Course Abstract Details

HIST-215, History of Ancient Rome

Credits: 3

Course Description

HIST-215, History of Ancient Rome, introduces the major themes, people and ideas in Roman history from the foundation of the city in 753 BCE to the fall of the Western Roman empire in 476 CE. The course will examine the Roman military conquests of the Italian peninsula and the Mediterranean rim, the personalities of Julius Caesar and Caesar Augustus, the development of the political organization during the Roman Republic and Empire, and the fabric of Roman society and its institutions, and the events leading to the fall of Rome. Prerequisite: exemption/completion of READ-099. Credit by exam available. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours. Offered Fall term.

Course Objectives and Grading Information

MAJOR COURSE OBJECTIVES:   Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:   

1. summarize and explain the events, people, and ideas in Roman history from 753 BCE to 476 CE in order to show a clear, concise understanding of their effects on the Roman empire and surrounding civilizations (GE1, GE2, GE6, PG1, PG2, PG4). 

2. communicate orally by discussing primary documents from and key issues in Roman history from 753 BCE to 476 CE (GE2, GE4, PG1, PG4). 

3. demonstrate informational literacy; i.e. know when there is a need for information, and to be able to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively use that information for the issue or problem at hand (GE2, GE4, PG1, PG4). 

4. express themselves in formal writing, by authoring papers such as essays, analyses, book reviews, or bibliographies that offer a clear and supported position on a complex historical subject or event (GE1, GE2, GE4, PG1, PG2, PG4, PG5). 

5. think critically, from analyzing the successes and failures of the past and explaining and predicting how people with values and mindsets different from our own handle similar circumstances (GE2, GE6, GE7, PG1, PG2, PG4, PG4). 

6. make historical connections by recognizing contemporary behaviors, actions, and policies that demonstrate how people fail to learn the lessons of the decline and fall of Rome (GE2, GE7, PG1). 

7. explore perspectives on and draw conclusions regarding the meaning of Western Civilization for the present, focusing on the historical roles of the Catholic Church and the Stoic Roman attitude (GE2, GE7, PG4)

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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