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HIST 161 - World History 1 - Mark W. Capehart

Course:World History 1
Professor:Mark W. Capehart
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Greetings all,

This is your instructor. I am a career educator who has taught every grade from pre-school through college. Furthermore, I am a museum professional working in archives and exhibit education. Lastly I am a media maker who will include all the skills learned in all these areas in the presentation of the course.

Course Description

Course Description:


This course covers the scope of world history from prehistory to the 1500s. Every section of the world will be addressed with attention given to the following elements


  1. Politics,
  2. Arts/Sciences
  3. Philosophy/religion
  4. Trade/exploration

What to Expect in this Course

While the subject matter of this course is broad, I will endeavor to keep the workload to a reasonable level. The assistance on such elements as the research assignment and all exams will be provided. Services such as TLC and the Library are informed of our assignments and are ready to help in any way they can. My goal is to make this course as enjoyable as possible. 

Types of Assessments

This course will utilize a variety of assessments in determining your grade for the course. This includes short quizzes, short essays, research short assignments and good old fashioned essay tests. All of these will be available online in the courses Canvas shell. This will allow you more time for completion and give us more time in class for interactive learning. 



Textbook Information

This course is a zero cost textbook course. The link for the text will be provided at the start of class. There are also supplemental reading and media that will be provided on the course Canvas page. 

Online Free Book World History 1

Other Relevant Course Information

This is a college course that will require the stating of opinions and and expressing yourself. It is my goal to provide everyone a forum to do just that with as low a pressure as possible. If anyone has any questions about what is going on feel free to contact me. I keep regular office hours and it is always easy to contact me via email. 

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


The Library provides live online and in-person research help, access to a full range of e-resources and physical materials that support the curriculum, individual and group study areas, and much more!

Last updated: 08/09/2023 Sub#: 1571