Western Civilization I
This course provides students with a comprehensive overview of the development of early civilizations from Neolithic times to 1715. Early and contemporary Western cultures are compared and contrasted, as are major religious, social, and political reforms. Other topics include the religious influence of Judaism and the Bible, the rise and fall of ancient Greece, and the transformation of Rome from a republic to an empire. The Crusades, the origins of feudalism, and the evolution of Christianity are examined, as is the evolution of the European economy during Westward expansion. The Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment period are also discussed.
After completing this course, you will be able to:
Identify the major concepts, persons, and events that contributed to the development of early civilizations from Neolithic times to 1715.
Compare and contrast early and contemporary Western cultures.
Describe the religious influence of Judaism and the Bible on early Near Eastern political, social, and economic organization.
Explain the rise, fall, and legacy of Ancient Greece.
Describe the transformation of Rome from a republic to an empire.
Examine the secularization of religious authority to develop a deeper understanding of the political underpinnings of the Medieval world.
Explain how the Crusades contributed to the establishment of a stable political order in the Western World.
Define and describe the origins of feudalism.
Compare and contrast the major religious, social, and political reforms that contributed to the rise of Papal Supremacy in the late Middle Ages.
Describe the evolution of Christianity during the Reformation.
Explain the evolution of the European economy during westward expansion.
Explain both the Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment.