Western Civilization Syllabus

Course Syllabus

Course Title Western Civilization I

Course Number HIS 1113

School Term Fall 2017

Instructor Robert Jones

Office/Room Location Room # 43, Gym Classrooms, North Pike High School

Office Hours 8:00-9:23 M-F

Email rjones@npsd.k12.ms.us

Website northpikerjones.educatorpages.com

Course Description This course is a survey of the history Western Civilization from the beginning of Civilization until the middle of the 17th century. The survey includes the earliest civilizations in Mesopotamia and Egypt, the Classical period including ancient Greece and Rome, the Middle Ages in Europe, and the early modern period. Emphasis is given to the development of Judo/Christian ethics, and development of Democratic principles that are the foundations of Modern Western Civilization. The survey extends beyond the Middle Ages to cover the Age of Exploration, the Renaissance and the Reformation.


Course Goals The primary goal of the course is to help the student develop an appreciation and understanding of how past cultures interacted with each other, laid the foundations of modern cultures, and influence us today.



Jackson J. Spielvogel, Western Civilization 9th Edition . ISBN# 978-1-285-43640-1


Measurable Learning Outcomes:

A. In writing, the student will be able to identify the major cradles of civilization, major cultures that developed from them, and significant contributions made by each of the cultures discussed.

B. Students will recognize and understand important terms pertaining to the time period from pre-history

to the 17th Century.

C. Students will locate and identify major present day countries of the Ancient Middle East, Classical Period Medieval Europe, areas of the New World, and bodies of water on a map.


Methods of Assessment:

The measurable learning outcomes will be accessed through major tests, outside assignments, and daily work.


Grading Scale A 100-90

B 89-80

C 79-70

D 69-60

F 59-0

Assignments No assignment will be accepted late, unless it is due to an excused absence according to handbook policy. The student will be given three days from the return to class to turn the late assignment.

Attendance A student who enrolls in this class accepts responsibility for attending the class and for completing the work assigned. The college excuses absences under three circumstances: hospitalization of the student, death in the student’s immediate family, and participation in a school-sponsored activity. A student whose absence is excused will be allowed to make up any work missed during that absence, but only if the student notifies the instructor on the day of his or her return to class.

A student may miss no more than two weeks of classes (6 days) with or without excuses.

Tardy Every third tardy is counted as an absence.

Other -Cell phones are prohibited in the classroom except for educational purposes.

- Important announcements will be posted on the white board and website. Check each day for announcements.

*The instructor reserves the right to amend the syllabus as necessary.

*This syllabus is tentative and subject to change depending upon requirements of both North Pike School

District and Southwest Mississippi Community College.








Course Schedule

Week 1- Introduction to the Course

- Characteristics of Human Societies

- Cradles of Civilization

Week 2- Ancient Sumeria and Mesopotamia

Week 3- Ancient Egypt

-the effects of geography on the development of early civilizations

Week 4- Ancient Middle Eastern Kingdoms


- Zoroastrianism

Week 5- Rise of Ancient Greece

Week 6- Contributions of Ancient Greece

Week 7- The Rise of Ancient Rome

Week 8- Contributions of Ancient Rome

Week 9- The Roman Empire and Rise of Christianity

Week 10- Ancient Rome, and Fall

Week 11- Christianity, Byzantine Empire, and the Franks

Week 12- Muhammad and the Rise of Islam

Week 13- Feudalism and European Medieval Society

Week 14- The Rise of Nation States (England and France)

- The Crusades: Crucible of Change and Awakenings

Week 15- Renaissance

Week 16- Age of Exploration

- The Portuguese in the Indian Ocean

- Classroom Discussion: Battle of Diu, How would history be different had the Muslims defeated the Portuguese?

-Cortez and the Aztecs

- Development of the Atlantic Trade

Week 17- The Reformation and Religious Wars

-Martin Luther to Thirty Years War

Week 18- Review and Preparation for Exams