INW200 - World Civilizations: 16th Century to Modern Times

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Subject Title
World Civilizations: 16th Century to Modern Times

Subject Description
Students in INW200 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 and using a range of disciplinary approaches (i.e. history, philosophy, sociology, art history, etc.). In INW200 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 Humanities 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:

  1. Analyze the meaning and context of historical documents.
  2. Identify and define the ideas, values, and customs of major world civilizations.
  3. Identify and define key terms related to the history of world civilizations.
  4. Develop writing ability in a variety of academic formats (book reviews, short essays, research essays, etc.).
  5. Analyze and understand ideas in their historical context.
  6. Differentiate and evaluate historiographic approaches to history writing.
  7. 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.
  8. Analyze patterns and impacts of interaction among major societies, including diplomacy, war, and trade.
  9. Explain the impact of technology and demography on people and the environment, including subset concerns such as population growth and decline, disease, human migration, and agriculture.
  10. Compare systems of social structure and gender structure and assess changes among different societies.
  11. Differentiate changes in the function and structure of governments, types of political organizations, and political ideologies.

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.

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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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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