World Cultures Syllabus(1) by malj


                       Honors Non-Western Cultures Syllabus
                                  Mrs. Gumpert

Course Objectives

Non-Western Cultures is designed to explore the world around us. In this class we will
learn about various regions of the world and the countries in those regions. We will
learn about our changing world, and how these changes impact the world’s population.
Non-Western Cultures covers the following units:
    Introduction / Overview of Geography
    The Middle East
    Africa
    South Asia: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, etc.
    East Asia: China, Korea, Japan
The course is designed to spend approximately three to four weeks on each of these
areas. The units will address the following thematic questions:
   1. How do location and natural resources impact the development of regions and
   2. How does a society’s way of life create a unique culture?
   3. In what ways did imperialism and modernization alter the regions of the world?
   4. How do the world’s regions and countries interact (positively or negatively) in
       today’s global society?

Honors Level

The honors level of Non-Western Cultures is enriched through the use of supplemental
reading materials, independent learning opportunities, and additional projects and
research assignments. Assessments will often be done in an essay format in an
attempt to foster good writing and analytical skills that will be needed if the student
continues on an honors or AP track at the high school.

Supplies Required Daily

The following materials must be in your possession every day. This means that you
come to class with these items.
    3-ring binder with loose leaf
          o You will receive handouts on a daily basis (maps, project assignments,
             reading guides, worksheets, etc.). All assessment (tests, quizzes,
             midterm, final exam, etc.) will be based on these handouts and class
             notes, so it is important that you keep these materials in an organized
    Textbook – Non-Western Cultures: A Global Mosaic
          o As soon as you receive your textbook, please write your name in the front
             cover. Please keep a cover on your textbook, as you are responsible for
             keeping the book in good condition.
    Writing Utensil(s)

               **Locker Passes will not be issued for forgotten items**
Learning Activities

      Class work: In-class activities may include the following: debates (formal and
       informal), simulations, dramatic readings, civil discussions on controversial
       topics, oral presentations, computer lab activities, video presentations, etc.
      Homework: Assignments should be expected on a nightly basis. Busy work is
       not a part of this course; so do not blow off the homework assignments. All
       homework will be used in class, graded, or used for quizzes/tests.
      Quizzes: These assessments may be announced or unannounced. (Hint: Quick
       quizzes are an ideal tool to determine whether or not students are completing
       homework reading assignments.)
      Current Events: Tuesday and Thursday are designated current event days. You
       are responsible for supplying the current event on your assigned day once a
       week. You will receive a handout with specific directions about current events.
      Projects: There will be approximately one project per unit. Detailed instructions
       will be supplied when the projects are introduced. Typically students are given
       class time to work on the projects, although, some work may need to be
       completed outside of class.
      Tests: Tests are learning activities that require advance preparations. The
       format may include matching, multiple choice, true & false, fact recall, and short
       answer questions. As mentioned above, the honors level course will also rely
       heavily on essay writing development.
      Midterm and Final Examinations: These are comprehensive exams similar in
       format to chapter/unit tests. There are no exemptions for these exams.
      Extra Credit: Extra credit opportunities are offered to all students. Please come
       and talk to me before you begin an extra credit assignment. The following are a
       few ideas:
           o View a movie or read a book that is related to what we are covering in
               class and write a review/summary.
           o Are you an artist? Research a type of art in a region of the world that we
               are covering in class and give it a try.
           o Create a historical timeline for a specific country.
           o Research and write a short biography on a person of interest who is
               mentioned in our class discussions or readings.
           o Perhaps you have traveled to a country we will be learning about. You
               can bring in souvenirs and pictures to tell the class about your
           o Do you have a better idea? Come and meet with us to plan out your own
               personalized extra credit assignment.
Grading Policy

Credit is given for all learning activities. Grades are based on a point system.
Individual grades are determined by the following equation:

         Number of Points Earned / Number of Points Possible = Grade Earned

The following are typical point values for various assessments:
       Class/Homework – 5-25 points for each assignment
       Current Events – 10 points for each assigned day
       Quizzes – 10-25 points
       Tests – 40-100 points
       Projects – 25-100+ points

Homework Passes

Students will be given a homework pass for each marking period. A homework pass
allows an assignment to be ONE day late without penalty. Without a homework pass,
late assignments will be dropped to half credit.

Make-up Work Policy


All work missed due to an excused absence from class must be made-up within two
days for full credit. Tests and quizzes will be administered during Enhancement or after
school within two days of a student’s return. Make-up work (including tests and
quizzes) not completed within two days will be considered late and dropped to half

A weekly classroom assignment board is posted in the classroom for student reference.
A make-up folder for each class is kept in the classroom. This folder is where students
will find assignments and/or handouts. If there are any questions about make-up work,
please see Mrs. Gumpert immediately!
Class Participation

Each student will be given a class participation grade. This grade is determined by:
    A student’s willingness to answer questions.
    A student’s willingness to offer opinions on class discussion topics.
    A student’s willingness to work with peers in a constructive manner.
    A student’s behavior.
    A student’s preparedness for class.

At the beginning of the marking period the student will be given 50 points for their class

These are the student’s points to keep or lose. Each time a student is disruptive,
excessively talking, being disrespectful, sleeping in class, refusing to do work, not
prepared for class, etc., the student loses points.

           Once these points are lost they cannot be regained by the student.

Controversial Topics

Students will be exploring many different cultures of the world. This will give them
exposure to the many diverse ideas, customs, and traditions that not only differ from
one another, but also from those familiar to us in the United States. Frequently, they
will encounter topics that generated controversy in the past and still do so today. Such
topics include: racial discrimination, gender issues, religious practices, the role of the
government in the lives of individual citizens, individual liberties and responsibilities,
military actions, indigenous people issues, protest movements, etc. Students will learn
how to gather knowledge on these and other issues, analyze the arguments for various
positions, and engage in civil discussions of controversial topics. If there are questions
or concerns in regard to the topics mentioned in this paragraph students and/or parents
are encouraged to contact Mrs. Gumpert.

Classroom Rules

     Respect is of the utmost importance. Please show respect for each other and
      GVHS teachers at all times.
     All work you turn in must be yours. Plagiarism or copying of any kind will result in
      a zero on the assignment, test, or project.
     Please conduct yourself in such a manner that is appropriate for a classroom.
      No sleeping, fighting, hitting, yelling out, throwing things etc.
     When the bell rings you must be in your seats. Tardiness will not be tolerated.
      Three “lates” will result in a detention.
     Food and drink (with the exception of water) are not permitted in the classroom.
     Please raise your hand to participate in class or ask a question.
     Do not hesitate to come to me with problems or concerns. This may be done
      during enhancement, prior to the school day, or after school.
     All other school rules, including the dress code, are outlined in the student
      handbook and will be upheld in my class.
     You must have the school-issued Hall Pass pages in the back of your planner to
      leave the room. Hall Passes are for emergencies only. Passes will not be
      issued to gather forgotten materials from lockers. Missed class time from
      excessive Hall Pass use will be made up during a scheduled enhancement with
      Mrs. Gumpert.

Mrs. Gumpert’s Information:
Work Number: 610.579.7447
Work Email:
Classroom: B127

                                                                    Non-Western Cultures Syllabus
                                                                    Last Edited September 3, 2009
                        *** First Homework Assignment***

                          Non-Western Cultures Syllabus
                             Parent / Guardian Form

Please return this signed statement to Mrs. Gumpert no later than Tuesday, September
15, 2009.

We have reviewed and understand the course requirements for Non-Western Cultures.

Date: ___________________________


                                                           Parent / Guardian

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