Dr. Antonio de la Cova
Office: Sycamore Hall 039
COURSE OBJECTIVES: The first half of a two-semester survey course analyzing world history from a "global village" approach, from the beginning of human civilizations to the rise of the modern world (1500 AD). The course explores the issues of political systems, economics, culture, gender, religion, environment, conflict, and the migration of peoples, as common elements of the evolution of human society.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS: There will be Power Point lectures, video analysis, and readings that require taking notes. Students are expected to use logical arguments sustained with evidence in class discussions and to improve their reading, writing, analytical, and speaking skills.
READINGS: You are expected to read the assigned texts and other articles assigned weekly. Questions regarding the texts and articles will appear on the exams and essay quizzes. The required texts are:
William Duiker & Jackson Spielvogel, The Essential World History
(2005) ISBN 0-534-62713-7
Mark Kishlansky, Sources of World History: Readings for World Civilization (2003) ISBN 0-534-58689-9
LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES RESOURCES WEBSITE: http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/ Contains topics and data related to this course.
GRADING: Your grade will consist of a Mid-Term Exam (30%), a Final Exam (30%), two essay quizzes (15% each), and participation and attendance (10%). Missing eight or more classes will further drop you another letter grade. The exams will cover material from the readings, lectures and presentations.
(100-92=A), (91.9-90=A-), (89.9-88=B+), (87.9-82=B), (81.9-80= B-), (79.9-78=C+), (77.9-72=C), (71.9-70=C-), (69.9-68=D+), (67.9-62=D), (61.9-60=D-), (Below 59.9= F).
MAKE-UP EXAMS: It will only be given if you have a valid physician's excuse or a verified family emergency. Makeups are different and considerably more difficult than the regularly scheduled test.
MISCONDUCT: Plagiarism and cheating will be dealt with according to the student code of conduct.
Please contact me the first week of classes if you have special learning
CLASSES LECTURE TOPICS ASSIGNED READINGS Jan. 10-12 Overview of the course Exam & study guides The First Humans Duiker, 1-11; Kishlansky, 1-12. Jan. 17-19 Egyptian Civilization Duiker, 12-25; Kishlansky, 12-23. Ancient India Duiker, 26-36; Kishlansky, 24-36.
Jan. 24-26 Buddhism: The Middle Path Duiker, 37-45; Kishlansky, 36-47. China in Antiquity Duiker, 46-55; Kishlansky, 48-61.
Jan. 31 Chinese Imperialism Duiker, 55-67; Kishlansky, 61-74. Feb. 2 Greek Civilization Duiker, 68-77; Kishlansky, 74-86.
Feb. 7-9 Classical Greece Duiker, 78-88; Kishlansky, 86-97. The Roman Republic Duiker, 89-99; Kishlansky, 98-110.
Feb. 14-16 Roman Culture and Society Duiker, 99-113; Kishlansky, 110-122. Mesoamerican Civilizations Duiker, 114-126; Kishlansky, 123-133.
Feb. 21-23 The Inca Empire Duiker, 127-134; Kishlansky, 134-147. The Rise of Islam Duiker, 135-145; Kishlansky, 148-162.
Feb. 28 The Byzantine Empire Duiker, 146-158; Kishlansky, 162-176. March 2 Mid-term Exam
March 7-9 Early African Civilizations Duiker, 159-170; Kishlansky, 176-189. Southern Africa Societies Duiker, 170-179; Kishlansky, 189-201.
March 11-19 Spring Recess
March 21-23 Southern Asia Civilization Duiker, 180-191; Kishlansky, 201-215. Indian Culture and Religion Duiker, 191-200; Kishlansky, 215-230. March 28-30 China Reunified Duiker, 201-211; Kishlansky, 231-242. The Mongol Empire Duiker, 211-221; Kishlansky, 243-254. April 4-6 The Rise of the Japanese State Duiker, 222-234; Kishlansky, 254-266. Early Korea and Vietnam Duiker, 234-241; Kishlansky, 267-279.
April 11-13 Europe in the Middle Ages Duiker, 242-255; Kishlansky, 280-293. Christianity and Medieval Civilization Duiker, 255-269; Kishlansky, 293-306.
April 18-20 The Renaissance Duiker, 272-282; Kishlansky, 306-318. European Economic and Social Crisis Duiker, 282-295; Kishlansky, 319-331. April 25-27 The Age of Exploration and Expansion Duiker, 296-307; Kishlansky, 332-345. The Slave Trade Duiker, 307-317; Kishlansky, 345-351.May Final Exam (Day & time to be announced)
The preceeding schedule and procedures in this course are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances.