World History to 1500
1. Catalog Entry
World History to 1500
Credit hours (3)
A general survey of world history; a study of the world's major cultural areas, their unique achievements and their interaction with and relation to other societies. Covers the period up to the end of the fifteenth century. This course has been approved for credit in the Humanities Area and in the Global Perspectives Area of the Core Curriculum.
2. Detailed Description of Course
The major topics covered in this course are those considered to represent the foundations of world history. These topics, with various degrees of emphasis, are common to all recent textbooks written for an introductory course in world history.
1) Early People and the Rise of Civilization
a. Early Hominids
b. Ancient Egypt
c. Ancient Western Asia
2) Ancient Greece and the Hellenistic Age
3) Ancient Rome and the Rise of Christianity
4) Ancient Asia
a. South Asia
b. East Asia
5) Byzantium through the 15th Century
6) Islamic Civilization through the 15th Century
7) Asia through the 15th Century
8) Europe in the Middle Ages
9) Africa and the Americas through the 15th Century
3. Detailed Description of Conduct of Course
The class meets three hours a week. A textbook is required by all instructors; each instructor has the option of selecting a different text. Additionally, some instructors require other readings. Teaching methods involve a mix of lecture and discussion. Generally large classes require a teaching methodology capable of reaching a wide variety of students. Visual aids emphasize maps and graphs, but other aids such as video recordings, power point presentations, and other media including the internet may also be used.
4. Goals and Objectives of the Course
Core Goal 7: Radford University students will understand that human experience has given rise to significant questions and be aware of the nature and methods of inquiry in the humanities.
Learning Outcome 7a: Radford University students will identify principles, concepts, or developments crucial to inquiry in a humanities discipline.
Learning Outcome 7b. Radford University students will recognize how a method of inquiry in the humanities can be applied to a disciplinary question.
Core Goal 11: Radford University students will understand how social and cultural (for example, political, historical, economic, environmental, religious, or geographic) forces shape experiences in the global setting.
Learning Outcome 11a: Radford University students will be able to identify how different perspectives shape human life around the world.
Learning Outcome 11b: Radford University students will be able to recognize social and cultural forces that affect relationships between cultures in the world.
5. Assessment Measures
Assessment measures may include any or all of the following: participation in class, writing exercises, oral discussions of readings, and testing that includes objective and/or essay questions on quizzes and examinations. All tests are structured to emphasize an understanding of ideas, concepts, and inter-relationships. Assessment measures are designed to evaluate student learning and progress towards the fulfillment of the Core Curriculum program goals and the specific goals and objectives for both the Global Perspectives and Humanities areas as stated above in D.
6. Other Course Information
Review and Approval
April 16, 1998
February 25, 1999
October 5, 2008
June 20, 2015