Modesto Junior College Prof. Monique Vallance Hist 106, Fall 2010 Email: email@example.com T, TH 2:20 – 3:45 p.m. Voicemail: 575-6500, ext. 8268 MPVL 101 Course Syllabus World Civilizations, Up to 1500 Introduction: 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. Grading: 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 project. 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 FINAL EXAM 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 parking: 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 receipt. 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 Noon 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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