Studies in World Civilization, 1500-Present
Office hours: Monday 11-12pm; Wednesday 11am-1pm or by
Office: SH 221 237-2716
Course Description: From 1500 to the present, relations between the different of the world have become increasingly important. This course will examine the development of this global history, with special emphasis on themes such as migration, imperialism, developments in technology, and changes in economics which have both resulted from and accelerated the integration of different regions of the world.
Course Mechanics and Requirements
You will be expected to keep up with a moderate reading load, attend lectures and participate in class activities. You will find a tentative schedule below of the topics that will be discussed in lecture and associated readings, although there might be some adjustments made during the course of the semester. You grade will be based on the following:
Midterm (10/8) and Final (12/17) (100 points Each): These exams will require you to demonstrate both mastery of the material covered in lecture and the assigned readings as well as to analyze this information.
Online Quizzes throughout the semester (100 points): There will be 12 on-line quizzes posted on webCT related to the assigned readings during the course of the semester worth 10 points each. You will be allowed 2 attempts to take each quiz, and the higher score will count. I will drop your two lowest quiz grades. The purpose of these quizzes is to help you focus your reading as well as to check that you understand the assigned materials, especially reading not covered in lecture. FURTHER INFORMATION WILL BE DISTRIBUTED IN CLASS REGARDING WEBCT.
Attendance and Participation (10 points): Consistent attendance and appropriate participation will count for 10 points of your semester grade.
Map Quiz (9/19) (30 points): A map quiz will be administered at the beginning of class on Friday, September 19. A review sheet will be distributed in class ahead of time and posted on WebCT.
Your final grades will be determined based on the follow rubric:
305+ points = A
292-305 points = B+
272-291 points = B
258-271 points = C+
238-257 points = C
225-237 points = D+
204-224 points = D
203 points and below = F
Late Assignments and Makeups
LATE ASSIGNMENTS AND MAKEUPS, IN GENERAL, WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED, UNLESS THERE IS VERIFIABLE PROOF THAT THE CAUSE OF THE LATENESS WAS A MEDICAL EMERGENCY.
Throughout the course, students will be expected to adhere to normal standards of academic honesty. Violation of the standards (for example, cheating on examinations) will be severely penalized; generally the penalty will be to receive a grade of 0.0 (i.e.-a "zero point") for the entire course and notification of the student's misconduct to the appropriate university official.
There will be a WebCT site available for this course on or before 9/5. Further information regarding this site will be distributed in class (including information regarding student access codes).
The required texts listed below can be purchased at the campus book store.
Spodek, Howard. The World's History, Volume II: Since 1100, Second Edition. Prentice Hall, 2001.
Hylton, Raymond (editor). The World's History, Documents Set. Volume II, Since 1500. Prentice Hall, 2001.
You must also purchase access codes for the WebCT site. They can either be purchased at the bookstore or online.
A tentative schedule of class topics and corresponding readings is listed below. The schedule may change slightly depending on the pace of the class.
Week 1 (8/27-29): Introduction; Unification of World Trade
Reading: Spodek, Ch. 13
Documents: 13-2, 13-3
Week 2 (9/3-5): World Trade, Protestant Reformation
Reading: Spodek, Ch. 13
Documents: 13-4, 13-5, 13-6
Week 3 (9/8-12): Migration and the Slave Trade
Reading: Spodek, Ch. 14
Documents: Chapter 14, all
Week 4 (9/15-19): Political Revolutions (Emphasis on Europe
Readings: Spodek, Ch. 15
Documents: 15-1, 15-3, 15-6
MAP QUIZ, 9/19
Week 5 (9/22-26): The Industrial Revolution, Part I
Readings: Spodek, Ch. 16
Documents: 16-1, 16-2
Week 6 (9/29-10/3): Industrial Revolution, Part II, Social
and Intellectual Revolutions
Readings: Spodek, Ch. 16-17
Documents: 16-5, 16-6, 17-2, 17-3, 17-5
Week 7 (10/6-8): Catch up, review, Midterm
MIDTERM, WEDNESDAY, 10/8
NO SCHOOL, FRIDAY, 10/10
Week 8 (10/13-17): Development of Mass Technology and
Western Europe After World War I, Part I
Reading: Spodek, Ch. 18
Documents: 18-3, 18-4
Week 9 (10/20-24): Western Europe, Part II, Soviet Union and
Readings: Spodek, Ch. 18-19
Documents: 19-1, 19-2, 19-6
Week 10 (10/27-31): Japan, China, and India and South Asia
Readings: Spodek, Ch. 19-20
Documents: 20-2, 20-4, 20-6
Week 11 (11/3-7): India; The Middle East and North Africa,
Readings: Spodek, Ch. 21
Documents: 21-3, 21-4
Week 12 (11/10-14): The Middle East and North Africa, Part
II; Sub-Saharan Africa, Part I
Readings: Spodek, Ch. 22
Documents: 22-1, 22-2, 22-3
Week 13 (11/17-21): Africa, Part II; Latin America
Readings: Spodek, Ch. 22-23
Documents: 22-1, 22-2, 22-3
Week 14 (11/24): Latin America
Reading: Spodek, Ch. 23
Week 15 (12/1-5): The World in the 21st Century; and Catch
Completion of any reading corresponding to lectures; preparation of discussion questions related to the semester's work.
Week 16 (12/8-12) (Study Week): Review and Overview
No new assignments, class attendance is still mandatory
FINAL EXAM: WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17, AT 8AM (DON'T BE LATE!)
GOOD LUCK AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!