131 Online(9740): Ancient & Medieval History
Instructor: Jon Rudd
Phone: 301 322 0492 E-mail: email@example.com
Fax: 301 530 9542
Office Hours: MWF 10-12PM.
& EXPECTED OUTCOMES
HST 131 provides a basic understanding of the origins of
Western civilization, of how societies that contributed most
significantly to the West were established and how they
evolved politically, economically, socially, and culturally.
Historical change should be studied both chronologically and
thematically; this course will do both. Historical
understanding means investigating groups as well as
individuals, long-term processes as well as singular events,
and the ruled as well as the rulers. For our purposes
historical understanding also involves identifying and
comprehending the causes, characteristics, and consequences of
developments which did the most to shape the Western world.
A student who successfully completes this course will be able
Discuss the basic characteristics of a civilized society,
using as examples the civilizations of the ancient Middle
Describe the origins of monotheism, with particular reference
to ancient Egypt and Israel.
Trace the development of ancient Greek political, religious,
and intellectual values, focusing on the polis.
Explain the political evolution of the Greek world from the
Persian Wars to the Hellenistic monarchies.
Discuss the early development and expansion of Rome up through
the late Republic.
Explain the origins of Christianity and its diffusion
throughout the Roman world.
Characterize the crises of the late Roman Empire, the
development of the barbarian successor kingdoms in the West,
and the survival of the Eastern (Byzantine) Empire.
Trace the origins and development of Islam and the early
Describe the emergence of the Papacy as the undisputed source
of authority in the Western Church.
Analyze the development of the Frankish monarchy from Clovis
to the successors of Charlemagne.
Outline the origins and course of Western European feudalism,
the growth of the early medieval economy, and the emergence of
Identify the most important aspects of Imperial-Papal conflict
during the Central Middle Ages.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & POLICIES
--The required textbook is Volume I of The West in the
World, by Dennis Sherman & Joyce Salisbury.
will be four non-cumulative 50-minute exams, each worth 15% of
your grade. The fourth exam is given during the exam week, but
it is not a final and counts the same as the other three. All
exams will be given in the Campus Assessment Center (Bladen
Hall, Room 100).
--The remaining 40% of your grade will consist of two
3-4 page writing assignments. For further details on this
requirement, click on Assignments.
All makeup exams will be taken in the Campus Assessment Center
during the last week of regular classes(May 1-8). For consortium
students, exams will be faxed to the appropriate testing
center at your school. Makeups will be given only to those
students who were unable to take an exam as originally
scheduled. There will be no makeup for the fourth exam.
Failure to take any of the exams or to turn in the
writing assignments means an automatic F
for the course.
college is an institution of higher learning that holds
academic integrity as its highest principle. In the pursuit of
knowledge, the college community expects that all students,
faculty, and staff will share responsibility for adhering to
the values of honesty and unquestionable integrity. To support
a community committed to academic achievement and
scholarship, the Code of Academic Integrity advances the
principle of honest representation in the work that is
produced by students seeking to engage fully in the learning
process." - from the Code of Conduct, Title 6, 2,
C - Academic Integrity.
is the studentís responsibility to become familiar with the
Code of Academic Integrity (see the College website).
From Stone Age to Civilization. Text: 4-17.
The Gift of the Nile. Text: 17-26 .
Iron, Alphabets, One God. Text: 26-40 .
Early Greeks & the Greek Identity. Text: 46-54.
The Greek City-State. Text: 55-64.
The Greek Struggle for Survival. Text: 64-66.
The Rise & Fall of Athens. Text: 66-71.
Week #5: EXAM #1
Greece, Macedon, & Empire. Text: 76-77, 84-106.
Origins of Greek Thought. Text: 54-55, 71-75.
The Early Romans. Text: 118-129.
Rome's Expansion & Its Consequences. Text:129-139 .
1st WRITING ASSIGNMENT DUE.
The Republic Falters. Text: 139-144.
The New Roman State. Text: 150-164.
Week #8: EXAM #2
Beginnings of Christianity. Text: 169-181.
Western Empire from Heyday to Collapse. Text: 164-169.
Barbarians, Byzantines, & Muslims Text: 190-196, 202-208, 210-220.
Emergence of Western Christendom. Text: 197-199.
Towards A New Western Empire. Text: 199-200, 234-240.
Week #11: EXAM #3 (Weeks
Political Turmoil, Social Reinvention. Text: 242-255.
Week #12: (Nov. 14-21)
Church & Empire. Text: 240-242, 284-287.
Taking The Cross. Text: 287-291.
Western Europe's New Crowns. Text: 230-233, 279-284.
Medieval Economy & Society I. Text: 262-268.
Medieval Economy & Society II. Text: 257-280(cont.).
2nd WRITING ASSIGNMENT.