INW100 - World Civilizations: Bronze Age to the 15th Century

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Subject Title
World Civilizations: Bronze Age to the 15th Century

Subject Description
Students in INW100 will develop a broad understanding of world civilizations that have contributed to our sense of world history. Students will explore the development and interactions of various societies over time by examining world historical processes from a range of disciplinary approaches (i.e. history, philosophy, sociology, art history, etc.). In INW100 students will discover how this complex tapestry of narratives has culminated in our modern understanding of the world as a global village

Credit Status
Required first level humanities foundation course for students in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree program; also a Liberal Studies Option (LSO) for Seneca degree students.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon successful completion of this subject, the student will be able to:

  • Identify, reproduce, and summarize in study notes the major themes of classroom lectures.
  • Analyze the meaning and context of historical documents.
  • Explain the meaning and context of historical documents.
  • Identify and define the ideas, values, and customs of major world civilizations.
  • Improve general and discipline-specific vocabulary.
  • Identify key terms related to the history of world civilizations.
  • Recall and define key terms related to the history of world civilizations.
  • Develop writing ability in a variety of academic formats (book reviews, short essays, research essays, etc.).
  • Develop and use a working knowledge of common software for academic research, writing, and online interaction.
  • Demonstrate ability to interact with professors and other students using electronic media such as Blackboard.
  • Develop critical thinking skills.
  • Analyze and understand ideas in their historical context.
  • Distinguish between different explanations for historical events.
  • Differentiate and evaluate different historiographic approaches to history writing.
  • Synthesize facts and ideas in writing coherent argumentative essays.
  • Explain the dynamics of change and continuity across the breadth of world history and the causes and processes involved in major changes of these dynamics
  • Analyze patterns and impacts of interaction among major societies, including: diplomacy, war, trade.
  • Explain the impact of technology and demography on people and the environment, including subset concerns such as population growth and decline, disease, human migration, agriculture, slavery.
  • Compare systems of social structure and gender structure and assessing changes among different societies
  • Outlining cultural and intellectual developments within different societies
  • Differentiating changes in the function and structure of governments and types of political organizations

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline

• Doing History/Defining Civilization
• Human Pre-History: The Paleolithic Age
• The Neolithic Revolution
• Abraham in Bronze-Age Mesopotamia and Egypt
• Democracy vs. Empire: The Greeks and Persians
• The Rise of Religion
• Patriarchy and the Woman Question
• The Role of Commerce
• Classical China
• Medieval Europe
• Islam
• The Mongol Horde in Europe and China
• The 15th-Century World

Mode of Instruction
In class: Weekly lectures; group discussions; student-centred learning activities; online assignments.

Online:  All class work is completed in a fully online environment.  Students do not attend any classes on campus; however, the final exam must be written in-person at the Test Centre of the College at which you registered. If you are unable to do so, please make alternative arrangements through the College at which you registered.  

Prescribed Texts
Strayer, Robert W.  Loose-leaf Version of Ways of the World: A Brief Global History with Sources, Volume 1, Third Edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2016.  ISBN-13: 978-1-319-01844-3.

Reference Material
 Diane Hacker and Nancy Sommers, A Pocket Style Manual, 6th ed. (Bedford/St. Martin's Press, 2012). 

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

In-Class Sections Online Sections
Term Work 75% Written Reflections & Online Discussions 15%
    Test 20%
    Source Essay Proposal 5%
    Source Essay Draft 5%
    Source Essay 20%
    Peer Editing Assignment 5%
Final Exam 25% Final Exam 30%

To be successful in this course, you must complete all course work as specified, and achieve an overall grade of 50% or more. It is expected that students have a sufficient command of the English language to express themselves clearly in both written assignments and class discussions. As students are being graded on form as well as content, marks may be lost for poor organization of ideas and errors in spelling, grammar, capitalization and punctuation.

Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood