Upon completion of the course students will be able to
demonstrate an understanding of:
- The origins and roots of western civilization.
- The contributions of different peoples and cultures to the mix that eventually becomes a whole new civilization in western Europe.
- The chief characteristics of the institutions and value systems of the societies studied here.
- The processes of change and development within societies and civilizations.
- The complex interplay of value systems, social structure, geography and ecology, technology, economics, and political institutions in human societies.
- How societies and civilizations have confronted issues of diversity and cultural differences within their populations.
Students will also be able to demonstrate:
- University-level methods of historical inquiry, text interpretation,
analytical writing, and critical thinking.
- The ability to reflect upon their own lives in the light of world history.