This course is a survey of world civilizations from the earliest ones to the principal cultures of the world as an approach to understanding the human condition. A broad range of issues will be considered, including the origins of civilizations; social, political, and economic structures and interactions among different early societies; art, architecture, and cultural production; religion; politics; warfare; education; family life and the role of women and children; and principal legacies to successor societies.
Topics may include the first civilizations, including Stone Age developments, ancient African kingdoms, the development of civilizations in the Indus Valley, the Olmecs in Latin America, the Shang Dynasty in China, the Minoans in Greece, the rise of the Mayans, Alexander the Great and Hellenistic civilization, the rise and fall of the Roman Empire, Christianity, the Qin and Han Dynasties in China, the Golden Age of India, the rise of individual Native American cultures, the birth of Islam and the spread of the Muslim empire, the Byzantine empire, Russia, China, and the Mongol empire, early Japan, and the Middle Ages in Europe. A library component is included.
3 Credit Hours