World Civilizations I

In a survey of world civilizations, this course will focus on civilizations before 1492. While classical Western cultures such as those of Rome, Greece, and Egypt will be highlighted, attention and study will also center on the civilizations of East Asia, specifically China and India, as well as the Middle East, Africa, and pre-Columbian America. This course will focus on the early foundations of civilization that led to future European colonialism and imperialism.


Course Information

Exercise historical evaluation skills through synthesizing a personal connection to and interpretation of the past.

Bloom’s level 3

Engage in ethical inquiry, and develop effective communication skills through an analysis of primary and secondary sources to discuss, pose, and answer historical questions.

Bloom’s level 3

Examine the contribution of key historical figures, cultures, and societies, and make informed decisions and ethical choices.

Bloom’s level 3

Connect historical events, themes, and outcomes in an analysis on a chosen topic.

Bloom’s level 4

Engage in historical inquiry and use inquiry techniques to demonstrate an understanding of historiography, why history is studied, and how events relate to one another.

Bloom’s level 3

Examine and dissect complex cause and effect relationships between ideas and events to develop a complete understanding of the narrative of history and demonstrate the impact that accidents and irrational behavior and events have on history.

Bloom’s level 3

Evaluate another person’s work using performance criteria.

Bloom’s level 5

Evaluate a scenario and identify the best answer, and engage with others to explain your rationale.

Bloom’s level 5

Course Outline

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How Our Syllabus Stacks Up (Syllabus Equivalency)

Syllabi for equivalent courses from four other institutions were reviewed. The following table represents the coverage of rigor in terms of number of assessments and content in a TEL course as it relates to other similar courses.



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We provide two different readings that elaborate information related to the lesson topic. The first gives you essential, objective information while the second offers a deeper look at a specific sub-topic or a view of different perspectives.

Check Your Knowledge

Developing a clear understanding of a topic generally requires that you spend time reflecting on the meaning or impact of its concepts and information. We facilitate this reflection with polls designed to help you create connections to the topic.



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Toolbox Resources

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