HIST 2060
Course Syllabus

Semester: Spring, 2018 Meeting room and time:
Instructor: Dr. Theron E. Corse Office: Crouch 406 Office phone: 963-7457 Alternate phone: 963-5471
Instructor email: tcorse@tnstate.edu Office hours:

Study Guides

Primary Source Writing Assignment (WRITE)

Course Description: History 2060 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 2070; 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 2060 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.

Learning outcomes

  1. Develop an understanding of historical analytical techniques, including an understanding of the role of change and continuity in human history.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to apply historical analytical techniques to texts and artifacts from the pre-modern era.
  3. Develop and demonstrate an understanding of how texts and artifacts from the pre-modern era express the culture and values of that era.
  4. Be able to critically asses, within a comparative framework the ideas, values, and historical forces that have shaped the development of human society.
  5. The primary content related goal is that the student develop an understanding of the diversity of global cultures in the pre-modern world, with an appreciation for how that diversity in turn helped to shape the modern era.


You have more than one option here, including two free options. These are meant to help you study and to develop a richer understanding. I am not asking you to read multiple texts. We will talk about these texts and the differences between them, but this is not a textbook based course.

World History: Cultures, States, and Societies to 1500 (Open Textbook Library) Click "PDF" on that link to download the entire book.

Boundless World History. (Lumina Learning) This is a website. Use this link to download the entire text. On the course calendar, I call this book BWH.

In the calendar, I provide links to Boundless World History under "Readings," as well as links to some other sources. I also give chapter numbers for the World History: Cultures, State, and Societies book (no links because it is not a website). Again, I won't be testing on specific details from either text. Both are meant to give you background and be a resource for completing assignments and studying. We should have a chance to talk about differences between them. Notably, World History is organized geographically, not chronologically, while Boundless is more traditional. 

If you want an actual, physical textbook, go to your favorite cheap textbook site and find a world history book that covers up to 1500. Edition number does not matter - get something used and cheap. These books will usually be "volume 1" of whatever series they are part of. Or buy a full volume if you find something cheap enough. Bring it to me and I'll mark the chapters you need to read and when. Textbooks are not completely interchangeable, but they are close enough and the differences are interesting.


  1. Quizzes: There are three ID Quizzes, two maps quizzes, and an Historical Evidence Quiz. All quizzes and tests are in e-Learn, with the exception of the two Map Quizzes. Study guides for the map quizzes will be handed out in class.
  2. Tests: There are three essay exams, which will be available in e-Learn.
  3. Writing: There is one writing assignment, the Primary Source Writing Assignment (WRITE). It is to be submitted to the Dropbox in e-Learn


Grade Distribution

Three Exams 3x20% each=60%
Map Quizzes 2x5%each=10%
ID and Evidence Quizzes 4x5%each=20%
Primary Source Essay 10%
Total 100%

Grading Scale

Three Exams 3x20%=60%
Map Quizzes 2x5%=10%
ID and Evidence Quizzes 4x5%=20%
Primary Source Essay 10%
Total 100%




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.  
In order to improve your writing, you will need to utilize all the resources TSU puts at your disposal, including the WRITE Program. The WRITE Studio is located in 220 Jackson Hall Industrial Arts Building open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., M-F. The Studio is equipped with computers, printers, wifi, style guides, etc. The Studio is also staffed with trained WRITE Associates to assist the students with strengthening their writing skills. A student can use the Studio any time during regular hours, but it is best to make an appointment to work with a WRITE Associate: Call 963-2131 or e-mail write@tnstate.edu. To use the Studio, students must have their current student I. D. cards and adhere to basic Studio rules of conduct. Students looking for reliable online sources can visit the WRITE page.

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. Those 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.

Class Participation

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. 

TSU Disability Accommodation Statement

TSU is committed to creating inclusive learning environments and providing all students with opportunities to learn and excel in their course of study. Any student with a disability or condition which might interfere with his/her class performance or attendance may arrange for reasonable accommodations by visiting the Office of Disability Services (ODS). ODS is located in Kean Hall, room 131 and can be reached at 963-7400 or www.tnstate.edu/disability services .  You will be required to speak with ODS staff and provide documentation of the need for an accommodation.  If you qualify for an accommodation you will be provided with a document stating what type of classroom accommodations are to be made by the instructor.  It is your responsibility to give a copy of this document to the instructor as soon as you receive it.  Accommodations will only be provided AFTER the instructor receives the accommodation instructions from ODS; accommodations are not retroactive.  You must follow this process for each semester that you require accommodations.

TSU Sexual Misconduct, Domestic/Dating Violence, Stalking Statement

TSU recognizes the importance of providing an environment free of all forms of discrimination and sexual harassment, including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.  If you (or someone you know) has experienced or is experiencing any of these incidents, there are resources to assist you in the areas of accessing health and counseling services, providing academic and housing accommodations, and making referrals for assistance with legal protective orders and more. Please be aware that most TSU employees, including faculty and instructors, are “responsible employees”, meaning that they are required to report incidents of sexual violence, domestic/dating violence or stalking.   This means that if you tell me about a situation involving sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking, I must report the information to the Title IX Coordinator.  Although I have to report the situation, you will still have options about how your situation will be handled, including whether or not you wish to pursue a formal complaint.  Our goal is to make sure you are aware of the range of options available to you and have access to the resources you need.  You are encouraged to contact TSU’s Title IX Coordinator to report any incidents of sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic/dating violence or stalking.  The Title IX coordinator is located in the Office of Equity and Inclusion, McWherter Administration Building, Ste. 260 and can be reached at 615-963-7494 or 615-963-7438.  For more information about Title IX and TSU’s SART or policies and procedures regarding sexual, domestic/dating violence and stalking please visit:  www.tnstate.edu/equity. If you wish to speak to someone confidentially, who is not required to report, you can contact the TSU Counseling Center, located in the basement of Wilson Hall, at 615-963-5611 or TSU Student Health Services, located in the Floyd Payne Campus Center room 304, at 615-963-5084.  You may also contact the following off campus resources:  Sexual Assault Center of Nashville at 1-800-879-1999 or www.sacenter.org or the Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence at 615-386-9406 or www.tncoalition.org. 

TSU Harassment and Discrimination Statement

Tennessee State University is firmly committed to compliance with all federal, state and local laws that prohibit harassment and discrimination based on race, color, national origin, gender, age, disability, religion, retaliation, veteran status and other protected categories.  TSU will not subject any student to discrimination or harassment and no student shall be excluded from participation in nor denied the benefits of any educational program based on their protected class.  If a student believes they have been discriminated against or harassed because of a protected class, they are encouraged to contact the Office of Equity and Inclusion at McWherter Administration Building, Ste. 260, 615-963-7494 or 615-963-7438, www.tnstate.edu/equity.

Weeks Dates Lecture Topic and Assignments Readings and Primary Sources


Jan 14, 16 Origins

Historical Origins Quiz (Jan 16-Jan 28 in eLearn)


2 Jan 21, 23 Origins

MLK Holiday Jan 21

Receive Map Quiz Study guides


Jan 28, 30 Rise, Fall and Recovery of Ancient Civilizations

Map Quiz 1 - Jan 30 (in class)


Feb 4, 6 First Empires

Map Quiz 2 - Feb 6 (in class)


Feb 11, 13 A Revolution in Thought

ID Quiz 1 - Feb 13-20 in eLearn


These are the "Axial Age" readings.


Feb 18, 20 The Classical Empires

Exam 1 -Feb 20-27 in eLearn



Feb 25, 27 The Classical Empires


8 Mar 4-9 Spring Break  
9 Mar 11, 13 Collapse and Reorganization

Last Day to withdraw - Oct 12


Mar 18, 20 World Religions

ID Quiz #2 - Mar 20-27 in eLearn

11 Mar 25, 27 World Religions


Exam 2: Mar 27-Apr 3 in eLearn


12 Apr 1, 3 Expansion and Isolation


13 Apr 8, 10 The World Before the Mongols


14 Apr 15, 17 The World the Mongols Made
15 Apr 22, 25 First Beginnings of Globalization
Primary Source Assignment Due (in eLearn Dropbox) - Apr 27
Last day of classes - Apr 27

16 Apr 29-May 3 Final Exam Apr 29-May 3 in eLearn