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HST 136 SURVEY OF ASIAN CIVILIZATION I

HST 136 – Survey of Asian Civilization I

Course Outline 

Course Number and Name: HST 136 Survey of Asian Civilization I

Credit Hours: 3.0              Contact Hours: 3.0           Lecture: 3.0             Lab: N/A             Other: N/A

Prerequisites: Grades of “C” or better in ENG 096 and RDG 096 or placement

Co-requisites:  None                                                      Concurrent Courses:  None

Course Description: This is the first half of a two-part introduction to the political history of China, Japan, and India.  Special attention is given to the diverse value systems that developed in this area, with discussions focusing on the basic philosophical assumptions of Confucian, Buddhist, and Hindu beliefs.  The student is introduced to the current scholarship in the field and to primary source translations.  The first semester deals withChina to 1840,Japan to 1868, andIndia to 1854.

General Education Goals: HST 136 is affirmed in the following General Education Foundation Category: Historical Perspective.  The corresponding General Education Goal is as follows: Students will understand historical events and movements in World, Western, non-Western, or American societies and assess their subsequent significance.  HST 136 also addresses the General Education Integrated Course Goal: Information Literacy, which is as follows: Students will address an information need by locating, evaluating, and effectively using information.

Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental concepts and theories of historical events in Asian societies including but not limited to China, India, Asia, Korea and the South Pacific islands;
  2. investigate the global perspectives, cultural diversity and philosophical/religious contributions of various Asian civilizations in ancient times until the nineteenth century; and
  3. compare and contrast accurate information about the dates, historical figures, regions, religions, wars and monuments that marked important moments and phases in Asian civilizations.