INW100 - World Civilizations: Bronze Age to the 15th Century

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Subject Title
World Civilizations: Bronze Age to the 15th Century

Subject Description
Students in INW100 will develop a broad understanding of world civilizations that have contributed to our sense of world history. Students will explore the development and interactions of various societies over time by examining world historical processes from a range of disciplinary approaches (i.e. history, philosophy, sociology, art history, etc.). In INW100 students will discover how this complex tapestry of narratives has culminated in our modern understanding of the world as a global village

Credit Status
Required first level humanities foundation course for students in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree program; also a Liberal Studies Option (LSO) for Seneca degree students.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon successful completion of this subject, the student will be able to:

  • Identify, reproduce, and summarize in study notes the major themes of classroom lectures.
  • Analyze the meaning and context of historical documents.
  • Explain the meaning and context of historical documents.
  • Identify and define the ideas, values, and customs of major world civilizations.
  • Improve general and discipline-specific vocabulary.
  • Identify key terms related to the history of world civilizations.
  • Recall and define key terms related to the history of world civilizations.
  • Develop writing ability in a variety of academic formats (book reviews, short essays, research essays, etc.).
  • Develop and use a working knowledge of common software for academic research, writing, and online interaction.
  • Demonstrate ability to interact with professors and other students using electronic media such as Blackboard.
  • Develop critical thinking skills.
  • Analyze and understand ideas in their historical context.
  • Distinguish between different explanations for historical events.
  • Differentiate and evaluate different historiographic approaches to history writing.
  • Synthesize facts and ideas in writing coherent argumentative essays.
  • Explain the dynamics of change and continuity across the breadth of world history and the causes and processes involved in major changes of these dynamics
  • Analyze patterns and impacts of interaction among major societies, including: diplomacy, war, trade.
  • Explain the impact of technology and demography on people and the environment, including subset concerns such as population growth and decline, disease, human migration, agriculture, slavery.
  • Compare systems of social structure and gender structure and assessing changes among different societies
  • Outlining cultural and intellectual developments within different societies
  • Differentiating changes in the function and structure of governments and types of political organizations

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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