An exploration of the main events, individuals, and ideas in the history of Western society, from its beginnings in the ancient Near East to the birth of the modern era in the Renaissance and Reformation. Key themes that will be investigated include: the emergence of the first civilizations; the development of citizenship and philosophy; the growth and transformation of Christianity; the emergence of Islam; changes in gender roles and the family. As part of this exploration, students will use historical methods, with a focus on reading primary sources, to understand and describe the past.
Prerequisite(s): None. (2-1; 0-0)