TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of History, Geography, and Political Science
Outline & Readings
COURSE SYLLABUS HIST 1210, World History I
|COURSE DESCRIPTION||History 1210 is a survey of world history from the earliest periods of human development and the beginnings of civilization to the development of European expansionism in the sixteenth century. The course is designed to familiarize students with the distinctive cultural experiences of major civilizations of the ancient, classical, and medieval worlds; to provide students with the foundational background for their introduction to "the modern age" in HIST 1220; and to acquaint students with the methods and techniques historians and other researchers use to uncover the past and re-create the story of human development. History 1210 reflects a global emphasis in its representation of major civilizations and their contributions to the human experience. Civilizations studied include those of the ancient Middle and Near East; India and the Far East (China and Japan); the classical civilizations of Greece and Rome; the later civilizations of Europe, Central Asia, Africa, and the Americas. The course emphasizes the social history of civilizations through the ages and around the world, recreating the everyday life of ordinary people in the context of their economic, political, intellectual, cultural, religious, and geographic environment.|
|GOALS AND OBJECTIVES||This course is designed to enable students to achieve
both content and analytical goals. In general, the student, upon
completion of the course, should have a grounding in ancient history that
will enhance their cultural awareness, enable them to critically analyze
texts and works of art from the period and place them in a cultural and
comparative context, and to relate this knowledge to overall development
of human society and culture.
Analytical and Methodological goals:
Content Related Goals:
GOAL 1: Ancient Civilizations
GOAL 2: Classical Civilizations
GOAL 3: Traditional Civilizations
GOAL 4: Medieval Europe
|TEXTBOOK||Textbook: Felipe Fernandez-Armesto:
The World: A History: Volume 1: to 1500 (Penguin Academics, 2011) ISBN:
0-205-75931-9 (paper) or
There are in fact a number of different versions of this book. Just make sure you get a World History book by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto that begings on or before 1500 and runs up to the present. (The seconc volume usually begins with 1300.)
Students may wish to use the textbook's companion web site, which provides a number of helpful study aids.
|EVALUATION||Grades will be based on the assignments listed below. Assignments will be weighted as follows:|
|Grades and their numerical equivalents are as follows:|
Office Hours: Students who seek help with instructors during office hours get better grades. Do not wait until you have major problems! Students should speak to me any time they find themselves confused about material, directions, or grades. I am always ready to help any student who needs help with any of the material or any assignment. That's my job.
|READINGS AND ASSIGNMENTS||Readings are taken from the
textbook and this website. The chapter numbers and page numbers in the
schedule are from your textbook (Fernandez-Armesto, The World).
The textbook readings are required, as are the web readings. Underlined readings are links to web sites.
The primary source essay
assignment will be based on the these and other web readings.
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|REQUIREMENTS Assignments||Assignments for this class will include reading, writing, and special projects. Readings maybe assigned not only from the text, but also from photocopied materials, library books, and Internet sources. Students are responsible for all work assigned in this class, whether or not they are present. Assignments must be completed on time. Late work will be penalized unless you have a good excuse, and no assignments will be accepted more than one week late. All students are expected to participate regularly in class discussions.|
Attendance and Punctuality
|Attendance and Punctuality: Attendance and punctuality are expected of all
students. Students are responsible for all material, tests and
assignments, regardless of attendance or punctuality. The professor is
under no obligation to give make-ups or accept late work caused by
unexcused absence or tardiness. The professor reserves the right to deduct
from the student's participation grade for more than three unexcused
absences and to deduct up to a letter grade from the final grade for
excessive unexcused absences (10% of class hours). The professor reserves
the right to fail students who miss more that 20% of class hours. Thos
students who know that they will have a consistent problem due to
scheduling conflicts should discuss this with the professor at the
beginning of the semester.
LAST DAY TO WITHDRAW - Nov 7
Special Note on Academic Honesty
|Students should be aware that a university is a community of scholars committed to the discovery and dissemination of knowledge and truth. Without freedom to investigate all materials, scrupulous honesty in reporting findings, and proper acknowledgment of credit, such a community can not survive. Students are expected to adhere to the highest traditions of scholarship. Infractions of these traditions, such as plagiarism and other forms of cheating, are not tolerated. Misrepresenting someone else's words or ideas as one's own constitutes plagiarism. In cases where plagiarism occurs, the instructor has the right to penalize the student(s) as he or she thinks appropriate. As a general guideline, I given students a zero on the assignment for the first offence and an "F" in the course for a second offence, but I reserve the right to give a student an "F" in the course for any offence. When in doubt as to whether use of any material or idea would constitute plagiarism, ask the instructor.|
Preparation: since students are expected to participate in class
discussion, it is important to complete all the assigned readings before
coming to class. Students are expected to understand the material, or to
have identified what they do not yet understand in order to ask questions
in class. All students are expected to come to class prepared to discuss
the assigned material.
Students are expected to observe normal courtesy in class. They are
expected to pay attention to the instructor, to take detailed notes, to
refrain from personal conversation, and to avoid any other behavior that
disturbs others. A student who does not observe these courtesies maybe
asked to leave the room.
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