Syllabus History 107 fall 2012

Palomar COMMUNITY COLLEGE History 107

Fall 2012

Daniella Ashburn

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MON/WED. 12:30pm-1:50pm Room MD-320

COURSE TITLE: World History to 1650 UNITS: 3.00

Grade Only


This course examines the comparative history of the world’s civilizations in Europe ,Africa, and Asia, from the dawn of civilization to the dawn of the early modern era (1650). Topics in social, intellectual, economic, and political history will be covered through the use of lectures, primary source readings and class discussions. The objective of this course is neither to be comprehensive nor definitive but to introduce the student to key themes, events and personalities of the period and to develop their critical thinking , writing , reading and note-taking skills. This course is of interest to those planning to pursue a history major in the future as well as anyone seeking a global historical perspective.




Upon successful completion of the course the student should be reasonably familiar with:

1. Historical causation from a wide, comparative perspective.

2. The most significant cultural, political and social structures, forms of cultural expression in art and religion in discrete segments of the world’s civilizations.

3. Key periods of world history and patterns of change from the dawn of civilization to the early modern period.

  1. The relevance and importance of the origins of civilization to the modern era.

  2. The historical frame of reference from the origins of civilization to the early modern era.


Methods of instruction may include, but are not limited to, the following:

* Lecture

* 1. In-class discussion and small group work and discussion that permits students to share their ideas and critique both primary and secondary sources.

* 2. Use of film and other audio-visual media and maps to illustrate the historical events being presented.

* 3. Use of the Internet and/or other computer-based technologies in doing historical


House Keeping Rules

No Cell Phones, MP3 Players, laptops or any other electronic devices without prior permission .

– No food other than small snacks, or drinks in secure cups and or bottles.


– No book bags or other items on the desk other than those absolutely essential to the class.

– I will try to respond to your emails within 48 hours.

– Be a responsible student and do not assume I will follow up on missed lectures, exams and or assignments. What I do not know might hurt you. If you have a problem , talk to me!


TEXT: -Strayer, Robert W. : Ways of the World, Volume 1: A Global History with Sources

Publisher: Bedfords St. Martins 1st ed. 2011

ISBN: 0-312-48917-X ISBN-13: 978-0-312-48917-5

E-Book available at

NOVELS : -1: The Epic of Gilgamesh: An English Version with an Introduction (Penguin

Classics) (Paperback) Paperback: 128 pages

Publisher: Penguin Classics; Revised edition (December 30, 1960)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 014044100X ISBN-13: 978-0140441000

Choose One of the following two titles:

-2. Lyons, Jonathan :The House of Wisdom ; How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization

Publisher: Bloomsbury Press. 1st Ed. 2010

ISBN: 978-1-60819-058-4 ISBN10: 1-60819-058-7


-3. Schneider, Paul: Brutal Journey ; Cabeza de Vaca and the Epic First Crossing of North America.

Publisher: A John Macrae/Holt Paperbacks Book . 1st ed. 2007

ISBN: 978-0-8050-8320-0 ISBN10: 0-8050-8320-0

Grading and Evaluation:

All graded assignments and exams must be completed to earn a passing grade.


Midterm 1 + 2 50 points each First Paper 30 points

Final Exam 60 points Second Paper 40 points

History Presentation 30 points

Attendance 30 points Video Quizzes 20 points

Discussion 60 points MC Assignments

(5 x13 + 5 if submitted all) 70 points


Paper/novel Discussions and Primary Source Discussions

There will be two(2) 4-5page papers due in this class. These will be analytical essays primarily based on the novels. It is very important that students begin reading and thinking about their choice of books well in advance of the day of discussion( see schedule below). A reading guide for each book containing 10-15 questions is available on the course Black Board site. Each student shall be given a personal note book in which to answer all discussion questions. Answer the questions in a couple sentences for each and make sure to note the page numbers on which to find the answers. Be ready to make additional notes while we discuss the reading in class. The reading guide and discussions will help you prepare for your papers as well as the exams. Notebooks will be collected after each discussion session.

The first paper will be on The Epic of Gilgamesh( 30 points ). Due: Hard-copy in class 09/26. PDF 09/29 Midnight

The second paper will be on your choice of either The House of Wisdom or Brutal Journey (40 points)Due : House of WisdomHard-copy in class 11/21. PDF 11/24Midnight. Brutal Journey: Due:Hard -copy in class 12/05. PDF 12/08 Midnight. The essay topics will be available on the course Black Board site approximately two weeks prior to the due date. When turning in a paper, students should submit both a hard copy in class and an electronic copy to– no grade will be assigned until both versions have been received.

Primary Source Discussions will consist of analyzing selected primary source documents at the end of the textbook chapters with the help of the questions posed in the introductions or the” Use the Evidence “section. Students will be divided into groups and will be assigned one or two of the primary sources that accompany the chapters under discussion that week. Using your note books you are advised to answer the questions briefly, for yourself, in order to be able to fully participate in your group prep and the class discussions- one person of each group should summaries the PS document. Notebooks will be collected after each discussion session.

History Presentations will be 10 minute Power Point presentations on any topic , event or movement the student chooses. Please refer to the History Project Folder on the course Black Board site for more information


All exams will cover lectures and reading assignments. Each exam will have two parts. Part I will be IDENTIFICTIONS and Part II will be ESSAY QUESTIONS based on both the lectures, the textbook and the primary source readings. The essay questions will be made available ONE week before the test. Both parts of the exam will be equally weighted (50/50). Your exams will be taken in your personal notebook which shall be handed to you at the beginning of each exam.

Multiple Choice Homework

In order to help students engage with the textbook 13 assignments of 15 Multiple choice questions has been created as home work. Points will be earned by completing the assignments –> 5 points for each . It is assumed that students will read the textbook for themselves. While I will follow the general structure of the text this course will not simply cover the textbook material. Students should take notes.

There will be NO MAKE-UPS except for students with permission and or valid excuses. It is the responsibility of the student to follow up on any missed exam and or assignment.

Attendance and Late Papers:

Attendance will be taken throughout the semester, in the lectures and discussion sections. Any absences must be followed up by an email within 24 hours to be excused . You will not be penalized for three unexcused absences, but on subsequentunexcused absences your attendance portion of your grade for the course will drop if no good explanation is given. Illness or injury related absences of fewer than three days will require a doctor’s note stating date and time of visit to qualify . Absences of more than three days will require a note with the physician conformation that absence from class was necessary.

Papers that are submitted late will only receive half credit.

Alternate arrangements concerning exams or assignments are an option only for those students contacting me prior to test/due dates. The day of the final exam is the last day that any late materials will be accepted– IF arrangements were made prior.



The following topics are included in the framework of the course but are not intended as limits on content. The order of presentation and relative emphasis will vary based on the progress we make week to week.

TB = Strayer Textbook Reading BB = Black Board Reading

For the most up to date INFORMATION you have to check the WEEKLY ASSIGNMENTS on BB

Week 1 August 20-22 Introductions

Reading: TB: First Things First (pp. 3-9),Prologue “From Cosmic History to Human History” BB:Syllabus– (print out and bring to class), Disclaimer sources used,

Week 2 August 27-29

PART ONE:First Things First: Beginnings in History

Read TB: Ch. 1 First Peoples : Populating the Planet to 10,000 B.C.E. (pp. 11-33).Ch. 2 First Farmers: The Revolutions of Agriculture, 10,000 B.C.E.-3000 B.C.E. (pp. 49-67).

Week 3 September 3-5

Reading: TB Ch. 3 First Civilizations: Cities, States, and Unequal Societies (pp. 85-114). BB : Ancient Greece, King Sargon of Akkad, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon.

Video and in class quiz

Week 4 September10-12

Monday : Discussion of The Epic of Gilgamesh. Read BB: Working with Primary Sources

Wednesday Mid term 1 : CH 1-3 Please refer to the Midterm 1 guide on Black Board

Week 5 September 17-19

PART TWO: Classical Era in World History 500 B.C.E.-500 C.E

Reading TB: The Big Picture: After the First Civilizations ( pp.133-141), Ch. 4 Eurasian Empires 500 B.C.E.- 500 C.E (pp.143-169). Selected Primary sources: Ch 4: See Black Board

Week 6 September 24-26 Hard copy Epic of Gilgamesh due in Class 9/26 PDF Due by September 29th by Midnight.

TB:Ch. 5 Eurasian Cultural Traditions 500B.C.E.-500 C.E. (pp.125- 152) .

Discussion: Selected Primary sources: Ch 5 See Black Board

Week 7 October 1-3

Reading: TB: Ch. 6 Eurasian Social Hierarchies, 500B.C.E.-500 C.E. (pp.237-261)

Discussion SelectedPrimary Sources Ch.6: See Black Board

Week 8 October 8-10

Reading: TB: Ch. 7 Classical Era Variations: Africa and the Americas, 500B.C.E.-1200 C.E. (pp.281-306). Discussion : Selected Primary Sources Ch.7 : See Black Board

Week 9 October 15-17

Monday Part 1: Identifications

Wednesday Part 2: Essay questions

Midterm 2 Ch 4-7 Please refer to the midterm folder on Black Board

Week 10 October 22-24

PART THREE: An Age of Accelerating Connections, 500C.E.-1500 C.E.

Reading TB:The Big Picture; Defining a Millennium (pp. 325-331) Ch.8 Commerce and Culture, 500 . -1300 (pp. 333-355). Video and in class quiz

Week 11 October 29-31

Reading:TB: Ch.9 China and the World: East Asian Connections 500-1300 (pp.379-405)

Discussion : Selected Primary Sources Ch 9: See Black Board

Week 12 November 5-7

Reading TBCh. 10 The Worlds of European Christendom; connected and Divided 500-1300 (pp.425-454).

Discussion : TheHouse of Wisdom: How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization

Week 13 November 12-14

Reading TBCh. 11 The World of Islam; Afro-Eurasian Connections, 600-1500

Discussion Selected Primary Sources Ch.11 .See Black Board

Week 14 November 19-21

The House of Wisdom Paper hard copy in class due 11/21 . PDF @ Midnight– 11/24

Reading TB: Ch. 12 Pastoral Peoples in the Global Stage; The Mongol Moment 1200-1500 (pp. 521-549).

Discussion Brutal Journey: Cabeza de Vaca and the Epic First Crossing of North America.

Week 15 November 26-28

Reading TB: Ch.13 The Worlds of the Fifteenth Century.

BB:The Reformations: European Christianity’s Doctrinal split and it’s effects in the Fourteenth Sixteenth Centuries.

Week 16 December 3-5

Brutal Journey Paper hard copy in class due 12/5 .PDF @ midnight—12/8

History presentations

Week 17 Dec 12th Finals 12:00- 1:50pm

Point distribution440 – 392 (89%) = A

391 – 344 (78%) = B

343 – 251 (57 %) = C

250 – 207 (47%) = D

206 – 0 (FAIL) = F

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Important dates:

First day of class: August 20th 2012

Mid-Term 1: Week 4 09/12

Epic of Gilgamesh PAPER Week 6 HC in class 09/26 – PDF @ Midnight 09/29

Mid-Term 2: Week 9 10/ 15 and 10/17

House of Wisdom PAPER Week 14 HC in class 11/21 – PDF @ Midnight11/24

History Presentations Week 16 12/03 and 12/05

Brutal Journey PAPER Week 16 HC in class 12/05 -PDF @ Midnight 12/08

Final Exam: Week 17 12/12 12:00pm- 1:50pm

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Section # 70837 fall 2012

Monday / Wednesday 12:30pm-1:50pm

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