Alan T Wood
Provides a global perspective on the history of the human community from hunting-gathering times to the end of the formative stage of human cultures. It is divided into eleven main areas of focus: world origins, human origins, environment, society, politics, economics, technology, art and religion, disease, and migration.
Students will learn to recognize global patterns of interaction across time, starting from earliest times. It will focus on the origins of the earth, of life, and of the human species, and how the relationships between the physical, natural, and human worlds have influenced the main ideas and institutions of human society.
Student learning goals
Knowledge of human history
Knowledge of earth history
Ecological way of thinking
General method of instruction
The class consists of lectures, discussion, and an occasional film.
There are no prerequisites. Be prepared to exercise your curiosity, to think critically, to write clearly, to read widely and deeply, and to discuss openly.
Class assignments and grading
Assignments take the form of readings from a variety of sources.
Grades are based on papers, written examinations, and class discussion.