WORLD CIVILIZATIONS TO 1600
History 50 Summer Session B 2009 TWR 10:30 12:50
Candace Gregory-Abbott Office: TAH 3059
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Office Hrs: WR 9-10 am
Webpage: http://www.csus.edu/indiv/g/gregoryc/ and by appointment.
Voyages in World History, Valerie Hansen and Kenneth R. Curtis
Online primary source readings.
Course Description and Goals:
Study of some major civilizations of the world from the beginnings of civilization to 1600. Covers the classical and medieval traditions of the West as well as at least two major non-western cultures. 3 units.
1. To determine what is meant by the terms civilization and culture, which encompass such
disparate elements as politics, religion, philosophy, art, poetry, social customs.
2. To develop a student¹s ability to read historical documents, both primary and secondary.
3. To study how people lived, thought, and how viewed themselves and others.
4. To study each civilization as independent units as well as how they interact with one another. 5. To examine in detail the rise, expansion, and synthesis of the world's five major religions:
Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism.
This is primarily a lecture course, although discussion by students is encouraged. Readings are assigned daily and are to be done BEFORE you come to class. All work is due on the assigned date; NO LATE WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED. There will be three tests (including the final exam), and four précis of primary source readings.
Attendance is mandatory and will be checked daily. You are allowed to miss two classes. After those two absences, each subsequent absence will result in a loss of FIVE points from your final grade. If you miss more than four classes, you will receive an F for the course. There are sometimes extenuating circumstances. Each student must speak with me personally (or via email) if that is the situation.
Tardiness will not be tolerated. You are allowed to be tardy three (which is defined as arriving after the class roll has been called); after three, you will lose five points from your final exam grade for each subsequent tardy. More than five tardies will result in an F for the course. If you are late to class, or must leave class early, please be as quiet and unobtrusive as possible.
Make-up Tests and Extensions: Make-up tests and exams will require written documentation of a serious reason; make-ups must be taken within one week of the student's return to class. No make-ups for the final exam.
Final Grade Components:
10% (each) Four Précis of Primary Source
20% (each) Three Tests (including final exam)
A 93-100 B+ 88-89 C+ 78-79 D+ 68-69 F 59-0
A- 90-92 B 83-87 C 73-77 D 63-67
B- 80-82 C- 70-72 D- 60-62
Please turn off all cell phones or beepers before class begins. If your cell phone rings in class, you will be asked to leave and will be counted absent for that day¹s class.
Integrity and Scholarship:
DO NOT CHEAT! If you are caught cheating on a writing assignment, test, the final exam, or a daily quiz, or any other assigned work, you will receive an F for the course. You are held accountable for all university guidelines in regard to plagiarism and cheating.
Plagiarism is the use of another person¹s ideas or wording without giving proper credit and results from the failure to document fully and accurately. Ideas and expressions of them are considered to belong to the individual who first puts them forward. Therefore, when you incorporate ideas or phrasing from any other author in your paper, whether you quote them directly or indirectly, you need to be honest and complete about indicating the source to avoid plagiarism. Whether intentional or unintentional, plagiarism can bring serious consequences, both academic, in the form of failure or expulsion, and legal, in the form of lawsuits. Plagiarism is a violation of the ethics of the academic community William G. Campbell, Stephen V. Ballou, and Carole Slade, Form and Style: Thesis, Reports, Term Papers, 6th edition (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1982), p. 52. For more information on plagiarism, and the university¹s policy in regard to it, go to http://www.csus.edu/umanual/student/UMA00150.htm
--Single-spaced, one FULL page of typed text: no more than two pages total.
--Précis are to be written on primary sources. DO NOT write a précis on your textbook readings.
--Simple header: your name, title and author of text being summarized
--First paragraph should be a simple and BRIEF summary of what the text actually says
--Subsequent paragraphs should analyze what the text reveals about the culture it is from.
--Analysis should answer the following questions:
--What genre is the text? Is it law, literature, religious, myth, etc.?
--Who wrote the text and what does the text tell us about him or her personally? Does the
author's personality come through in the text? If it is anonymous, or the author is
unknown, ask yourself if that is deliberate and why.
--Was the text written for a specific purpose? Why?
--What details about the culture can be picked out of the text? What impression of the
culture does the text give you?
--Keep your own opinions out of the précis. Write in third person; no first or second person.
--PROOFREAD! Which means more than just running a spell-check program.
This syllabus can and may be changed at any time.
LECTURE AND READING ASSIGNMENTS
(Remember: Reading assignments are to be completed before the corresponding lecture.)
Hansen / Curtis, Chapter 2
Precis #1 due on excerpts from the Code of Hammurabi
Thursday 16 July India
Hansen / Curtis, Chapter 3
Hansen / Curtis, Chapter 5
Persia / Greece
Hansen / Curtis, Chapter 6
Wednesday 29 July Rome
Hansen / Curtis, Chapter 8
Hansen / Curtis, Chapter 9
Precis #3 due on excerpts from Qu¹ran, Surahs 1 and 47
Hansen / Curtis, Chapter 12
Wednesday 12 August Late Medieval Europe
Hansen / Curtis, Chapter 13
Hansen / Curtis, Chapter 14
Hansen / Curtis, Chapter 15
Hansen / Curtis, Chapter 16
Thursday 20 August Final Exam