History 107 SAMPLE Syllabus (subject to minor changes)
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SUBJECT AREA AND COURSE NUMBER:
COURSE TITLE: COURSE TITLE: World History to 1650 UNITS: 3.00
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 further assist their developing 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.
PREREQUISITES: NONE Good reading/writing/NOTE-TAKING SKILLS advisable
LECTURE HOURS PER WEEK: 3.00
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLO):
In particular, each student will be able to do the following (Student Learning Outcomes) upon completion of this course:
- Analyze primary and secondary sources and explain how they support a thesis statement
- Explain relationships between the causes of historical events and their effects.
- Describe a relevant individual involved in an historical event and explain his/her significance in this event.
** ALTHOUGH THIS SEMESTER DOES NOT INCLUDE AN OFFICIAL ASSESSMENT you will be practicing these skills throughout the semester while doing the primary source assignments**
Upon successful completion of the course the student will be able to:
Historical causation from a wide, comparative perspective.
The most significant cultural, political and social structures, forms of cultural expression in art and religion in discrete segments of the world’s civilizations.
Key periods of world history and patterns of change from the dawn of civilization to the early modern period.
The relevance and importance of the origins of civilization to the modern era.
The historical frame of reference from the origins of civilization to the early modern era.
METHODS OF INSTRUCTION:
In-class discussion and small group work and discussion that permits students to share their ideas and critique both primary and secondary sources.
Film – audio-visual media and maps to illustrate the historical events being presented.
House Keeping Rules
No Smart Phones, tablets, laptops or any other electronic devices without prior permission. You are welcome to make audio recordings of my lectures.
No food other than small snacks, or drinks in secure cups and or bottles.
No book bags or other items on the desk except notebooks and pens/pencils
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 2nd ed. 2012 (newer okay too)
ISBN-10:0-312-48704-5 ISBN-13: 978-0-312-48704-1
PDF : EPIC OF GILGAMESH ( LOCATED IN PAPER ASSIGNMENTS FILE ON CANVAS) PLEASE PRINT OUT
Choose One of the following two titles:
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
Schneider, Paul: A 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: Maximum Points Available 1000
EXAM 1 + 2
200 POINTS EACH
GUIDED READING ASSIGNMENT
INDEPENDENT ANALYTICAL PAPER
30 POINTS (2X15)
15 POINTS FOR FULL SET
STUDENTS WHO PLAGIARIZE IN MY CLASS WILL RECEIVE AN AUTOMATIC ‘0’ ON THE ASSIGNMENT AND THEY WILL BE REFERRED TO THE OFFICE OF STUDENT AFFAIRS
Paper/novel Discussions (2)
There will be two (2) papers assignments due in this class.
The first assignment is a Guided Reading Assignment.
The second assignment is an Independent Analytical Essay based on your choice of one of two novels (2a or 2b).
It is very important that students begin reading and thinking about these assignments well in advance of due dates. A reading guide for each book containing 10-15 analytical review/discussion questions is available on the CANVAS course site. Each student shall be given a personal assignment folder in which to answer / organize all discussion questions.
In the case of the Guided Reading Assignment a 3-4 (three to four page) extended version of the answers to the analytical review/discussion questions is due on the day of our next class meeting
In the case of the Independent Analytical Essay a 4-5 (four-to-five) page paper is due two weeks after the discussion session . Your thesis statement is due ONE week after the discussion session.
The reading guide/questions and discussions will help you prepare for your papers as well as the exams. Answer the questions in a couple of 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 Guided Reading Assignment will be on The Epic of Gilgamesh (PDF IN PRIMARY SOURCES MATERIALS folder).
Extended version Due: (PDF @ MIDNIGHT on CANVAS) (50 points )
The Independent Analytical Essay will be on your choice of either :The House of Wisdom(2a) OR A Brutal Journey (2b)
2a Due : (PDF by MIDNIGHT on CANVAS) (80 points)
2b Due : (PDF by MIDNIGHT on CANVAS) (80 points)
The essay prompts will be available on the course CANVAS site up until the due date.
Primary Source Discussions (5)
This assignment will consist of analyzing selected primary source documents related to the textbook chapters with the help of the questions made available in the Primary Source Materials folder on CANVAS.
At the beginning of class (15-20 minutes) students will be divided into groups to discuss the primary sources that accompany the chapter(s) under discussion that week. We will then discuss the answers together for the remainder of class time. You are advised to answer the questions for yourself , in order to be able to fully participate in your group prep and the class discussions- one person of each group should summarize the PS document. Assignment folders will be collected after each discussion session.
This will be an individual 10-15 minute Power Point presentations on any topic , event or movement the student chooses (up to 1650). Please refer to the History Presentation file on the CANVAS course site for more information.
All exams will cover lectures and readings. Each exam will have two parts. Part I will be multiple choice questions online via CANVAS and Part II will be SHORT ANSWER /IDENTIFICATION a 1 or 2 long format essay questions based on the lectures, the textbook as well as the primary source readings. The Study Guide containing a list of all possible identifications and all possible essay questions will be made available ONE week before the exam.
There will be NO MAKE-UPS except for students who made prior arrangements and or have 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 sessions.
Any absences must be followed up by an email within 24 hours to be excused .
Poor attendance will affect your grade. Rosters will be cleared of NO SHOWS on the census day . FW final grades will only be assigned if warranted and if requested. It is the student’s responsibility to drop classes they no longer attend.
PAPERS AND OTHER ASSIGNMENTS 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 last day of class (NOT THE FINAL EXAM)is the last day that any late materials will be accepted– IF arrangements were made prior.
COURSE OUTLINE AND SCOPE:
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. Any changes will be announced on CANVAS.
TB = Textbook Reading CV= CANVAS Here you will find Primary Source readings and Study Guide Folders etc,— Also Check for the most up to date assignments in the Weekly Homework FILES on CANVAS as semester goes by.
Reading For TUESDAY CV.:Disclaimer Sources used. Syllabus: print out last two pages- sign and bring to class. Watch: How to Navigate this Course Site . Also CV–>Working with Primary Sources( 2 files), Additional Help with Primary Sources( 3 files) print out and bring to class.(PRIMARY SOURCE MATERIALS), Reading TB: First Things First ,Prologue “From Cosmic History to Human History”
Reading for THURSDAY TB: TB: Ch. 1 (A)First Peoples : First Farmers… to 4000 B.C.E.
Week 2 MC CH 1 + 2
Reading FOR TUESDAY TB: Ch. 1(B) First Peoples : First Farmers…to 4000 B.C.E.
Reading FOR THURSDAY TB: Ch.2 First Civilizations: Cities, States, and Unequal Societies
IN CLASS: TUESDAY VIDEO : Return to Eden – TAKE HOME Quiz
THURSDAY IN CLASS Guided Reading assignment Discussion The Epic of Gilgamesh
(PDF IN PAPER ASSIGNMENTS )
Week 4 MC CH 3
Reading FOR TUESDAY TB: Ch. 3 State and Empire in Eurasia/North Africa 500 B.C.E.- 500 C.E
Extended Version Guided Reading assignment Due. PDF by Midnight (PAPER ASSIGNMENTS)
THURSDAY IN CLASS Primary Source Discussion Session 1, (PRIMARY SOURCE MATERIALS)
Review How to interpret Primary Sources, Working with Primary sources Watch: Actively Reading Primary Sources (PRIMARY SOURCE MATERIALS)
Week 5 MC CH 4
Reading FOR TUESDAY TB: Ch. 4 Culture and Religion in Eurasia/North Africa 500B.C.E.-500 C.E
THURSDAY In Class : Primary Source Discussion Session 2, (PRIMARY SOURCE MATERIALS)
EXAM WEEK Please refer to Exam 1 Study Guide ON CANVAS
TUESDAY : EXAM 1 PART 1 : Identifications/Short Answer
THURSDAY : EXAM 1 PART 2 : LONG FORMAT Essays
Week 7 MC CH 5+6
Reading for TUESDAY TB: Ch. 5 Society and Inequality in Eurasia/North African 500B.C.E.-500 C.E.
Reading for THURSDAY TB Ch. 6 Commonalities and Variations : Africa/ the Americas, 500B.C.E.-1200 C.E.
Week 8 MC CH 7
TUESDAY in class: Primary Source Discussion Session 3, (PRIMARY SOURCE MATERIALS)
Reading for THURSDAY TB: The Big Picture; Defining a Millennium , Ch.7 Commerce and Culture, 500 -1300
Week 9 Spring Break
Week 10 MC CH 8
Reading for TUESDAY TB: Ch.8 China and the World: East Asian Connections 500-1300
THURSDAY in class : Primary Source Discussion Session 4, (PRIMARY SOURCE MATERIALS)
Week 11 EXAM WEEK – Please refer to the Exam 2 Study Guide ON CANVAS
TUESDAY: EXAM 2 Part 1: Identifications/Short Answers
THURSDAY: EXAM 2 Part 2: LONG FORMAT Essays
Week 12 MC CH 9
Reading for TUESDAY: TB:Ch. 9 The World of Islam; Afro-Eurasian Connections, 600-1500
THURSDAY in class : Ch. 10 (A) The Worlds of European Christendom; connected and Divided 500-1300
Book Discussion 2A : The House of Wisdom: How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization. (PAPER ASSIGNMENTS)
Week 13 MC CH 10 + CH 11
Reading for TUESDAY TB Ch. 10 (B) The Worlds of European Christendom; connected and Divided 500-1300
THURSDAY TB: Ch. 11 Pastoral Peoples in the Global Stage; The Mongol Moment 1200-1500
Submit thesis statement House of Wisdom IN CLASS
Week 14 MC CH 12
By TUESDAY : WATCH In The Footsteps of Marco Polo (SOUND AND MOVIES) Hand in quiz
TUESDAY TB: Ch.12(a) The Worlds of the Fifteenth Century.
THURSDAY ch 12 (b)The Worlds of the Fifteenth Century.
Primary Sources Discussion Session 5.(PRIMARY SOURCE MATERIALS)
Paper 2a: House of Wisdom , due. PDF BY midnight (PAPER ASSIGNMENTS)
TUESDAY Book Discussion 2B Brutal Journey: Cabeza de Vaca and the Epic First Crossing of North America.(PAPER ASSIGNMENTS)
THURSDAY: The Reformations: European Christianity’s Doctrinal split and The WHY of it’s lay success
Submit thesis statement Brutal Journey IN CLASS
TUESDAY : History Presentations Group ONE
THURSDAY : History Presentations Group TWO
Paper 2b: A Brutal Journey, due. PDF BY midnight (PAPER ASSIGNMENTS)
TUESDAY: History Presentations Group THREE
THURSDAY Final exam PLEASE REFER TO FINAL EXAM STUDY GUIDE CANVAS
1000-900 (90%) = A
899-800 (80%) = B
799-650 (65 %) = C
649 – 480 (48%) = D
479 – 0 (FAIL) = F
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History 107 Student information sheet:
By signing this document I declare to have familiarized myself with:
The Course Syllabus
House Keeping rules
Grading and Evaluation Policy
PLAGIARISM WARING, Assignments, Exam, Attendance and Late Paper Policies
Course Outline and Points Distribution
Academic Integrity and Code of Conduct
Disabilities Accommodation Information
Important Dates Section
Add/Drop information On-line
The CANVAS Course Menu especially: How to Navigate this Course Site
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|History 107 checklist
Papers, Exams and
Assignments to complete
|This list does not include any||points for :||Attendance (75)||Or||Discussions (75)||yet.|
|Guided Reading Assignment||50|
|Final Exam||200||: 10|
|Video Quizzes (15 each)||30|