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HIST 121 Western Civilization I

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    Always Do the Reading

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    Jan 30, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This class presents history in an exciting and fun way! Professor Wrightson is super knowledgeable and friendly. He is also a very, very good teacher who helps students who ask for it. He taught the class how to use primary and tertiary sources, and the importance of skepticism in history. Western Civilization I opened my eyes to my own bias while thinking and talking about history, and helped me to eliminate them as best as I could.

    Course highlights:

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading all of the primary documents, because it felt like I was actually a part of the past! My favorite document of all would have to be the "Code of Hammurabi," because it is so far the earliest recorded law document ever found. To look into the daily life of people who lived thousands of years ago opened my perspective on how easy we have it in modern times. Overall, this class challenged me, but didn't push me.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    I would recommend that all students ALWAYS DO THE READINGS. If a person falls behind a single reading, it is pretty hard to catch up. I would also implore prospective students to imagine being able to look to the past and know the (supposed) truth on how the world got to be how it is. Also, I would recommend to take notes, and don't get distracted if possible.

    • Fall 2017
    • G. Wrightson
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments A Few Big Assignments
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    Dec 27, 2016
    | No strong feelings either way.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    The course is a graduation requirement.

    Course highlights:

    i was a transfer student into the University. This Hist 121 courses was was a graduation pre-req. I already had completed Hist 151, 152, 255, 370, 410. For me, this was just another course. I showed up, did my papers and went home. Easy A.

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    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    Spend a couple hours a week on the course. I received an A, I did my home, I studied about an extra 3 hours a week on the course.

    • Fall 2009
    • Prof Smith
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading Requires Presentations Final Paper


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