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World History Summer 2015

History 101 Dr. Mahdavi

Student Learning Goals for Content and Skill Acquisition: This is a course in the history of the human community from approximately 1500 C.E. to the present. The course differs from the traditional Western Civilization class in that the entire world rather than Europe alone is the focus of study. The central questions the course will ask are these: What is Modernity, that is, what do we mean when we ask of "the modern world" in which we live? How have the political, social, cultural, and economic forces that we associate with modernity changed our world and its people during the past 500 years? Why has the intercommunication, interaction, and interdependence of the peoples of the world become so much more intense during the past 500 years than they were in earlier ages? How and why did western civilization rise to global domination in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and how has the challenge of western power and cultural prestige affected the course of history of all the World's people? Finally a question that we should be asking throughout the semester: how have the patterns of world history over the past 500 years determined or affected 1) the way we now live and think, and 2) our prospects for peace, prosperity, and the "pursuit of happiness" in the coming decades?

This course is NOT primarily a narrative survey of civilizations, dynasties, and nations. The history of humankind is more than the sum of the histories of particular countries or empires. The most important developments in history have not taken place merely within the boundaries of nations. Rather, large-scale patterns of history have unfolded in continental, hemispheric, or global settings, drawing peoples of different languages and cultures into common historical experiences. This course, then, will develop a number of themes stressing the interrelations of societies and cultures and comparing the experience of peoples and civilizations with one another.

This course is also one of four Foundations courses that you will take in the area of Humanities and Fine Arts. Upon completing of this area of Foundations, you will be able to: 1) analyze written, visual, or performed texts in the humanities and fine arts with sensitivity to their diverse cultural contexts and historical moments. 2) describe various aesthetic and other value systems and the ways they are communicated across time and cultures. 3) identify issues in the humanities that have personal and global relevance. 4) demonstrate the ability to approach complex problems and ask complex questions drawing upon knowledge of the humanities.

Examinations and Map quiz:
There will be one full-period examination during the mid-Summer session, plus a final exam during the testing period in July. These exams will consist of essay questions only. In addition, we will have a 15-minute Map Quiz on June 4th. A study guide for the map quiz is provided and enclosed to your class syllabus (see page six.)

Quizzes
We will have six weekly quizzes during this Summer session. All six quizzes would be in form of multiple choices. Questions will invariably relate to the assignment of the day. There will be no make-ups of the weekly quizzes for any reason. (Please do not ask!) Rather in calculating final grades, a student’s one lowest quiz grade (including “zero” grade for absence) will be dropped.

Participation:
Keep in mind that each class lecture of discussion is part of a continuing story. When you skip class, you miss some of the plot and you will soon be lost. Therefore, I am allocating 5% (extra credit) for class participation. . It will be awarded to those students who continuously participate throughout this Summer session.

Grade Determination: Map Quiz 10% Weekly Quizzes 20% (5 quizzes in all) Mid-term Examination 35% Final Examination 35% Extra Credit: Class participation 5%

You will receive both a numerical score and a letter grade for each exam. Criteria for grading would as follow:
|93-100% |A |80-82% |B- |67-69% |D+ |
|90 – 92% |A- |77-79% |C+ |63-66% |D |
|87-89% |B+ |73-76% |C |60-62% |D- |
|83-86% |B |70-72% |C- |0-59% |F |

Students with Disabilities

If you are a student with a disability and believe you will need accommodations for this class; it is your responsibility to contact Student Disability Services at (619) 594-6473. To avoid any delay in the receipt of your accommodations, you should contact Student Disability Services as soon as possible. Please note that accommodations are not retroactive, and that I cannot provide accommodations based upon disability until I have received an accommodation letter from Student Disability Services. Your cooperation is appreciated.
Plagiarism:
Academic integrity is an important aspect of learning. Students must realize that cheating in quizzes and exams are serious offenses and will result in possible failing grade for the course. For university policies on cheating and plagiarism, see SDSU General Catalogue for more information.

Classroom Etiquette:
Please turn off all cell phones, smart phones, Blackberries, iPods, iPhones, Blue Tooth headsets, and/or any other form of electronic communication while in class. Calling, texting, or listening to music in class will not be tolerated, nor will using your computer for any purpose other than taking notes.

Office: Arts and Letters 559
Telephone: 619/594-8459
Office Hours: MTWTH 11:45am-12:45pm and by appointment
E-mail: mahdavi@mail.sdsu.edu

Required Readings:

J. Bentley & H. Ziegler, Traditions and Encounters: A Global Perspective on the Past. Volume II, Fifth Edition

Chinua Achebe. Things Fall Apart.

Ngugi Wa Thiong’o. Weep Not, Child

World Map (Robinson Projection) No 9DD96 from Herff Jones, Inc.: (purchase two copies, one to practice on and the other one for the map quiz.)

Week1

May 21 Introduction The Geography of World History The Shape of World History around 1500 C.E.

Week2

May 25 No Class: Memorial Day

May 26 Sources of European Power Bentley & Ziegler, pp. 493-507

May 27 The Great World Convergence (GWC) Bentley & Ziegler, chapter 22 and read the assignment on Blackboard; The Fortunate Isles, Written by Alfred W. Crosby

May 28 Power in the Center: The Islamic Empires Bentley & Ziegler, chapter 27 Quiz#1

Week 3

June 1 The Chinese Empire in a Changing World Bentley & Ziegler, chapter 26 Quiz#2

June 2 Atlantic Interrelations: Africa, Europe and the Americas Bentley & Ziegler, chapters.24 and 25

June 3 Capitalism and European Power Bentley & Ziegler, pp. 508-520

June 4 Expanding Power in Russia Bentley & Ziegler, pp. 504-506 & 713-717 Map Quiz

Week 4

June 8 Modernity and the Islamic World Bentley & Ziegler, reread pp. 608-613 and 707-712

June 9 Revolutions in the Atlantic World Bentley & Ziegler, chapter 28 Quiz#3

June 10 Revolutions in the Atlantic World (continued)

June 11 Mid-Term Examination

Week 5

June 15 Capitalism and Industry in Europe Bentley & Ziegler, chapter. 29 The Growth of Neo-Europe in the 19th Century Bentley & Ziegler, pp. 743-746

June 16 Group discussion of Achebe’s, Things Fall Apart Achebe, read the entire book

June 17 Latin America and the World Economy Bentley & Ziegler, reread pp. 634-636 & chapter 30 Quiz#4

June 18 Film: Modernizing of Japan and discussion (Media Center : TV3123V) Bentley & Ziegler, pp. 724-728

Week 6

June 22 Europe's New Imperialism and African and Asian Responses to it. Bentley & Ziegler, Chap. 32 Quiz#5

June 23 World War I: The First Global War and its aftermath Bentley & Ziegler, Chapters. 33 and 34

June 24 World War II Bentley & Ziegler, Chap. 36

June 25 Nationalism and New Power in the Developing Countries Bentley & Ziegler, Chapter 37 Quiz#6

Week 7

June 29 Group discussion of Ngugi’s, Weep Not, Child Ngugi, read the entire book.

June 30 The Formation of a Bipolar World Bentley & Ziegler, reread pp. 853-861 The Price and Promise of Modernity Bentley & Ziegler, Chap. 38

July1 Review Session

July 2 Final Examination: 10:00-11:40am.

World History Dr. Mahdavi
History 101 Summer 2015

STUDY GUIDE FOR MAP QUIZ (to learn the terms on this page, use the following link: http://www-rohan.sdsu.edu/~drizadi/)

A fifteen-minute map quiz will be given on June 4th. You will be asked to locate on a world outline map 20 of the items listed below. The instructor will choose the items (5 points for each). The blank map is available in the bookstore. Please buy two copies, one to bring to class and the other one for practice. You are responsible for bringing your blank map to class on the day of the test.

OCEANS AND SEAS STRAITS & PASSES CITIES
Aegean Sea Bosphorus Aden
Arabian Sea Dardanelles Alexandria (Egypt)
Bay of Bengal Str. of Bab al-Mandeb Athens
Caspian Sea Str. of Gibraltar Berlin
East China Sea Str. of Hormuz Brussels
South China Sea Str. of Malacca Cairo
Indian Ocean Cordoba (Spain)
Persian Gulf Damascus
Red Sea Delhi
Black Sea RIVERS Genoa
Mediterranean Sea Amu Darya (Oxus) Hong Kong Danube Jerusalem
ISLANDS Elbe Lima
Ceylon Euphrates Lisbon
Crete Nile Mecca
Cyprus Ganges Mombasa
Japan Hwang Ho (Yellow Moscow
Philippines Indus Paris
Sicily Niger Peking
East Indies (Indonesia Syr Darya (Jaxartes) Rome Tigris Santiago
MOUNTAINS Volga Shanghai
Alps Yangtze Stockholm
Altai Rhine Timbuktu
Andes Tokyo
Atlas MISCELLANEOUS Venice
Himalayas Anatolia (Asia Minor) Zanzibar
Hindu Kush Cape of Good Hope
Tien Shan Cape Horn
Urals Sahara Desert Gobi Desert Mongolia Kalahari Desert

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