Social Science Education


World Civilization since 1500

Fall 2003
Dr. Timothy Hawkins
Stalker 319, x2720
Office hours:  TWTh 11:00-12:00

Course Description:

This course is designed to provide a framework for the study of modern world history.  Considering the amount of time and space to be covered during the semester, the class will focus on major historical periods, general themes, and the most significant people and events of the last five centuries.  Although an attempt will be made to address the particular histories of as many areas as possible, certain regions (e.g. Europe, the Far East, and the Middle East) will draw more attention due to their contemporary importance.  It is my hope that each student will come away from this study of world history with a fundamental understanding of the individual, social, cultural, geographic, economic, and political forces that have shaped (and continue to shape) the world in which we live.  As an integral part of the General Education curriculum, the class will also emphasize the importance of historical study as a means to sharpen critical thinking, to improve research and writing skills, and to expand perspectives.

Book Requirements:

The following list of required books will be available for purchase at the bookstore.  The required texts have been chosen to reinforce and complement course lectures and discussions.  Any other required reading will be available as handouts.  I reserve the right to change reading assignments over the course of the term.

Course Requirements:

To succeed in this course two things are essential:  a determination to complete the assigned readings as described in the syllabus and a willingness to participate in class discussion.  Remember, it is good to have questions about the material and it is ok to find things confusing at times.  You would not need this course if you had all the answers.  You are expected to attend all classes.  Attendance will be taken and factored into your final grade.  Four absences will result in the loss of one letter grade, while a total of six absences will result in an F for the course.  On the other hand, your grade will benefit from good attendance and participation.  Please notify me of an anticipated absences.

All assignments must be completed to pass the course.  Work turned in after the assigned due date will be penalized a half a grade for every day it is overdue.  Exams can only be rescheduled for documented medical absences.  You are, of course, expected to follow the university guidelines concerning academic honesty found in the Honor Code.  All work must be your own.  Grades will be based on the following assignments:

Class Schedule:

Th 28 August - Introduction

           PART ONE:  The Origins of Global Interdependence, 1450-1800

T 2 September - Transoceanic Encounters
        •  Chapter 23
Th 4 September - Religious Reform & State Building
        •  Chapter 24
T 9 September - Intellectual Revolution, Quiz #1 (Chapters 23-24)
        •  Chapter 24
Th 11 September - Colonial America
        •  Chapter 25
T 16 September - Colonial Africa, Quiz #1 (Chapters 25-26)
        •  Chapter 26
Th 18 September - Early Modern Asia
        •  Chapter 27
T 23 September - Imperial China
        •  Chapter 27
Th 25 September - The Islamic Empires
        •  Chapter 28
T 30 September - The Islamic Empires, Quiz #3 (Chapters 27-28)
        •  Chapter 29
Th 2 October - Review
T 7 October - Midterm (Short Answer)
Th 9 October - Midterm (Essay)

            PART TWO:  The Challenge of the West, 1800-2000

T 14 October - The Age of Revolutions
        •  Chapter 30
Th 16 October - Nationalism
        •  Chapter 30
T 21 October - The Industrial Revolution
        •  Chapter 31
Th 23 October - New American States
        •  Chapter 32
T 28 October - New American States, Quiz #4 (Chapters 30-32)
        •  Chapter 32
Th 30 October - Societies at Crossroads
        •  Chapter 33
T 4 November - Societies at Crossroads
        •  Chapter 33
Th 6 November - Imperial Expansion
        •  Chapter 34
T 11 November - Imperial Expansion
        •  Chapter 34
Th 13 November - World War I, Quiz #5 (Chapters 33-35)
        •  Chapter 35
T 18 November - The Inter-War Years
        •  Chapter 36
Th 20 November - The Inter-War Years
        •  Chapter 36
T 25  November - World War II
        •  Chapter 37
Th 27 November - Thanksgiving Day
T 2 December - The Cold War
        •  Chapter 38
Th 4 December - New World Disorder, Quiz #6 (Chapters 36-38)
        •  Chapter 39
T 9 December - New World Disorder
        •  Chapter 40
Th 11 December - Review


Final Exam

HIST 102-01:  16 December @ 10:00
HIST 102-06:  16 December @ 1:00

Written Assignments

An important goal of this course is the development of research, writing, and analytical skills.  To that end, the primary writing assignments have been designed to provide practice in these areas of learning.  The readings have been chosen because they address some of the most important and controversial themes of the course and because they provide a closer link to the voices of the past than do most histories.

Your writing assignments this term will be in the form of in-class essays.  You will be expected to read Emperor of China during the first half of the term and outline a response to a question I will pass out on 2 October.  On 9 October you will use this outline to write a well-constructed essay in class.  The same format will be used for The Massacre at El Mozote.  The question for that book will be passed out on 9 December and you will write your own essay on the day of the final.

It is to your advantage in each case to complete the outside readings early and to take good notes.  Once you have the questions in hand you should take some time to review the material and then organize your planned response in a formal outline.  If you choose, you may use a typed version of your outline on the day of the test to help you construct your essay.  Please come to me with any questions you might have on the nature of the assignments or on the reading material itself.


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