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HIST4A:  GLOBAL HISTORY BEFORE 1500


Course Description

Beginning with the agricultural revolution, this course examines the development of global society before 1500. With attention to the interactions between humans and environment, developing states, cultures, economies, and social structures are examined in global context. The course emphasizes historical, analytical, and research skills. It asks students to analyze the evolution of global values, beliefs, and practices, as well as the conditions and results of social change. This course has the option of a letter grade or pass/no pass. ADVISORY: English 250 and English 260.


Learning Outcomes

  • Explain, analyze, and predict historical interactions between humans and the environment.
  • Compare and contrast various historical models for state building, expansion, and conflict.
  • Analysis of the creation, expansion, interaction, and transformation of economic systems.
  • Compare, contrast, and critique of the development, maturation, interaction, and transformation of cultures and social structures.
  • Develop and refine varied research skills, using global history topics to look deeply and broadly at human history.
  • Develop and practice historical thinking skills including analysis, argumentation, chronological reasoning, interpretation, contextualization, comparison, and synthesis.


Last modified: November 25, 2014
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