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North Idaho College • Coeur d'Alene • Social & Behavioral Sciences • History

History of Civilization to 1500 HIST-101

  • Fall 2012
  • Sections 10, 7
  • 3.0 Credits
  • 08/27/2012 to 12/20/2012
  • Modified 08/23/2012

Contact Information

Instructor: Bonnie Gilbert

Note: all contact between instructor and students will be conducted through the Blackboard course website, not by personal or college email or telephone.

Office Hours

  • Monday, Tuesday, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Online

Meeting Times


History 101 explores important chapters of the human past from the earliest civilizations through the 15th century. The course considers how people, environment, social movements, religion, political ideologies, and philosophical ideas have shaped human society. This course is recommended for students seeking a broad background of general knowledge, whether as the foundation of a liberal arts education, out of curiosity, or to be well informed. It develops critical thinking skills essential in every career. It meets a social science requirement for A.A. and A.S. degrees. Lecture: 3 hours per week Recommended: ENGL 101 and good reading skills


World History to 1500

  • Author: Jerry H. Bentley and Herbert F. Ziegler
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill
  • Edition: 5th
  • ISBN: 0-07-751635-4
  • Availability: Mica Peak Exchange bookstore:

(This is a reduced-cost printing of the textbook titled Traditions & Encounters: A Global Perspective on the Past, Volume I: From the Beginning to 1500, 5th ed., McGraw-Hill, 2012.)



North Idaho College has identified certain general education abilities necessary to foster student success upon completion of the A.A. and A.S. degrees. Listed below are those abilities that this particular course addresses, along with the specific objectives of HIST 101 that are pertinent to those abilities.


• Demonstrate a basic understanding of key ideas, diverse cultural views, and events associated with World History.
• Demonstrate an understanding that the behaviors of people reflect the options that a particular society allows for satisfying their basic physical and psychological needs.
• Demonstrate the ability to evaluate the relative strength of a generality concerning World History in terms of the amount of evidence substantiating the statement.
• Indicate some of the important ways in which World History has influenced and changed American society, politics, and culture.
• Predict the possible consequences of cross-cultural encounters between Americans and members of other cultures around the world based on historical and cultural differences.
• Analyze and evaluate information and arguments, and construct a well-supported argument with regard to World History.


• Recognize and appreciate the many different forms of cultural expression throughout the world as it relates to the historical circumstances that caused such expression to evolve.
• Recognize the contributions of prominent historical figures and their impact on the society in which they lived.


• Understand that the diversity of religious, environmental, philosophical and social beliefs of all cultures is a reflection of their cultural and historical complexity.
• Be familiar with the religious and philosophical trends throughout early World History and the amount of influence they have had on contemporary society and lifestyles.
• Examine historical customs and recognize how they reflect each culture's belief system.


• Demonstrate skills needed to locate and organize historical information from texts, mass media, people and personal observation.


• Show awareness of and respect for the great impact history has had on social, private, and public institutions throughout the world.



10 Assignments, post to Discussion Board, @20 points (200)

4 essays @50 points (200)

Midterm and Final Exams, open-book, online, @200 points (400)

Total 800 points


Course Grades:

Final letter grades are calculated by dividing your accumulated points by the total possible points (.5 rounds up).


A         93-100%                      C+       77-79%

A-        90-92%                        C         73-76%

B+       87-89%                        C-        70-72%

B         83-86%                        D+       67-69%

B-        80-82%                        D         60-66%

                                                F          0-59%

Course Policies

Student Responsibility

Students are responsible for all subject matter presented on the Blackboard course website and in all assigned readings in textbook and supplements.The highest standards of academic honesty will be maintained.


Online attendance is mandatory in the first two weeks of the semester. Students are expected to keep pace with the course schedule and adhere to due dates for assignments and deadlines for exams. This is not a self-paced course.

Submissions and Late Penalties

See Course Schedule and Instructor Policies in Blackboard. Schedule, guidelines, detailed instructions, due dates, and late penalties for all assignments, essays, and exams are provided.

Late penalties on assignments and essays are 10% per day late to a maximum of half credit.

Make-up exams will be offered only in cases of pre-arranged, unavoidable absence or documented emergency.

Additional Policies

See detailed Instructor Policies under Lessons in Blackboard. 

For technical problems with Blackboard (access, navigation, etc.), contact the NIC Helpdesk at [email protected] or 208-769-3280.



This weekly schedule with current semester due dates is accessible as a PDF under Lessons in Blackboard. Assignments and essays are due on Fridays. Links to additional readings and further detail on assignments are found in the weekly Unit folders in Lessons. All readings listed here are from the Bentley text. Schedule is subject to change; any changes will be announced in Blackboard.

Unit 1: Prehistory, First Civilizations, Ch. 1-2, Assignment 1

Unit 2: Egypt, Africa, Ch. 3, Syllabus quiz, Assignment 2

Unit 3: Early India, East Asia, Ch. 4-5, Essay 1

Unit 4: Americas, Oceania, Ch. 6, Assignment 3

Unit 5: Persian Empire, Classical China, Ch. 7-8, Assignment 4

Unit 6: Classical India, Ancient Greece, Ch. 9-10, Essay 2

Unit 7: Roman Republic, Empire, Ch. 11, Assignment 5


Unit 8: Fall of Empires, Silk Roads, Ch. 12, Assignment 6

Unit 9: Islam, Ch. 13, Assignment 7

Unit 10: East Asia, India, Ch. 14-15, Essay 3

Unit 11: Western Europe, Byzantium, Mongols, Ch. 16-17, Assg. 8

Unit 12: Africa, Ch. 18. Thanksgiving holiday

Unit 13: Medieval Europe, Christian expansion, Ch. 19, Essay 4

Unit 14: Americas, Oceania, Ch. 20, Assignment 9

Unit 15: Cultural Interactions Ch. 21, Assignment 10




Additional Items

Division Policies

For a complete explanation of the North Idaho College Statement on Academic Honesty & Academic Integrity please ferfer to Policy 5.06 & Procedure 5.06.01: 

Academic Dishonesty
Violations of academic integrity involve using or attempting to use any method that enables an individual to misrepresent the quality or integrity of his or her work at North Idaho College. These violations include the following:

Cheating: using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study in any academic exercise.
Fabrication: falsifying or inventing any information or citation in an academic exercise.
Plagiarism: knowingly representing the words or ideas of another as one’s own in an academic exercise.
Violation of Intellectual Property: stealing, altering, or destroying the academic work of other members of the community or the educational resources,materials, or official documents of the college. Facilitating Academic Dishonesty: knowingly helping another to attempt to violate any provisions of this policy.

Student Responsibility
As outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, all North Idaho College students have both rights and responsibilities: Please access www.nic.ferpa.StudentCode/index.htm for complete information that pertains to this subject.

North Idaho College, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, provides both services and accommodations to students who meet the guidelines provided in these acts.  For a complete description, please see:

Please contact the North Idaho College Center for Educational Access in Seiter Hall, Room 100 for assistance.  Phone:  208-769-5947

To withdraw from all courses a student must obtain a college withdrawal form from the Registrar's Office, secure the signatures of those persons indicated on the form, and return the form to the Registrar's office. No student may withdraw from the college after the final date of withdrawal from courses except for compelling and extraordinary reasons. In such circumstances a student must petition the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee for late withdrawal from college using the college withdrawal form available in the Registrar's Office.


For complete information regarding student withdrawals, please see the North Idaho College Policy 5.04.01: 

Institutional Policies

Student Code of Conduct

The Student Code of Conduct applies to any student enrolled at North Idaho College.  This includes, but is not limited to, face-to-face classes and Internet classes.

Student Responsibilities

As students undertake to fulfill the obligations and duties outlined in this document, the college community of which they are a part undertakes to respect the basic freedoms of students. In recognition of students’ rights and dignity as members of the college, North Idaho College is committed to the principles found in the NIC Student Handbook.

Center for Educational Access/Disability Support Services

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, North Idaho College provides accommodations to eligible students who experience barriers in the educational setting due to learning, emotional / mental, physical, visual, or hearing disabilities.  Instructors will provide accommodations to students only after having received a Letter of Accommodation from the Center for Educational Access. 

If a student would like to request accommodations, he or she must contact the Center for Educational Access so that a Letter of Accommodation may be sent to the instructor.  Students requesting accommodations must contact the Center for Educational Access at the beginning of each semester.


By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You also understand that collection costs and legal fees will be added if the services of a collection agency are utilized.

If you are registered for a class and do not attend, you will still be liable for the tuition unless you drop the class.


Last day for students to withdraw from semester-length classes:

Instructor-Initiated Withdrawal: Instructors have the right to withdraw students for academic reasons up until the same date; in doing so, instructors must notify students through NIC e-mail within 48 hours of submitting documentation to the Registrar's office, and students have the right to appeal the instructor's decision. For more information, see the NIC Procedure:

Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy: All withdrawals, whether for individual classes, total withdrawal from school, or instructor-initiated are not considered to be satisfactory progress for financial aid.  See the Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy:

Additional withdrawal information:


An incomplete is assigned only if the student has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work to within three weeks of the end of the semester (or proportional length of time for a course of less than a semester in length).  Incompletes are issued only in cases of extenuating circumstances, such as severe illness or injury.  Incompletes are not issued in cases in which the student is simply unable to complete his/her work within the specified semester or session.  If a final grade of "I" is recorded, the instructor will indicate in writing to the Registrar what the student must do to make up the deficiency.  The instructor will indicate in the written statement what permanent grade should be entered if the Incomplete is not removed by the deadline.

All incomplete grades must be removed within six weeks after the first class day of the following term, excluding the summer session.  If the Incomplete is not removed by that date, the grade reverts to the grade indicated by the instructor's written statement authorizing the incomplete.

Discrimination and Harassment

North Idaho College has a zero tolerance policy for any acts of discrimination or harassment of any kind.  For more information, please see the NIC Student Handbook, Code of Conduct Article III and Article VIII. Compliance efforts with respect to these laws and regulations are the responsibility of each member of the campus community and are under the direction of the Dean of Students Office for Student Issues (2nd floor, Edminster Student Union Building, (208) 676-7156) and the Human Resources Office (Sherman Administration Building, (208) 769-3304) for employee issues.

Institutional Statement

DROP FOR NON-PAYMENT:  By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You will be dropped from classes if payment is not received by  5 p.m. Pacific Time on the third day of the semester. Students on the waitlist will be given the option to register for classes after students are dropped for non-payment.

REMOVAL FROM CLASS FOR NON-ATTENDANCE:  Attendance is based on your participation in this class. Failure to attend may result in your being removed from this class and may result in your financial aid award being reduced. You are responsible for confirming the accuracy of your attendance record.