History of World Civilizations II- Spring 2000
HIS 101-08 (MWF 12:30)SB 301
Professor Emerson W. BakerOffice Hours:M 3:30-4:30
Office: Sullivan 106aWF 11:30-12:30
Phone:741-6384 (office) Or by appointment- please feel free to contact me at any time
This course introduces you to the major themes of the world's civilizations from from the Age of Discovery to present times. Designed for the non-specialist, the course will let you examine the world's rich and diverse past from an historian's perspective, and help you relate the past to modern life.The world has seen many changes in the modern era, so the course will not be able to cover everything in detail! With so much ground to cover, often the lecture material will be quite different than the reading, so pay close attention in class! Though the class is primarily in lecture format, I encourage you to ask questions about the lectures and readings as they arise.
Content Objectives - After completing this course, you should understand and be able to comment accurately on the following themes:
1.The roots of the modern world. How the events of the past four hundred years have
shaped present-day America and the world.
2.The expansion of Western Civilization, and its interaction with the rest of the world.
3.The importance of non-Western traditions in shaping the modern world.
4.The life and importance of the common people of the past - not just the "DWEMs."
Skills Objectives -Like all disciplines, History lets you build skills that you will need in life, regardless of your chosen career. In this course you will have the opportunity todevelop the following in particular:
1.Improve your ability to read and comprehend your reading
2.Effective verbaland written communication
3.Healthy skepticism and the ability to examine evidence
First Preliminary Exam 25% (February 23)
Second Preliminary Exam 25% (April 3 )
Written Assignment 20% (April 21)
Final Exam 30% (date to be announced)
Attendance, participation, and progress may also figure into the final grade.
Required Reading (available at college bookstore):
Richard Bulliet et al, The Earth and Its Peoples: A Global History, Vol. II
2. A final examination. The final covers material from the entire semester, but will be weighted toward materials covered after the second exam. You will have two hours to take the final exam.
3. A written assignment of approximately 5 to 7 pages in length. This assignment provides you the opportunity to interpret primary historical sources, and discuss your interpretation in a thoughtful and well written essay. Papers must be typed (or word processed) and double spaced on standard 8.5"x11" paper. Papers not handed in during class on April 21are considered late, and will be severely marked down.The later they are handed in, the more they will be marked down.
4. Attendance. You are not absolutely required to attend class, however I do usually take attendance and failure to come may well adversely effect your grade. If, at the end of the semester your average is on the border between two grades, a poor attendance record will probably get you the lower grade. Also, the lectures will be drawn upon quite heavily when I make the exams, so it is to your benefit to attend. If you can't make it, I advise you to get a copy of a classmate's class notes. Whether you are here or not, you will be held responsible for all course requirements, and for keeping up with what goes on in the course.
I do not give make up exams. Being able to meet deadlines and deal effectively with pressure situations while still facing the challenges of everyday living is part of what college is all about. If you are genuinely deathly ill, I might make an exception.
Preparation. Come to classes prepared to listen, learn, and contribute to the topic at hand. Occasionally I will ask the class questions about the reading, to stimulate a brief class discussion. As with attendance, class participation may play a small role in your final grade, so I advise you to complete the assigned reading by its due date.I also welcome your questions on any aspect of the course, at any time.Your tuition for this course represents a substantial investment. I urge you to get your money's worth!
Salem State College is committed to nondiscrimination of Handicapped persons as specified in section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Students who qualify as handicapped persons under the definition of this act should notify the instructor at the beginning of course so that reasonable modifications may be made when necessary.
Course outline – subject to change. It is your responsibility to be aware of changes in schedule. Readings should be completed by the date listed.
Jan. 21Introduction to the Course
Jan. 24The Age of Discovery and ExpansionRead: Chapter 17
Jan. 26Europe: AbsolutismRead: Chapter 18
Jan. 28No Class: Professor at Conference
Jan. 31Europe: Constitutionalism
Feb.2Europe: Science & the Enlightenment
Feb.4European Society in the Early Modern EraRead: Chapter 19
Feb.7Columbian Exchange & Mercantilism
Feb.9 Africa and the Slave TradeRead: Chapter 20
Feb.11The Ottoman EmpireRead: Chapter 21
Feb.14The Mughal Dynasty
Feb.16The Ming and Qing Dynasties of ChinaRead: Chapter 22
Feb.18Early Modern Japan
Feb.21President’s Day, No Class
Feb.25The Industrial RevolutionRead: Chapter 23
Feb.28The Industrial Revolution continued
Mar. 1The Age of RevolutionRead: Chapter 24
Mar.3The Age of Revolution, continued
Mar. 6The Age of Revolution, completed
Mar. 8The Americas in the Nineteenth CenturyRead: Chapter 25
Mar.10The British Empire and IndiaRead: Chapter 26
March 13-17, Spring Break
Mar.20An Open Door in East Asia?Read: Chapter 27
Mar.22Industrial SocietyRead: Chapter 28
Mar.24The Rise of Nationalism
Mar.29The New ImperialismRead: Chapter 29
Mar.31The New Imperialism, continued
Apr. 3SECOND EXAM
Apr. 5A War to End all WarsRead: Chapter 30
Apr. 7The Russian Revolution
Apr.10A Peace to End all Peace
Apr.12Depression & FascismRead: Chapter 31
Apr 14Dictators in Power
Apr.17Patriot’s Day, No Class
Apr.19World War II
Apr.21World War II pt. 2Documentary Assignment Due in Class!!
Apr.24Independence & DecolonizationRead: Chapter 32
Apr.26Cold War and the American CenturyRead: Chapter 33
Apr.28The Wild 1960s
May 1Modern TimesRead: Chapter 34
May 3Review Day (Schedule Permitting)
May 9, 8:30-10:30