History is an attempt to understand the stories of the past.  We must not ignore dates and facts, but interpretations define the way we view the world around us.


Course Information:


World Civilization Pre-1500


Hist 111.040L


Spring 2024      (13 week)


Tuesday/Thursday   2:20 -4:05pm


 Virtual - ZOOM

Instructor:                                                                                                Questions:


John (Kinch) Kincheloe

What is this Course?



What do I need to do?



How do I do Assignments?

Office Location:

LC 328                                    

What are the course rules?



What is a Virtual course?

Office Hours:  Listed on Home page (link)

Course Schedule:   World I schedule

What is this Course?


- Although often falsely depicted as a linear and inevitable march of increasingly complex cultures, World Civilization can better be classified as an amalgamation of hundreds/thousands of different civilizations interacting and learning from one another.  This course examines numerous World Civilizations to better comprehend how nomadic, agricultural, Asian, American, African, European, Middle Eastern, pagan, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Zoroastrian, Christian, and other societies contributed to the development of present day World Civilization.  In the process you just might gain a better understanding of the complexity of the various cultures in this age of increasing globalization.


 -The course focuses on one main theme: -Power as a creation of Religious manipulation.  

By the end of the semester you should:

-Develop your own understanding of “World Civilization” and how the numerous civilizations of the world contributed to such a society.

-Organize your own ideas on the relationship of early civilizations to present day cultures throughout the World.
-Be able to devise original arguments about historical trends and events and prove them using both primary and secondary information.


Course Description and Objectives:  Stuff the college makes me include:

HIS 111 surveys the general history of the world from approximately Antiquity to 1500 CE
Students will learn about important political, economic, social, intellectual, cultural and religious changes that shaped the development of the world in these periods. Connections and comparisons of human societies and their impact are made over space and time.
Course Objectives  =Upon completion the course, the student will be able to: 
• Express an understanding of forces that foster global connections among places, persons, groups, and/or knowledge systems through written activities.         
• Explain human and social experiences and activities from multiple perspectives from the approximate period of 3000 BCE through 1500 CE.
• Compare and contrast multiple perspectives or theories on global processes and systems throughout time. 
• Describe how global relations impact individual lives and the lives of others over time.
• Develop multiple historical literacies by analyzing primary sources of various kinds (texts, images, music) and using these sources as evidence to support interpretation of historical events.
 The Bantu migrations, The Nile, The Niger civilizations (ex. Ghana, Mali), The Swahili coast (ex. Kilwa, Great Zimbabwe), Indian Ocean trade (ex. Great Zimbabwe), Trans-Saharan trade (ex. Berbers, Tuareg), Islam in Africa (ex. Ghana, Mali), Christianity in Africa (ex. Ethiopia)
Paleolithic and Neolithic, Olmec, Teotihuacan, Maya, Chavin, Moche, Inca, Aztec, Cahokia, Ancestral Puebloan
East Asia:
 The Chinese dynasties - Pre-classical dynasties (ex. Shang, Zhou), Classical dynasties (ex. Qin, Han), Post-classical dynasties (ex. Tang, Song), Confucianism, Legalism, Daoism, and Buddhism, Nomadic interaction (ex. Mongols), Trans-oceanic voyages and encounters (ex. Ming dynasty, Polynesia), Commercial and cross-cultural connections (ex. Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Silk Road and Indian Ocean)
The Middle East and Europe:
 Mesopotamia, Greece, Roman Republic and Empire, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, Byzantine Empire, Islamic civilizations (ex. Umayyads, Abbasids, the Ottomans), Medieval kingdoms of Europe (ex. England, France, the Holy Roman Empire), The Renaissance, Trans-oceanic voyages and encounters (ex. American exploration, Indian Ocean commerce), Commercial and cross-cultural connections (ex. Silk Road, the Crusades)
South Asia:
 Indus civilization, Indo-European migrations, The Mauryans and the Guptas, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, Delhi sultanate, Trans-oceanic voyages and encounters (ex. Indian Ocean, impact on the Khmer), Commercial and cross-cultural connections (ex. Silk Road, Buddhism)

NOTICE:Lectures may contain disturbing content, including, but not limited to: violence, sexual assault, war crimes, genocide, mental or physical illnesses or disabilities, discrimination or persecution on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, and/or sexual orientation, etc. If you have been personally impacted by one or more of these topics and suffer from PTSD, please email the professor if you would like prior notification of lectures containing discussions of the effecting topics.


Recommended Co-requisites or Pre-requisites:

There are no pre-requisites, but this is a writing intensive course so an introductory English course is highly recommended.


OER Course Materials:

There are no books to purchase for this class.  All textbooks and monographs are free Open Online Resources linked below:
-Textbook=                        - World History Textbook (click here)

-Additional online materials will be made available via the Course Schedule.

-Tip= Use nightlight or nightshift screen setting to make reading online easier.  (How to turn off Blue Light-click here)

Lecture Textbook Review Materials (links) 

-Lecture Review Materials:    (PDFs are below and posted on Canvas-> Files)  

Slides Mes-Egypt      Slides China-India      Slides Greece-Rome         Slides Monotheism-Americas          Slides Mongol-Europe


Spring 2024  His 111  Course Schedule 


Class Date



Face-to-Face Meeting


Discussion Lead



(to be completed before class)

Tuesday- Read textbook     
Thursday- Read primary sources

Week 1
(Jan. 30 & Feb. 1)

What is Civilization?

Introduction Assignment

Read (Textbook)Ch. 1- Prehistory

Read Primary Sources

-Hymn to Aten 

-A Poem Attributed to Zoroaster

Rivers as the Cradles of Civilizations                   

Week 2
(Feb. 6 & 8)

  Early Civilizations:

Mesopotamia and Egypt

Group 1 - Discussion

Research Project Proposal Due

Read (Textbook):    Ch. 2 - Middle East

Read Primary Sources

-Hathor's Destruction of Mainkind

-Code of Assura

-Hymns from the Rig Veda

Week 3
(Feb. 13 & 15)

Indian Subcontinent

Read  (Textbook) Ch. 3 - India

Read Primary Source BOOK (read ahead of time) 
            = Epic of Gilgamesh (book)

Week 4
(Feb. 20 & 22)


Early Dynasties

Group 2
- Discussion

Read (Textbook)Ch. 4 - China

Read Primary Sources

-Confucius: Analects

-Japanese Creation Myth

-Buddha: Sermons

Regional Cultural Powers Emerge                                  

Week 5
(Feb. 27 & 29)

Greco-Persian Culture

Group 3 -Discussion

Bibliography due

Read  (Textbook):     Ch. 5 - Greece

Read Primary Sources

-On Men and Women, by Xenophon

-Hellenistic Epigrams about Women

-Women, by Semonides of Amorgos (Poem 7)

Week 6
(Mar. 5 & 7)

Roman World


Group 4 -Discussion

Read  (Textbook):    Ch. 6 - Roman World

Read Primary Sources

-Roman law, The Twelve Tables=

-Polybius on the Roman Constitution 146 BCE

-The Roman Candidate

Spring Break

Week 7

 (Mar. 19 & 21)

Christianity and the Rise of Monotheism


Group 5

Read  (Textbook):   Ch. 7 & Ch. 8

Read Primary Sources

-On the Resurrection, by Justin Martyr

-The Didache: The Twelve Apostles To The Nations 

-The Gospel of Mary

Week 8
(Mar. 26 & 28)

Islamic Caliphates


Group 1


Read  (Textbook):    Ch. 9 - Africa

Read Primary Sources:



Week 9

(Apr. 2 & 4)

Africa and the Americas

Group 2 -Discussion


Read (Textbook):   Ch. 10 - The Americas

Read Primary Sources:  

Ibn Battuta: Travels in Asia & Africa   (Book)

Rise of Global Powers                                     

Week 10
(Apr. 9 & 11)

Barbarians of Commerce:

Vikings, Mongols, and the Silk Road

Group 3 -Discussion

==Paper 2 due==
(click here)


Read  (Textbook):   Ch. 11 - Central Asia

Read Primary Sources 

-Marco Polo: On the Tartars

-Marco Polo: Description of Kinsay

Week 11

(Apr. 16 & 18)

Medieval Europe:
Rise of the marginalized peninsula

Group 4


Read (Textbook):     Ch. 12 - Western Europe

Read Primary Sources

-Pope Innocent III - Letters on Papal Policy-   

-Capture of Constantinople:  (Crusaders)

-Summons to a Crusade 1215-

Week 12
(Apr. 23 & 25)

Age of Asian/Euro Exploration

5 -Discussion


Read (Textbook):   Age of Discovery

Read Primary Sources

 -List of Zheng He’s Expeditions (1431)

-Columbus Letter (1494)

- DeGama:Round Africa (1497)

Week 13

  Tue. Apr. 30th, 2:00pm


Note: The instructor has the right to alter or change the course schedule at any time as he/she deems appropriate.


Grading Policy:

All assignments are graded on a 100 point scale and averaged accordingly to the percentages listed below.




Grading Scale


Participation/Group Presentations




Argumentative Papers (2)




Final Cumulative Essay




Research Project







59 and below


What do I need to do?


        Extra Credit Assignments (due by the end of Week 11) =    Digital History Project- check it out here.

                            Take a look and talk to Kinch if you are interested. 

What is a Virtual Course?

ZOOM Classes

Twice a week we will meet on Zoom.  Attendance is mandatory and you are expected to take an active part in Discussion & Interactive Lecture.
-- Students are Required to turn on Cameras  during class and especially during discussion segments.

-- You will need to log on through Canvas directly, and check in on "Qwickley."

The class will typically consist of:

  -Story time  (15 min.)

    -Skill session  (15 min.)

    -Lecture  (30 min.)
    -Interactive lecture  (20 min.)

-Question?   (10 min.)
    -Business of the week  (10 min.)

    -Presentation  (10 min.)

    -Class discussion (All class & Breakout rooms)  (50  min.)

Minimum Technical Requirements and skills for Virtual Course:

Course includes both classroom (Zoom) and online meetings. Students must have access to a computer, with an operating webcam/microphone and  reliable high-speed Internet connection.

--Students must have a version or equivalent of "OfficeSuite," and have a basic working knowledge of Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.
--Students must store work on a cloud server such as Dropbox or Google Drive.  (A computer crash is not a valid excuse for late work.)

How do I do assignments?

Tree Preservation    This is a paperless course. 

- All additional readings, assignments, and course materials can be found here on my website kinchteach.com

-All assignments and quizzes need to be submitted in Canvas.

-All feedback will be given through Canvas.
-To access Canvas = Log in to “My NOVA”

Guidelines for Written Work 

Formatting: All Papers should be double spaced, using 12 point Calibri font, and one inch margins.  All papers must be word processed and submitted to Canvas as “doc,” “docx,” or “PDF.”      E-mail submissions will not be accepted.  

Style and Grammar: You must present your arguments in clear, concise, and grammatically correct English.  Make sure to proofread and use spell-check. For information on writing papers for this class, make sure to read Kinch’s writing guide (under course documents on BB.)  You also might want to consult the following handy websites:

o       NVCC Loudoun's Writing Center

o       Charlie Evans’ History Writing Center

Citations:  You MUST include a formal citation any time you refer to a specific passage in a text, even if you do not quote the text directly.  The required method for citing sources in this class is Chicago Style formatting for footnote citations.  According to this format, you “Insert Footnote” (under references) and enter the citation information as laid out in this link.

What are the course rules?

Late Assignments 

-Late papers will be accepted after the due date and time for half credit, as long as they are submitted before the final class period of the term.

-Discussion, Quizzes, Participation, and Presentation assignments will only be accepted during the week they are due.

-All assignments should be stored on a cloud server and submitted online.  Excuses such as “my dog ate my homework” and “my computer crashed” are no longer valid.

Exams and Make-Up Exams

For exam sessions, make-ups will not be given other than in the case of a genuine emergency with appropriate documentation (ie, emergency room documents, court summons, etc.)  Missing class due to "not feeling well," not being able to get a ride, having to work, and the like are not genuine emergencies.


Presentation / Video feedback will be posted within a couple days. 

Papers and Exams will be graded and posted within two weeks of their due date, in order to give more detailed feedback.

Attendance Policy: 

Absences, Late arrival, and leaving early will affect a student’s grade due to the student not being able to participate in class/group discussions. Students missing more than thirty percent of the scheduled classes without an excused absence from the professor will receive ZERO points for the class participation grade. Class absence does not excuse a student from meeting assignment due dates

Academic Dishonesty: 

Academic Dishonesty will not be tolerated.

Students involved in cheating will receive a grade of “0” on the activity during which cheating occurred and particularly flagrant or obviously intentional instances of cheating or plagiarism will result in a grade of "F" for the course.  In addition the student will be reported to the Dean of Students for further disciplinary action.

**Please read the section titled Student Conduct, Rights, and Responsibilities:  F. Academic Dishonesty in the Student Handbook.


Academic dishonesty, as a general rule, involves one of the following acts:

         1.       Cheating on an examination or quiz; including the giving, receiving, or soliciting of information and the unauthorized use of notes or other materials.

        2.       Plagiarism - This is the act of appropriating passages from the work of another individual, either word for word or in substance, and representing them as one’s own work. This includes any submission of written work other than one’s own.

-Please note that even copying a sentence or two from another source without citing it is enough to trigger a plagiarism penalty.  Likewise, changing a word here or there from content which you copy is plagiarism.  Your work should be entirely in your own words except for the passages which you quote and appropriately cite. All of your papers for the class will be checked for plagiarism by SafeAssign software.

Be aware of the following:

- Internet-enabled devices, dictionaries and/or calculators are prohibited during testing.

- If you need to leave the room during testing, for whatever reason, your test will be collected immediately for grading without any additional time for more work on the test or quiz.


Use of AI Technology:

In this course tools such as Turnitin and ZeroGPT will be used to detect and flag instances of plagiarism and potential use of AI writing in your assignments.  Students must complete their own work and provide attribution when using the words or ideas from a source.  Unless otherwise explicitly instructed, students must not use AI writing and composition tools. If you are asked or required to use tools like ChatGPT, these must be cited in your submission. 
----Any suspected violations will need to be justified in an oral interview with the professor.

Appropriate Use

Inappropriate Use

Audio-to-text transcription tools The use of AI programs to generate ideas and brainstorm
Spell check, grammar check, style check, and thesaurus tools,
like found in MS Word and Google docs
The use of AI to obtain answers on any assessment
Google Translate for individual words and phrases Google Translate for entire sentences, paragraphs or assignments
Automatic citation or bibliography generators Any application or tool that writes or rewrites entire sentences or paragraphs
Online tutoring services linked from the NOVA website Any application or tool that writes a draft for you

Instructor/Student Communications Policy:

The primary means of communication outside the classroom between the Instructor and the student is via Canvas Announcements and e-mail. Students should check Canvas and their e-mail daily for any Instructor communications. Failure to do so is not an excuse for missed/late assignments or exams. The Instructor turn-around time to respond to e-mails is 24-to-48 hours Monday through Friday.

Instructors receive a significant number of e-mails from students over the course of the semester. To specifically identify the course in which the student is enrolled, all e-mail from the student must include the course and section number (e.g., ACC211-000) in the Subject of the e-mail.


I will email you at the email address on my class list which is your VCCS email address. If you do not check this address frequently, I would recommend you set it up for automatic forwarding to an email address you do check more frequently. When emailing the instructor, always send email from your VCCS email address.


Student Professionalism

Please be considerate. Disruptive behavior, on the ground and online, will not be tolerated.  Private conversations during lecture or class discussions, ringing mobile phones, texting, sleeping, or walking into class late or out of class early all distract and disturb your instructor and your classmates, and will count against your participation grade.  Repeated instances of rude behavior will result your removal from the classroom.  

--All students are considered adults and will conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times. Please read the section titled Student Conduct, Rights, and Responsibilities:  B. Student Conduct in the Student Handbook.


College Policies =

Refer to the "College Policies" tab on CANVAS Course page for:

Academic Integrity Policy / Closing Information (weather) / Communication (e-mail) / Course Drop/Withdrawal Policy /        Disabilities and Accommodations / Emergency Preparedness / Financial Aid / Wellness and Mental Health


Financial Instability

Everyone was trouble at times, but there is help.  When struggling please reach out to me, a counselor, or click here: https://nvcc.singlestoptechnologies.com/

IT Helpdesk

The IT Help Desk provides first-level technical support to all faculty, staff and students of Northern Virginia Community College. Additional details and resources are located at http://www.nvcc.edu/ithd/.

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday:

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.


8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.






Procedures and items to be aware of (click here)

Anyone observing an emergency situation should contact the Campus Police Office or the dean of students.

Loudoun Campus

Campus Police:


Dean of Students:


                        ------Note: The instructor has the right to alter or change the course and course schedule at any time as he deems appropriate.-------

 contact: jkincheloe@nvcc.edu