• World History to 1500s

    Honors World History Course and
    Rio Salado College | HIS110 & 111


    Instructor: Kathleen Szczepaniak 

    Deer Valley High School

    Office Hours:

    7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. M-F

    or By Appointment

    Contact Information:

    E-mail: Kathleen.Szczepaniak@dvusd.org

    Website: https://sites.google.com/site/9szczepaniak/

    Telephone: (602) 467-6843

    FAX: 602-467-6780


    Canvas Link: https://www.dvusd.org/canvas


    Official Course Description

    Survey of the economic, social, cultural, and political elements of world history from the beginning of human civilization to 1500. Prerequisites: None.

    Official Course Competencies

    1. Define the elements of civilization and identify factors leading to its development. (I)
    2. Describe the beginning of civilization in Mesopotamia and its contributions to subsequent civilizations in the region. (II)
    3. Explain the longevity of ancient Egypt and describe factors that contributed to its eventual decline. (II)
    4. Describe the diffusion of civilizations in Africa and the Near East in the period 3000 B.C.E. \226 800 B.C.E. (II)
    5. Describe the diversity of Indian civilization and its adaptability to external factors. (III)
    6. Explain the role of continuity in early Chinese history and its effect on its civilization. (III)
    7. Describe Hellenic Greek civilization and the role of the Hellenistic Greek world in transmitting this civilization to the Western world. (IV)
    8. Analyze the factors shaping the Roman Republic and elements contributing to its collapse. (IV)
    9. Describe the growth of the Roman Empire and the reasons for it. (IV)
    10. Describe the origins of Christianity and explain the role the Roman Empire played in its early growth. (V)
    11. Analyze the impact of the Germanic migrations on the late Roman world. (VI)
    12. Explain the survival of the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) empire and describe its contribution to subsequent civilizations. (VI)
    13. Describe the origins of Islam and explain the factors in its rapid growth. (VII)
    14. Identify the major developments in medieval Asian civilization and explain how they reflect the continuities of their respective civilizations. (VIII)
    15. Analyze the origins of "Europe" circa 1000 C.E. and explain the factors in its development. (IX)
    16. Describe the development of civilization in the Western Hemisphere. (X)

    A minimum of eight hours of community service for a non-profit organization with proper documentation and essay are required for each semester. (Hours plus essay due on December 1 for first semester and May 1 for 2nd semester)


    *Please refer to the Canvas Syllabus for a list of HIS 111 Learning Objectives.

    Standards And Expectations

    This honors/ dual enrollment college course is intended for high school students at the junior and senior level and will follow both Arizona State Standards and Rio Salado/College Board standards.

    Course Requirements

    Each student is required to have the following materials each day in class: 
    Textbook: World History: The Earth and Its People

    A 3 ring-binder and folder with pockets for artifacts, data, notes, and information

    A portfolio notebook to keep track of learning 

    Paper and pencil or blue/black pen and a red pen

    Bring a Fully-charged ipad daily!

    Grading Standards:

    Attendance Standards:

    It is absolutely necessary to be present in class to keep current in your work. Much of this course requires that you participate in class work and analysis to gain the knowledge needed to succeed. If you are absent, it is YOUR responsibility to find out what you missed and then make it up in a reasonable time. Assignments are posted online and usually will include a link to any worksheet or instructions required so that you can see the assignment, print it out, and complete it. It should not be necessary to use class time to inquire about assignments.

    Students with excessive absences may face great difficulty keeping up with materials in this course. Much of our work is in-class and group work that cannot be replaced easily. Students who miss all or part of a group activity will be given an alternative written assignment for the same credit as the activity. These assignments are intended to require an amount of work similar to that necessary to complete the in-class activity. Students with more than 9 total absences during the semester may be dropped from the course with no credit.

    Deer Valley USD tardy policy will be enforced as explained in the sweep procedures in the Student's Rights and Responsibilities manual.

    Late/Missed Work Policy:

     Work missed due to an excused absence can be made up for points. Work missed due to an unexcused absence cannot be made up and will receive a score of zero - no exceptions. Deer Valley policy will be followed - work assigned before an absence is due when you return and work assigned during an absence will be due based on the number of days absent. Tests missed due to absence will be taken on the day the student returns from the absence, during class time. Exceptions will be made only for excused, extended absences.

    To facilitate this, the teacher will enter a zero for missing assignments. Students have until the unit assessment is due to submit all late work to earn credit. After the unit assessment is given, late work can be turned in to earn a score of one point. This single point is to remove the zero from the grade, thus allowing test retakes and make ups after the deadline. Students may retake assessments to increase their grades until December 8.

    Presentations missed due to excused absences will be made up in the form of an alternate written assignment to be completed outside class time. Projects and presentations are absolutely due on the assigned date unless prior arrangements have been made with the instructor. Scroll assignment is due on multiple days and is due on the day of each unit assessment.

    Presentations missed due to excused absences will be made up in the form of an alternate written assignment to be completed outside class time. Projects and presentations are absolutely due on the assigned date unless prior arrangements have been made with the instructor.

    Equipment Use Policies:

    Deer Valley High School and Miss Szczepaniak will provide materials needed for all projects and presentations. If a student wishes additional or specialized equipment, it is their responsibility to secure the wanted materials at their own expense. Should a student damage the  class equipment or supplies, they will be charged a replacement fee best of current charges incurred for the replacement. 

    Student must review the Deer Valley Unified School District policy on use of equipment as described in the Students's Right and Responsibilities Manual. If students are found listening to music or texting in class or otherwise not fully engaged in learning, verbal warnings will be issued and written referrals for disruption of the educational process.  Misuse of electronic devices may result in disciplinary procedures in addition to the warnings and referrals.

    Time Requirement

    You will need to dedicate significant time to this college course. For each credit hour, plan to spend at least two hours a week on homework in addition to class presentation time.

    Extra Credit Policy:

    Extra Credit is not available for this class. It is the belief of Rio Salado College that all work done for a class should receive regular credit and is more than sufficient to assess the understanding of material presented in the course. 

    Plagiarism Warning:

    Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use of paraphrase or direct quotation of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling or sharing of term papers or other academic materials. Information gathered from the Internet and not properly identified is also considered plagiarism. We expect every student to produce his/her original, independent work. Any student whose work indicates a violation of the MCCCD Academic Misconduct Policy (including cheating and plagiarism) can expect sanctions as specified in the college catalog (2.3.11), or online at the following site:http://www.maricopa.edu/publicstewardship/governance/adminregs/students/2_3.php 

    Rio Salado College uses software that uncovers plagiarism from student to student and other data sources on the Internet. If a student is found to have plagiarized content, grade consequences will be applied in accordance with departmental policies. 

    Civility Policy:

    The faculty of Rio Salado places a high value on the importance of general ethical standards of academic behavior and expects that communication between students and instructors or among students shall maintain the level of formality and mutual respect appropriate to any college teaching/learning situation. Language or behavior that is rude, abusive, profane, disruptive, or threatening will not be tolerated. Activity of this type is Academic Misconduct as defined in MCCCD Policy AR 2.3.11. Students engaging in such behavior will be removed from the course with a failing grade. Additional sanctions may be applied pursuant to AR 2.3.11. 

    Refund Policy:

    Refunds are not automatic. Students who drop courses within the refund period are eligible for a reimbursement of appropriate tuition and fees. Please see the refund policy online for deadlines and details. 

    Disability Statement:

    Rio Salado College will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. Notify Disability Services and Resources and your instructor of any special needs. Contact Disability Services and Resources at (480) 517-8562. 

    Tuition Assistance is available to students enrolled in a Rio Salado College dual enrollment course who demonstrate financial need. Please refer to: http://www.riosalado.edu/dual/ 

    The student is responsible for the information outlined in the syllabus. The student is also responsible for knowing the Rio Salado College policies in the college catalog and the student handbook. Please refer to: http://www.riosalado.edu/dual/ 

    Course content and syllabus may vary from the course calendar listed above in order to meet the needs of the particular group in this course section.

    For some of the basic class assignments please visit the website https://sites.google.com/site/9szczepaniak/