World History 86 (0294)
L.A. Mission College - Fall 2013
Instructor: Garry Roleder
Course Description: A survey of world history from 3000 B.C. to 1700 A.D. The course satisfies state requirements and institutions for transfer.
Course Purpose: The focus of this course (I hope) is to go beyond WHAT happened in the history of various world cultures, and study WHY and HOW things happened; WHY and HOW significant personalities and peoples did what they did, in the manner they did it. A famous philosopher not long ago stated that people who do not study, or care about their own history are bound to repeat it. Why or what we do and believe today is intricately bound up in what was done or believed long ago. Yes, even two or three thousand years ago! I hope this course will illuminate what we already are and may become…
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Critically analyze the political/diplomatic development of World Civilizations from their origins to the end of the Post-classical Era in the 15th century.
- Critically analyze the economic development of World Civilizations from their origins to the end of the Post-classical Era in the 15th century.
- Critically analyze the social/cultural development of World Civilizations from their origins to the end of the Post-classical Era in the 15th century.
Class Location/Times: Inst. Room: 1003, Mondays / Wednesdays, 12:15 – 1:40 PM
Office Hours: 11:40 AM – 12:10 PM, Mon. - Weds. , Faculty Offices, Instructional Bldg.
Textbook: The Essential World History, Volume I, 6th Edition, William Duiker and Jackson Spielvogel, Thomson Wadsworth Publishers, 2010
Reading Assignments and Lectures:
26 Aug: Introduction/Orientation to course/Terminology & Definitions
28Aug: Terminology & Definitions continued, and Intro to Duiker, Chapter 1
02 Sep: Labor Day – Holiday (read Duiker, Chapters 1& 2)
04 Sep: Duiker, Chapter 1 & 2
09/11 Sep: Duiker, Chapter 3
16/18 Sep: Duiker, Chapter4
23/25 Sep: Duiker, Chapter5
30Sep/02 Oct: Duiker, Chapter 6
07/09 Oct: Duiker, Chapter 7
14/16 Oct: Duiker, Chapter 8
21 Oct: Midterm Exam: (Chapters 1-8)
23 Oct: Duiker, Chapter 9
28 /30 Oct: Duiker, Chapter 10
04/06 Nov: Duiker, Chapter 11
11 Nov: Veteran Day – Holiday (read Duiker, Chapter 12)
13 Nov: Duiker, Chapter 12
18/20 Nov: Duiker, Chapters 13 & 14
25/27 Nov: Duiker, Chapter 15
02/04 Dec: Duiker, Chapter 16
09 Dec: Final Exam: (Chapters 9-16) Note time of exam: 12:30 – 2:30 PM…!!
Tests and Quizzes:
Quizzes: There will be eleven (11) quizzes during the semester composed of ten (10) multiple-choice questions from assigned readings up to the date of the quiz. The lowest scored quiz will be eliminated from the total course point calculation. There is NO MAKE UP for a missed quiz.
Exams: The exams (midterm and final) will be a combination of selected essays and short identifications. Make-up of a missed midterm exam (not quizzes) is allowed, however you must make it up within four (4) weeks of the original midterm date (no later than 20 November 2013). You need to give me plenty of notice so I can have an exam ready for you, with a pre-arranged place and time to do the make-up.
Research Paper: 7-8 full pages (not 6 ½ or less, and not including the bibliography), typed, double-spaced. Write a biographical essay or profile of an important figure in world history BASED ON THE SUBJECT MATTER IN THIS CLASS (time period we are covering and geographic areas) researching at least TWO academically based historical sources (articles from historical journals, portions of college level books, etc.) NOT to include our, or another, textbook. Make sure that your discussion does not revolve strictly around the facts of his or her life, BUT the importance this person presents to world history. In other words, what ways did this person impact history? How is the direction of world history affected by this person’s life and actions? The individual may be a religious or secular figure. Please consult with me about the person you wish to write about prior to starting you research and writing…!!!
Some words of advice: The Internet is not acceptable unless you obtain sources from scholarly data bases such as those available through the College Library. Stay away from encyclopedias since this is a college level research assignment, and encyclopedias do not have the depth required to thoroughly research a particular subject. Plagiarism (using someone else’s work without attribution, or as a substitute for original writing) is not acceptable and will result in a zero grade for the assignment and/or further disciplinary action. Beware… I have a nifty program that I can use, plugging in the paper, or key phrases from it, via the Internet, if I suspect your work is not original… I will grade for both content (how well you think out, organize, analyze and discuss the topic) and writing ability (spelling, grammar, sentence structure, etc). Proof read before you go smooth!! A complete works cited page (bibliography) is required as part of the paper. If you wish, you may send me the completed paper as an attachment to my Yahoo email address. You must write a paper in order to complete the class. The paper is due 20 November 2013.
Note: All papers are to be submitted electronically as an attachment, in the format described above, to my email address listed at the beginning of this syllabus. I no longer accept hard, paper copies.
Paper scores will be reduced by one (1) point for each day past due date that it is turned in. Papers will NOT be accepted that are over ten (10) days late.
Dropping/Withdrawing: lf you stop attending a class (or wish to drop a class), YOU MUST DROP THE CLASS YOURSELF ONLINE- OFFICIALLY - on or before November 17, 2013.
Failure to do so may result in a grade of "F" in that class.
Grading: Total points possible: 400
Quizzes: 10 pts each (100)
Grading Structure: Structure is as follows: 400-360=A, 359-300=B, 299-240=C, 239-200=D, Less than 200=F.
Extra Credit: There will be the opportunity for extra credit solely through short classroom presentations on selected subjects that I will offer throughout the semester. These oral presentations will be worth anywhere from 1-5 points each and should be no more than 4-6 minutes in length.
Class participation: you are expected to attend ALL class sessions. Class lecture is a basic part the instructional process.
You are allowed to miss three (3) non-consecutive class sessions throughout the semester. Students who miss more than three class sessions will then be penalized two (2) points for each additional class missed, no exceptions.
Students who miss three (3) consecutive classes will be dropped by me, up through 17 November 2013, for non-participation. After that date I must issue a grade.
If you are late to class more than two (2) times during the semester, you will be penalized one (1) point for each additional late arrival, no exceptions.
General Class Guidelines: Don’t even think of bringing a powered up cell phone, I-phone/pod/MP3 player, or any other form of communication device into the class room!!! If a cell phone goes off while class is in session the student will be asked to leave... Section 78907 of California Education Code prohibits the use of any electronic audio or video recording devices, without prior consent from me, the instructor. Per college policy: no food or beverages permitted in the classroom.
Disabilities: If you are a student with a disability and require classroom accommodations, please see me to discuss arrangements. The sooner I am aware that you are eligible for accommodations, the quicker I will be able to provide them. If you have not done so already, you must to contact the Mission College DSP&S Office in the Instructional Building, room 1018 (818-364-7732 / TTD 818-364-7861) who will then contact me about any required accommodations.
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