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- Available Lessons: 183
- Average Lesson Length: 8 min
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Engaging and fast video lessons that bring past events and historical figures to life can help you earn a Western Civilization I Certificate in about two weeks. You'll find out why the Fertile Crescent is known as the cradle of civilization and learn which Roman myths and religious beliefs were borrowed from the Greeks.
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Teachers, researchers, writers, museum curators and docents or interpreters who want to keep their knowledge fresh can take this course, which is also useful for history buffs who just want to expand their knowledge of world history.
There are no prerequisites for this course, so you can start learning about major world historical events right away.
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Western Civilization I Program Breakdown
Kick off your studies with a look at the last Ice Age, the Neolithic Agricultural Revolution and the Great Flood. You'll learn about four technologies of the period that led to the creation of empires and study the first horse people.
History of the Ancient Near East
In this chapter, you'll examine the invention of writing, the rise of complex economics and the role of religion in Stone and Bronze Age societies. Discover the Fertile Crescent, Hammurabi's Code, Egyptian art and architecture and Mesopotamian kings.
History of Ancient Greece
This chapter covers the history of the alphabet, The Iliad and The Odyssey as well as Greek myth and religion. You'll study Greek art, architecture and philosophy along with the history of Sparta and slavery in Ancient Greece.
Hellenism and the Athenian Achievement
Examine Athenian democracy, Pericles, the Peloponnesian War and Alexander the Great. You'll also study the philosophies of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle and the Alexandrian Hellenistic philosophers.
The Rise of the Roman Republic
Learn about the seven kings of Rome and political structure in the Roman Republic. Examine Stoicism and Atomism and find out how Julius Caesar destroys the Republic.
The Fall of the Roman Empire
Take a look at the early Christian church and the early Roman Empire. Learn about the emperors of the Julio-Claudian dynasty and Flavian dynasty. Explore the Year of the Four Emperors and the 'five good emperors' of Rome.
The Dark Ages
This chapter teaches you about the loss of classical culture, the breakdown of trade, the invasion of Rome by Germanic tribes and the role of the church in this period.
The Early Middle Ages
Learn about Charlemagne's empire, the decline of the Byzantine Empire and monasticism. Take a look at Carolingian art and architecture, Viking history and the armored knight.
The Medieval Warm Period
This chapter covers William the Conqueror, the Four Lateran Councils and the break between the Eastern and Western churches. You'll take a look at Henry II of England and Philip Augustus of France as well as the First Crusade and the Great Crusades.
The High Middle Ages
Heresies and inquisitions, mendicants, guilds and English and French royalty are covered in this chapter, which also teaches you about the Magna Carta, the Charter of the Forest and power struggles among popes and emperors.
The Late Middle Ages
Learn about the Western Schism, the Hundred Years War, Joan of Arc and peasant revolts in the 14th century. This chapter also discusses The Divine Comedy by Dante and the Black Death.
You'll get a timeline of events that took place in this period before studying Renaissance art and artists, the rise and fall of the House of Medici and the birth of Parliament. The War of the Roses, the Spanish Inquisition and the invention of the printing press are also covered.
The Age of Exploration
Discover great explorers from Spain and Portugal as well as reasons Europeans sailed to the New World. This chapter also teaches you about Machiavelli, Michelangelo, conquistadors and the Ottoman Empire.
In this chapter, learn about Martin Luther, the spread of the Protestant Reformation and the French Wars of Religion. You'll study Henry VIII, the Sack of Rome, Copernicus, Ivan the Terrible and Protestant influence on society.
The Elizabethan Era
Examine the conflicts between Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth, England's Golden Age and Shakespeare. Study the Thirty Years War, the Eighty Years War and the Peace of Augsburg. Explore the history of the Bourbon Dynasty and the Hapsburg Dynasty.
Close out this course with a look at European colonialism, the Holy Leagues and the Long War. Assess the influences of Francis Bacon, Cardinal Richelieu and Galileo. Examine Jamestown, the English Civil War and the rise of theocracy.
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