World History I

Course Code: WOH2012

Credit Hours: 3

Effective beginning: Fall 2020


Course Description:
This course is a comprehensive global perspective of world history. It is the study of all geographical areas and civilizations. It identifies and explores the links among civilizations that produce a multi-centered world history while paying particular attention to unique identities and contributions. It examines briefly the various political and economic systems, religions, philosophies and renowned leaders of the world civilizations and societies. The perspective is multicultural and multifaceted to affect a more integrated understanding of global development. This course spans the origins of civilizations through the Enlightenment. This course has been designated as an international/diversity course.

Course Details


Robert L. Ivey, M.S.
Office: C-101

Richard Ivey, M.S.
Adjunct Instructor

Mary McClendon, MAT
Adjunct Instructor

Levester Ramsey, Jr., M.S.
Adjunct Instructor


Required textbooks/ course materials:

Weisner-Hanks, M. et. al. (2018). A History of World Societies. 12th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin, 2018. Print. ISBN: 9781319058951


Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

SS-1 Identify theories, hypotheses and research methodologies that behavioral scientists use to explain, investigate and predict behaviors and social trends.

SS-2 Use appropriate social and behavioral science investigation techniques to analyze contemporary social issues.

SS-3 Identify and investigate interdisciplinary courses in the social and behavioral sciences, such as, history, criminal justice, economics, etc. and establish how these courses are inter-related from a global perspective.

SS-4 Create and utilize current technologies in developing oral and written presentations on topics relevant to subject matter under the auspices of social and behavioral sciences.

SS-5 Identify fundamental modalities used to promote understanding of differences and commonalities within diverse cultures.


Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

Examine the social and cultural traditions within early societies and how they have affected history

SS-1, SS-3, SS-5

Unit tests


  1. Read all assigned materials.
  2. Attend and participate in class discussions.
  3. Complete study guides and notes from class discussions and lectures.
  4. Courses taught under the auspices of the Social and Behavioral Sciences will include an oral component, oral presentations and/or classroom discussions.

Note: Online and Distance Learning courses will not contain the oral component.

Chapters are as follow:

  1. The Earliest Human Societies, to 2500 b.c.e.
  2. The Rise of the State in Southwest Asia and the Nile Valley, 3200-500 b.c.e.
  3. The Foundation of Indian Society, to 300 c.e.
  4. China’s Classical Age, to 221 b.c.e.
  5. The Greek Experience, 3500-100 b.c.e.
  6. The World of Rome, 750 b.c.e.-400 c.e.
  7. East Asia and the Spread of Buddhism, 221 b.c.e-800 c.e.
  8. Continuity and Change in Europe and Western Asia, 200-850
  9. The Islamic World, 600-1400
  10. African Societies and Kingdoms, 1000 b.c.e.-1500 c.e.
  11. The Americas, 2500 b.c.e.-1500 c.e.
  12. Cultural Exchange in Central and Southern Asia, to 1400
  13. States and Cultures in East Asia, 800-1400
  14. Europe in the Middle Ages, 800-1450
  15. Europe in the Renaissance and Reformation, 1350-1600
  16. The Acceleration of global contact, 1450-1600
  17. The Islamic World Powers 1300-1800
  18. European Power and Expansion, 1500-1750

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