History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

HIST 125: Introduction to World History

HIST 125-010: Introduction to World History
(Spring 2018)

09:00 AM to 10:15 AM MW

Robinson B208

Section Information for Spring 2018

This course will examine the rise of the city as one of the greatest innovations in human history. What are the origins of “the city,” and what were the guiding principles of urbanization during the ages of Antiquity, the Middle Ages, the Industrial Age, into the Modern Age and beyond? The city has served diverse functions since its roots in Mesopotamia, Tenochtitlan, and the Qin Dynasty; students will think critically about the benefits and perils of “the city” for citizens and non-citizens across the millennia. While the ancient Greek city-state gave rise to democratic principles of the agora, the fortress city of the Middle Ages privileged security from outsiders/barbarians over democratic principles. The city of industrialization and modernization shifted again, in which the demands of capitalism pit diverse urban communities against one another in struggles over rights to the city.

Students will examine a number of cultural, political, and economic landscapes as these have evolved, from King Hammurabi’s rule over Babylon to our own 21st century. We will study the role of religion, ideals of democracy, industrialization, political structures, capitalism, and the role of public space through the examination of primary source documents.

Satisfies the general education requirement in Western civilization/world history.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Analytical approach to world history overview that surveys major features of principal existing civilizations of world, as originally formed and as altered by key global processes including forces of modernity. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Western Civilization
Schedule Type: Lecture, Recitation

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