Maricopa Community Colleges  HIS110

Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 3-25-2003

HIS110 2004 Fall 2005 Summer II

LEC 3.0 Credit(s) 3.0 Period(s) 3.0 Load Acad

World History to 1500

Survey of the economic, social, cultural, and political elements of world history from the beginning of human civilization to 1500.

Prerequisites: None.


Course Attribute(s):

General Education Designation: Social and Behavioral Sciences - [SB]

General Education Designation: Global Awareness - [G]

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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:


HIS110 2004 Fall 2005 Summer II

World History to 1500



Define the elements of civilization and identify factors leading to its development. (I)


Describe the beginning of civilization in Mesopotamia and its contributions to subsequent civilizations in the region. (II)


Explain the longevity of ancient Egypt and describe factors that contributed to its eventual decline. (II)


Describe the diffusion of civilizations in Africa and the Near East in the period 3000 B.C.E. 800 B.C.E. (II)


Describe the diversity of Indian civilization and its adaptability to external factors. (III)


Explain the role of continuity in early Chinese history and its effect on its civilization. (III)


Describe Hellenic Greek civilization and the role of the Hellenistic Greek world in transmitting this civilization to the Western world. (IV)


Analyze the factors shaping the Roman Republic and elements contributing to its collapse. (IV)


Describe the growth of the Roman Empire and the reasons for it. (IV)


Describe the origins of Christianity and explain the role the Roman Empire played in its early growth. (V)


Analyze the impact of the Germanic migrations on the late Roman world. (VI)


Explain the survival of the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) empire and describe its contribution to subsequent civilizations. (VI)


Describe the origins of Islam and explain the factors in its rapid growth. (VII)


Identify the major developments in medieval Asian civilization and explain how they reflect the continuities of their respective civilizations. (VIII)


Analyze the origins of "Europe" circa 1000 C.E. and explain the factors in its development. (IX)


Describe the development of civilization in the Western Hemisphere. (X)

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MCCCD Official Course Outline:


HIS110 2004 Fall 2005 Summer II

World History to 1500


I. Introduction/Foundations

II. The Cradle of Civilizations

A. Ancient Mesopotamia

1. Summer

2. Babylon

B. Ancient Egypt

C. Ancient Africa

D. The Near East, c. 1500-800 B.C.E.

1. Minoan & Mycenaean civilization

2. The Hebrews

III. East Asia

A. Ancient India

1. Origins

2. Indian society

3. Indian religion

a. Hinduism

b. Buddhism

B. Early China

1. Prehistory

2. Shang dynasty

3. Chou dynasty

4. Confucianism

IV. The Classical West

A. Hellenic Greece

B. Hellenistic Greece

C. The Roman Republic

D. The Roman Empire

V. The Rise of Christianity

A. Background

1. The Judaic communities

2. The historical Jesus

B. Spread of Christianity

C. Christianity and Rome

VI. Division of the Western World

A. Waning of the Classical West

1. Dividing the Roman Empire

2. The Germanic invasions

B. The rise of Byzantium

VII. Islam and the Remaking of the East

A. The Origins of Islam

B. The Arabic conquests

C. The Abbasid Caliphate

D. The Umayyad Caliphate

VIII. Medieval Asia

A. India

1. Alexander's arrival

2. The Maurya Empire

3. The Gupta empire

4. The arrival of Islam

B. China

1. The Ch'in

2. T'ang China

3. The Sung dynasties

C. Japan

1. The Chinese influence

2. Feudal anarchy

IX. Medieval Europe

A. The Origins of "Europe"

B. Feudal society

C. The crises of the later Middle Ages

D. Origins of the Renaissance

X. Mesoamerican Civilizations


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