Western Civilization: Ancient and Medieval Europe

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This course will provide a general outline of European history from Ancient times through 1500 AD, covering a variety of European historical periods and cultures, including Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Celtic, Frankish and others.

This course satisfies the Social-Behavioral Sciences (SB) and Historical Awareness (H) general studies requirements at Arizona State University. This course may satisfy a general education requirement at other institutions; however, it is strongly encouraged that you consult with your institution of choice to determine how these credits will be applied to their degree requirements prior to transferring the credit.

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Pantazi Alexandru

10/10 starsTaking Now
2 years, 3 months ago
It would be so great if the provider(AIU) would make a continuation of this course,a second part.With a new chronology,keeping the format;from Renaissance to the Contemporary period(XV-XXI).
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Alaa Al Bawi

10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 5 months ago
dear sir, I believe that this course of lessons useful and very important and increasing information and obtain a certificate. Regards, alaa
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Jason Kilgore

10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 7 months ago
Arizona (EdX Partnership) Came back after decades away from being at college. And took 5 courses through the ASU program and did exceptionally well, which I found out down the road, I can apply for College Credit through Arizona State University which was amazing opportunity for an old timer like myself to apply for college credit while working for my second bachelors degree at Nazarene Bible College (CO) and my second Associate at Fredrick Community College (MD) both colleges allowing me to apply the 5 classes/16 units towards my general electives. Amazing course, learned a lot in these courses.. Thanks again for educating an old fart! Arizona State University and edX - THE PARTNERSHIP was amazing, teachers were exceptional- THE SCHOOLING AND EDUCATION - ROCKS! Got to learn from some of the best Professors around and a support team that was unmatched. Thanks again ASU and edX.. WHAT IS THE WORD THE YOUNG CATS USE THESE DAYS???? AWE... Arizona (EdX Partnership) Came back after decades away from being at college. And took 5 courses through the ASU program and did exceptionally well, which I found out down the road, I can apply for College Credit through Arizona State University which was amazing opportunity for an old timer like myself to apply for college credit while working for my second bachelors degree at Nazarene Bible College (CO) and my second Associate at Fredrick Community College (MD) both colleges allowing me to apply the 5 classes/16 units towards my general electives. Amazing course, learned a lot in these courses.. Thanks again for educating an old fart! Arizona State University and edX - THE PARTNERSHIP was amazing, teachers were exceptional- THE SCHOOLING AND EDUCATION - ROCKS! Got to learn from some of the best Professors around and a support team that was unmatched. Thanks again ASU and edX.. WHAT IS THE WORD THE YOUNG CATS USE THESE DAYS???? AWESOME!!!!
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Milena D.

6/10 starsDropped
3 years, 4 months ago
If you payed close attention in 10th grade AP World History, then this course has very little to offer you. It hits the standard notes of survey history and introduces little else. Often a good teacher who really understands the era will give some non-conventional insights that expand your understanding beyond superficial facts. So instead of mentioning the old cliche that the Arabs were the heirs of Greek science and philosophy, such a teacher would elaborate how these ancient texts were integrated and interpreted by Arabs, and how wide their influence was. However, I received no such insights from this class. Nonetheless, the class does a fair job retelling the key events of ancient Western history. To those of you who really know nothing about this subject, I'd recommend trying a few lectures to see if the teaching style works for you. The professors seemed intelligent and capable. Just a heads up: the worst part of this cours... If you payed close attention in 10th grade AP World History, then this course has very little to offer you. It hits the standard notes of survey history and introduces little else. Often a good teacher who really understands the era will give some non-conventional insights that expand your understanding beyond superficial facts. So instead of mentioning the old cliche that the Arabs were the heirs of Greek science and philosophy, such a teacher would elaborate how these ancient texts were integrated and interpreted by Arabs, and how wide their influence was. However, I received no such insights from this class. Nonetheless, the class does a fair job retelling the key events of ancient Western history. To those of you who really know nothing about this subject, I'd recommend trying a few lectures to see if the teaching style works for you. The professors seemed intelligent and capable. Just a heads up: the worst part of this course is Lesson 4, which covers the history of the Jews. The professor more or less retells the Hebrew Bible as if it were an accurate historical account. In fact, he doesn't even add a little disclaimer, "According to Jewish tradition..." or "The Jewish people believed that..."; no, he indiscriminately uses scripture as history. No outside sources, no archaeology, no analysis of the Hebrew Bible's biases! Recently I've been listening to Yale's excellent course on the Old Testament. Professor Hayes introduces archaeological evidence, compares Biblical stories to similar Near Eastern legends, and analyses the contradictions and biases present in scripture. This gives a clear, thoughtful portrait of the ancient Jewish world. If Jewish history interests you (and indeed it is fascinating!) I would recommend that course.
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Renee Swenson

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 6 months ago
I loved this class and was sorry when it ended. I learned a lot and loved the lectures and instructors. The course was well organized, easy to follow, and staff responded promptly to questions (within a day, it seemed to me.) I took the remote proctored exams, and everything was easy to follow and worked well.
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3 years, 6 months ago
I am totally impressed. They provide a wealth of interesting information in a concise clear format. They have a good mix of lectures and readings that nicely covers the general early history of Western Civilization. This is an excellent MOOC well worth the time.
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