Office: 634 South Shepler Tower
Office Hours: M, W, F, 9-11A and by appointment
Welcome to Modern World History. This course will give you broad background in world historical events that unfolded from the 15th century to the end of the 20th century. Ideally you will become familiar with the big picture while also having the opportunity to examine particular events, people, and processes of change as part of a lived history. With such a large task, 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 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.
Textbook & 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.Robert W. Strayer, Ways of the World: A Brief Global History, vol. 2, Since 1500 (Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 2009) [Required]Primary Sources and Other Materials:
World History in Documents: A Comparative Reader, 2nd ed., edited by Peter Stearns (New York: NYU Press, 2008) [Required]
Camara Laye, The Dark Child: The Autobiography of an African Boy, translated by James Kirkup and Ernest Jones with an introduction by Philippe Thody-Marcellin (London: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1994) [Required]
Online secondary and primary sources linked to the online syllabus that will be necessary for the reaction papers or other class activities [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 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.Source Papers (300 points): You will have to write three source papers in this course, each of which will be based on a primary source or document. Each of these papers will be worth 150 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 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. 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:
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 90 points, a B 80 points, a C 70 points, a D 60 points, with anything below that an F.
Quizzes and Final Examination (300 points):Source Paper 1: Introductory Text Interpretation Exercise
Source Paper 2 (follow the instructions for paper 2b): Cultural Encounters in Latin America and Africa
Source Paper 3: (follow the instructions for paper 4e):The Dark Child
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.Grading Standards: General guidelines for all written work (including the source papers listed above) are as follows:
Final Examination (180 points): There will be a comprehensive final examination consisting of short-answer and essay components.
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|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.
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: No
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.
following statement encapsulates university policy on academic
misconduct: "Each student is expected
to engage in all academic pursuits in a manner that is above
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." Additional information is provided in the Cameron
University Code of
Student Conduct at: http://www.cameron.edu/student_development/student_conduct
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
for plagiarism as defined by the Student Code of Conduct include:
Please heed this warning as I am quite serious about it.
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.
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He and Chinese Expansion
||Read: Ways of the World, 363-372; World History in Documents, 154-159.|
||Martin Luther King
Jr. Day--No Class
|1.20***||Chinese Society c. 1450-1650: Scholars, Merchants, Eunuchs, and Peasants||Read: Online Reading Concerning the
Chinese Educational System:
Turn In: Informal Writing #1 (may also be turned in on 1.25 for full marks)
to Empire: China, the
Mughals, the Ottomans, the Russians, the Safavids.
||Read: Ways of the World, 378-382, 417-429; World History in Documents, 202-210;|
Society: The State and
through "The Last Three Great Emperors")at: http://www.wsu.edu:8080/%7Edee/MUGHAL/MUGHAL.HTM
||Hindus, Marathas, and Sikhs in a Muslim State||Read:
Marathas at: http://www.wsu.edu:8080/%7Edee/MUGHAL/MUGHAL.HTM**
The Sikhs at : http://www.wsu.edu:8080/~dee/MUGHAL/MUGHAL.HTM**
Turn In: Paper #1 (may also be turned in on 2.8 for full marks).
and the Beginnings of
Atlantic World, 1350-1500
||Read: Ways of the World, 372-378.|
||The Inca and the Aztecs, 1300-1500||Read: Ways of the World, 382-393.|
|2.10||The Spanish Americas||Read: World History in
Documents, 163-176; the New Laws of the Indies (Spanish):
Turn In: Informal Writing #2
Quiz #1 Window Opens at 12:00 a.m.
||Empire in the Americas After 1500||Read: Ways of the World,
||A Comparative Look at Trade, 1450-1750||Read: Ways of the World,
433-459; World History in
Quiz #1 Window Closes at 12:00 a.m.
Slave Trade as a Global
|| Read: World History in
Documents, 177-189; Thomas Bluett, Some
the Life of Job,
the Son of Solomon at: http://docsouth.unc.edu/neh/bluett/bluett.html**, Section 2, pp. 19-24.
||Religious and Scientific Change in Eurasia, 1500-1800||Read: Ways of the World,
Turn In: Informal Writing #3
||Religious and Scientific Change in Eurasia, 1500-1800||Read: World History in
Revolutions: Revolution or Reform?
||Read: Ways of the World,
|3.10***||*Atlantic Revolutions: Revolution or Reform?||Read: World History in
Documents, 222-231, 252-264.
Turn In: Paper #2 (Can be turned in for full credit as late as 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 14).
||*Industrial Change||Read: Ways of the World,
527-556; World History in
Quiz #2 Window Opens at 12:00 a.m.
Paths Forward?: China, Indonesia, Japan, and the Ottoman empire
||Read: Ways of the World, 559-586; World History in Documents, 242-251, 273-277.|
||*Strategies of Colonialism in Asia and Africa||Read: Ways of the World,
Turn In: Informal Writing #4
Quiz #2 Window Closes at 12:00 a.m.
Quiz #2 Window Opens at 12:00 a.m.
||*Strategies of Colonialism in Asia and Africa|
||*World War I and II and their Consequences for the Non-Western World||Read:
Ways of the World,
Quiz #2 Window Closes at 12:00 a.m.
|4.7***||*Ultra-Nationalism and Its Consequences||Read: World History in Documents,
Review: Ways of the World, 516-520.
||*Decolonization||Read: Ways of the World, 691-720.|
||*Decolonization||Read: The Dark
Turn In: Informal Writing #5
||Read: The Dark Child,
Quiz #3 Window Opens at 12:00 a.m.
Cold War in Europe and the Non-Western World
||Read: Ways of the World, 659-688; World History in Documents, 303-317.|
||Read: Ways of the World,
723-755; World History in Documents,
Quiz #3 Window Closes at 12:00 a.m.
||Read: World History in
Turn In: Paper #3