1 Wingate University GPS 120/World History/World Civilization I Syllabus, Spring 2012 GPS /HIST Time: 9:30-10:45, TR, Cannon Building, Room 219 Instructor: Abannik O. Hino, Ph.D. Office: Room 022 D Burris Building Office Telephone: Address: Office Hours 8:00-9:00; 11:00-12:00; MWF 8:00:9:30; 10:45-12:00; 1:15-1:45, TR Also by Appointment Global Perspectives 120: Perspectives in World History Course Description This course is a survey of the history of world civilizations and cultures from the beginning of human origins to 1800 CE. The course will study the history and cultural traditions of all human societies throughout the world, focusing especially on their political, economic, and social structures, as well as their religious, philosophical, and artistic traditions. The course will also employ comparative methods with a view to appreciating differences and similarities of these societies. Finally, the course will look at the patterns of interaction between the different societies and other world regions, that is, at the various forms of their linkages and interconnections so as to better appreciate the factors and forces behind the processes of globalization. Needless to say, for the course to succeed, and for one to get as much information and knowledge out it, requires that each and every student must stay fully engaged in the class proceedings and, above all, to do all the day s readings before coming to class. Purpose and Objectives of the Course Wingate University has a strong liberal arts tradition, and this course is an important component of that tradition. The teaching and classroom proceedings of the course will be guided by the Thayer Education School s concept of the teacher as an effective facilitator of learning. The course seeks: 1. To help students develop knowledge of the historical method, thinking, and perspectives 2. To help students develop their analytical and critical thinking skills 3. To cultivate student skills in effective communication, both written and oral 4. To expose students to the histories, ideas/philosophies of diverse societies/civilizations around the world 5. To create in students an awareness that they live in a wider and increasingly more global system Learning Methods 1. Focus on interpretation and analysis of primary sources 2. Readings of secondary sources 3. Many written assignments during the semester 4. Foster active learning through classroom discussion, research, and presentations Assessment of Goals 1. Pre- and Post-Course tests 2. Tests/exams and quizzes 3. Student evaluations Active Learning In this class we will include the use of the Wingate University active learning concept. This principal teaching strategy will involve an array of approaches, including pre-class preparation, pre-class quizzes, presentations and classroom discussion. Students will also be encouraged to contribute their own questions on every class reading assignments. Please note: students who participate actively in class and demonstrate excellent understanding/mastery of issues/information will be awarded up to 2.5 additional points to his/her overall grade.
2 2 Wingate Honor Code: Plagiarism and Cheating Students are bound by the Wingate Honor Code throughout their stay at Wingate University. Accordingly, Students will be required to sign the Wingate University Academic Honor Pledge for each and every class assignment. The pledge reads: I pledge on my honor I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid on this work, and I am unaware of any violation of the Honor Code by others. Accordingly, plagiarism and cheating of any type will not be tolerated. Students guilty of plagiarism and cheating will automatically receive a fail grade for the assignment they plagiarized/cheated. In addition, his/her name will be forwarded for further disciplinary action by authorities in the University s Department for Academic Affairs. Wingate Honor Code: Disorderly Behavior Students are also expected to be respectful of their colleagues and class at all times. Disruptive and disorderly behavior will not be tolerated. Disruptive/disrespectful behavior in class includes sleeping in class, moving in and out of class without permission. Use of electronic devices during class is also disruptive and disrespectful behavior. Therefore, all electronic devices, including cell phones, twitter, etc., must be turned off during class. Attendance Policy Students are allowed four absences during the semester; thereafter, they will be penalized at the rate of 1 grade point for each absence. On the other hand, those who have 100% attendance, including not taking the four absences allowed during the semester, will be given 2 bonus points reward. This attendance policy means that make-up tests/exams will not be granted automatically except for those with University-generated absences. Otherwise, a student will have to provide an acceptable reason and evidence before a make-up test/exam can be granted. Make-Up Tests: finally, make-up tests/exams must be taken within 24 hours of the missed exam/test. Students with Documented Disabilities Students with documented disabilities will be accommodated; however, they need to contact Linda Stedje-Larson of the Academic Resource Center (ARC) so as to obtain the necessary information and documentation. The ARC is located on the second floor of the Ethel K. Smith Library. Course Requirements and Grading Scale 1. Three Tests: 10% each (total 30%): Please note: the lowest of these test scores will be dropped 2. Mid-Term Exam: 15% 3. Final Exam: 25% 4. Weekly Written assignments: 1% each (total 15 points) 5. Class Participation: 10% 6. Attendance: 10% Please note: quizzes will be given without warning, and each will quiz carry one or more percentage points. Weekly written assignments will be based on documents, and each assignment will also carry one or more percentage points. Summary of the course requirements Grading Scale Two Tests... 20% Grades are based on a 10-point scale: Mid-Term Exam. 20% A = C = F =1-59 Final Exam.. 25% A- = C- = Weekly written assignments 15% B = D = Class Participation.. 10% B- = D- = Attendance 10% Total 100% Textbooks Required
3 3 1. Robert W. Strayer, Ways of the World: A Brief Global History with Sources (Boston/New York: Bedford/St. Martin, 2011) Insert on Active Learning (Insert for your syllabi: To help us formalize this distinctive competence for our university vision) Pedagogical (teaching) Approach includes ACTIVE and COOPERATIVE LEARNING: In this class, we will include the use of the Wingate University active learning concept. It is based on the student success model developed by Kuh et al. (2005) and has been applied in part at other colleges in the area such as Wofford and Elon. In this teaching approach, we take steps to help you get more involved and connected with your studies and your classmates. To do this, you will be encouraged to share your learning experiences with others, thereby assisting them and yourself in the learning process. The specific concept and components of active learning suggest that: Students learn more when they are intensely involved in their education and have opportunities to think about and apply what they are learning in different settings. Furthermore, when students collaborate with others in solving problems or mastering difficult material, they acquire valuable skills that prepare them to deal with the messy, unscripted problems they will encounter daily during and after college. [Where faculty encourages all students by their ] 1. Asking questions in class or contributing to class discussions or both; 2. Making class presentations; 3. Working [individually or] with the other students [in a study group] on class projects inside or outside of class [or as internships for credit and/or experience]; 4. Tutoring other students; Scheduled Classes and Readings Week/Date Topic Readings Theme I: The Beginnings of Humans: Paleolithic Period/Culture, to 9,500 BCE Week 1: January 10-15: Human Beginnings; Paleolithic Period/Era/Culture, to 9,500 BCE Jan. 10 Introduction to the course; Introduction to the study of history Strayer, Working with Primary Sources, p. xlv-xlix; Prologue p. li-lix Jan. 12 Pre-Test; Human Beginnings; Paleolithic Period/Era/Culture, to 9,500 BCE Strayer: Part One, p. 2-9; Chapter 1, p ; Docs. #1.1; 1.2; Visuals.., p Theme II: The Revolution in Agriculture Week II: January 16-22: The Agricultural Revolution Jan. 17 The Revolution of Agriculture WWA #1; Strayer, Chapter 2, p ; Docs. (p ), #2.1, #2.2, #2.3 Jan. 19 Globalization of Agriculture Strayer, Chapter 2, p ; Visual Sources, p Theme III: The First Civilizations Week III: January23-29: First Civilizations Jan. 24 Globalization of Agriculture; First Civilizations WWA #2; Strayer, Chapter 2, 56-67; Chapter 3, p ; Docs. (p ), #3.1- #3.5 Jan. 26 First Civilizations, continued Strayer, Chapter 3, p ; Visual Sources, p
4 4 Theme IV: Religions, Philosophies, and Social Order (Classical Era), 500 BCE-500 CE Week IV: January 30-February 5: Eurasian Empires, 500 BCE-500 CE Jan. 31 WWA #3; Empires and Civilizations in Collision: Persians, Greeks; China and Rome Strayer, Part Two, p ; Chapter 4, p ; Docs. #4.1, #4.2, #4.3, #4.4 Feb. 2 Test #1 Week V: Feb. February 6-12: China and Social Order, 500 BCE to 500 CE Feb. 7 WWA #4; China and the Search for Order; Cultural traditions of Classical India Strayer, Chapter 5, p ; Docs. ( ), #5.1, #5.2, #5.3, #5.4 Feb. 9 Moving toward Monotheism: The Search for God in the Middle East Strayer, Chapter 5, p ; Visual Sources, p Week VI: February 13-19: Eurasian Social Hierarchies: Society and State in China; Class and Caste in India Feb. 14 WWA #5; Society and State in China; Class and Caste in India Strayer, Chapter 6, p ; Docs. (p ), #6.1, #6.2, #6.3, #6.4 Feb. 16 Eurasian Cultural Traditions: Slavery and Patriarchies of the Classical Era Strayer, Chapter 6, p ; Visual Sources, p Week VII: February 20-26: Classical Era Variations Feb. 21 Classical Variation: Africa, 500 BCE to 1200 CE\ WWA #6; Chapter 7, ; Docs. (p , #7.1, #7.2, #7.3, #7.4, #7.5 Feb. 23 Test #2; Theme V: Commercial and Cultural Exchange Week VIII: February 27-March 4: Commerce and Cultural Exchange: Trans-regional Connections Feb. 28 Mid-Term Exam; Commerce and Culture Strayer, Part Three, p ; Chapter 8, ; Docs. #8.1, #8.2, #8.3, #8.4, #8.5 Mar. 1 Mid-Term Exam Week IX: March 3-11: Spring Recess/Break Week X: March 12-18: China and the World: East Asian Connections, CE Mar. 13 A Re-unified China; Coping with China: Comparing Korea, Vietnam, and Japan Strayer, Chapter 9, p ; Docs. (p ), #9.1, #9.2, #9.3, #9.4, #9.5 Mar. 15 China and the Eurasian World Economy WWA #7; Strayer, Chapter 9, p ; Visual Sources, p Week XI: March 19-25: The Worlds of European Christendom: Connected and Divided, CE Mar. 20 Eastern and Western Christendom Strayer, Chapter 10, ; Docs. (p ), #s Mar. 22 Western Christendom: A Hybrid Civilization; The West in Comparative Perspective Strayer, Chapter 10, ; Visual Sources, p
5 5 Theme VI: Islam: Core, Expansion, Empire, Commerce: Africa, Middle East, Europe, India Week XII: March 26-April 1: The Worlds of Islam: Afro-Eurasian Connections, CE Mar. 27 The Birth of a New Religion; The Making of an Arab Empire WWA #8; Strayer, Chapter 11, p ; Docs. (p ), #11.1- #11.5 Mar. 29 Islam and Cultural Encounter: A Four-Way Comparison Strayer, Chapter 11, p ; Visual Sources, p Week XIII: April 2-8: The Worlds of the Fifteenth Century Apr. 3 The Shapes of Human Communities; Comparing China and Europe WWA #9; Strayer, Chapter 13, p ; Docs. (p ), #13.1, #13.2 Apr. 5 Civilization of the Fifteenth Century: The Islamic World; Civiliz. of the Americas Strayer, Chapter 13, p ; Visual Sources, p Week XIV: April 9-15: Part Four: The Early Modern Era; Empires and Encounters, Apr. 10 European Empires in the Americas; Comparing Colonial Societies WWA #10; Strayer, Part Four, ; Chap. 14, ; Docs (652-63), #s Apr. 12 Religion and Science, CE WWA #11; Strayer, Chap. 15, ; Docs (700-10), # , Visuals, p Week XV: April 16-22: Religion and Science, CE Apr. 17 Test #3 Apr. 19 Atlantic Revolutions and Their Echoes, Strayer, Chapter 16, ; Docs. (p ), #s ; Visuals, p Week XVI: April 23-29: The European Moment in History, Apr. 24 WWA #12; Strayer, Part Five, ; Chapter 17, ; Docs. ( ); Visuals, Apr. 26 The Revolutions of Industrialization, Strayer, Chapter 18, ; Docs. ( ), #s ; Visuals, Week XVII: December 6, 7: Reading Day and Final Exam May 5 Final am