COMPARATIVE CIVILIZATIONS 12
What is Comp. Civ. 12?
Comparative Civilizations 12 is the study of civilizations around the world, throughout history. It focusses on the study of the interrelationships among civilizations through the study of art, literature, political and social structures, military exploits, and religion. Of particular interest is the effect past civilizations have had on subsequent ones, especially our own.
Why take Comp. Civ. 12?
To work towards an awareness and understanding of various civilizations throughout the world and their contributions to humanity and world history. Besides, it's fun!
Possible topics of study (n.b. Topics in italics are not included in the text). Note that the amount of time spent within each area will vary depending on class interest. Some topics may be explored individually for the purpose of peer-teaching as opposed to teacher-directed.
Introduction: Defining Civilization. Origins: myths and theories.
The Rivers civilizations: Mesopotamia (Tigris and Euphrates rivers), Egypt (the Nile), the Indus. (3500 BCE- 395 CE)
The Mediterranean: Ancient Greece and Rome. (1500 BCE - 450 CE)
Early Asian civilizations: China and Japan. (4500 BCE - 1185 CE)
Central and South America: The Maya, Inca and Aztec. (600 BCE- 1572 CE)
Other civilizations: The Arab Empire; Byzantium; African empires... we can’t cover them all!