HIS 111
Unit 2:  Pre-History

Stonehenge; photo courtesy Bryan Grasser.  See some additional photos.
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What you must do in this unit
  • Read chapter 1 in the textbook. Remember in this unit of the course, we are focusing on pre-history. That means the time before urban civilization developed, i.e. before 3000 BCE. Students often have asked me about the purpose of the textbook in the course. Let me offer two points. 1st, we can't cover everything in world history, and so the textbook helps provide the linking material between the topics that we cover in each unit. The textbook also offers information about each of the topics that we do cover in the course. 2nd, the textbook is a good starting point to help you answer the key terms and questions to consider for each unit of the course. And finally, 3rd, the textbook is a big help in studying for the timeline on the final exam, and also for the maps on both exams.
  • Read my Pre-History Notes and watch my short video on pre-history.
  • Study the Questions to Consider and the Key Terms for the unit.
  • SUBMIT the Required Pre-History paragraph (25 points).
What you should do in this unit What you can do in this unit
  • Read Professor Campbell's notes on The Origins of Religion.
  • Read Mark Kane's information about prehistoric Stone Circles.
  • Sean McLaughlin, former student in the course, created this nice introduction to Early Stone Tools.
  • Listen to some further information for this unit as a mp3 file.  You can also read the information as a txt file.
Some videos that you can watch for this unit
  • See the videos dealing with Pre-History in the HIS 101 course.
  • It's not really a video, but Civilisations is a kind of interactive timeline of world empires.
  • 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.
Extra Credit Options
Unit Learning Objectives
  • Upon successful completion of this unit, you will be able to (1) demonstrate knowledge of the key phases in the development of pre-historical society.

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