Welcome to History 101!
Henry VIII, Prince Edward, and Jane Seymour,
This course is intended to
provide a brief overview of the important political,
economic, cultural, religious, and intellectual
of Western Civilization from the earliest societies
through 1715. The
goal of this course is to understand how
these trends have shaped the modern West.
During the course, we will explore broad themes touching
on the entire scope
of Western history:
Similarity and difference.
How do the societies and civilizations that we are
studying differ from each other, and in
what ways are they similar? How do these past civilizations
differ from our own society, and what seems familiar?
Rebellion and conformity. Are the individuals and
institutions that we are reading about reflecting the
consensus of their age, or are they reacting to what is
accepted practice in their society?
The uses and implications of
period referred to as human “history” (as opposed to
corresponds to the time starting with the appearance of
written records. What uses did people have for writing in
different periods of the past? How were texts used to
support political arguments and cultural or religious
How might our reliance on written records enhance or obscure
our ability to really know about the past?
Historical Methodology. The technique historians use to
research and interpret History is called historical
methodology. It is the evaluation and critical examination
of primary sources as evidence, which allows an
interpretation of a topic within the discourse of History.
end of this course, it is expected that you will be able to:
1. Identify important events, themes, and
individuals in the development of Western civilization, as
well as their influence on our current perceptions and
Research, interpret, and analyze historical data from a
broad interdisciplinary perspective.
Implement historical methodologies and understand problems
of research unique to history in general, and specific to
particular time periods.