Contact information for your specific course section instructor will be in Canvas.
This is the HIS 111 home page. Here you will find information about the course and links to the course weekly assignment schedules.
- Peter von Sivers, Charles A. Desnoyers and George B. Stow, Patterns of World History, volume 1, brief 4th edition, Oxford University Press, 2021, ISBN 978-0-19-751703-1. You can also use other versions or earlier editions of this book, but you'll have to figure out the pages and chapters to read for each unit of the course. If you are wondering whether you must buy the textbook, then please watch this short video.
- Herbert Mason, The Epic of Gilgamesh: A Verse Narrative (ISBN 978-0618275649); there may be an online version of the Gilgamesh epic that you can use, but is is more difficult to read.
- Ramayana: A Shortened Modern Prose Version of the Indian Epic (R.K. Narayan, ISBN 9780143039679)
You may also read these for extra credit:
- Confucius, Analects (ISBN 9780486284842)
- Bartolomé De Las Casas, A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies (ISBN 9780140445626)
Please check Canvas course syllabus for more information about purchasing your books.
If you are wondering whether you must buy the textbooks, then please watch this short video.
General course purpose
Surveys the general history of the world from about 3000 BCE to 1600 CE and allows students to reach a basic understanding of the characteristic features of the world's early historical development. Students will learn about some of the important political, economic, social, intellectual, cultural and religious changes that shaped the development of the world’s civilizations in this period of time.
Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:
- Establish a chronology of historical events in the world before 1600 CE.
- Explain the changing geopolitical structures of world civilizations up until 1600 CE.
- Define the importance of key individuals and developments in world civilizations before 1600 CE.
- Identify the social, economic and political forces at work in the evolution of the world’s early civilizations.
- Recognize and describe the significance of some of the cultural achievements of world civilizations before 1600 CE.
- Analyze complex historical sources and materials and reach conclusions based on interpretations of those materials.
Although there are no formal prerequisites for this course, please consider:
- It is expected that students possess college-level reading, writing and technology skills.
- I would recommend that you allot at least three hours a week of study time for this course.
Course drop, withdrawal and incomplete policies
- See the information in the Canvas course syllabus.
- Check your specific Critical Course Deadlines. These dates can be found on the NOVA Online home page, and they are also indicated on your course schedule. Please make a note of these important dates.
- You must withdraw before the Last Refund Date to receive a full tuition refund. This is also the last day to change your grade status to audit.
- In unit 1, you must submit your introduction paragraph by your First Assignment Due Date to avoid being administratively deleted from the course without a refund.
- Your Last Withdrawal Date is the last date on which you can withdraw yourself from the course without grade penalty.
- You must complete all course assignments by your official course End Date.
- For an Incomplete grade in the course, you must earn 500 points, pass the midterm exam and explain the extenuating circumstances for the incomplete request.
- Please note that your enrollment in this course is subject to NOVA Online policies and procedures. You may wish to review these now.
- Students are responsible for knowing and following college policies in the Student Handbook.
Course grades are based on the following point scale:
- 1,000-900: A
- 899-800: B
- 799-700: C
- 699-600: D
- 599-000: F
Make sure that you check the very IMPORTANT Explanation of Assignments and Grading, which has information about grading in the course. There are Special Course Grading Requirements that you must meet to successfully pass the course.
Links to course assignment schedules
For spring 2022, these are the different schedule versions available.
- seven-week that begins 18 January
- seven-week that begins 8 February
- seven-week that begins 1 March
- seven-week that begins 22 March
For fall 2021, these are the different schedule versions available.
- seven-week that begins 23 August
- seven-week that begins 7 September
- seven-week that begins 20 September
- seven-week that begins 19 October
For summer 2021, these are the different schedule versions available.
Each week of your schedule will list the course units and assignments that you are required to complete that week. Each course unit will list what you are required to read and submit for that unit. Each unit will also usually have some extra material that you may look at and some possible extra credit work that you can complete. Please make sure that you check out all the linked information for each course unit.
Please make sure that you double-check your official course registration to verify the specific section of the course that you signed up for.
You are expected to make regular and steady course progress by completing your assignments and exams on time. Please check your Canvas gradebook for your grades and feedback. You can always finish faster than your course schedule. Once you begin this course, it is your responsibility to withdraw. If you do not withdraw and if you do not finish your course assignments, then you will receive an "F."
Be sure to check out the list of available course aids.
You must submit all of your assignments and extra credit through Canvas. See the Submitting Assignments in Your NOVA Online History Course instructions. (No more than one item per calendar day will be accepted.) Feedback on your work will be posted to the Canvas gradebook, usually within 24-48 hours. You should follow the same directions if you are resubmitting an assignment.
When you have any questions about the course or your assignments or when you want to send a draft of an assignment for informal feedback, please contact your instructor by email using your student email account or using the Canvas messenger.
Canvas is used to support the course.
Contacting your instructor
Find your instructor's name and contact information at the top of this page and also when you log into your course on Canvas. If you have any communication problems, please contact Professor Charles Evans, firstname.lastname@example.org, professor of history at the Loudoun campus and designer of the course.
Plagiarism, cheating and student conduct
NOVA does not tolerate academic dishonesty. See the information on the Canvas course syllabus (also known as the college's Academic Integrity Policy).
Please make sure that you read the course policy on plagiarism and cheating. You are expected to abide by the student conduct provisions of the college's student handbook, and it is expected that you will be courteous in all conversations and assignments in this course.
Writing in the course
Proper grammar, spelling and style are an inherent part of each assignment in this course, and please check Charlie's History Writing Center for more information about specific writing style expectations. (You can also watch the short YouTube video about the center.)