From the Birth of Democracy to the Fall of the Bastille. World History before 1750 3501

Course Objectives

The purpose of the course is to provide an overview of the period from Classical Antiquity to approximately 1750.

Course Description

From Antiquity to the industrial revolution.

The course will provide an overview of world history from the period of Antiquity up until approximately 1750. The course will focus on:

- Society and politics in Classical Greece

- The political development (The Republic and Empire) in Rome

- The Roman Empire

- Society and economy in the Middle Ages

- Europe takes shape – forms of government and nations

- The emergence of strong states

- War and power struggles in the Early Modern Period

- The split in the Christian Church

- The development of the world market and meeting of cultures

Learning Methods

The course consists of lectures and seminars

Assessment Methods

There will be a mid-term and final examination. The mid-term examination will represent 1/3 of the final grade and the final examination will represent 2/3 of the final grade. The examinations will be graded according to the Pass/Fail grading system. Students must achieve passing grades on both examinations in order to earn a passing grade for the course.

The mid-term examination will consist of a 3-hour written examination during the first part of October. Students will be examined on roughly 25 % of the course syllabus. One week before the examination date, students will be provided with information about the specific historical periods that will form the basis of the paper.

The final part of the assessment will consist of a 4-hour written examination at the end of the semester, essay-format. This examination will assess student’s overall knowledge of the course material.

Minor adjustments may occur during the academic year, subject to the decision of the Dean

Publisert av / forfatter Birgit Norendal <> - 22/06/2009