College of Arts and Sciences 
Department of History, Geography, and Political Science

Dr. Theron Corse

Course Description 
Outline & Readings 

COURSE SYLLABUS HIST 2060, World History I 

Semester/Year: Fall 2018 Office Location: Crouch Hall, 408
Semester Hours of Credit: 3 Office Phone: 963-7457
Instructor: Dr. Theron Corse Alternate Phone: 963-5471
Class Meeting Location: Crouch (GRD) 402 E-Mail: tcorse@tnstate.edu
Day and Time:  MW 12:45-2:10 Office Hours: MWTRF: 9:00-11; MWTR: 1:00-2:00

Exam 1 Study Guide

Exam 2 Study Guide

Final Exam Study Guide


Assignments:  1. Primary Source Essays  2. Identification Quizzes

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.

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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:

  • 1. Develop an understanding of historical analytical techniques, including an understanding of the role of change and continuity in human history. (elaborated below in Change and Continuity)
  • 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 (elaborated below in Content Related Goals) the ideas, values, and historical forces that have shaped the development of human society.

Content Related Goals:

  • 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.
TEXTBOOK Textbook:

You have more than one option here, including two free options.

World History: Cultures, States, and Societies to 1500 (Open Textbook Library) There is a download link on that website.

I will also be linking chapters from Boundless World History. This is not an either/or situation. 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 may have a chance to talk about differences between them. Notably, World History is organized geographically, not chronologically, while Boundless is more traditional. 

Boundless World History. (Lumina Learning) This is a website. Use this link to download the entire text.

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.

What is important here is that you read something. I would rather you read something you like better or are more comfortable with than you read nothing.

EVALUATION Grades will be based on the assignments listed below. Assignments will be weighted as follows:  
Grade Distribution
Three Exams 3x20%=60%
Map Quizzes 2x5%=10%
ID and Evidence Quizzes 4x5%=20%
Primary Source Essay 10%
Total 100%


Grades and their numerical equivalents are as follows:
Grading Scale
90 or above A
80-89 B
70-79 C
60-69 D
59 or below F


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.

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READINGS AND ASSIGNMENTS Readings are taken from the textbooks and this website. The World History chapters are labeled WH (and in most cases you are only assigned sections). Read WH or BWH - you don't have to read both. Underlined readings are links to web sites. The primary source essay assignment will be based on the these and other web readings. 
Weeks Dates Lecture Topic and Assignments Readings and Primary Sources


Sep 20, 22 Origins

Historical Origins Quiz (Aug 23-Sep 9 in eLearn)


2 Sep 27, 29 Origins

Recieve Map Quiz Study guides


Sep 3, 5 Rise, Fall and Recovery of Ancient Civilizations

Labor Day - Sep 3
Map Quiz 1 - Sep 5


Sep 10, 12 First Empires

Map Quiz 2 - Sep 12


Sep 17, 19 A Revolution in Thought

ID Quiz 1 - Sep 17-23 in eLearn


These are the "Axial Age" readings.


Sep 24, 26 The Classical Empires

Exam 1 -Sep 24-30 in eLearn



Oct 1, 3 The Classical Empires


8 Oct 8, 10 Collapse and Reorganization

Last Day to withdraw - Oct 12



Oct 15, 17 World Religions

ID Quiz #2 - Oct 15-21 in eLearn

10 Oct 22, 24 World Religions


Exam 2: Oct 22-28 in eLearn




11 Oct 29, 31 Expansion and Isolation


12 Nov 5, 7 The World Before the Mongols


13 Nov 12, 17 The World the Mongols Made
  • Chapters 13-14
14 Nov 19, 21 Fall Break


ID Quiz 3 - Nov 19-30 in eLearn 


15 Nov 26, 28 First Beginnings of Globalization
Primary Sourse Assignment Due - Nov 30
Last day of classes - Nov 30


16 Dec 3-7 Final Exam Dec 3-7 in eLearn    


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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.  

WRITE Program

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 at http://www.tnstate.edu/write/student/links.aspx.


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.




·         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/disabilityservices .  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.



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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 963-7494 or 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 963-5611 or TSU Student Health Services, located in the Floyd Payne Campus Center room 304, at 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 .



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 963-7438, www.tnstate.edu/equity.


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. 

Class Participation

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. 
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