This World history course examines the comparative history of the world's civilizations in Europe, Africa, the Americas, and Asia, from the dawn of civilization to approximately 1650.
Topics in social, intellectual, economic, and political history are covered.
The material and subjects contained in the lecture are of interest to those planning to pursue a history major in the future as well as anyone seeking a global historical perspective.


Upon successful completion of the course the student should be familiar with:

1. Historical causation from a global, comparative perspective.
2. The most significant political structures, social structures, and forms of cultural expression in art and religion in discrete segments of the world's civilizations.
3. Key periods of world history and patterns of change from the dawn of the modern period to the present.
4. The relevance of the modern era to the present.
5. The historical frame of reference from the early modern era to the present.


1. Attendance at all class sessions.
2. Reading of the two novels and completion of an analytical assessment for each.
3. Completion of three examinations: two midterms and a final and a minimum of 3 pop quizzes.
4. Completion of a history project. This can be a review essay, a research paper, or oral/visual presentation.


Methods of instruction may include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Lecture
2. In-class discussion and small group work and discussion that permits students to share their ideas and critique both primary and secondary sources.
3. Use of film and other audio-visual media and maps to illustrate the historical events being presented.
4. Use of the Internet and/or other computer-based technologies in doing historical research.

The weekly materials and assignments for the course will be posted on the course Blackboard site, a password secure web site.
The major communication/assignment submission software used for this course will be
o Blackboard
o Microsoft Power Point 2003/2007

Hope to see you in class:

Daniella Kreijen Ashburn


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