Unit 16: The World in 1500
You can never get enough photos of the Kremlin; this one is a view from the Moscow River embankment.
must do in this unit
What you can do in this unit
Some videos that you can watch for this unit
- SUBMIT the required Reflective paragraph (20 points).
- Post in the discussion forum a comment on what you found most interesting about your study of history in HIS 111 and include a suggestion for improving the course. Suggestions are very valuable as we are always making revisions to the course (5 points).
- IMPORTANT, as we come to the end of the course: To earn a grade of A, B, C or D, you must complete all required assignments, including the group project, and the two exams and earn the required number of points in the course.
Extra Credit Options
- For extra credit please suggest to your instructor a relevant video for this unit of the course. Send the title of the video, the URL and a brief explanation of why you find the video interesting and applicable to the material that is being studied in this unit.
Unit Learning Objectives
- For up to 10 points of extra credit, after reading The Discovery of North America by Leif Erikson, c. 1000
(from The Saga of Eric the Red, 1387), write a paragraph in which you assess whether it really matters who "discovered" America first.
- For up to 10 points of extra credit, write a short paragraph in which you explain why you think it is important to study history (check these two links for more information, Historians and Why we study history).
- For extra credit up to 5 points, we are always looking for photos from historical sites (graves, statues, churches, battlefields, buildings, waterfalls, mountains, etc) from around the world, particularly Russia, to use in our online courses. If you have anything that you wish to share, we would much appreciate it, and you will receive credit for your photo if we use it in one of our courses. Any photos that you send must have been taken by yourself. Please attach your photos to an email and send to Professor Evans at email@example.com. (Don’t use firstname.lastname@example.org because of email attachment size limits.) Be sure to cc your email to your current course instructor if that is not Professor Evans. This extra credit opportunity does not count against your limit of one extra credit for this unit.
- Upon successful completion of this unit and with the completion of your reflective paragraph, you will have demonstrated your mastery of the course goals and objectives, which are
- 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.