasty.
  3. consider how European colonization shaped the societies of North and South America.
  4. consider how the European discovery and conquest of the New World altered indigenous cultures.
  5. consider the impact of the slave trade on the development of the African continent.
  6. appreciate the diversity of cultural arrangements and institutions in various world civilizations.
  7. understand how cross-cultural encounters have shaped societies throughout the world, for the better and for the worse.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.
2.3 Identify, interpret, and evaluate pertinent data and previous experience to reach conclusions.

4. Community & Cultural Diversity

Definition: Recognizing the value of human communities and cultures from multiple perspectives through a critical understanding of their similarities and differences.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
4.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and issues associated with the diverse perspectives of race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, and culture.
4.2 Understand, value and respect human differences and commonalities as they relate to issues of race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities and culture.
4.3 Understand the historically and socially constructed nature of—and the meanings attributed to—human differences.

7. Aesthetics & Creativity

Definition: Interpreting human experience through engagement with creative processes and aesthetic principles.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
7.4 Demonstrate an understanding of the role of arts and creative expression in societies.

Course Contents

  1. The renaissance and the end of the middle ages
  2. The Revival of Europe after the middle ages
  3. The Christian reformation
  4. The rise of monarchism and kingship
  5. Absolute monarchism in conflict with parliamentarianism
  6. The Age of Science and the Enlightenment
  7. Europe?s Old Regime, 18th century
  8. Liberalism??s conflict with the Old Regime?the American and French Revolutions to 1815.
  9. Students are asked to ponder similarities between historic and current events/situations; and both actual and potential social responses to those situations
  10. Students are introduced to the need to question the source(s) of historical information; and to become conscious of the difference between historical data and historical interpretation (theory); and to become aware of history as propaganda, as legend, as myth?and to seek reasons why.
  11. Students are encouraged in these through processes through in-class, verbal questioning, and through carefully worded test questions that cannot be answered via simple memorization.