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Western Civilization to 1650

I.     Course Prefix/Number: HIS 131

       Course Name: Western Civilization to 1650

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

None

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course surveys the political, economic, social, cultural and intellectual origins of Western civilization from the ancient world to the 17th century. IAI S2 902

IV.   Learning Objectives

A.   Demonstrate basic knowledge of the major historical eras covered.
B.   Define the basic vocabulary needed to discuss the history of Western Civilization
C.   Discuss, compare and evaluate representative works of popular culture for the period.
D.   Explain the political, social, cultural and economic diversity within Western   civilizations and explain the interactions among these traditions.
E.   Present and debate conflicting interpretations of the Western tradition.
F.   Analyze primary and secondary sources that are used in interpreting the history of Western Civilization.

V.    Academic Integrity

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.

VI.   Sequence of Topics

A.    Introduction to Historical methodology and Historiography
B.    Civilizations of the Near East to 500 B.C.
C.    Greece and Hellenism
D.    Greece and the Hellenistic Legacy
E.    Early Celtic civilizations and pre-Roman Europe
F.    The rise of the Roman Republic
G.    The Roman Empire
H.    Judaism and the origins of Christianity
I.    The collapse of the Roman World and the rise of Byzantine civilization
J.    Early Medieval Europe and the Christian Church
K.    The rise of Islam and relations with the Western world
L.    Medieval Europe and the High Middle Ages
M.    The Italian Renaissance
N.    The Northern European Renaissance
O.    Reformation, Protestantism and the Counter-Reformation
P.    Wars of Religion

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Each class will include a variety of instructional methods such as: lectures, in-class discussions, group activities, document and film analysis, and the use of new technologies.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Students will be required to:

A.    Read a standard textbook and research materials.

B.    Write outside of class the equivalent of 13 – 15 double-spaced typed pages in the form of a term paper, summaries of journal articles, short research papers, and/or other kinds of writing.

C.    Participate in in-class and out-of-class activities.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

At least two exams will be given in addition to other required papers and assignments.

Students will also be evaluated on a combination of written assignments and in- and out      
of- class assignments.

XI.   Other Course Information



If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.