Home » 2017/2018 GE Model » Literature and Humanities » GELH2007 / GELH018 – History of Western Civilization
Suggested Year of Study:Year 2 to year 4
Duration:1 Semester
Credit units:3
Offering unit:FAH

Department of History

Medium of Instruction:English



Course Description

This course examines the evolution of western civilization from antiquity to the eighteenth century. Over the course of the semester, students will develop an understanding of how the concept of “western civilization” – that is taken to mean, the social and cultural norms, ethical values, traditional customs, religious beliefs and political systems of “the west” – were based historically on a series of cultural borrowings – artistic, literary, intellectual and political – between rivalling states and empires based mainly in Europe. With the rise of Christianity in the Late Roman Empire, students will examine how peoples in Europe gradually became aware of themselves and the lands they inhabited as being “western”, and of being part of a “western civilization”. Defining themselves first against other powerful civilizations, most notably Islamic civilizations in “the East”, this process quickly gathered speed in the sixteenth century as Europeans gradually moved to other parts of the world and began encountering other “non-western” peoples from Asia, Africa and the Americas.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)

ILO-1 Students will be able to describe the major frameworks, contexts and issues related to the history of imperialism and globalization.

ILO-2 Students will be able to identify key language, vocabulary and techniques in history through comprehensive reading of historical texts.

ILO-3 Students will be able to explain and evaluate the key points made in historical writing.

ILO-4 Students will be able to utilize writing skills to analyze a historical source using appropriate vocabulary and terminology.

ILO-5 Students will be able to interpret ideas clearly and persuade others of their opinion.