Western Civilization From Prehistory
to the Middle Ages
Course Start Date: 08/06/2014
Course End Date: 09/03/2014
Campus/Learning Center: East El Paso
Facilitator Information Alison Cundari
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I graduated from Northern Illinois University at DeKalb with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History in 1993, and acquired a Master of Arts in History from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2002. Over the last several years I have been working on and off toward an additional degree in Education. I am currently working for the El Paso Independent School District as a classroom instructor, as well as a curriculum writer in US History. I look forward to having you in class. Course Description
This course provides an overview of the principal cultural, political, and economic developments that shaped Western civilization from prehistory to the Middle Ages. It presents a framework for understanding current social experience by applying historical perspectives to contemporary issues. After the course, students will be able to use historical knowledge to solve contemporary issues.
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The West: Encounters and Transformations, Combined Volume, 4e ISBN: 9780205947157 Author: Brian Levack
Copyright © Pearson Education, Inc. (2014)
All electronic materials are available on the student website
Week One: Prehistory and the Ancient World
1.1 Explain the significance of the transition from the Paleolithic era to the Neolithic era. 1.2 Compare the cultural, political, and economic developments of Mesopotamia and Egypt.
Read Ch. 1 The West: Encounters and Transformations, Combined Volume, 4e Read MyHistoryLab: Issue of the Day: From Hunter-gatherers to Food-producers – Overcoming Obstacles Read MyHistoryLab: Issue of the Day: Geography and Civilization: Egypt and Mesopotamis – Impact of Agriculture?
Attendance & Participation
Attendance & Participate in class discussion.
Respond to weekly discussion questions. Choose 2 questions to answer and post each week by 6pm. Week 1 Talking Points
What is an important discovery from prehistory? Why is it important?
What are the differences between the Paleolithic and Neolithic eras? What is important about the development of human history when we consider the differences between these two eras?
How were the worldviews of the Mesopotamians and Egyptians similar? How were they different? What factors have influenced the way each of these cultures developed their worldviews?
What kind of evidence do we have in order to comprehend prehistory and the ancient civilizations? Does the evidence offer a clear picture of these time periods? Why or why not?
Which era of Egyptian history was the most successful? Why?
Prehistory and the Ancient Civilizations
Write a 700- to 1,050-word paper in which you explain the significance of the transition of humankind from a hunter–gatherer society to a food-producing society. Include...
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