College of Arts and Sciences
Department of History, Geography and Political Science
Outline & Readings
COURSE SYLLABUS HIST 1220, World History II
History 1220 is the second half of the World History sequence. It pays special attention to the causes and social contexts of those ideologies, movements, wars and revolutions which have shaped the modern historical period from 1600-1990. We will cover the Middle and Near East; India and the Far East (China and Japan); Africa; Europe and the Americas. Special attention is given to the cultural, political and economic interrelationship of these regions and the role that each played in the formation of the modern global community. This course is designed to help students improve their proficiency in reading, writing and critical thinking. It offers students additional opportunities to develop skills in note taking, word-processing, library research, and public speaking.
of the material deals with European expansion and colonization of other
The most pervasive theme of the modern historical period is the
rise of the West and its political, intellectual and economic domination
of the rest of the world.
How Europe (whose civilizations appear relatively unimpressive in
HIST 1210) came to dominate what were once such advanced civilizations in
Africa, Asia and America is perhaps the most important question of this
|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:
|TEXTBOOK and READINGS||
The World: A History: Volume 2: Since 1300 (Penguin
0-205-75932-7 (paper) or
There are various versions of this book bundled with CDs or other features. You do not need these features, just the book. I can't seem to find an ISBN for the book alone. Just buy the cheapest version of Volume 2 that you can find. Don't worry about buying used editions that might lack the CD or the MyHistorylab key.
|EVALUATION||Grades will be based on the assignments listed below. Assignments will be weighted as follows:|
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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 . The textbook readings
are required, as are the web readings except where noted. Underlined readings are links to web sites.
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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
|All students are expected to attend class punctually
and regularly. Students arriving after the beginning of class may,
at the instructor's discretion, be counted absent and/or asked to remain
outside the classroom until the end of the lecture.
Excessive absence or tardiness may result in a significant reduction in a student's grade, and instructors are under no obligation to allow make-up work in cases of tests and assignments missed as a result of unexcused absence or tardiness. Students are also responsible for obtaining information presented in class during their absence.
In the event of an illness or emergency requiring absence from class, students should contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs in order to obtain the documentation necessary to have the absence excused. Instructors may require such documentation as a condition for allowing the completion of missed tests or assignments.
Tennessee State University's policy on absences may be found in the Student Handbook, Chapter VII, pp. 100-101.
The last day to withdraw is Apr 11
Special Note on Academic Honesty
|Except in cases of group projects so designated by the
instructor, all tests and assignments submitted in the course must be
the original work of the student. In cases of plagiarism
or cheating, the instructor may assign an F on the assignment or an F in
the course and is also advised to report such cases immediately to both
the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Vice President for
Students in HIST 1220 are warned particularly against the following forms of academic dishonesty:
Tennessee State University's policies on academic conduct may be found in the Student Handbook, Chapter III, p. 18.
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 at
least 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.
Accommodation for Disabilities The Department of
History, Geography, and Political Science, in conjunction with the
Office of Disabled Student Services, makes reasonable accommodation for
qualified students with medically documented disabilities. If you need
an accommodation, please contact Dan Steely of TSU's Disabled Student
Services Office at 963-7400 (phone) or 963-5051 (fax).
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