HIS 2123 Introduction to World Civilization to the Fifteenth Century

 The World Civilization courses are designed as a survey of major events, themes, and individuals from the Late Neolithic to the Columbian Encounter in the late 15th century CE. The course includes a broad overview of the pattern of development of major civilizations and their interactions with closer attention given to those events, institutions, beliefs, and practices that involved and affected large numbers of people and had lasting significance for later generations. (Same as IDS 2203. Credit cannot be earned for both HIS 2123 and IDS 2203). 

Quantitative learning modules have been embedded into the course, focusing on political, economic, social, and cultural developments in world history. With a focus on patterns of development across the globe over a long period of time, the quantitative modules are used to enhance student understanding of important historical topics. By using quantitative analysis, historians can use data sources as quantifiable evidence of pattern changes over time and help draw new conclusions.

Example Assignment: Students do the work of historians by researching data available in the Domesday Book, a historical book that determined “who held the material wealth” for taxing purposes in England. They would then use the data found to create informational charts which they would use in their report of the patterns they had found.