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Daniella Kreijen Ashburn M.A.





Daniella Ashburn

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SUBJECT AREA AND COURSE NUMBER: History 108 COURSE TITLE: World History since 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 the early modern era (1650) until the present. Topics in social, intellectual, economic, and political history are covered. 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. 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 early modern period to the present.

  4. The relevance and importance of developments of civilization in the modern era.

  5. The historical frame of reference from the early modern era to the post Cold-War 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: Ways of the World (with Sources) (V2)

by Robert Strayer

Publisher: Bedford Saint Martin’s : 1st Edition (2011)


E-Book available at

NOVELS : 1. Bitter Bonds: A Colonial Divorce Drama of the 17th Century (Paperback)

by Leonard Blusse

Publisher: M. Wiener Pub.; 1st Markus edition (July 2002)

ISBN: 1558762531

Choose One of the following two titles:

2. A Long Way Gone by: Ishmael Beah

Publisher:Farrar, Straus & Giroux; 1st edition (2007).



3.A Woman in Berlin by: Anonymous

Publisher:St. Martin’s Press; (2005)


Grading and Evaluation:

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

EXAM 1+2 50 points each                                 First Paper 30 points

Final Exam 60 points                                         Second Paper 40 points

Attendance 30 points                                        History Presentation 30 points

Discuss. 60 points                                             Video Quizzes 30 points

MC homework 60 points

(11×5 + 5 points if all completed)


Paper/novel Discussions and Primary Source Discussions

There will be two(2) 4-5 page 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 assignment folder 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. Assignment folders will be collected after each discussion session.

The first paper will be on Bitter Bonds (30 points ). Due: Hard Copy in class. PDF @ MIDNIGHT

The second paper will be on your choice of either :

A Woman in Berlin (40 points) Due . Hard Copy in class. PDF @ MIDNIGHT.


A Long Way Gone (40 points) Due . Hard Copy in class. PDF @ 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 submit an electronic PDF copy via CANVAS- link provided.– no grade will be assigned until both versions are 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 assignment folder 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. Assignment folders will be collected after each discussion session.

History Presentations will be 10-12 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.

Multiple Choice Homework

In order to help students engage with the textbook 11 assignments of 15 Multiple choice questions has been created as home work. Points will be earned by completing the assignments –> 5 points for each plus 5 bonus points if completed all. 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.


All exams will cover lectures and reading assignments. Each exam will have two parts. Part I will be On-line Multiple Choice Questions 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.

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 . Poor attendance will affect your grade. Rosters will be cleared of NO SHOWS on the census date (02/04/2013). FW final grades will only be assigned if requested. It is the student’s responsibility to drop classes they no longer attend.

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 .

CANVAS Reading CR — Check for most up to date WEEKLY ASSIGNMENTS as semester goes by.

Week 1

Reading Wednesday: –> CR Disclaimer Sources used.

Syllabus → print out and bring to class

Week 2

Reading Monday TB:The Big Picture : Debating the character of an Era , ch 14 Empires and Encounters 1450-1750

Reading Wednesday TB: ch 15 Global Commerce 1450-1750 . CR: Working with Primary Sources.

Week 3

Monday: Absolutism

Wednesday: Constitutionalism

Week 4

Reading Monday TB: ch 16 Religion and Science 1450-1750

Wednesday in class Discussion : Bitter Bonds ;A Colonial Divorce drama of the 17th century

Week 5

EXAM 1 in class 2 essays —> Please refer to the EXAM study folder CANVAS

ONLINE MC Part 1 of the EXAM will be available from 2/16 midnight to 2/20 Midnight

Week 6 Bitter Bonds Paper 2/27 Hard Copy in class PDF @MIDNIGHT

Reading Monday TB: The Big Picture: European Centrality and the Problem of Eurocentrism,

Ch 17 Atlantic Revolutions and Their Echoes

Wednesday in class discussion: Selected Primary Sources ch 17 See Weekly Assignments CANVAS

Week 7

Reading Monday TB: ch 18 Revolutions of Industrialization 1750-1914

Wednesday in class discussion: Selected Primary Sources ch 18 See Weekly Assignments CANVAS

Week 8

Reading Monday TB: ch 19 Internal Troubles External Threats: China the Ottoman Empire and Japan 1800-1914.

Wednesday in class discussion Selected Primary Sources ch 19 See Weekly Assignments CANVAS

week 9

Reading Monday TB: ch 20 Colonial Encounters 1750-1914

Wednesday in class discussion: Selected Primary Sources ch 20 See Weekly AssignmentsCANVAS

Week 10 Spring Break

Week 11

Monday: Movie and in class quiz

Wednesday EXAM 2 in class essays —> Please refer to the EXAM study folder CANVAS

ONLINE MC Part 1 of the EXAM will be available from 03/30 midnight to 4/3 Midnight.

Week 12

Reading Monday TB: The Big Picture:The Twentieth Century: A New Period in World History?

Ch 21 The collapse and recovery of Europe 1914-1970s

Wednesday in class Discussion : A Woman in Berlin

Week 13

Reading Monday TB: ch 22 The rise and Fall of World Communism 1917-Present

Wednesday in class discussion : Selected Primary Sources ch 22 See Weekly AssignmentsCANVAS

Week 14 A Woman in Berlin Paper Due 04/24 HC in class. PDF @ Midnight

Reading Monday TB: ch 23 Independence and development in the Global South1914-Present

Wednesday in class discussion: A long Way Gone

Week 15

Reading Monday TB: ch 24 Accelerating Global Interaction since 1945

Wednesday in class discussion : Selected Primary Sources ch 23 and 24 See Weekly Assignments CANVAS

Week 16 A long Way Gone Paper Due 05/08 HC in class. PDF @ Midnight

Monday Movie (TBA) and in class quiz

Wednesday : History Presentation GROUP ONE

Please refer to the History Presentation file on BB.

Week 17

Monday History Presentation GROUP TWO

Wednesday History Presentation GROUP THREE

Please refer to the History Presentation file on BB.


Please Refer to Final Exam Study Guide on CANVAS

Point distribution 440 – 392 (89%) = A

391 – 344 (78%) = B

343 – 251 (57 %) = C

250 – 207 (47%) = D

206 – 0 (FAIL) = F

Academic Integrity and Code of Conduct

Palomar College is wholly committed to the idea and ideals of academic integrity. We embrace and adopt the definition and related principles of academic integrity provided by the Center for Academic Integrity stated in Section 4 Student Rights and Responsibilities of the Palomar College Catalog. For a full explanation of rights and responsibilities please refer to: as well as for the Student’s Code of Conduct.


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For Add/Drop information please go to:

History 108 Student information sheet:


By signing this document I declare to have familiarized myself with:

  • The Course Syllabus

    • House Keeping rules

    • Required Reading

    • Grading and Evaluation Policy

    • Assignments, Exam, Attendance and Late Paper Policies

    • Course Outline and Points Distribution

    • Academic Integrity and Code of Conduct

    • Disabilities accommodation information

    • Important Dates Section and Add/Drop information on-line


Please write clearly and hand in A.S.A.P.( 5 bonus points if handed by meeting 2)

Name: ___________________________________________________

Email: ___________________________________________________

Thank you!