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Eligible for Credit: Yes
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Course SummaryOur Western Civilization I course offers a convenient, fun and affordable way to earn transferable college credits in history. Short video lessons, study tools and self-assessment quizzes prepare you for the course exam, which you can apply toward a degree program.
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History 101 consists of short video lessons that are organized into topical chapters. Each video is approximately 5-10 minutes in length and comes with a quick quiz to help you measure your learning. At the end of each chapter, you can complete a chapter test to see if you're ready to move on or have some material to review. Once you've completed the entire course, take the practice test to see if you're ready to earn credit. Use the study tools in the course to prepare for your final exam.
The course is completely self-paced. Watch lessons on your schedule whenever and wherever you want. When you're ready, take the final exam.
Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:
- Analyze the roots of civilization from the last Ice Age to the formation of villages and cities
- Reconstruct the history of ancient Greece, including Athenian democracy, the history of Sparta and the birth of philosophy
- Diagram Christianity's roots and analyze its growth during the Roman Empire and Dark Ages
- Analyze the birth, foundations and growth of Islam
- Reconstruct the rise and decline of the Byzantine empire
- Appraise contributions of Renaissance artists and inventors, including Leonardo da Vinci
- Assess the work of Martin Luther and the Reformation's impact on Germany
- Analyze how the Protestant Reformation spread across Europe and its impact on different countries
- Appraise the economic impact of exploration and colonization on Europe
Your grade for this course will be calculated out of 150 points. The minimum score required to pass and earn real ACE college credit for this course is 105 points, or an overall course grade of 70%. The table below shows the assignments you must complete and how they'll be incorporated into the overall grade.
|Proctored Final Exam||100|
- Quizzes are meant to test your comprehension of each lesson as you progress through the course. You have 3 attempts on every quiz to get the highest score possible. You may continue to take each quiz as many times as you'd like, but only the highest of your first 3 attempts counts toward your final grade. When you've completed the course, we'll calculate this portion of your final grade by averaging your highest scores on the quizzes. You must complete all the required quizzes with a score of 80% or higher on each one to complete the course and access the proctored final exam. Chapter exams are for self-assessment and do not count toward your final grade.
- The proctored final exam is a cumulative test designed to ensure that you've mastered the material in the course. You'll earn points equivalent to the percentage grade you receive on your proctored final. (So if you receive an 85% on the final, that's 85 points toward your final grade.) You'll be eligible to retake the exam after a 3-day waiting period. You can only retake the exam twice, so be sure to use your study guide and fully prepare yourself before you take the exam again.
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The American Council on Education (ACE) has evaluated this history course and recommended it for 3 lower division college credits. To earn credit, follow these steps:
- Identify if you need an introductory history course for your degree.
- Check with your registrar to see if your school is one of the 2,000 colleges and universities that accept credit from ACE-recommended courses.
- Complete History 101 by watching videos, taking short quizzes and completing practice exams.
- Contact our expert instructors if you ever have questions.
- Take the credit-granting History 101 exam on our site.
- Transfer credit to your school!
There are no prerequisites for this course.
|Prehistory||Look at the end of the last ice age and its impact on humans. Learn about the development of agriculture, population migrations, cities and early religions.|
|History of the Ancient Near East||Discover the origins of writing and economy. Explore early art, religion, architecture and cultures.|
|History of Ancient Greece||Look at the Minoan civilization, the history of the alphabet, mythology, slavery, the role of women and early philosophy. Learn about Sparta and other Greek city-states, as well as Herodotus' Persian War .|
|Hellenism and the Athenian Achievement||Discuss the origins of democracy, the Athenian Golden Age, Greek tragedies and comedies, the Peloponnesian war and the origins of Hellenism. Get information on Alexander the Great and his achievements, Aristotelian logic and the library of Alexandra.|
|The Rise of the Roman Republic||Learn about Roman myths and religion, the seven legendary kings, the founding and rise of Rome, the structure of the Roman Republic, the legal system, Roman engineering and art, Stoicism and Atomism.|
|The Fall of the Roman Empire||Discover the origins and influence of early Christianity in Rome. Examine Augustus, the Julio-Claudian and Severan dynasties and the events that led to the demise of the empire.|
|The Dark Ages||Explore the Germanic invaders, conflicts in the early church, the origins and spread of Islam and the breakdown of Roman trade. Learn about Byzantine architecture and art, Frankish history and Muslim accomplishments and learning.|
|The Early Middle Ages||Examine the feudalistic system, the Vikings, monasticism and Carolingian art and architecture. Learn about Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire and the demise of the Byzantine empire.|
|The Medieval Warm Period||Explore developments in agricultural technology and the impacts on civilization. Discuss William the Conqueror, Henry II and Phillip Augustus. Discover key information about the Roman Catholic clergy, the Great Schism in the Church and the events and impact of the Crusades.|
|The High Middle Ages||Study the Inquisition, the Magna Carta, the replacement of monasteries with universities, trade guilds and the daily lives of English peasants. Take a look at Thomas Aquinas, Frederick II and power struggles between popes and emperors.|
|The Late Middle Ages||Learn about the lessening of the Pope's power, literature of the era, peasant revolts, the 100 Years War and the Black Death.|
|The Renaissance||Get information on humanism, the birth of parliament, the rise of banking, the formation of modern nation states, England's Wars of the Roses, the Tudors, the Medicis and Leonardo da Vinci. Learn how the invention of the printing press changed civilization.|
|The Age of Exploration||Find out the history of gunpowder in the west, and learn about Machiavelli, Michelangelo and Suleiman. Study Spanish and Portuguese explorers and their voyages, and learn why Europeans sailed to the New World.|
|The Reformation||Study how vernacular displaced Latin, Martin Luther, the impact of the reformation on Germany, and the European spread of Protestantism. Look at the French religious wars, the Council of Trent and how the church changed after the reformation.|
|The Elizabethan Era||Review the lives of Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth. Learn about Shakespeare, the 30 Years War and the 80 Years' War, the Bourbon Dynasty and the Habsburg Dynasty. Explore the Netherlands and Eastern Europe during the Reformation, and look at the results of the Peace of Augsburg.|
|Colonialism||Review the lives of Francis Bacon, Cardinal Richelieu, Galileo and Rene Descartes. Learn about the Holy Leagues and the Long War, the gunpowder plot, the English Civil War and how colonization and exploration impacted the European economies.|
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