HISTORY 212: WORLD HISTORY III, 1700 TO PRESENT

Spring 2014, CRN: 30014

Class meets Tuesdays, Thursdays, 10:00 am-12:05 pm in DDH 106E

Instructor: Mark Baker, Ph.D.

tel: (661) 654-6833
email: mbaker2@csub.edu
office: 304D Faculty Towers

Office Hours:

Mondays, Wednesdays, 11:00-1:00 pm
Tuesdays, Thursdays, 1:00-2:00 pm
or by appointment

Course Description:

This course is the third part of the CSUB History Department’s World History survey series. We will cover in very broad strokes the history of the world from 1700 to present, surveying the main civilizations across the globe. The focus will be on how the processes of modernization, industrialization, imperialism, expanding global trade, industrialized warfare, national and social revolutions, nuclear proliferation, Cold War polarization, de-colonization, and international debt have transformed the world’s civilizations. Students will often be challenged to compare these civilizations and to analyze how they interacted. There is, in short, a great deal to cover and only ten weeks to cover it. Students will be expected to keep up with the readings and bi-weekly in-class essays will hopefully encourage this. It is essential that students keep up with the readings and attend class regularly.

Course Learning Objectives:

By the end of the course students will be able:

  1. To identify and define the most important events, people and processes of the transformation of the world over the last 250 years.
  2. To evaluate historical documents critically and to describe how these documents might be used in understanding and writing history.
  3. To write a basic five-paragraph essay using historical evidence to support an argument.
  4. To think more critically about history, how it is constructed, written and interpreted.

Percent

Assignment

10

Learning Curve Assignments (one percent each): Throughout the quarter, students will be required to read the assigned chapter in the textbook (Strayer), including the documents sections, and complete the corresponding Learning Curve Assignment. The instructor can view all students' activities on this website. The Learning Curve assignments are due on the Friday of each week of class by 11:59 pm.

Learning Curve Website: http://www.bedfordstmartins.com/learningcurve/strayer2ech/456995

30
TWO Midterm Examination (15 percent each): consisting of multiple-choice questions adapted from Learning Curve and map questions.
10
Participation: This is not simply coming to class, but rather taking an active part in class discussions, asking thoughtful questions, and engaging seriously with the course material.
10
TWO unannounced quizzes (five points each): pop quizzes at various points in the quarter based on Learning Curve questions and various maps from lectures and the textbook.
40

Final Examination: consisting of multiple-choice questions, short answer questions, map questions, and one essay question. Questions will arise from readings, lectures, discussions and videos.

Click here to view the Final Examination Study Guide.

When: Friday, 13 June 2014, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm, in DDH 106E

Class Format: Our classes will include lectures, group work (especially analyzing documents), class discussions and video presentations. It is very important that you complete reading assignments before class. I will presume that you have read the historical background. Instead of trying to cover all the subject matter in the reading, I will focus on important themes, points and controversies. Lectures and the class discussions will make much more sense and be more useful to you, if you have done the readings in advance.

REQUIRED TEXT:

Robert Strayer, Ways of the World: A Brief Global History with Sources, Volume 2 (New York: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2013; Second Edition) ISBN-10: 0312583494; ISBN-13: 9780312583491

OR

Loose-leaf Version of Ways of the World: A Brief Global History with Sources, Volume 2; ISBN-10: 1457647281; ISBN-13: 9781457647284

VERY IMPORTANT RULES:

  1. Late papers will be accepted, but one grade per day will be deducted.
  2. Make up examinations will be permitted only with written verification of medical or personal emergencies.
  3. No incompletes will be given that do not conform to CSUB policy.
  4. Each student should read in the catalogue CSUB policy on cheating and all forms of plagiarism. An F grade is required in proven instances of cheating and plagiarism.
  5. You MUST check your email account on a regular basis in order to do well in this course. I frequently send out email messages about the course, as well as handouts and other course materials. If you are not in the habit of checking your Runner email regularly, you should start, or else have your Runner email forwarded to whatever email address you do use regularly.
  6. Be on time for class; if you need to leave class early, please let me know in advance.
  7. The classroom is a public forum for dialogue. Hence, all electronic communication devices (especially cell phones and pagers) must be turned off or put in a mute mode that is not disruptive.

NB: Students unable to comply with any of these guidelines should see me personally and immediately to discuss their reasons.

COURSE OUTLINE:

Readings must be done before class on the day for which they are listed. Keeping up with the readings will help students very much to understand the class discussions and lectures.

Date

Topic

Reading

1 April 2014

Introduction to course syllabus

Setting the World Scene, chronology, Political Transformations (ppt) (html)

Ways of the World, chapter 13, start reading
3 April 2014
Early Modern Political Transformations (ppt)

Ways of the World, chapter 13, finish chapter

4 April 2014

DUE: Learning Curve for chapter 13, by 11:59 pm

Learning Curve Website: http://www.bedfordstmartins.com/learningcurve/strayer2ech/456995

8 April 2014

Early Modern Economy and Commerce [ppt]

Ways of the World, chapter 14
10 April 2014

Early Modern Economy and Commerce [ppt]

Ways of the World, chapter 14
11 April 2014

DUE: Learning Curve for chapter 14, by 11:59 pm

Learning Curve Website: http://www.bedfordstmartins.com/learningcurve/strayer2ech/456995

15 April 2014

The Religious and Scientific Revolutions [ppt]

Ways of the World, chapter 15

17 April 2014

The Religious and Scientific Revolutions [ppt]

Ways of the World, chapter 15
18 April 2014

DUE: Learning Curve for chapter 15, by 11:59 pm

Learning Curve Website: http://www.bedfordstmartins.com/learningcurve/strayer2ech/456995

22 April 2014

FIRST MIDTERM EXAMINATION

Based on lectures and chapters 13-15
24 April 2014

Atlantic Revolutions and their progeny

No class today! Instead, watch the four "Crash Course" videos (look to the right) and write a one-page response to the question, "Are these videos more or less useful than the textbook (Strayer) for learning about the revolutions in the Atlantic world?" Email your response to me by 6 pm, Monday, 28 April 2014.

 

Crash Course Vides to watch:

American Revolution

French Revolution

Haitian Revolutions

Latin American Revolutions

Reading: Ways of the World, chapter 16
25 April 2014

DUE: Learning Curve for chapter 16, by 11:59 pm

Learning Curve Website: http://www.bedfordstmartins.com/learningcurve/strayer2ech/456995

29 April 2014
Industrial Revolutions and Evolutions
Ways of the World, chapter 17
1 May 2014
Industrial Revolutions and Evolutions
Ways of the World, chapter 17
2 May 2014

DUE: Learning Curve for chapter 17, by 11:59 pm

Learning Curve Website: http://www.bedfordstmartins.com/learningcurve/strayer2ech/456995

6 May 2014
Colonialism and Imperialism with an Industrial Engine
Ways of the World, chapter 18
8 May 2014

Colonialism and Imperialism with an Industrial Engine

Ways of the World, chapter 18
9 May 2014

DUE: Learning Curve for chapter 18, by 11:59 pm

Learning Curve Website: http://www.bedfordstmartins.com/learningcurve/strayer2ech/456995

13 May 2014
Colliding Industrialized Empires
Ways of the World, chapter 19
15 May 2014

Colliding Industrialized Empires

Ways of the World, chapter 19
16 May 2014

DUE: Learning Curve for chapter 19, by 11:59 pm

Learning Curve Website: http://www.bedfordstmartins.com/learningcurve/strayer2ech/456995

20 May 2014

SECOND MIDTERM EXAMINATION

Based on lectures and Ways of the World, chapters 16-19
22 May 2014
Collission: World War I and Imperial Collapse
Ways of the World, chapter 20
23 May 2014

DUE: Learning Curve for chapter 20, by 11:59 pm

Learning Curve Website: http://www.bedfordstmartins.com/learningcurve/strayer2ech/456995

27 May 2014
Communism and Socialism in power, 1917-1991
Ways of the World, chapter 21
29 May 2014
Communism and Socialism in power, 1917-1991
Ways of the World, chapter 21
30 May 2014

DUE: Learning Curve for chapter 21, by 11:59 pm

Learning Curve Website: http://www.bedfordstmartins.com/learningcurve/strayer2ech/456995

3 June 2014

Imperial Collapse, part II: de-colonization

Ways of the World, chapter 22
5 June 2014
Imperial Collapse, part II: de-colonization
Ways of the World, chapter 22
6 June 2014

DUE: Learning Curve for chapter 22, by 11:59 pm

Learning Curve Website: http://www.bedfordstmartins.com/learningcurve/strayer2ech/456995

13 June 2014

Final Examination, 13 June 2014, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm, DDH 106E

Click here to view the Final Examination Study Guide.

Be sure to bring at least one Blue Book!

NB: This syllabus is subject to possible changes, if needed, in response to improved understanding of the capabilities and interests of the students and instructor.

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