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Discussion Essay and Response One
Welcome to our first discussion assignment. We will read chapter one. The pdf is in Module 2.1 but I can’t always provide a pdf so please be sure you purchase the access code for our E-text now.
As your discussion assignment for this week, you may pick one of the options. Just pick one, but all require you to read Chapter One and watch my lecture. Anything you see in this class highlighted in blue is a hyperlink to an article or website I want you to read/view. Be sure you always click on those blue links so you don’t miss anything.
Please remember I am looking for a minimum of 550 words for your main post, which you show your understanding of our Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) and the concepts and themes being explored in the course and how your readings relate to them. I’ll be looking for you to quote or paraphrase material from the readings to support your answer, which you cite using any simple style. (for example, via a footnote or something simple like (Clement, Chapter One, section 2).
You will also respond to one other student during the same time period – with the same due by date. The response should be a minimum of 150 words. Your response should be substantive. I do not want you to simple agree or disagree, but rather comment on why you agree or disagree, raise more points, indicate commonalities or differences, discuss the issue in relation to our readings, and/or raise new questions about which we can all think. The response does not have to be more than a well-developed paragraph. A sentence will not get you credit. I don’t want you to respond with “Great job. Keep it up.” That is an F response. Failure to respond to 1 other student will result in 15 points being deducted from your grade. This counts for every week.
Option A: After reading Chapter One (Introduction) in Early Western Civilizations, and visiting this website, define “history” and explain why it is important.
Option B: After reading Chapter One (Introduction) in Early Western Civilizations, and visiting this website on the NeolithicLinks to an external site., how would you define “civilization” and explain why studying western civilization is important.
Option C: After reading Chapter One in Early Western Civ and the following info Religion Creates CivilizationLinks to an external site.
Civilization or ReligionLinks to an external site., and Cave Paintings, Links to an external site.and viewing my lecture in Mod 2.1 discuss the role or importance of religion, magic, and shaman in the development of early civilizations.
Option D: Discuss some of the megalithic cultures of Europe (including the Mediterranean world if you like). What was the purpose of these structures, and why given the limited resources and time required to make them, were they built? Of course, you may focus on Stonehenge if you like. Here are some optional pages to visit to help you: Megalithic Europe; Links to an external site.Megalithic Culture of Western Europe; Links to an external site.Ancient Mysterious Megaliths; Links to an external site.Stonehenge; Links to an external site.Neolithic OrkneyLinks to an external site.
Mesopotamia and the Levant: Discussion Essay & Response Assignment
This week we cover Mesopotamia, the Hebrews, and the Phoenicians. Please follow our usual requirements – if you forgot check our syllabus 🙂 Don’t forget, you will also respond to one other student during the same time period – with the same due by date. Don’t forget, if you see something in blue highlight, that is a link you should click to take you to important info to help complete the prompt.
Option A: What was the role of religion, priests, and the temple (ziggurat)Links to an external site. in the development of Mesopotamian civilization? What was the relationship between the priest and the power of a King?
I keep replacing documentaries on Mesopotamia, and they keep going away. Let’s hope this one lasts for those of you interested 🙂
Option B: After reading the summary of theEpic of Gilgamesh (click on the blue)Links to an external site. discuss the main points, noting its importance to history and for our understanding of the psychology of the people, their fears, and their relationship to their gods, environment, death, afterlife. Also, what does the flood story that is common to the Epic and the Hebrew Bible tell us about cross-cultural connections in the ancient world?
Option C: Discuss the history of the Hebrew peopleLinks to an external site.and the development of the Jewish people up through the return from the Babylon Captivity. What would you say was the greatest contribution made by Jewish people to Early World History?
Option D: Discuss the Persian Empire including its famous kings and its achievements. Please be sure to discuss in detail the religion of Zoroastrianism, as it was an important component of the culture and still is practiced by people today.