Feb 20, 2020  
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog 
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog



3 Credit Hours

Student Level:

This course is open to students on the college level in either Freshman or Sophomore year.

Catalog Description:

HIS6420-World History I (3 hrs.)

[KRSN HIS1030]

This course is an introductory history survey of the birth and early development of world societies to the 16th Century.  The scope of the course includes the emergence of human communities, the formation of new empires, interaction of cultural communities and patterns of exploration and conquest.  Of specific emphasis are the important political, social, economic, intellectual, religious, technological, environmental and cultural trends that have shaped the world to A.D. 1550.

Course Classification:




Controlling Purpose:

This course is designed to help the student with an introduction to the birth and development of World History to 1550.  Students should recognize the importance of trends to our current state of development based upon understanding of the similarities and differences in human’s approach to life.  Areas of study may include the economic, social, intellectual, religious and cultural trends that have shaped the modern world.

Learner Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to have a workable knowledge of important individuals, major events, and important geographic locations which have shaped world history.  The student should recognize, understand and appreciate the unique contributions of the various ancient civilizations.  In addition, he/she should develop an understanding of the interdependence of one civilization to another, and should also begin to develop personal philosophy of history.

Core Outcomes:

The learning outcomes and competencies detailed in this course meet, or exceed the learning outcomes and competencies specified by the Kansas Core Outcomes Project for this course, as sanctioned by the Kansas Board of Regents.

Unit Outcomes for Criterion Based Evaluation:

The following outline defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period.  Instructors may add other material as time allows.

UNIT 1: Emerging Human Communities

Outcomes: Upon Completion of this unit, students will be able to successfully…

  • Identify early hominids; discuss the Out of Africa migrations
  • Explain the Neolithic development of agriculture
  • Describe early religions and art
  • Assess environmental impacts and technological developments

UNIT 2: Rise of Civilizations the World Over

Outcomes: Upon Completion of this unit, students will be able to successfully…

  • Trace the developments of Mesopotamia, Indus Valley and Egypt.
  • Discuss the characteristics of politics, unification by Menes and Sargon’s war.
  • Compare the focus of cultures from Mesopotamia, Egypt and the Indus Valley on the people and the environment.
  • Discuss the relationship of the Nubians, Meroe, and Kush to Egypt.
  • Compare the rise of civilization in China, Western Europe, and the Americas.
  • Relate the rise of city states towards civilization

UNIT 3: Mediterranean and Middle East Development

Outcomes: Upon Completion of this unit, students will be able to successfully…

  • Identify the New Egyptian Kingdom, the Minoans on Crete, the Mycenaean, and the Assyrian empires
  • Examine the rise of the Hebrew people, their rulers, and their Diaspora
  • Trace the events and the influences of the Phoenicians and the Carthage connection
  • Discuss the Persian Empire, and the rise of the Greeks philosophers
  • Explain the Peloponnesian Wars and the results
  • Discuss the conquests of Alexander and subsequent Hellenistic Egypt and the Ptolemy lineage

UNIT 4: Roman and Han Chinese Empires

Outcomes: Upon Completion of this unit, students will be able to successfully…

  • Identify the reasons for the rise of the Roman Empire
  • Discuss the rise of Christianity, Paul and Constantine
  • Trace the rise of the Chinese Han Empire
  • Compare technology of the Romans and the Chinese

UNIT 5: India and Southeast Asia Civilizations: Trade and Exchange for China, India and Africa 1500 B.C. - A.D. 1100:

Outcomes: Upon Completion of this unit, students will be able to successfully…

  • Compare the religions of India; Hindu, Jainism and Buddhism
  • Describe the Mauryan and Gupta Empires and their relationship with trade routes
  • Discuss the positions South East Asian empires held in the trade routes
  • Compare the Silk Road, the Indian Ocean Routes and the African Saharan trade routes
  • Explain the diffusion of ideas, religions and technology because of the trade routes

UNIT 6: Asian, African and American Empires A.D. 400-1500:

Outcomes: Upon Completion of this unit, students will be able to successfully…

  • Compare the reigns of China, Korea, Japan, and Viet Nam A.D. 400-1200
  • Examine the Ceremonial Centers and art of the Maya, Mound Builders, Cliff Dwellers, Moche and Incas
  • Discuss the Mongol empires on the Eurasia Continent A.D. 1200-1500
  • Describe the expansion of Islam A.D. 850-1500
  • Identify the African and Indian empires A.D. 1200-1500

UNIT 7: Rise of the Holy Roman Empire, Byzantine, Russia and Islam

Outcomes: Upon Completion of this unit, students will be able to successfully…

  • Examine the rise of Islam and Mohammed
  • Discuss the Byzantine Empire and Constantinople
  • Describe the Holy Roman Empire, the Great Schism and the crusades
  • Examine the rise of European nation states from the Carolingian family
  • Trace the rise of Russia


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Materials/Equipment Required:

Attendance Policy: 

Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Grading Policy:

The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Maximum class size:

Based on classroom occupancy

Course Time Frame:  

The U.S. Department of Education, Higher Learning Commission, and the Kansas Board of Regents define credit hour and have specific regulations that the college must follow when developing, teaching, and assessing the educational aspects of the college. A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit or an equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time. The number of semester hours of credit allowed for each distance education or blended hybrid courses shall be assigned by the college based on the amount of time needed to achieve the same course outcomes in a purely face-to-face format.

Refer to the following policies:

402.00 Academic Code of Conduct

263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades

403.00 Student Code of Conduct

Disability Services Program: 

Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability.  If a student has a disability which may impact work in this class which requires accommodations,   contact the Disability Services Coordinator.