World History I (3) Human origins; early civilizations; major political and intellectual developments on all continents; cultural interrelationships to 1500.
HIST 010 Non-Western Civilization (3)
(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.
History 010 is an introductory survey of ancient history from the emergence of Homo Sapiens to the onset of European exploration (approximately 1500), examining the evolution of the world's various peoples and cultures. The course will focus on the historical processes that led to human diversity, as expressed in varying patterns and systems of government, economics, arts, ideas, belief systems, and social organizations. The course will also treat the growth of agriculture and pastoral nomadism and explore global interactions and linkages, engendered by human migrations, the spread of commerce and disease, wars, and conquests up to 1500. Although the mode of delivery may vary, depending on the semester or session in which a specific section of the course is offered, its campus location, and the instructor's major research specialization, the course will be taught thematically and conceptually. It will include individuals who have played a significant role in influencing the beliefs and institutions of a particular culture, or humanity in general, such as Moses, Confucius, Gautama (the Buddha), Plato, Alexander, Jesus, Muhammad, St. Francis of Assisi, al-Ghazali, Murasaki Shikubu, and Moctezuma. Students will learn about the interrelationships between dominant and nondominant cultures, such as the concepts of Roman imperialism, the tributary relationship between China and its neighbors, the Islamic concept of conquering lands without forcing conversion, the effects of the Mongol conquests, and the beginnings of Portuguese exploration and colonization. The course will make students more aware of the cultural achievements of the ancient Egyptians, Hebrews, Greeks, Romans, Persians, Indians, Chinese, Arabs, Turks, Mayans, and Japanese. Discussion sections (for high-enrollment classes) and essay examinations will promote student facility in written and oral self-expression, analysis, synthesis, comparison and contrast, and cultural empathy. History 010 instructors will, at their discretion, provide opportunities for gathering information from libraries, computerized indexes, and websites. Students will come to understand themselves and their own culture, as well as the background to many other societies and cultures in today's world, through intellectual confrontation with the peoples and cultures of antiquity. Instructors will address issues related to civility, the individual's role within the larger community, and academic honesty.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.