History 111: The Ancient World
The ancient world long been the subject of fascination and admiration, providing models for legal, social, political, and cultural concepts for western societies for thousands of years. Broadly defined as encompassing the cultures of Egypt, the ancient Near East, Greece, and Rome, the classical world forms an essential backdrop for understanding western civilizations. This is an online survey course that examines the histories of ancient Egypt, the Near East, Greece and Rome from roughly the Bronze Age (c.2500-1000 BCE) to the fall of the Roman Empire in 476 CE. Because it is impossible to do adequate justice to the chronological historical narrative of these ancient civilizations in nine weeks, the course is organized around a series of thematic modules. The course modules (i.e. thematic units) are intended to introduce you to key events, people, and themes that define the study of the ancient world. The modules include: Imagining the Divine, Political Structures in the Ancient World, Daily Life in the Ancient World, and War in the Greco-Roman World.
For each module, content will be presented through readings, PowerPoints (PP), videos available on YouTube or posted on the course website, and podcasts from BBC 4’s In Our Time podcast. Each module is divided into sub-units, with content, readings, and assignments for each unit. Students are also required to finish a module assignment upon completion of the associated content, readings, and assignments. Finally, students will also complete a capstone assignment for the class.
Course Learning Outcomes
- Discover ancient civilizations through a multi-disciplinary learning approach that combines texts, archaeology, art, and material culture.
- Use multiple thinking strategies, such as critical, reflective, creative and/or interpretative thinking, to understand and examine major thematic approaches to the ancient world, including social history, religion and philosophy, military history, and art and archaeology.
- Learn to articulate and communicate thoughts, ideas, and arguments in formal, informal, and creative ways. Apply these skills to defend arguments, accept and respond to constructive criticism, and thoughtfully critique peer work and ideas.
A PDF of the full syllabus is posted in the first module under Resources.