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HIS-1111-VO01 - World History I


Synonym: 131523
Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 09-02-2014 to 12-15-2014
Faculty: Paul D'Amboise | View Faculty Credentials
Faculty Email: pxd09050@ccv.vsc.edu
Materials/Lab Fees: $0
Open Seats: 6 (as of 07-23-14 10:10 PM)

Course Description:

This survey course explores the economic, political, cultural, and social developments in world history from the rise of civilization to 1500 CE in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas. The course highlights geography, cultural and political movements, and human interactions that influenced the historical evolution of various world societies and their interrelationships within a global context.

Essential Objectives:

1. Discuss characteristics of various human societies from foraging to complex societies.
2. Analyze political and social structures found in ancient world societies and their impact on the modern world.
3. Investigate the diverse ideologies and religions found in ancient world societies including Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Rational Thought, and Christianity.
4. Assess significant characteristics of social identity found in ancient world societies, and discuss resulting social and gender hierarchies.
5. Identify the new ideas and worldviews that characterized the Renaissance and evaluate their effect on European hegemony and its consequences.
6. Assess the impact of economics and trade on world cultural interactions.
7. Explore the relationship between the geographical landscape and the development of ancient world societies and cultures.
8. Engage in and evaluate historical research employing information literacy skills.
9. Analyze the theses, context, values, perspectives, and facts in historical primary and secondary texts.

Additional Instructor Pre-Assignments/Notes/Comments:

Hi.

My name is Paul D'Amboise and I've been asked to teach World History I this fall and I very much look forward to teaching it again (I have taught its companion, World History II a few times, as well as Western Civilization I and Modern World History for CCV, so it is not entirely unfamiliar ground). The vast scope of the topic, as defined in the course title, favours an asymmetrical approach in order to make the material manageable.  So while the text covers a number of issues in depth, the essay assignment will allow you to explore issues that do not necessarily receive a close examination in the weekly discussions.

For the text, I have chosen Robert W. Strayer's Ways of the World: A Brief Global History (with Sources) Vol. 1--To 1500.  It provides a balanced approach to a subject of such breadth and includes a good dose of recent scholarship (something not always present in broad survey texts of this nature) as well as a finely edited collection of source material relating to each chapter. I have used Vol. 2 a few times already and have found it effective.

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with how online classes work, let me tell you a bit about how I've run mine. I started teaching at CCV in June 2005 and have taught every semester since then. Prior to that, I'd never taught (or taken) an online course and while I think I'm getting better at it, I still discover new elements of the online education environment each term.

Each of my online classes, regardless of the subject, has relied heavily on weekly discussions. Each week will have three main tasks for you to perform. They are described in greater detail further below under Evaluation Criteria. For this course, I have decided to try a different approach with respect to assignment questions as the textbook includes significant primary source material. The main chapter reading will be the source of material for the discussion board portion of the course (wherein the questions will be student generated and I will moderate/participate in various student generated threads) and the supplemental primary source material will serve as the basis of the weekly assignments. It is something of a departure for me as I usually generate my own discussion questions, in large part because many of the books I use do not include questions of any kind or have exercises I do not find compelling. However, I have found that Strayer poses very good questions and I have used them successfully.

With respect to weekly assignments, please keep the following in mind. The bulk of the marks are found in the weekly work. Doing the bare minimum—submitting each task—does not guarantee a passing mark for the week (though it will earn you a minimum of 3/5 points for that week—omitting one of the three tasks means you will earn below 3/5 for that week). The quality of your posts has an influence on your mark as well. Generally, students who do the reading and do the three tasks each week pass the course without difficulty (presuming they also do reasonably well on the final). Aiming for a B-range or an A-range mark, however, requires doing more than just the minimum. Asking open questions that foster discussion, interacting with fellow students more than once, addressing any follow-up questions that might be asked of you—these are the ways to enhance your marks. I do not have a strict "post every day" rule but I do have specific deadlines for each task. Failing to meet the various deadlines will have negative consequences on your overall marks. 

Below is the general syllabus (details of the mid-term and final assignments will be added soon).  There may be some minor changes and/or additions before the opening week of the course, but, in the main, it will represent the nature of the course pretty well. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact me at my email address: paul.damboise@ccv.edu and I will be happy to respond.

I look forward to “seeing” you in September.

Methods:

  • Assigned readings from the text
  • Assigned viewings/listening sessions from the audio/visual media
  • Answering one of the weekly discussion questions from the instructor
  • Asking a question of the class
  • Answering at least one fellow student's question
  • Two essays

Evaluation Criteria:

Grading system: Participation in the discussion forum will account for 60 percent of your grade. Zero to five points can be earned for each of the 12 class discussions.

Five points represents excellent work in each of the three discussion elements: answer to at least one of the instructor's questions, posing a question, and responding to a classmate's question.  An excellent response to an instructor's question will be both substantive and well-written, addressing each issue raised by the question.  An excellent student question will be open-ended and one that invites more than a one word or one sentence answer.  Excellence in responding to fellow classmates' questions will be demonstrated by answers that further discussion, rather than close it off.

Four points will be earned for a good to very good response to each of these elements.  To earn four points, each task must be completed and there must be more than a minimum of participation in the discussion.

Three points will be earned for an adequate or minimal response to each of these elements.  To earn three points, one MUST complete all THREE tasks.

Two points will be earned for a response to only two elements of the discussion assignment.

One point will be given for a response to only a single element of the discussion's assigned activities.

No points will be recorded for a missed discussion.

Assignments in a missed discussion can not be 'made up' in the following week's discussion.

The mid-semester assignment will be worth 15 pts and the final assignment will be worth 25 points.

Grading Criteria:

A+ through A-: For any work to receive an "A," it must clearly be exceptional or outstanding work. It must demonstrate keen insight and original thinking. It must not only demonstrate full understanding of the topic or issues addressed, but it must also provide a critical analysis of these. In addition, an "A" grade reflects a student's ability to clearly and thoughtfully articulate his or her learning.

B+ through B-: For any work to receive a "B," it must be good to excellent work. It must demonstrate strong originality, comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "B" grade reflects a student's ability to clearly articulate his or her learning.

C+ through C-: For any work to receive a "C," it must meet the expectations of the assignment. It must demonstrate solid comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "C" grade reflects a student's ability to adequately articulate his or her learning.

D+ through D-: For any work to receive a "D," it must marginally meet the expectations of the assignment. It demonstrates minimal comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "D" grade may reflect a student's difficulty in articulating his or her learning.

F: Work that receives an "F" grade does not meet the expectations or objectives of the assignment. It demonstrates consistent problems with comprehension, organization, critical thinking, and supporting details. In addition, an "F" grade reflects a student's inability to articulate his or her learning. Students are strongly urged to discuss this grade with their instructor and advisor.

P: indicates satisfactory completion of course objectives (C- or better).

A+ = 99 to 100 points
A = 92 to 98 points
A- = 90 to 91 points
B+ = 88 to 89 points
B = 82 to 87 points
B- = 80 to 81 points
C+ = 78 to 79 points
C = 72 to 77 points
C- = 70 to 71 points
D = 60 to 69 points
F = 0 to 59 points

Textbooks:

Fall 2014 textbook data will be uploaded on August 8. We strongly suggest that you verify the information below with our online bookseller EdMap before purchasing textbooks from another vendor. If your course is at the Winooski center, check the UVM Bookstore for textbook and pricing information.

Attendance Policy:

Attendance in this class consists of posting in the discussion groups on a weekly basis.  Failure to post in any particular week will result in a zero for that week.  Moreover, there are NO makeup assignments for missed weeks unless you have a compelling reason (medical issue, funeral) that can be verified.

***PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU HAVE NOT POSTED BY SUNDAY AT 11:59PM ON ANY GIVEN WEEK, YOU WILL BE MARKED ABSENT FOR THAT WEEK.***

Faculty Contact Information:

Email Address: paul.damboise@ccv.edu

Syllabus:

Week One--Populating the Planet

Readings: (note--the bulk of the reading assignments this term will come from the main textbook Ways of the World: A Brief Global History with Sources by Robert W. Strayer [to be referred to as Strayer in the rest of the syllabus])

Recommended before class begins (if possible) and required by end of first week:

  • Preface p. v
  • Working with Primary Sources p. xxxiv?
  • Prologue: From Cosmic History to Human History p. xxxix

Required for first week:

  • Part One--First Things First: Beginnings in History, to 500 B.C.E. p. 2?
  • The Big Picture--Turning Points in Early World History p. 3?
  • Chapter One--First Peoples; First Farmers: Most of History in a Single Chapter, To 4000 B.C.E. p. 11

Tasks to perform:

  • In Moodle, the first task required of a student is to ask a question to the class by Friday at 11:55PM. This is to be done in the area marked Student Discussion of...(the topic of the week will be listed in Moodle). Simply click on the link and it will take you to the proper area to post your question(s).
  • The second task, also in Moodle, is to answer at least one fellow student's question by Sunday at 11:55PM. This is to be done in the same area marked Student Discussion of... (the topic of the week will be listed in Moodle). Simply click on the link and it will take you to the proper area to post your response(s).
  • The third task, also in Moodle is to submit a Weekly Assignment by Monday at 11:55PM in the area marked Student Discussion of...(the topic of the week will be listed in Moodle). Simply click on the link and it will take you to the proper area to post your assignment.
Week Two--Cities, States and Unequal Societies

Readings in Strayer:

  • Chapter Two--First Civilizations: Cities, States, and Unequal Societies, 3500 B.C.E.--500 B.C.E. p. 61?

Tasks to perform:

  • In Moodle, the first task required of a student is to ask a question to the class by Friday at 11:55PM. This is to be done in the area marked Student Discussion of...(the topic of the week will be listed in Moodle). Simply click on the link and it will take you to the proper area to post your question(s).
  • The second task, also in Moodle, is to answer at least one fellow student's question by Sunday at 11:55PM. This is to be done in the same area marked Student Discussion of...(the topic of the week will be listed in Moodle). Simply click on the link and it will take you tothe proper area to post your response(s).
  • ?The third task, also in Moodle is to submit a Weekly Assignment by Monday at 11:55PM in the area marked Student Discussion of...(the topic of the week will be listed in Moodle). Simply click on the link and it will take you to the proper area to post your assignment.
     
Week Three—Eurasian/African Empires

Readings:

  • Part Two--Second-Wave Civilizations in World History, 500 B.C.E.--500 C.E. p. 108
  • The Big Picture--After the First Civilizations: What Changed and What Didn't? p. 109
  • Chapter Three--State and Empire in Eurasia/North Africa, 500 B.C.E.--500 C.E. p. 117

Tasks to perform:

  • In Moodle, the first task required of a student is to ask a question to the class by Friday at 11:55PM. This is to be done in the area marked Student Discussion of...(the topic of the week will be listed in Moodle). Simply click on the link and it will take you to the proper area to post your question(s).
  • The second task, also in Moodle, is to answer at least one fellow student's question by Sunday at 11:55PM. This is to be done in the same area marked Student Discussion of... (the topic of the week will be listed in Moodle). Simply click on the link and it will take you to the proper area to post your response(s).
  • The third task, also in Moodle is to submit a Weekly Assignment by Monday at 11:55PM in the area marked Student Discussion of...(the topic of the week will be listed in Moodle). Simply click on the link and it will take you to the proper area to post your assignment.

 

Week Four—Eurasian/African Cultural Traditions

Readings:

  • Chapter Four--Culture and Religion in Eurasia/North Africa, 500 B.C.E.--500 C.E. p. 165

Tasks to perform:

  • In Moodle, the first task required of a student is to ask a question to the class by Friday at 11:55PM. This is to be done in the area marked Student Discussion of...(the topic of the week will be listed in Moodle). Simply click on the link and it will take you to the proper area to post your question(s).
  • The second task, also in Moodle, is to answer at least one fellow student's question by Sunday at 11:55PM. This is to be done in the same area marked Student Discussion of... (the topic of the week will be listed in Moodle). Simply click on the link and it will take you to the proper area to post your response(s).
  • The third task, also in Moodle is to submit a Weekly Assignment by Monday at 11:55PM in the area marked Student Discussion of...(the topic of the week will be listed in Moodle). Simply click on the link and it will take you to the proper area to post your assignment.

 

Week Five—Eurasian/African Social Hierarchies

Readings:

  • Chapter Five--Society and Inequality in Eurasia/North Africa, 500 B.C.E.--500 C.E. p. 217

Tasks to perform:

  • In Moodle, the first task required of a student is to ask a question to the class by Friday at 11:55PM. This is to be done in the area marked Student Discussion of...(the topic of the week will be listed in Moodle). Simply click on the link and it will take you to the proper area to post your question(s).
  • The second task, also in Moodle, is to answer at least one fellow student's question by Sunday at 11:55PM. This is to be done in the same area marked Student Discussion of... (the topic of the week will be listed in Moodle). Simply click on the link and it will take you to the proper area to post your response(s).
  • The third task, also in Moodle is to submit a Weekly Assignment by Monday at 11:55PM in the area marked Student Discussion of...(the topic of the week will be listed in Moodle). Simply click on the link and it will take you to the proper area to post your assignment.
Week Six--Classical Era Variations: Africa and the Americas

Readings:

  • Chapter Six--Commonalities and Variations: Africa and the Americas, 500 B.C.E.--1200 C.E. p. 261

Tasks to perform:

  • In Moodle, the first task required of a student is to ask a question to the class by Friday at 11:55PM. This is to be done in the area marked Student Discussion of...(the topic of the week will be listed in Moodle). Simply click on the link and it will take you to the proper area to post your question(s).
  • The second task, also in Moodle, is to answer at least one fellow student's question by Sunday at 11:55PM. This is to be done in the same area marked Student Discussion of... (the topic of the week will be listed in Moodle). Simply click on the link and it will take you to the proper area to post your response(s).
  • The third task, also in Moodle is to submit a Weekly Assignment by Monday at 11:55PM in the area marked Student Discussion of...(the topic of the week will be listed in Moodle). Simply click on the link and it will take you to the proper area to post your assignment.
Week Seven--Mid-semester assignment

Details TBA. It will be be a reflective essay on the topic of balance in presenting world history.

Week Eight--Commerce and Culture

Readings:

  • Part Three--An Age of Accelerating Connections, 500-1500 p. 306
  • The Big Picture--Defining a Millennium p. 307
  • Chapter Seven--Commerce and Culture, 500-1500 p. 315

Tasks to perform:

  • In Moodle, the first task required of a student is to ask a question to the class by Friday at 11:55PM. This is to be done in the area marked Student Discussion of...(the topic of the week will be listed in Moodle). Simply click on the link and it will take you to the proper area to post your question(s).
  • The second task, also in Moodle, is to answer at least one fellow student's question by Sunday at 11:55PM. This is to be done in the same area marked Student Discussion of... (the topic of the week will be listed in Moodle). Simply click on the link and it will take you to the proper area to post your response(s).
  • The third task, also in Moodle is to submit a Weekly Assignment by Monday at 11:55PM in the area marked Student Discussion of...(the topic of the week will be listed in Moodle). Simply click on the link and it will take you to the proper area to post your assignment.
Week Nine--China and the World

Readings:

  • China and the World: East Asian Connections, 500-1300 p. 365

Tasks to perform:

  • In Moodle, the first task required of a student is to ask a question to the class by Friday at 11:55PM. This is to be done in the area marked Student Discussion of...(the topic of the week will be listed in Moodle). Simply click on the link and it will take you to the proper area to post your question(s).
  • The second task, also in Moodle, is to answer at least one fellow student's question by Sunday at 11:55PM. This is to be done in the same area marked Student Discussion of... (the topic of the week will be listed in Moodle). Simply click on the link and it will take you to the proper area to post your response(s).
  • The third task, also in Moodle is to submit a Weekly Assignment by Monday at 11:55PM in the area marked Student Discussion of...(the topic of the week will be listed in Moodle). Simply click on the link and it will take you to the proper area to post your assignment.
Week Ten--The Worlds of Islam

Readings:

  • Chapter Nine--he Worlds of Islam: Afro-Eurasian Connections, 600--1500 p. 411

Tasks to perform:

  • In Moodle, the first task required of a student is to ask a question to the class by Friday at 11:55PM. This is to be done in the area marked Student Discussion of...(the topic of the week will be listed in Moodle). Simply click on the link and it will take you to the proper area to post your question(s).
  • The second task, also in Moodle, is to answer at least one fellow student's question by Sunday at 11:55PM. This is to be done in the same area marked Student Discussion of... (the topic of the week will be listed in Moodle). Simply click on the link and it will take you to the proper area to post your response(s).
  • The third task, also in Moodle is to submit a Weekly Assignment by Monday at 11:55PM in the area marked Student Discussion of...(the topic of the week will be listed in Moodle). Simply click on the link and it will take you to the proper area to post your assignment.
Week Eleven--The Worlds of European Christendom

Readings:

  • Chapter Ten--The Worlds of European Christendom: Contraction, Expansion, and Division, ! ! 500-1300 p. 463

Tasks to perform:

  • In Moodle, the first task required of a student is to ask a question to the class by Friday at 11:55PM. This is to be done in the area marked Student Discussion of...(the topic of the week will be listed in Moodle). Simply click on the link and it will take you to the proper area to post your question(s).
  • The second task, also in Moodle, is to answer at least one fellow student's question by Sunday at 11:55PM. This is to be done in the same area marked Student Discussion of... (the topic of the week will be listed in Moodle). Simply click on the link and it will take you to the proper area to post your response(s).
  • The third task, also in Moodle is to submit a Weekly Assignment by Monday at 11:55PM in the area marked Student Discussion of...(the topic of the week will be listed in Moodle). Simply click on the link and it will take you to the proper area to post your assignment.
Week Twelve--Pastoral Peoples on the Global Stage

Readings:

  • Chapter Eleven--Pastoral Peoples on the Global Stage: The Mongol Moment, 1200-1500 p. 513

Tasks to perform:

  • In Moodle, the first task required of a student is to ask a question to the class by Friday at 11:55PM. This is to be done in the area marked Student Discussion of...(the topic of the week will be listed in Moodle). Simply click on the link and it will take you to the proper area to post your question(s).
  • The second task, also in Moodle, is to answer at least one fellow student's question by Sunday at 11:55PM. This is to be done in the same area marked Student Discussion of... (the topic of the week will be listed in Moodle). Simply click on the link and it will take you to the proper area to post your response(s).
  • The third task, also in Moodle is to submit a Weekly Assignment by Monday at 11:55PM in the area marked Student Discussion of...(the topic of the week will be listed in Moodle). Simply click on the link and it will take you to the proper area to post your assignment.
Week Thirteen--The Worlds of the Fifteenth Century

Readings:

  • Chapter Twelve--The Worlds of the Fifteenth Century p. 559

Tasks to perform:

  • In Moodle, the first task required of a student is to ask a question to the class by Friday at 11:55PM. This is to be done in the area marked Student Discussion of...(the topic of the week will be listed in Moodle). Simply click on the link and it will take you to the proper area to post your question(s).
  • The second task, also in Moodle, is to answer at least one fellow student's question by Sunday at 11:55PM. This is to be done in the same area marked Student Discussion of... (the topic of the week will be listed in Moodle). Simply click on the link and it will take you to the proper area to post your response(s).
  • The third task, also in Moodle is to submit a Weekly Assignment by Monday at 11:55PM in the area marked Student Discussion of...(the topic of the week will be listed in Moodle). Simply click on the link and it will take you to the proper area to post your assignment.
Week Fourteen--Final Assignment

Details TBA. Will consist of an essay on a relevant topic in World History prior to the 16th century.

Week Fifteen--Final assignment continued

See previous week for details.

Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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