Prof. Ron Behling
COURSE SYLLABUS - WORLD HISTORY I - (HISTORY 86)
L.A. Mission College – Spring 2013 - Section No. 3283
Tuesdays 3:30 - 6:40 P.M. Room: INST 1003
Text: Robert R. Edgar, et al. Civilizations Past and Present, vol. I (12th Ed.)
This is a survey course emphasizing the main political, social, and economic currents that shaped the development of Western Civilization from Paleolithic times through 1650 C.E.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
Upon completion of this course, a student should be able to:
1. Critically analyze the political/diplomatic development of World Civilizations from their origins to the end of the Post-classical Era in the 15th century, and to 1650.
2. Critically analyze the economic development of World Civilizations from their origins to the end of the Post-classical Era in the 15th century, and to 1650.
3. Critically analyze the social/cultural development of World Civilizations from their origins to the end of the Post-classical Era in the 15th century, and to 1650.
The professor’s Office Hours are: Tuesdays 2:30 - 3:30 p.m., or by appointment, in INST (Instructional Building) Office #28
Date Topics and Reading Assignments
2/5 Course overview. Major topics and issues. Archaeology, Anthropology and
Prehistory: Paleolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic Eras. Advent of the first
civilizations in Mesopotamia and Egypt. Also the Persian Empire.
(Read: Chapter 1)
2/12 Early Chinese Civilization (to 220 C.E.) (Read: Chapter 2)
2/19 Early Indian Civilizations (to 300 C.E.) (Read: Chapter 3)
2/26 Greece and its precursors and offshoots: Minoan, Mycenaean, Hellenic and
Hellenistic Civilizations 2000 - 30 B.C.E. (Read: Chapter 4)
3/5 Roman Civilization 900 B.C.E - 476 C.E. (Read: Chapter 5)
3/12 The Eastern Mediterranean World, 300 - 750 C.E. (Read: Chapter 6)
3/19 The Islamic World, 800 - 1300 C.E. (Read: Chapter 7) and African
Civilizations to 1500 C.E. (Read: Chapter 8)
3/26 MIDTERM EXAM (50% of your grade); Review and Discussion.
4/2 SPRING BREAK. NO CLASS.
4/9 The Formation of Christian Europe 476 - 1300 C.E. (Read: Chapter 9)
4/16 Culture, Power and Trade in the Era of Asian Hegemony, 220-1350 C.E.
(Read: Chapter 10)
4/23 The Americas to 1500 C.E. (Read: Chapter 11)
4/30 The Great Dynastic Empires of Eurasia, 1300- 1650 C.E. (Read: Chapter 12)
5/7 East Asian Cultural and Political Systems, 1300 - 1650 C.E. (Read: Chapter 13
5/14 European Cultural and Religious Transformations: the Renaissance and the
Reformation, 1300-1600 C.E. (Read: Chapter 14)
5/21 State Development in Europe, Russia and the Balkans to 1650 C.E.;
and Global Encounters: Europe and the New World Economy
1400 - 1650 C.E. (Read: Chapters 15 and 16)
5/28 FINAL EXAM (50% of your grade.) NOTE: 5:30 to 7:30 P.M.
Exams will count for 100% of your grade. They will be structured as half essay and half brief identification. No make-up tests will be given. There will be a few unannounced one hour quizzes so bring a blue book to class each time. Class participation may elevate a borderline final grade. This includes arriving on time, having read the weekly assignment, participating in class discussions, and courteous attentiveness to the professor and any other speaker. Cell phones must be silent and no texting is allowed.
The exams and quizzes must be submitted on blank smaller-size bluebooks (which are available at the student store).
ATTENDANCE is expected and is vital to your grade. There is no penalty for up to 3 hours absence. Absences of more than 3 hours will begin to lower your overall course grade. Students who are absent for more than 9 hours will not receive a passing grade in the course. Tardies count for one-third of an absence. Contact the professor if you are having some special problem.
No reference material is allowed during exams. Cell phones and all electronic devices must be turned off and put away, and there will be NO BATHROOM BREAKS DURING EXAMS.
Do not be overly concerned in answering your essay questions about grammar, punctuation or spelling. You will not be marked off for mistakes in those areas, although they may be called to your attention for your general benefit. What matters in these answers is your ability to discuss facts, events and ideas.
STANDARDS IN GRADING YOUR ESSAY ANSWERS:
Mastery (90 -100)(A): the essay is focused and well-organized, shows familiarity with most of the important facts and ideas related to the question, references material from the textbook, analyzes the information, and reaches a clear conclusion.
Moderate (80 -89)(B): the essay displays familiarity with many of the important facts and ideas related to the question, references some material from the textbook, and reaches a conclusion based on that information.
Basic (70-79)(C): the essay is of adequate length and although it shows a minimal familiarity with some of the important facts and ideas related to the question, it does not reference material from the textbook, makes inadequate analysis, and/or reaches no logical conclusion.
PLAGIARISM AND CHEATING:
· Cheating – unauthorized material used during an examination (including electronic devices, changing answers after work has been graded, taking an exam for another student, forging or altering attendance sheets or other documents in the course, looking at another student’s paper/scantron/essay/computer/or exam with or without their approval is considered cheating. Any student caught cheating will receive a zero for the assignment/exam and be referred to Student Services for further disciplinary action.
· Plagiarism – Plagiarism is defined as the act of using ideas, words, or work of another person or persons as if they were one’s own, without giving proper credit to the original sources. This includes definitions found online in Wikipedia, materials from blogs, twitter or other similar electronic resources. The following examples are intended to be representative, but not all-inclusive:
- Failing to give credit by proper citations for others’ ideas and concepts, data and information, statements and phrases, and/or interpretations and conclusions
- Failing to use quotation marks when quoting directly from another, whether it be a paragraph, a sentence, or a part thereof.
- Paraphrasing the expressions or thoughts of others without appropriate quotation marks or attribution
- Representing another’s artistic/scholarly work such as essays, computer programs, photographs, paintings, drawings, sculptures or similar works as one’s own.
For the first offense, the penalty is a zero grade on that particular assignment. Any further offenses may result in expulsion from the class, as determined by the disciplinary action from the Office of Student Services.
· Recording Devices in the Classroom – Section 8907 of the California Education Code prohibits the use of any electronic audio or video recording devices without prior consent of the instructor (including cell phones, laptops, MP3 players, and more).
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Last day to petition for Credit/No-Credit.................................................... March 11
Last day for Section Transfer........................................................................ March 11
Deadline to petition for Spring 2011 Gra..................................................... April 8
Deadline to add class ………… ..................................................................... February 17
Drop Deadlines: 818- 988 -2222 or www.laccd.edu/student_information
Last day to drop for a refund/or to not owe fees …….......Feb. 21 (internet/phone)
Last day to drop classes without a W……………………. March 2 (internet/phone
Last day to drop classes with a W………….................….. May 4 (Letter grade must
be issued after this date)
If you stop attending a class (or wish to drop a class) YOU MUST DROP THE CLASS YOURSELF
OFFICIALLY – on or before May 4, 2012, through the Internet or in person in the Office of
Admissions & Records. Failure to do so may result in a grade of “F” in the class.
Keep up with your grades on class website index "GRADES”
Student Portal -- update e-mail address, view your schedule and grades from past semesters
www.lamission.edu “students” then “student portal” enter “88 -------” then PIN (MMDD) birthday
option 1 - update e-mail address
PLEASE PROGRAM CAMPUS SHERIFF NUMBER IN YOUR CELL PHONE: 818-364-7843
As a courtesy to all, please turn off cell phones or place them on vibrations. Avoid exiting during class or responding to calls and leaving the room. If you are late please minimize disruption to the class. If you have a special situation please don't hesitate to talk to me about it. All electronic devices are strictly prohibited during exams. Laptops should only be used to take notes, not for surfing the web.
Obtain at least one student’s in formation in case you're ever absent:
Name_______________________ e-mail_____________________ phone________________________
This syllabus is a guide to use throughout the course and is subject to change at the instructor's discretion. Please do not hesitate to ask for assistance. It is my goal that you succeed in this class.