In this course students will demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of:
- The major developments in Western history.
- The major ideas and themes that led to these developments.
- The intellectual, social, political, economic and cultural developments within the societies covered.
Students will also demonstrate the ability to:
- Carry out historical analysis and research.
- Convey thoughts and ideas in written essay form.
- Recognize and analyze major original historical documents.
Semester 1: Civilization
Learning Objectives: Demonstrate an understanding of 1) civilization; 2) the need for security within Western Civilization; 3) the importance of religion for the Egyptians and their view of security; 4) the individual within Greek society and their attainment of security
- (Sept. 7) Prehistory: The beginning of civilization
- (Sept. 14) Foundation of Ancient Civilizations
- (Sept. 21) Egyptian Religion and the Building of the Pyramids
- (Sept. 28) Major Development within Ancient Civilizations
- (Oct. 5) Greece: The Emergence from the Tribal State
- (Oct. 12) Rise of Greek, Individualism, part I
- (Oct. 19) The Rise of Greek, Individualism, part II
- (Oct. 26) The Classical Age of Greece
- (Nov. 2) The Rise of Greek Philosophy
- (Nov. 9) Alexander The Great Man Theory
- (Nov. 16) Map Quiz
- (Nov. 21) Exam 1
(Nov. 30) Break week
Semester 2: The Romans
Learning Objectives: Demonstrate an understanding of 1) the rise of the Roman red publica and the obtaining of security, 2) the fall of res publica an exemplified by the assination of Julius Caesar, 3) the rise of the Roman Empire and the reestablishment of security beginning with the reign of Caesar Augustus; 4) the emergence of Christianity within the context of the Roman Empire; 5) the causes of the Fall of the Roman Empire.
- (Dec. 7) The Grandeur that was Rome
- (Dec. 14) The Roman Revolution: The Decline of the Republic and the Rise of the Empire (Christmas break Dec 16-Jan 1)
- (Jan 4) The Empire and the Rise of Christianity
- (Jan. 11) Roman Society and Architecture
- (Jan. 18) The Roman Empire: The Beginning of the End
- (Jan. 25) The Fall of Rome
- (Feb. 1) Map Quiz
- (Feb. 8) Exam 2
(Feb. 15 Break Week)
Semester 3: The Middle Ages
Learning Objectives: Demonstrate an understanding of 1) the rise and power of the Roman Catholic Church; 2) feudalism within the context of the turmoil of the Middle Ages; 3) the expansion that took place during the Middle Ages; 4) the demise of feudalism and the emergence of the Modern Era.
- (Feb. 22) Western Christendom: The Emergence of the Roman Church
- (Mar. 1) Societies of Greatness: Byzantine and Islam
- (Mar. 8) Charlemagne: The Consolidation of Empire
- (Mar. 15) Feudalism and the Emergence of Medieval Society
- (Mar. 22) The Expanding Medieval Frontier
- (Mar. 29) The Church in the Middle Ages, part I
- (Apr. 5) The Church in the Middle Ages, part II
- (Apr. 12) The End of the Medieval Era
- (Apr. 19) Map Quiz
- (Apr. 26) Exam 3
(May 3 Break Week)
Semester 4: The Renaissance
Learning Objectives: Demonstrate the understanding of 1) the growing emphasis of the individual during the Renaissance; 2) the philosophical movement away from God as the determinate factor in an individual's life; 3) the development of a modern political philosophy in the writings of Machiavelli; 4) the growing disruption of the Roman Catholic Church; 5) how the Protestant Revolution of Luther led to a secularization of Western society
- (May 10) The Italian Renaissance
- (May 17) Machiavelli vs. Erasmus: Realism vs. Idealism
- (May 24) Christian Humanism and the Beginning of Religious Rebellion
- (May 31) Martin Luther and Protestant Revolutionary Thought
- (Jun. 7) Map Quiz
- (Jun. 14) Exam 4
Source: The Western Image, volume I: An Introduction to Western Civilization, David Tengwall