WORLD CIVILIZATION I (HS253)
Three Semester Hours
AB/LC/FM MWF 9:00-9:50 am (CT)
people of all faiths,
Instructor: Dr. Brad Tennant, Associate Professor, Department of Arts & Sciences
Office Hours: C333
MWF 7:00-8:45 am, 11:00-11:50 am;
TR 7:00-11:50 am (or by appointment).
(605) 229-8577 or 1-800-437-6060 ext. 577
Text: Western Civilization (6th
Ed.) by Jackson J. Spielvogel. Thomson
Wadsworth Publishing Company, 2006. (Copies are ON RESERVE at each campus)
WORLD CIVILIZATION I (HS253) is a general survey of the historical, cultural, and political highlights of civilized society from the beginnings of civilization up to circa 1500. Particular emphasis is placed on the development of western (European) history. World Civilization I fulfills the requirements for a social science/human culture core elective.
College General Education Course Goal and Outcomes for HS253:
3. Culture and Social Heritage -
Graduates will develop a critical understanding of human cultures and their creative achievements.
Analyze historical events, ideas, and societies from a multi-cultural
Understand interrelationships of individuals and societies in their
Demonstrate understanding of the concepts and conversation common to a
particular humanities discipline.
3d. Critically analyze creative ideas and works in the humanities from a contextual perspective.
1) To gain a broad understanding of the people and events that shaped the course of world history.
2) To learn more about the social, political, and economic factors that contributed to the development of civilizations.
3) To gain a better understanding of the complex diversity of human experiences included in the history of todays world.
Although the course will be mainly lecture-based, it is hoped that the class size and chapter topics will encourage class discussions. Lecture outlines will be posted on Blackboard and Dyknow.
Assessment and Grading:
Students should be familiar with Presentation College's policies regarding academic integrity. These are found in the college catalog under "Academic Policies."
Student assessment will be based on the following:
Four exams (50 points each) = 200
One paper (30 points) = 30
230 points possible
EXAMS will consist of ten identifications. You will be given your choice of ten out of fifteen topics to identify. Each identification will be valued at 0/3/5 points. 10 IDs x 5 points each = 50 points.
There are two PAPER topics from which you may choose ONE. The first option is a paper that focuses on the role of religion in an early society. The second option is a paper that focuses on the role of art in an early society. The paper should be typed, double-spaced, and approximately five pages in length. A bibliography should also be included.
The following grading scale will be used based on the highest total number of points earned by any student in the class.
96% and above = A
90-95% = A-
87-89% = B+
83-86% = B
80-82% = B-
70-79% = C
60-69% = D
59% and below = Failing
Rubric for assessing history examinations and papers:
stated in the
--- Topics covered will include a great deal of information NOT necessarily found in the text.
--- Students are expected to contact the instructor as soon as possible (in advance when possible) if an absence will result in missing an exam. I despise make-up tests. Furthermore, I do not give "incompletes.
--- All weather-related closings are the decision of the administration.
WORLD CIVILIZATION I (HS253)
THREE SEMESTER HOURS
Aug. 29/31 - Course Introduction; Characteristics of Civilization
Sept. 3/5/7 - Sept.
3 Labor Day
(No Class); Ch. 1 Mesopotamia;
Sept. 7 SDSHS BOT (No Class)
Sept. 10/12/14 - Ch. 1 Egypt; Ch. 2 Early Contributions to Civilization
Sept. 17/19/21 - Ch. 2 Early Contributions; Test #1
24/26/28 - Ch. 3 Greek City-States; Hellenic
Sept. 28 Festival of Books (No Class)
Oct. 1/3/5 - Ch. 4 Hellenistic Greece
Oct. 8/10/12 - Oct. 8 Native American Day (No Class); Test #2
Oct. 15/17/19 - Ch. 5 The Roman Republic;
Oct. 22/24/26 - Ch. 6 The Pax Romana
Oct. 29/31/2 - Ch. 6 - The Roman Empire
Nov. 5/7/9 - Decline and Fall of Rome; Test #3
Nov. 12/14/16 - Ch. 7 - The Dark Ages; Byzantium; Paper Due
19/21/23 - Ch. 7 Byzantium and Islam
Nov. 23 Thanksgiving Break (No Class)
26/28/30 - Islamic Civilization; Ch. 8 -
Manorialism, Feudalism, and the
Dec. 3/5/7 - Ch. 9 The High Middle Ages; Ch. 10-11 The Late
Ages; Dec. 7 SDSHS BOT (No Class)
Dec. 10-13 (MTWR) - Finals Week/Test #4 TBA