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Office Hours: M & W, 10-11 a.m., 3-4:30 p.m.; F 10-11 a.m.; and by appointment
This course will give you broad background in world historical events that unfolded from the 15th century to the end of the 20th century. I intend the course to familiarize you with the big picture while at the same time giving you the opportunity to see the events, people, and processes we examine as part of a history that was lived. With such a large task and only one semester to work with, we will focus on the following themes.
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. I you take all this away with you at the end of the term I will be well satisfied indeed. Perhaps more than any other sort of course that you will take, I view a survey course like this as a place for experimentation with ideas and my role as the person who makes experimentation possible. The following quote expresses this nicely:
To see the CU General Education Skills this course emphasizes click on the hypetext in this sentence."Teaching is leading students into a situation from which they can only escape by thinking."--Anonymous
Reader: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.Kevin Reilly, Worlds of History: A Comparative Reader, Volume Two: Since 1400, Third Edition (Boston & New York: Bedford/St. Martin's Press, 2007) [Required]Primary Sources and Other Materials:
J. R. and William H. McNeill, The Human Web: A Bird's-Eye View of World History (New York: W W Norton & Company, 2003). [Required]
Multatuli, Max Havelaar or the Coffee Auctions of the Dutch Trading Company (New York: Penguin Putnam, Inc., 1995) [Required]
Susanne Freidberg, French Beans and Food Scares: Culture and Commerce in an Anxious Age (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004) Required]
Additional supplemental readings as needed (indicated with the the following phrase and marking: Supplemental Reading* or a specific title and the * symbol) to be handed it out in class [Required]
Online secondary and primary sources linked to the online syllabus that you must consider as part of the required reading unless otherwise noted. Please note, if you see internet-based sources with a double ** next to them, the sources in question may be copyright protected and downloading them (as opposed to using them online and taking notes then and there) may be a violation of that copyright. [Required]
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
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Course work consists of four graded elements: participation, 4 reaction papers, 4 quizzes, and 1 comprehensive, essay-based final examination.
Participation (150 points):
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.Reaction 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 want a 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:
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.
Quizzes and Final Examination (300 points):Reaction Paper 1: Introductory Text Interpretation Exercise
Reaction Paper 2 (follow the instructions for paper 2b): Cultural Encounters in Latin America and Africa
Reaction Paper 3:Max Havelaar
Reaction Paper 4 (follow the instructions for paper 4c):French Beans and Food Scares
Quizzes (150 points): There will be 4 quizzes, each of which is worth 50 points. The quizzes, which will entail analytical writing, will increase in complexity as the term progresses and will prepare you for the final examination. I will drop the lowest of your three quiz scores.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.
Final Examination (150 points): There will be a comprehensive final examination consisting of short-answer and essay components.
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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. PLEASE NOTE: I WILL NOT DISCUSS MARKS WITH STUDENTS ONCE REGULAR CLASSES HAVE ENDED UNTIL GRADES HAVE BEEN SUBMITTED.
your classmates or others outside the context of classroom activities
is rude and will not be tolerated. Reading outside materials,
to music, taking telephone calls on your cell-phone, and similar
related activities are equally unacceptable. I expect all
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
Late Informal Writings: As
extra credit, 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.
Plagiarism: Plagiarism is
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
I will hand out a sheet explaining the basics of citation before any
essays come due. If for some reason you do not receive a copy of
hand-out, know that you will not be exempt from following its
In cases of plagiarism, the Department of History and Government
CU follows the plagiarism policy in the current "Student Handbook," as
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:
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.
Please heed this warning as I am
serious about it.
Final Examination Week