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Syllabus - Modesto Junior College


									Modesto Junior College                                        Prof. Monique Vallance
Hist 106, Fall 2010                                           Email:
T, TH 2:20 – 3:45 p.m.                                        Voicemail: 575-6500, ext. 8268
MPVL 101

                                   Course Syllabus
                             World Civilizations, Up to 1500


       To many students, history is boring and dry: they only take a course like this
because they have to. But history is more than just dates and facts! It’s the study of who
we are as people: it helps us to explain why we are the way we are, and how we can
avoid making the same mistakes in the future. But more than that, many forget that these
famous figures in the textbook were actual people. They felt the same emotions we do,
and made the same stupid mistakes we do today, especially when it comes to the opposite
sex. In this class, we will look beyond the wars and the economics and get to the heart of
what history is really about: people.

Recommended Reading:

This textbook will be used for the class, although it is not required:

       1. Bentley and Ziegler, Traditions and Encounters

This book can be found at the bookstore, as well as on the internet.

Course Requirements:

   1. Participation – There will be 12 pop quizzes throughout the semester. They will
      be 5 point quizzes, worth 10% of your grade. If you are not in class on the day a
      quiz is given, you must have a valid excuse WITH documentation (doctor’s note,
      etc.) or you will receive a 0 on that day’s quiz. At the end of the semester, I will
      be dropping the 2 lowest grades, so if you were absent for any quizzes, up to 2 of
      them will not count against your grade. If you decide that this class is not for you,
      make sure that you officially drop it. I will not drop you merely because you
      stopped showing up!
   2. Courtesy- PLEASE be sure and turn off your cell phones to silent and keep
      talking to a minimum while I am lecturing. You should also be on time to class. If
      you are more than 15 minutes late to class, it will be counted as an unexcused
      absence. If you have a legitimate reason for being late, or you need to leave early,
      make sure and notify me before class.

   3. Class Discussion- Participation in class is not mandatory, but it does make the
      class more interesting. It can also help your grade; if you are between grades, I
      will bump it you up to the higher grade if I notice that have been an active
      participant in the class. (Ex: If you have an 89% I will give you an A-). In
      addition, make sure you ask if you have any questions! I want you to do well in
      my class, so make sure you come to class with any questions you have from the
      reading, or ask about something that is unclear from the lecture. If you ever need
      me to slow down or explain something during the lecture, feel free to interrupt
      me. You will only get out as much of this class as you put into it.

   4. Academic Integrity- CHEATING OF ANY KIND WILL NOT BE
      TOLERATED! Cheating is defined in 2 ways: 1) Bringing unauthorized
      materials to class during a test and 2) Representing someone else’s ideas as your
      own in a paper without citing. Any instances of cheating will result in an F for the
      course, no exceptions! For more information about the Student Code of Conduct,
      go to the Course Catalog. Remember, if you’re not sure whether or not you should
      cite something, it’s better to cite too much than not enough.


Exams (50%)- There will be one midterm and one final, each worth 25%. Each exam
will consist of short answer IDs and one long essay. A blue book of any size will be
required, but make sure it is free of any writing. Bringing a blue book to an exam with
writing in it will be considered cheating. 200 pts

Paper (25%)- 1 research paper will be assigned and due towards the end of the semester.
The paper should be typed, double spaced, and use a size 12 font. Specifics on the paper
will be discussed in class. 100 pts
        Late Papers: Papers must be turned in at the beginning of class on the date due.
        Late papers will not be accepted!

Homework (15%) – 6 homework assignments will be given over the course of the
semester, worth 10 points each. The homework will be graded based on effort. Questions
will be handed out, and you will use these questions to respond to a primary source
document that I assign. Each will be worth 10 points, and will be given either credit or no
credit, based on the amount of effort put into the response. 60 pts.
Attendance (10%)- As stated above, there will be 12 quizzes throughout the semester,
and the 2 lowest grades will be dropped. 40 pts.

Total= 400 pts

Extra Credit:

For extra credit, you will be allowed to write a paper on a historical movie. This paper
must be 3-5 pages and should discuss both what is accurate and inaccurate in the film.
Look for your information outside the textbook, but be sure and cite your sources! The
choice of the movie is yours, but with these restrictions:

               It must cover a historical period or event that occurred between the years
                1500 and 1950.
               You must obtain my approval of your movie before proceeding with your
               If you do not cite your sources in text and/or do not provide a
                bibliography, you will receive an automatic 0!

This paper can raise your grade up to 5% of your total grade. Be aware, extra credit is
tied to your attendance. If you have lost your attendance points, you will not allowed to
do the extra credit. (Up to 25 pts)

                                LECTURES AND
                           SCHEDULE OF ASSIGNMENTS

Week 1                  Class Begins. Read syllabus
Aug 31                  Humanity’s Beginnings
Week 2                  Topic: Cultural Adaptation and the Neolithic Economy
Sept 7
Week 3                  Topic: Beginnings of Complex Societies
Sep 14                  Read Bentley, Chapters 1 and 2, pages 1-40

Week 4                  Topic: Early Societies
Sep 21                  Read Bentley, Chapters 3 and 4, pages 43-78.
                        Proposal for research paper due: Sept 23
Week 5                  Topic: The Empires of Persia, the unification of China
Sep 28                  Read Bentley, Chapters 5 and 6, pages 83-113

Week 6                  Topic: India; Mediterranean Societies
Oct 5                   Read Bentley, Chapters 7 and 8, pages 115-153
                        Thesis and Outline for paper due: Oct 7
Week 7                  Topic: The Fires of Faith, the coming of the Great World Religions
Oct 12
Week 8                                 MID-TERM EXAMINATION Oct 19
Oct 19                                          Oct 21: Movie TBA
Week 9                  Topic: The Great Philosophies, Ideas Sweeping Across Societies
Oct 26
Week 10                 Topic: Cross-Cultural Exchanges; Byzantium
Nov 2                   Read Bentley, Chapters 9 and 10, pages 157-192

Week 11                 Topic: Rise and Expansion of Islam; Resurgence in East Asia
Nov 9                   Read Bentley, Chapters 11, pages 195-209
                        Rough Draft Due: Nov 9
Week 12                 Topic: Resurgence of Empire in East Asia, India and the Indian Ocean
Nov 16                  Basin
                        Read Bentley, Chapters 12 and 13, 211-247.

Week 13                 Nov 23: Movie: TBA
Nov 23                  Nov 25: No Class HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Week 14                 Topic: The Foundations of Christendom, the Crusades;
Nov 30                  Read Bentley, Chapter 14, pages 249-262 and add Crusade material
                        Paper Due: Dec 2
Week 15                 Western Europe during the High Middle Ages, The Renaissance, and The
Dec 7                   Nomadic Empires and Eurasian Integration
                        Read Bentley, Chapter 17, pages 301-315
                        Read the PowerPoint and articles in the Class Reader
                        ASSIGNMENT: Participate in Discussion Board

Tuesday, December 14, 4:00-6:50 p.m.

Prerequisites: Although the college does not officially require a prerequisite for this
class, I recommend that you have at least passed or received credit for English 101 before
taking this class. Your overall grade will be much better.

This syllabus is subject to change at anytime by the professor.

Contacting me: I don’t have office hours, but I am available for your questions if you
should have any outside of class. You can email me or leave me voice mails as often as
you’d like, but make sure that you are giving me at least 24 hours to respond to it. This
means that you shouldn’t email me about a question you have about a test on the morning
of, or about a paper on the day it’s due because I may not check my email or voice mail
that morning. You’re also welcome to come up to me after class, or we can arrange a
meeting outside of class.

Parking: Due to the construction occurring on Founder’s Hall this semester (and
probably for the next 2 years), it is important that you have this information about

Below are a few of the rules on parking on campus:

  Students can purchase day pass permits from Day Pass Dispensers, located in most
       parking lots. They can also purchase parking permits by the semester, at both East
       and West Campus Business Offices. The Business Offices are usually open
       extended hours for the first two weeks of school.
  Permits are required anytime a vehicle is parked anywhere on MJC property, except on
      Saturday, Sunday, School Holidays, and Fridays after 5 PM.
  Leaving a note in the car in lieu of a permit is not valid for parking.
  Vehicles must be parked in designated parking spaces only, or they will be cited.
  A student or staff permit is not valid in Visitor parking spaces (Green). Parking in a
       Visitor space is limited to a maximum of 30 minutes.
  Students who intend to use the Pirate’s Express shuttle bus between campuses may
       purchase special ―M‖ permits at discounted rate from the Business Office. ―M‖
       Permits are only valid in Parking Lot 203 on West Campus.
  Staff spaces are marked black. Students are not authorized to park in staff parking until
        after 7 PM, and must have either a hanging semester permit or a current day pass
  Make sure to read Parking Lot signs carefully. One East Campus lot and two West
      Campus lots/areas are restricted during specific hours as follows (there are no
      special restrictions after the times indicated):
  East—Parking Lot 101 (near the Baseball Field) : Semester/Annual permits (A, T, S)
      only until 12:00 Noon.
  West—Parking Lot 209 (Near Child Care): Semester/Annual permits (A, T, S) only
      until 12:00 Noon.
  West--Area in front of MICL Building : MICL Permit Holders only from 8:00 - 12:00
  Permits must be displayed in such a way as to be clearly visible through the front
      windshield. If you use a sun shield, be sure you do not to cover the permit or
      knock it to the floor of the car.
In the event of a Day Pass dispenser malfunction, students may use the emergency call
box next to the permit dispenser to contact Campus Safety for assistance.
Student Learning Objectives
History 107: World Civilization from the 16th Century

Objective #1:
Students will be able to trace global economic connections between major societies and
analyze the impact.

Objective #2:
Students will be able to trace global political connections between major societies and
analyze their impact.

Objective #3:
Students will be able to trace technological and intellectual movement between major
societies and analyze their impact.

Objective #4:
Students will be able to analyze major human conflicts and trace their origins.

Objective #5:
Students will be able to describe and interpret contemporary events and issues in light of
their roots in the past.

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