History of the West and the World to AD 1500

Detail from the Siege of Lachish Reliefs at the British MuseumBeginning in spring 2019, I will teach a new section of the "History of the West and the World 1" (Hist 151) course at Calvin College. This is an introductory level survey of world history from the late Paleolithic to the beginnings of European overseas expansion around AD 1500. The course qualifies for Calvin's "historical foundations" core/general education requirement and will, therefore, include students who are not ordinarily focusing on history as part of their degree.

This will be the broadest-scope course that I've ever taught (even broader than Introduction to the Ancient World), and I'm really looking forward to developing the content and syllabus. Textbooks, etc. are still to be decided, but I'll certainly be picking the brains of department colleagues, and pilfering ideas from other syllabi, as my section of this key course develops over the coming months. I look forward to providing more details as this develops, and after the course has its first run in the spring.

Image Credits

  • Rohl (2017). Detail from the Siege of Lachish Reliefs at the British Museum.

This page was last updated on 18 May 2018.