SemesterFall Semester, 2023
DepartmentFreshman Class of Department of History
Course NameWorld History (I)
InstructorRyan Holroyd Edgecombe
Course TypeRequired
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule

During the semester you will write two examinations, a midterm exam (worth 25% of the final grade) and a final exam (also worth 25%). There will be a final group presentation (worth 30%) during which you will teach your classmates about a particular figure or event in world history (group sizes will depend on the enrolment). Finally, there will be a discussion section at the end of every meeting. To prepare for the discussion, you will need to do a reading and submit short answers (one to three sentences in English or Chinese) to two or three questions on Moodle. You will discuss the readings, your answers, and the previous week’s topics in these weekly sections (the submitted answers, attendance, and participation will be worth a combined 20%).   


Tentative Course Schedule:

9/12: Introduction and the Beginnings of Agriculture & River Valleys

9/19: The Early Mediterranean & Middle East

9/26: Indo-Europeans & South Asia

10/3: Chinese Culture Across East Asia

10/10: Holiday

10/17: The Southeast Asian Crossroads

10/24: The Roman World

10/31: Midterm

11/7: The Rise of Islam

11/14: Africa & the Indian Ocean

11/21: The Mongol Age

11/28: European Expansion

12/5: The Americas

12/12: Final Presentations

12/19: Final Presentations

12/26: Final Exam

Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant

參與及回應紙: Participation and response papers: 20%

期中考試 Midterm exam: 25%

期末考試 Final exam: 25%

報告 Presentation: 30%


Examination Make-up Policy:


If you need to miss an exam because of a planned activity, you must let the instructor know in advance so an alternative time can be arranged for a make-up exam. Similarly, if you miss an exam because of an emergency, you should contact the instructor as soon as possible to discuss arranging a time for a make-up exam.

Textbook & Reference

The recommended (but not required) textbook for this course is Felipe Fernández-Armesto’s The World: A History, Volume One to 1500 (any edition). Other readings will be made available digitally on Moodle.

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