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Course SummaryHistory 100: Western Civilization from Prehistory to Post-WWII has been evaluated and recommended for 3 semester hours and may be transferred to over 2,000 colleges and universities. With this self-paced course, you get engaging lessons, expert instructors who make even the most challenging history topics simple, and an excellent resource for getting a head start on your degree.
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23 chapters in History 100: Western Civilization from Prehistory to Post-WWII
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The course objective is to identify and explain modern civilization's humble origins as an agrarian society in Mesopotamia, and the rise of communities, cities, colonies and countries. From Grecian city-states to Roman empires, from medieval times to the Renaissance, through revolution, industry and war, this course will supplement your knowledge of these historical events with a comprehensive understanding of how and why they happened.
Your grade for this course will be calculated out of 300 points. The minimum score required to pass and become eligible for college credit for this course is 210 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||200|
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- The highest score of your first 3 attempts will be recorded as your score for each quiz.
- When you've completed the course, the highest scores from your first 3 attempts at each quiz will be averaged together and weighed against the total possible points for quizzes. For instance, if your average quiz score is 85%, you'll receive 85 out of 100 possible points for quizzes.
- After your initial 3 attempts, you can take a quiz for practice as many times as you'd like.
- You will need to pass each quiz with a score of at least 80% to earn course progress for the lesson. However, it is not necessary to earn 80% within the first three quiz attempts.
Proctored Final Exam
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 earn 90% on the final, that's 90 points toward your final grade.)
- If you're unsatisfied with your score on the exam, 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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Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:
- Describe how civilization began
- Identify the origins of Greek culture, politics, and society and detail the events associated with the Athenian Golden Age and the birth of Hellenism
- Describe the founding of Rome, the rise and fall of the Roman Republic, and the rise and fall of the Roman Empire
- Create a timeline that identifies key events and periods in the Middle Ages
- Identify and describe major events, conflicts, and changes in Europe that took place during the Renaissance, Age of Exploration, and Reformation
- Describe events and historical geography associated with political changes, colonialism, and expansion in the 18th century
- Identify and describe the causes and effects of the Scientific Revolution, American Revolution, French Revolution, Agricultural Revolution, and Industrial Revolution
- Describe the nationalist and imperialist climates in Western civilization prior to the start of WWI
- Identify key events, participants, and outcomes of WWI and WWII.
- Describe the causes and effects of the Cold War.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
History 100: Western Civilization from Prehistory to Post-WWII 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. The course is completely self-paced. Watch lessons on your schedule whenever and wherever you want.
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 and use the study tools in the course to prepare for the proctored final exam. You may take the proctored final exam whenever you are ready.
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|Beginnings of Civilization||Defines prehistory and describes the genesis of civilization, from the last ice age onward.|
|Early Greek History||Explains the origins of early Greek culture, including the Minoans, the Mycenaeans, religion, myth and warfare.|
|Athenian Golden Age & the Birth of Hellenism||Outlines the achievements and downfall of Athenian democracy. Introduces Socrates, Alexander the Great, and the rise of Hellenism.|
|Early Rome & the Roman Republic||Explores the foundation of ancient Rome, its early monarchs and wars, the founding of its republic and its end at the hands of Julius Caesar. Compares the religion and mythos of ancient Rome with those of its Grecian predecessors.|
|The Rise & Fall of the Roman Empire||Examines the major events that characterized the Roman Empire, its imperial dynasties, crises and reforms. Depicts the introduction of Christianity through the conversion of Constantine and details the fall of Rome.|
|Western Civilization in the Dark Ages||Defines the Dark Ages with respect to the Roman Empire's fall and aftermath. Explores the reach of the Byzantine Empire, the reign of Charlemagne, the realm of Vikings and the introduction of feudalism.|
|The Spread of Religions in the Middle Ages||Compares Judaism, Christianity and Islam and their respective origins, conflicts and influences during the Middle Ages. Highlights the Great Schism of eastern and western churches.|
|The Early Middle Ages & the Great Crusades||Discusses the Great Crusades and analyzes their impact on the society and economy of the time. Introduces the factors leading to medieval agricultural revolution and the gradual re-establishment of towns and cities.|
|The High & Late Middle Ages||Outlines important figures and major events of this tumultuous historical period, including the signing of the Magna Carta, the Hundred Years War, the Black Death, and peasant life and uprising.|
|Culture & Conflict During the Renaissance||Provides a look at the characteristics of the Renaissance as it occurred across Europe, underscored by the formation of modern nation states and the invention of the printing press. Also describes major conflicts of this time, including England's Wars of the Roses.|
|Exploration & the New World||Discusses the rise and reasons of the Age of Exploration, highlighting Spanish and Portuguese explorers, the Sea Dogs of England, and new world Conquistadors.|
|Europe During the Reformation||Describes the events of the Protestant Reformation, as spearheaded by Martin Luther. Includes the impact of reformation in other parts of Europe, such as the establishment of the Anglican church and the proliferation of religious warfare.|
|Colonialism & Expansion in the 18th Century||Explores the phenomenon of American colonization, including its many purposes and effects. Also covers the English Civil War, the Commercial Revolution, and the westernization of Russia.|
|The Scientific Revolution & the Enlightenment||Defines the Enlightenment in context of the times and culture that shaped it. Covers important figures of the day and their contributions to philosophy, science, medicine and technology.|
|The American & French Revolutions||Summarizes the American Revolution, culminating in the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Also explains the causes and effects of the concurrent political upheaval in France, from the Reign of Terror to the rise and fall of the Napoleonic Empire.|
|The Agricultural & Industrial Revolution||Introduces the conditions and innovations that would drastically change the quality of human labor and productivity. Explores the social, economic and legal impacts of these changes. Identifies the roots of 19th century communism.|
|Nationalism & Imperialism Before WWI||Depicts the attitudes and politics that shaped Western civilization during a period of dramatic changes in technology, economics and culture.|
|The First World War||Identifies the catalysts, major events, battles and important historical figures involved in World War I. Includes the participation of the United States and Russia, and ends with the Treaty of Versailles.|
|The Interwar Period||Discusses the economic highs and lows that followed the First World War, while examining how global conditions would set the stage for the second. Includes the development of the Third Reich and the ascents of Mussolini and Stalin.|
|The Second World War||Explains the outbreak of the Second World War, identifying its major aggressors and operations. Covers the war on all fronts, including the Holocaust and the Pacific Theater, and culminates with the United States' development and use of atomic weapons.|
|Aftermath & Impact of WWII||Explores how the world rebuilt after war, from economic and political reconstruction to the wave of decolonization movements across the world. Explains the creation of Israel, as well as the communist Eastern Bloc.|
|The Cold War & Fall of the Soviet Union||Defines and details the Cold War, a period of heightened tension and competition between the United States and the USSR. Also explains the formation and global impact of the Chinese Communist Party.|
|Scientific, Social & Cultural Developments||Outlines the social, scientific, political and cultural advances that have occurred in Western Civilization from 1945 to present day.|
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