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History - Western Civilization

This course offers an introduction to the major themes of Western civilization, many of which have had a profound influence on American society and culture. The course will describe the development of Western civilization from its ancient origins in the Mediterranean, including Greece and Rome, to the end of the Cold War in the early 1990s. One suggested text is: Thomas F. X. Noble et al., Western Civilization: Beyond Boundaries, 5th ed. (Boston & New York: Houghton Mifflin Co., © 2008), Vol. 1.
Course: Western Civilization; History 100

Pedagogical Approach


Learning Outcomes

In this course students will learn: How can one "know the past"? What methods and types of evidence, such as archeological, visual, textual, material, have been used to understand the past? The variety and forms of government along with the relationship between ruled and ruler The variety and forms of economic enterprise The variety and forms of religious and philosophical expression The variety and forms of artistic and cultural life The development of political freedoms, constitutional governments and the concern for the rule of law and individual rights The development of science and technology and their expanding impact on thought, social and economic institutions, and everyday life. The impact of Western society on the rest of the world.


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Course Resources

  • Tutankhamun
    Tutankhamun (Reference Material)
    Tutankhamun offers basic information about the Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun. Sections on the web site include: Life and... More
  • Virtual Mummy: Unwrapping a Mummy by Mouse Click
    Virtual Mummy is a web site, which allows viewers to unwrap a virtual mummy. Viewers can select from Procedure,... More
  • The Perseus Digital Library
    Perseus is a digital library whose stated aim is to bring a wide range of source materials to as large an audience as... More
  • Cultural Map of Hellas
    Cultural Map of Hellas (Reference Material)
    The site offers an online tour of Hellenic Culture. Museums, archaeological sites, and monuments are selected by... More
  • Roman History, Coins, and Technology Back Pages
    This is a Roman history and culture site, with an emphasis on the Empire and all things military. It Includes sections... More
  • The Labyrinth: Resources for Medieval History
    The Labyrinth provides free, organized access to electronic resources in medieval studies through a World Wide Web... More
  • Explore Leonardo's Studio
    Explore Leonardo's Studio is part of a large site sponsored by BBCi/Open University on Leonardo da Vinci. The... More
  • The Age of Exploration Curriculum Guide
    An on-line curriculum guide that explains the development of maritime technologies and the principal voyages from... More
  • The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, London
    The web site includes several articles that help site visitors understand and make use of the trial records. For... More
  • Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution
    this is an excellent site that would be most useful to faculty and students alike. The site was many years in the... More
  • The Empire That Was Russia
    The site offers the potential for thousands of images of Czarist Russia besides the ones presented under the categories... More
  • The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century
    This is a companion website to the PBS TV series about World War I. The website explores the political, social,... More
  • They Drew Fire: Combat Artists of World War II
    This is a companion web site to a PBS documentary, this features the many servicemen and civilians who served as combat... More
  • For European Recovery:  The Marshall Plan
    To mark the fiftieth anniversary of Marshall's speech, the Library of Congress developed this display on the origins and... More