HIS 111 Syllabus


Division:        Arts and Sciences                                                                                                   Date:  February 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught: Liberal Arts - Humanities, Liberal Arts – Social Science, Science, Business Administration


Course Number and Title:           HIS 111, History of World Civilization I


Credit Hours:   3                  Hours/Wk Lecture:   3        Hours/Wk Lab:                    Lec/Lab Comb:   



I.              Catalog Description: Surveys Asian, African, Latin American, and European Civilizations from the ancient period to the present.


II.            Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught: 


A democratic system requires the informed judgment of all its citizens and therefore a study of history should help prepare students from every field for responsible citizenship in their increasingly complex and interdependent world.  The study of western civilization contributes to a student’s informed judgment and responsible citizenship through the analysis of:

1.    cause-effect relationships in historical events

2.    the impact of science and technology on major social, economic, and political institutions of the past

3.    change and permanence in previous societies

4.    leadership qualities of important historical figures

5.    problems that were solved or left unresolved by previous generations

6.    different values, ethics, and judgments shown by different cultures


III.           Required background: 


Non-developmental status in writing and reading.


IV.          Course Content:


A.   Foundations of Complex Societies: Africa, South & East Asia, Americans and Oceania

B.   Formation of Classical Societies: Persia, China, India, Greece and Rome

C.   Postclassical Era: Byzantium, Islam, East Asia and the Indian Ocean Basin

D.   Cross-Cultural Interaction: Nomadic Empires, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle Ages





V.  Learner Outcomes






VI.  Evaluation

Students who complete this course in a satisfactory way will:

1.     Learn the History of World Civilization.  Learning history is commanding a body of knowledge which will in many cases be previously unfamiliar.  Students will not simply learn facts, but will understand and use historical information.

2.    Analyze and synthesize complex ideas based on historical evidence in concise and clear historical narratives. Writing historical narratives requires diverse forms of historical analysis and interpretation, and their interrelation. 

3.    Develop and improve reading, writing and analytical skills through readings, discussions, written and oral presentations. Analytical skills allow for comprehension of questions of comparison over space and time as well as interpretation of historical maps, and visual documents.

4.    Understand the relevance of each historical period, and the differences between historical periods and the present day. Understanding of past realities allows better estimation of the present with future projections.

Students will demonstrate proficiency through a combination of quizzes, oral presentations, critical essays, term papers or other assignments as determined by each faculty member.  This class requires a research project which involves accessing sources of historical information outside the required text for the course.  This project will be defined by each faculty member.


All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and consistency according to the conventions of standard English.



         VII.    This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives:

Critical Thinking
Cultural and Social Understanding
Information Literacy