SCOPE: This course is a survey of the cultural, social
and political developments in Western Civilization, and how they relate to
world societies, from the rise of the nation-state through contemporary times with a speculative look at the future.
SEMESTER: Spring, 2011
TIME: Monday and Wednesday from 11:45 to 1:20pm
TEXTBOOK: Richard W. Bulliet, et al., The Earth and Its People, 5th Edition, Cengage, 2010. ISBN-13: 978-1-111-52075-5
ISBN-10: 1-111-52075-5 (This is a special edition produced for my classes in black and white to reduce the price dramatically. I checked online & a full used edition costs about $30 more plus shipping. A new fifth edition is about double the price.
The usual class attendance, taking notes on lectures (with instructor's hope that something is happening), exams, group meetings and class discussions
NOTE ON READING:
Please be careful to check your assignment sheets before each section as textbook readings will vary each week. Also noted on the course assignment sheets will be the date of group meetings and the question you are expected to prepare.
There will be ten group meetings during the semester. Students will interact with four or five other individuals to discuss the readings, creative insights and personal hang-ups(not required) according to the questions in each chapter(except for the first group meeting).
Each student is to come prepared to discuss the material in accordance to the questions or problems in the chapter as specified on the assignment sheet.
In order to facilitate these discussions, students must bring a 3 x 5 card
(or equivalent) with notes or a short outline pertaining to the material the
student will discuss. Students ARE NOT to read an answer.
Group meetings will count 1/4 of your grade. Each group meeting is worth 10 points--a total of 100 points.
The 10 points for each group meeting will be given by a self-evaluation form
which will be checked against a group chairperson's evaluation and the instructor's
opinion from listening to the group discussions as he moves from group to group.
If you should decide to be absent the day of the group meeting or if you decide you do not want to participate in the group meeting, you must submit within three weeks of your return to class a 2-page typewritten (3 pages if handwritten) answers to the questions due for that group meeting
The course grade will be the exact average of the three exams and the sum of the 10 group meetings. The maximum number of points is 300. Please do not ask m for extra credit or I will recommend returning you to Kindergarten. :0)
You can withdraw from this class within the first three weeks of the semester without any notation appearing on your transcripts. Between the third and the twelfth week of the semester your withdrawal will appear on the transcript as a W. After the twelfth week I must give you a grade for the course. If you withdraw after this deadline the only grade I will give you is an F. All withdrawals must be done through the Registrar's office. If you are in class anytime during the semester and do not withdraw officially, you will receive an F.
This course may be taken for credit/no credit. You must register with the admission's office no later than the fourth week of the semester. To receive credit for the course you must receive at least a C grade.
ONLINE: This course outline and example exams are on the internet. You can get to the Western Civilization website in one of three ways:
After entering the site, click on “About My Courses.”
Academic dishonesty defrauds all those who depend upon the integrity of the college, its courses, and its degrees and certificates. Students are expected to follow the ethical standards required in Ohlone courses. These standards are defined in the "Policy on Academic Dishonesty." Violations of this policy include cheating and plagiarism. If you cheat on an exam you will obtain a 0 on the exam and an F in the course. Once I enter the F grade you will not be able to take a W for the course.
STANDARDS OF STUDENT CONDUCT:
The student has the right and shares the responsibility to exercise the freedom to learn. The student is expected to conduct himself/herself in accordance with the standards of the College that are designed to perpetuate its educational purposes.
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I. BOUNDED: The Rise of National States
II. EMERGING: The Baroque Era & The Enlightenment
III. EXPULSION: The Age of Revolution
EXAM I (Click to see a sample exam)
V. ENERGY: Industrialism and the Rise of the Masses
VI. SCRAMBLE: Western Imperialism
VII. EXPLOSION: World War I and Its Aftermath
VIII. ANTITHESIS: The Mass Movements of Marxism & Fascism
IX IMPLOSION: World War II and its Aftermath
X. POLARIZATION: Cold War, Détente & Modernity
EXAM III (Click see a sample exam).
I. BOUNDED: THE RISE OF NATIONAL STATES
Dates: January 24, 26, 31, February 2
REQUIRED READING: Chapter 17, 18, 19
OPTIONAL VIEWING: Ohlone iTunes video podcasts 1/29/07 (Part 1), 1/29/07 (Part 2), 1/31/07, 2/9/07, 2/12/07
Group Meeting (February 2): Discuss the emergence of the Nation-State. How did it occur? What did the Nation-State mean for world history?
II. EMERGING: THE BAROQUE ERA & THE ENLIGHTENMENT
7, 9, 14, 16,
REQUIRED READING: Everyday Life in the 17th Century, http://www.localhistories.org/stuart.html (also read the material at the links at said site)
Daily Life in the 18th Century plus attached links, http://www.localhistories.org/18thcent.html
OPTIONAL VIEWING: Ohlone iTunes video podcasts 2/21/07, 2/28/07, 3/5/07
Group Meeting (February 16): What was enlightened during the Enlightenment?
III. EXPULSION: THE AGE OF REVOLUTION
Dates: February 23, March 2, 7,
REQUIRED READING: Chapter 22
OPTIONAL VIEWING: Ohlone
Group Meeting (March 7): Describe the long range impact of the French Revolution on Western Civilization.
EXAM I (MARCH 9)
IV. CHANGE: THE RISE OF NATIONALISM
Dates: March 14, 16, 28, 30,
REQUIRED READING: Chapters 25, 27
OPTIONAL VIEWING: Ohlone iTunes video podcasts , 3/14/07 (repeat--especially last part of
Group Meeting (March 30): How did the 19th century set the seeds for the 20th century?
V. ENERGY: INDUSTRIALISM AND THE RISE OF THE
Dates: April 4, 6,
REQUIRED READING: Chapters 23
VIEWING: Ohlone iTunes video podcasts 4/2/07,
4/4/07, 4/6/07, 4/9/07 ALSO VIEW: Video, "Disease in
the 19th Century"(#VID/071)
Group Meeting (April 6): Describe the impact of the Industrial Revolution had on sex, family life and health.
VI. SCRAMBLE: WESTERN IMPERIALISM
Dates: April 11, 13,
OPTIONAL VIEWING: Ohlone iTunes video podcasts 4/11/07, 4/13/07
Group Meeting (April 13): Do you think Imperialism was beneficial for the world? Explain!
VII. EXPLOSION: WORLD WAR
I AND ITS AFTERMATH
Dates: April 18, 20,
REQUIRED READING: Chapter 29
OPTIONAL VIEWING: Ohlone iTunes video podcasts 4/16/07, 4/18/07
Group Meeting (April 20): Describe the impact of World War I on the rest of the twentieth century.
EXAM II (APRIL 23)
VIII. ANTITHESIS: THE MASS MOVEMENTS
OF MARXISM AND FASCISM
Dates: April 25, 27
READING: pp. 794-808
OPTIONAL VIEWING: Ohlone iTunes video podcasts 4/30/07, 5/2/07, 5/7/07 Also VIEW: Videos, "Fit to Rule" (#VID/072) and "The Twisted Cross" (#VID/073)
Group Meeting (April 27) Bring material to the group meeting that will aid you in developing an essay based upon my lecture outline.
IX. IMPLOSION: WORLD
WAR II AND ITS AFTERMATH
Dates: May 2, 4
REQUIRED READING: pp. 808-818
OPTIONAL VIEWING: Ohlone iTunes video podcasts 5/11/07, 5/14/07, 5/16/07
Group Describe people’s lives after World War II.
X. POLARIZATION: COLD WAR—DÉTENTE & MODERNITY
Dates: May 9, 11
32, 33, 34
OPTIONAL VIEWING: Ohlone iTunes video podcasts 5/18/07
Group Meeting (May 11): Paul Valery a French Poet wrote: “The future isn’t what ” EXPLAIN!
EXAM III (FRIDAY, MAY 20, 9:30 to 11:30 AM)
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