Schedule of Readings, Assignments, and Topics                                                        Instructions for Source Papers

Required Texts                                                    Course Requirements                      General Policies

History 1113 Fall 2011

Early World History, Prehistory-1400

                            Section 10541: Conwill Hall 107; MW, 9:30-10:45A & Section 11363: Conwill Hall 107; MW, 2-2:30P                      

Instructor: Doug Catterall
Office: 634 South Shepler Tower

Office Hours: M & W 1-2, 4-5 P; T 10A-12P and by appointment

work telephone: 581-2949

Goals and Approach:

As its title suggests, the purpose of this course is to give you a broad background in world historical events that unfolded from the emergence of human beings as a species to the late 14th century, the era in which human societies began to link the globe together using the world's oceans. I intend the course to familiarize you with the big picture while at the same time giving you the opportunity to look at some societies in depth.

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, the purpose of this course is also to teach you some skills that historians (and many 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.

To see the CU General Education Skills this course emphasizes click on the hypetext in this sentence.

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Course Materials:
Textbook & Reader:

Robert E. Strayer, Ways of the World: A Brief Global History, vol. 1, To 1500 (New York: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2009) [Required]; ISBN: 9780312575588

World History in Documents: A Comparative Reader, second edition, edited by Peter Stearns (New York: NYU Press, 2008) [Required]; ISBN: 9780814740484

Primary Sources and Other Materials:

Stewart Gordon, When Asia was the World: Traveling Merchants, Scholars, Warriors, and Monks Who Created the "Riches of the East" (Philadelphia, PA: Da Capo Press, 2008) [Required]; ISBN: 9780306817397

Online secondary and primary sources linked to the online syllabus that will be necessary for the reaction papers or other class activities [Required]
All of the above readings will be required for the course and (with the exception of the supplemental readings) are available at the CU bookstore or online.

On-line Reference Books and Helpful Resources: If you have questions that the readings, lectures, and class activities do not answer I recommend using the online resources you can access by clicking on the hypertext in this sentence.

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Course work consists of four categories of graded elements: participation, 3 reaction papers, 3 quizzes, and 1 comprehensive, essay-based final examination.

Participation (100 points):

a. Discussion (50 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 5 points for your contributions to discussion.

b. Informal Writings (50 points): There will be 5 short thinking exercises of 1 to 2 type-written pages in length that prepare you for the source papers you will write this term or allow you to explore course material further.

c. Base Points: Each of you starts with 20 points' worth of participation credit.  This is equivalent to missing two Informal Writings or four discussion days.  Thus, if you have out-of-class activities, these points will allow you to miss several days of discussion or miss an informal writing or two without hurting your participation mark.

d. Credit for Participation: A perfect scorce in participation is 100 points, meaning that an A requires at least 90 points, a B 80 at least points, a C  at least 70 points, a D  at least 60 points, with anything below that an F.
Source Papers (300 points): You will have to write three source papers in this course, each of which will be based on primary sources or documents.  Each of these papers will be worth 150 points and I will drop the lowest score.  First two paper and these  must be double-spaced, typed, and in Times New Roman font with a 12-pt. pitch (type-size).  In addition, both of these papers must be footnoted using the rule of the Chicago Manual of Style, which means that the MLA parenthetical style will not be acceptable.  If you want a general tutorial on footnoting using a computer see: general guidelines.  The third paper will be an in-class essay that you will write during a designated class period.  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 and I will introduce you to the basics of the Chicago style when the time comes:
Source Paper 1: A Collection of Mesopotamian Laws
Source Paper 2:
Women's Worlds (follow the instructions for Paper #2d)
Source Paper 3:
Paper #3:Defining Your Own Intercultural Zone (follow the instructions for Paper # 4d)

Quizzes and Final Examination (300 points):
Quizzes (120 points):  There will be 3 online quizzes that you will take via the course's  Blackboard module that are closed notes, closed book, and during which you may not consult any other websites, each of which is worth 60 points. The quizzes, which will entail analytical thinking and writing, will prepare you for the final examination.  I will drop the lowest of your three quiz scores and you will be allowed two attempts on each quiz, with the highest of those two scores being counted.  You will be automatically enrolled in the Blackboard module for the course, which you can access as you would other Blackboard-based courses.  For those unfamiliar with how to access Blackboard see the following web-page:

Final Examination (180 points): There will be a comprehensive final examination consisting of short-answer and essay components.
Grading Standards: General guidelines for all written work (including the source papers listed above) are as follows:

1) Papers are to be written in clear and understandable English.
2) Papers must address the question set or the analytical tasks assigned.
3) When appropriate, papers should have a main point that is clearly expressed.

A papers will meet all of these criteria in a manner that shows mastery of the material covered.

B papers will meet all of these criteria in a manner that shows mastery of the material covered across two of the above grading criteria.
C papers will meet all of these criteria and may show mastery of the material covered in one of the above grading criteria.
D papers will fail to meet at least one of the above criteria in a fundamental way.
F papers will fail to  meet two or more of the above criteria.

 Guidelines specific to a given writing assignment or examination are available in the on-line descriptions/review sheets of the assignments and examinations.

Grading Breakdown:

Course Component
Component Point Value
Source Papers
Final Examination
Total of All Categories

Calculation of your mark: In this course 700 points is a perfect score.  Thus an A requires a minimum of 630 points, a B at least 560 points, a C at least 490 points, a D at least 420 points.  Anyone earning less than 420 points fails the course and earns a mark of F.  PLEASE NOTE: I WILL NOT DISCUSS MARKS WITH STUDENTS ONCE REGULAR CLASSES HAVE ENDED UNTIL GRADES HAVE BEEN SUBMITTED.

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General Policies:

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.  

Attendance: Regular attendance is crucial to your success in this class.  If you miss class regularly, your grade will suffer.  You will not be as familiar with the course material and, if you miss class on discussion days, you will lose participation points.

All assignments, whether involving reading or writing, for a given day are to be completed before the class meets on that day.  I also recommend that you take notes as you read and during lectures and dicussions as this will make studying for the quizzes and writing the papers for the class less of a challenge.

E-mail:  I communicate a lot via e-mail, but I use Blackboard to do so.   You will be automatically enrolled in the course Blackboard module, and all e-mail messages from me will then go to your CU e-mail account.

For those not aware of the basics of accessing student e-mail please read the following: "Students may easily access their CU email through AggieAccess by clicking on the email icon in the upper right corner after login. Please refer to for information about email addresses, usernames and passwords."

Late Source Papers:
The following policy applies to all late
out-of-class source papers. All such source papers submitted to me at any time on the day that the source paper is due will be considered on time. Out-of-class source papers submitted after that date, no matter what the reason may be, will automatically be marked down one grade. You will then have seven days from the original due date to turn in the paper. If in that time you are unable to complete the work, the paper will receive a zero.

Late Informal Writings: No late informal writings will be accepted, so don't ask.

Missed Quizzes and Examinations:  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 quizzes that you do take.  Make-ups for the final examination are granted to the student at the instructor's discretion and only with a legitimate (e.g. a medical emergency) and documented reason.

Administrative Withdrawal: If your participation or your academic performance in the course indicate that you are likely to fail the course, the instructor may request that you be administratively withdrawn from the course.

Academic Dishonesty: The following statement encapsulates university policy on academic misconduct: "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 disciplinary action."  Additional information is provided in the Cameron University Code of Student Conduct at:

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 and can and should be consulted 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 policy for academic dishonesty in the CU Code of Student Conduct.  Penalties for plagiarism as defined by the Student Code of Conduct include:

a. The student may be required to perform additional academic work/project not required
of other students in the course;
b. The student may be required to withdraw from the course with a grade of “W” or “F”;
c. 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.

Please heed this warning as I am quite serious about it.

Disability Statement:
As per the Office of Student Development, "It is the policy of Cameron University to accommodate students with disabilities, pursuant to federal and state law.  Students with disabilities who need classroom accommodations must make their requests by contacting the Office of Student Development at (580) 581-2209, North Shepler Room 314."

Website for this office:

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Schedule of Readings, Lecture Topics, and Assignments

List of Topics
Readings, Assignments, and Activities

8.24 Prehistory I: The First Humans and the First Human Societies Read: Ways of the World, 1-32.
Examine: Further Paleolithic Reference Materials for the Interested (optional)
Prehistory II: Difference in Neolithic Societies and the Role of Geography in the Origins of the First Human Societies Read: Ways of the World, 34-63; World History in Documents, 14-24.
Activity: Island-Hopping Through the Millenia (Excellent Prep for Quiz #1)
8.31 The Origins of Egyptian and Mesopotamian Societies*** Read: Ways of the World, 73-79.

9.5 Labor Day: The University is Closed
Crime and Punishment: Law and Society in Ancient Babylonia and New Kingdom Egypt
Read: Ways of the World, 64-70; World History in Documents, 25-31 and an excerpt from the Precepts of Ptah-Hotep

For a recording of someone reciting Hammurabi's Code:
Societies and Resources: the First Inter-State Conflict in the Middle East Read:Ways of the World, 79-84; Account of the Battle of Megiddo
Writing and Religion in Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia***
Read: Ways of the World, 70-73; The following web-site selections:
Egyptian Flood Story (up to chapter II)**; a Primer on Ancient Egyptian Death Practices; and the Changing Role of Osiris:

1) Old Kingdom Developments: based on a selection from the first pyramid texts composed for King Unas (c. 2375-2325 B.C.E.) of the 5th dynasty, which provided assistance to pharaoh in his journey in the afterlife.**
2) Middle Kingdom Developments: Based on selections from rom the Coffin Texts of the First Intermediate Period and the Middle Kingdom, which saw the rise of the Cult of Osiris and  the introduction of the notion that commoners and pharaohs could achieve eternal life through Osiris.**
3) New Kingdom Developments: Based on a text on the Ba (from an 18th-dynasty [early New Kingdom] mortuary text) and The Negative Confession from the Egyptian Book of the Dead (New Kingdom).**
Herodotus on mummification.                           
Quiz #1 Window Opens at 12:00 a.m.            
Early History to 221 B.C.E. Read: Ways of the World, 60, 86-95, 108-117.
Pronunciation Guide for Chinese Terms
Turn In: Informal Writing #1
9.21 Philosophies of Order and Conduct in Classical China*** Read: Ways of the World, 124-133, 155-160, 170-173; World History in Documents, 36-38, 59-65.
Quiz #1 Window Closes at 12:00 a.m.
Early Aegean Societies Read: Ways of the World, 97-104; Online Lecture: The Origins of Greek Society.
Turn In: Source Paper #1
Sparta compared with Athens Read: Ways of the World, 165-170, 173-177; Online Lecture: Political Institutions and Social Order in the Greek City-States, c. 1000-400 B.C.E.
Sparta compared with Athens Read: Ways of the World, 165-170, 173-177;  Online Lecture: Political Institutions and Social Order in the Greek City-States, c. 1000-400 B.C.E.
The World of Socrates
Read: Ways of the World, 104-106; Online Lecture: The World of Socrates

The World of Socrates Read: World History in Documents, 38-40; Online Lecture: The World of Socrates
Caste versus Polis: Belonging in South Asia and the Greek World and the Revolution Against Caste: The Rise of Buddhism*** Read: Ways of the World, 106-108, 119-122, 133-151, 160-164; World History in Documents, 48-57, 68-78, 90-99 and Greek View of India.

10.17 The End of Civic Religion in Greece and Rome: The Path to Jewish and Christians Communities in Imperial Rome
Read: Ways of the World, 117-119 and a source ONE of the following topics:
Jesus,** Immigrants in Rome, and Stoicism
Turn In: Rough Draft of Source Paper #2
Quiz #2 Window Opens at 12:00 a.m.      
10.19 Integration and Disintegration in the Late Classical Era
Read: Ways of the World, 222-231, 252-264.
Turn In: Rough Draft of Source Paper #2
The Societies of the Silk Road Read: Ways of the World, 180-205.
Quiz #2 Window Closes at 12:00 a.m.     
Pick Up: Commented Rough Draft of Source Paper #2
The Societies of the Silk Road Read: Ways of the World, 208-239; When Asia was the World, 57-95.
Quiz #2 Window Closes at 11:59 p.m.
Governance in Tang and Song China*** Read: Ways of the World, 240-266; When Asia was the World, 1-20.
Turn In: Final Draft Source Paper #2
11.2 The Spread of Islam and the Rise of Christian Societies in Western Europe***
Read: Ways of the World, 269-282, 300-316, 322-323; World History in Documents, 82-89; and
Muslim Policy for Non-Muslims
Look At: either
Map of Islam in West Africa** or
Map of Islam in East Africal**
Watch: Selections from Documentary on Islam (time permitting)
Christian Responses to Islam's Expansion Read: Ways of the World, 286-289, 319-320, 322-323; World History in Documents, 100-120.

Watch: Selections from Documentary on Islam (time permitting)
Christian Responses to Islam's Expansion Read: Ways of the World, 286-289, 319-320, 322-323; World History in Documents, 100-120.

Watch: Selections from Documentary on Islam (time permitting)
Urban Revivals and Developments*** Read: Ways of the World, 282-286, 289-297, 319-329, 372-374; When Asia was the World, 21-56.
Urban Revivals and Developments*** Read: Ways of the World, 316-319; When Asia was the World, 97-115.
Watch: Selection from Documentary on Islam (time permitting)
Prepare for Role-Playing Game
Informal Writing #3
The Mongols*** Read: Ways of the World, 332-360; World History, 131-141.
Examine (optional): Picture of Ghengis Khan**; Picture of Kublai Khan**; Picture of Mongol Archer**
Prepare for Role-Playing Game
Watch: Selections from Documentary on Islam (time permitting)
Quiz #3 Window Opens at 12:00 a.m.
11.23 Thanksgiving No Class
Simulation Day
Interactive Game Day: Designing an Intercultural Zone   

Write (In Class): Source Paper #3
Turn in: Informal Writing #4 (may be turned in through 11:59 p.m. on 12/7 for full credit)
Yuan China, Africa, and Europe in the 14th-Century Global System*** Read: Ways of the World, 320-322, 348-350; World History in Documents, 142-153 When Asia was the World, 117-135; An Arab View of Africans
Examine (optional): A Depiction of Mansa Musa from The Catalan Atlas**
Quiz #3 Window Closes at 11:59 p.m. on 12/5
Review Turn In: Final Examination Essay Outlines through 12/9 @ 11:59 p.m. either to Dr. Catterall in person or via the Paper Submission Portal as Informal Writing #5
12.12 or 12.14
Final Examination 12.12, 8:00a.m.-10:00 a.m. for section 10541 or 12.14, 12:30-2:30 for section 11363

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Please note, the syllabus is subject to change if I judge that this is necessary.

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