Sections 0596, MWF, 9-9:50 a.m., Sciences Complex 102 &
0597: MWF, 1-1:50 p.m. , Sciences Complex 103
Instructor: Doug Catterall
Office: 634 South Shepler Tower
Office Hours: M, 2-5 p.m.., W, 2-4 p.m., F, 2-3 p.m. ; and by appointment.
work telephone: 581-2949
Obviously with a task so large at hand and only one semester to work with, we will need some organizing principles and main themes to guide us. The most central concept in this course is that of culture. Rather than nations or peoples (though we will use these terms as well), this course emphasizes thinking about societies in terms of what people at all levels of all societies have done and do every day to get on. Thus while we must not and cannot ignore events, we will look at events in the context of a culture's development, rather than simply studying the events for their own sake. To understand past cultures in this course we will do two things: 1) look at how they developed practices and institutions to sustain themselves (traditions) and 2) examine their response to problems and their relationships with other cultures and peoples (i.e. their place in the world). Though we will quite literally cover the world in this term, we will give most of our attention to the places where most of the world's peoples were interacting: Eurasia and Africa.
In addition to learning about past societies and how they worked,
of this course is also to teach you some skills that historians (and
who are not historians such as lawyers, doctors, and computer
scientists) use all the time: critical thinking and critical reading;
writing and effective oral communication; and interpretation.
the CU General Education Skills this
course emphasizes click on the hypetext in this sentence.
Reader (Required):All of the above readings (apart from the textbook) will be required for the course and (with the exception of the online materials) are available at the CU bookstore (though I do not require that you buy them there) and all are essential to the course so do purchase them. With a few exceptions all web-based source materials will be available at the following web-site: www.fordham.edu/halsall, an internet site that provides a variety of internet source-books. Feel free to explore the site if you wish.
Kevin Reilly, ed., Worlds of History: A Comparative Reader, Volume I: to 1550, Third Edition (New York & Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2007)
J.R. McNeill and William H. McNeill, The Human Web: A Bird's-Eye View of World History (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2004)
Primary Sources and Other Materials (Required):
Four Texts on Socrates: Plato's Euthyphro, Apology, and Crito and Aristophanes' Clouds , translated by Thomas G. West and Grace Starry West (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1998)
Susan Whitfield, Life along the Silk Road (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1999)
Web Sources (Some Required, Some Optional): Finally I will link sources and also helpful web sites to the online syllabus. Sometimes I will ask you to analyze these. At other times the web site in question is merely provided to give you additional useful information but is not required reading. The list of assignments below will clarify which sites must be read. Please note, that where a ** appears next to a web-site address (URL) the site in question may not be in the public domain and you may be in violation of copyright if you download and print off pages from the site. In these cases please read through the material and take notes, but you are not advised to print off the materials.
Reference Books and Helpful
Resources:You may find that you have questions that the readings,
lectures, and class activities do not answer. As you know, this course
does not have a textbook. I chose not to use a textbook mainly to save
money people money as textbooks are generally $50 or more per copy when
new. Nevertheless, I understand (and am happy to hear) if there are
things you want to look up and do not think you ought to have to make a
trip to the campus library for a simple reference check. For these I
would recommend using the online resources below by clicking on the
appropriate hypertext following this sentence:
Columbia Encyclopedia and more!: http://www.bartleby.com/
Encarta (n.b. this is the free version, so you only have access to some of what Encarta offers):
Please note, you may also access Encylopedia Britannica through the CU Library's Homepage but to do this off-campus you will need an authorization code from the CU Library staff.
CIA Factbook (country maps for geographic placement):
There is also a web-site that accompanies the textbook, and which anyone can use if you find it helpful. The web contains an extensive glossary, other learning aids, and many many web sites with extra information on the topics covered in the course. The web site can be found by clicking on the hypertext following this sentence:
A tutorial on using web-based primary sources as well as some guides to those sources:
Course work consists of three major elements: participation in classroom and online discussions as well as class activities, formal writings, and quizzes and examinations.
a. Attendance (100 points) : Except during the three days occupied by the Socrates Role-Playing Game and its preparation day, you will receive 2 points for every COMPLETE class that you attend for a total of 100 points. No partial credit will be given. You were either in class for the full time or you were not, and no excuses will be accepted. In addition, I will add enough points to everyone's score to make it possible for each individual to gain 100 points if he or she attends all regular sessions of class.
b. Discussion (40 points): Participation in discussion is required. I will gauge your discussion grade by your performance on particular days indicated with a *** in the schedule of assignments and readings. On these days you can earn up to 4 points beyond your attendance mark for a total of 40 points over the course of the semster.
c. Informal Writings (up to 20 points): Occasionally I may assign short writing exercises to help focus our discussions. These are extra-credit opportunities. They are offered solely at the instructor's discretion and only to the class as a whole, NOT on an individual basis.
d. Online Discussion (40 points): Beginning in week two, and each week for the rest of the semester, you will have the opportunity to participate in online discussion. You can earn up to 5 points of participation credit for each week in which you make at least three contributions to the discussion board spread across two discussion threads. You can earn a maximum of 40 participation points for the semester in this way. I will start things off with two discussion threads in week two. In order to count, contributions need to be posted within a calendar week, i.e. by Saturday. Remember, you need to participate in multiple threads to gain maximum credit. Also, don't repeat anything that's already been said and plan your comments carefully and be thorough. Finally, use proper etiquette. Don't write anything you would not state aloud in class.
Instructions for accessing the discussion board may be found by clicking on the hyptext in this sentence.e. Credit for Participation: A perfect scorce in participation is 150 points, meaning that an A requires 135 points, a B 120 points, a C 105 points, a D 90 points, with anything below that an F.
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b. Formal Writings:
Papers (300 points): You
will have to write four reaction papers in this course, each of which
will be based on an online source or one of the three major outside
readings for the course. Each of these papers will be worth 100
points and I will drop the lowest score. All papers must be
double-spaced, typed, and in Times New Roman font
with a 12-pt. pitch (type-size). In addition, all papers must be
footnoted using the style appropriate to historical work, which means
that the MLA parenthetical style will not be acceptable. If you
general tutorial on footnoting using a computer see: general
guidelines. Detailed instructions for the different papers
may be found by clicking on the title of each of the works that will be
used for the different papers, but please note that ALL reaction papers
must be submitted online through a portal managed by Turn It In (I will
provide instructions on how this is to be done):
and Final Examination
Grading Standards: General guidelines for my Grading standards for all written work (including the formal writings listed above) are available by clicking the hypertext in this sentence. Guidelines specific to a given writing assignment or examination are available in the on-line descriptions/review sheets of the assignments and examinations.
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|Total of All Categories
Calculation of your mark: In this course 750 points is a perfect score. Thus an A requires a minimum of 675 points, a B at least 600 points, a C at least 525 points, a D at least 450 points. Anyone earning less than 450 points fails the course and earns a mark of F.
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Classroom Environment: Talking to your classmates or
others outside the context of classroom activities is rude and will not
be tolerated. Reading outside materials, listening to music,
taking telephone calls on your cell-phone, and similar non-class
related activities are equally unacceptable. I expect all
students to be respectful of one another's right to speak and express
opinions. Disagreements and different viewpoints are welcome, but
debates should not involve insults. Finally, food and drink are
permitted in class as long as courtesy is observed; e.g. if you haven't
quite finished your cup of coffee, do bring it along to class, but
turning the classroom into a cafeteria is not permissible.
Late Informal Writings: As they are extra credit, no
late informal writings will be accepted, so don't ask. Remember,
though, that your participation grade is a composite of your
performance in class, discussion-board participation, and your
performance on informal writings. As long as you manage to achieve the
points sufficient for the participation mark you desire, it will not
matter to me how you do so.
Although I will obviously keep track of what you do by way of
participation I would advise you to remain aware of where you stand for
so that you know whether or not you are achieving the necessary level
of participation for which you are aiming.
Missed Quizzes and Examinations: As noted above, there are a number of quizzes for this course. There will be no make-ups for quizzes. I will, however, drop your lowest quiz score, so if you happen to miss a quiz, I will only count the scores on the other four quizzes that you do take. A make-up for the final examination is granted to the student solely at the instructor's discretion and only with a legitimate (e.g. a medical emergency) and documented reason.
Academic Dishonesty: As
per Section 4.07 of the CU Student Handbook: "Each student is expected
to engage in all academic pursuits in a manner that is above reproach.
Students are expected to maintain complete honesty and integrity in the
academic experiences both in and out of the classroom. Any student
found guilty of academic dishonesty¦ will be subject to
action." For examples of academic
dishonesty please see the full version of Section 4.07 at: http://www.cameron.edu/student_development/student_conduct/academic.html
Among the most serious offenses a
student can commit is plagiarism, which is the representation of the
work of another as your own. In all of the writing you do for this
course you must make clear to me which ideas in a paper are your own
and which come from someone else. This is especially important for any
formal essays you write. In such essays you must cite all primary and
secondary sources you use in accordance with the proper
conventions. Instructions on the basics of citation may be found
under the general guidelines for papers. before any formal essays
come due. If for some reason you do not choose to examine this
page, know that you will not be exempt from following its guidelines.
In cases of plagiarism, the Department of History and Government
at CU follows the plagiarism policy in the current "Student Handbook,"
as described in
Sections 4.07 and 4.08 of the CU Code of Student Conduct.
for plagiarism as defined by the Student Code of Conduct include:
Please heed this warning as I am quite serious about it.
1) The student may be required to perform additional academic work/project not required of other students in the course;
2) The student may be required to withdraw from the course with a grade of "W" or "F"; or
3) The student's grade in the course or on the examination or other academic work affected by the dishonesty may be reduced to any extent, including a reduction to failure.
Disability Statement: As per the Office of Student Development, "It
is the policy of
Website for this office:
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5-10: The Classical Period 500 B.C.E.-500 C.E.
Weeks 11-16: The Rise of the Muslim World, 500-1400 (C.E.)
Weeks 16-17: Review and Final Examination