History of the Ancient World: Greece
I. Course Prefix/Number: HIS 206
Course Name: History of the Ancient World: Greece
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
B. Describe Ancient Greece’s achievements in political, cultural, and social terms
C. Compare representative works of literature and philosophy produced within this period
D. Critique the values expressed in the religious, philosophical, archaeological, and literary evidence of this period, and discuss the current relevance of
E. Explain the ethnic, cultural, and religious diversity of Greece, particularly the Hellenistic period, and the origins of political, cultural, and ethnic conflict
F. Apply conflicting interpretations of Ancient Greek history
G. Analyze primary and secondary sources of Ancient Greece
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• 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.
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VI. Sequence of Topics
B. Greece in the Bronze Age: Minoan Crete and Mycenaean Greece
C. Collapse of Bronze Age civilization and the subsequent Dark Age
D. Archaic Greece
E. The emergence of the polis and participatory government
F. Tyranny, oligarchy, and democracy in the polis
G. The Persian Wars and their consequences
H. Classical Athens and the radical democracy of Pericles
I. Athenian society and culture
J. The Athenian Empire
K. The Peloponnesian War and the subsequent Spartan hegemony
L. The rise of Macedon in the Fourth Century B.C.E.: Philip II of Macedon
M. Alexander the Great and his conquests
N. The Hellenistic World from 323 B.C.E. to 30 B.C.E.
O. Classical Athenian culture contrasted to Hellenistic culture
P. Religious and ethnic groups within the Greek/Hellenistic world
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
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
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
XI. Other Course Information
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Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
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