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HIST 101: World History I

by Dr. Richard Moss

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History 101 provides an overview of the historical development and interrelationships of the major population centers of Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas from Neolithic times to 1500 CE. Using a thematic approach, the course observes the political, economic, social, and cultural characteristics of the various regional groups chosen for study. Important ideas, significant persons, and world views are described in the context of each theme. The podcasts are 20-30 minute pre-recorded audio supplements to the weekly learning module. In each podcast, I go over the lesson’s main points and expand them to include other information not necessarily included in the learning module, so that students may hear the information as it would be presented in a traditional classroom. Students can listen to them as they complete the learning module on their computers, or independent of the online learning modules. I expect most will listen to them as they work on the material, to reinforce what they are reading on the screen.

Customer Reviews

Good course so far

I've downloaded the first 4 episodes and am really enjoying them. He is hitting some good themes and it's easy to understand. I usually listen to I Tunes University courses while jogging or bike riding and some lectures from other courses require more concentration than I am able to give them. That is not a problem with this course, the professor is very easy to understand and does a great job explaining basic concepts and themes.

Very eloquent, simple but straight to the point.

As a student of archaeology, finishing my final studies, I would say I am quite astonished by this small course you made via Podcast. Not that of its comprehensiveness, but more because of getting to the point - the society itself. Also I`d like to say that the way of explaining the history through repeating the phrases all over again is more helpfull than the story itself. History (for those who are not very acquainted with it) is learned by repeating itself many times. Afterall the romans once said "Repetitio est mater studiorum et memoriae". You used this in the parts that are essential for understanding the society. And yes - society is one of the vital elements of the history itself.
Hope to hear from you soon.

Big picture approach

He takes a big-picture approach to teaching this world history class. The lectures are easy to understand while simultaneously thought-provoking.