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World Civilization I

Fall 2014 (MWF 10-10:50am and MWF 11-11:50am in 314 Main Hall)

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Nov. 24: Final exam schedule: 10am class on Fri. Dec. 12 at 10:30am; 11am class on Wed. Dec. 10 at 10:30am
Oct. 11: A few of you purchased used textbooks which contain a printing error (spaces missing between words on some pages). Here is a file with the correct pages.
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NOTE: This syllabus is located at http://courses.wcupa.edu/jones/his101.htm
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Instructor: Jim Jones
Email: jjones@wcupa.edu   Tel: 610-436-2312
Office: 411 Wayne Hall, West Chester, PA 19383
Hours: Mon-Wed 9-9:50am & 2-2:50pm; Fri 12-12:50pm, and by appointment

Organization of this syllabus: The course outline is at the top, since you will use that every week, followed by an explanation of how the objectives of this class meet History Department learning goals. After that, you will find explanations of class policies on evaluation (i.e. grades), required textbooks and readings, professor and student responsibilities, attendance, "Academic Dishonesty" (i.e. cheating, plagiarism, etc.), ADA compliance (i.e. disabilities), discrimination, substance abuse, and emergency preparedness.



Weekday Date Topic (and link to web reading) Textbook reading
Mon. Aug. 25 Discuss syllabus and expectations None
Wed. Aug. 27 Lecture: "Introduction to Urban Civilization"  
Fri. Aug. 29 Lecture: "Rivers in History"  
You can drop classes until Saturday Aug. 30 and add them until Sunday Aug. 31 by
going on-line. If you add a class late, you are responsible for ALL earlier assignments.
Mon. Sep. 1 Labor Day: Class does not meet Read ahead
Wed. Sep. 3 Herodotus, The Egyptians ( Be sure to click on the web reading link ) 5-7
Fri. Sep. 5 Xenophon, Spartan Rule 10-12
Mon. Sep. 8 Lecture: "Things in History -- possessions, housing and trade"  
Wed. Sep. 10 Herodotus, The Egyptians and Circumnavigating Africa 5-9
Fri. Sep. 12 Thucydides, The Greatest War in History 18-29
Mon. Sep. 15 Lecture: "Religion in History"  
Wed. Sep. 17 Class cancelled due to professor's illness  
Fri. Sep. 19 Herodotus, Persian Customs and The Egyptians 1-7
Mon. Sep. 22 Lecture: "Cities and Government"  
Wed. Sep. 24 Arrian, Alexander Reaches His Limits plus another look at Xenophon, Spartan Rule and Thucydides, The Greatest War in History 10-12, 18-29, 30-34
Fri. Sep. 26 Justinian, Sexual Harassment in Ancient Rome 45-46
Mon. Sep. 29 Review for the first exam  
Wed. Oct. 1 FIRST EXAM on the nature and origin of urban civilization  
Fri. Oct. 3 Lecture: "Things Get Bigger: The Legacy of Rome." Bring the timeline to class. Timeline
Mon. Oct. 6 FALL BREAK: Class does not meet  
Wed. Oct. 8 Gregory of Tours, The Life of Clovis 51-56
Fri. Oct. 10 Gregory of Tours, Merovingian Anarchy 57-61
Mon. Oct. 13 Einhard, The Emperor Charlemagne 63-70
Wed. Oct. 15 Otto of Freising, The Election and Coronation of an Emperor 71-73
Fri. Oct. 17 Adam Usk, The Election and Coronation of a Pope 74-76
Mon. Oct. 20 Lecture: "Resistance to `Big Government' and `Big Religion'"  
Wed. Oct. 22 Plutarch, Pirates Infest the Roman Seas -- Timeline 42-44
Fri. Oct. 24 Tacitus, Roman Imperialism: The Victim's View and German Democracy and Justice 47-50
Friday, Oct. 24 is the last day to drop a class without penalty, to change a class to Pass/Fail,
or to complete course work from the previous semester.
Mon. Oct. 27 Lecture: "Islam and the Onset of Globalization" Notes
Wed. Oct. 29 Anonymous, The First Contact of Crusaders and Turks 92-99
Fri. Oct. 31 Anna Comnena, Byzantium Meets the Crusaders 97-99
Mon. Nov. 3 Villehardouin, The Fall of Constantinople 100-106
Wed. Nov. 5 Review for second exam  
Fri. Nov. 7 SECOND EXAM on the expansion of urban civilization  
Mon. Nov. 10 Lecture: "Big Changes Ahead -- Renaissance, Reformation and Exploration" Notes
Wed. Nov. 12 Henry Knighton, The Impact of the Black Death 154-158
Fri. Nov. 14 Froissart, The English Peasants' Revolt 145-153
Mon. Nov. 17 Giovanni Boccaccio, A Jew Converts to Christianity and The Inquisition Ridiculed 159-167
Wed. Nov. 19 Margery Kempe, A Medieval Woman on Pilgrimage 113-121
Fri. Nov. 21 Bernard of Clairvaux, Monastic Decadence 126-137
Mon. Nov. 24 Pierre DuBois, How to Recover the Holy Land 107-112
Wed. Nov. 26 Thanksgiving Break - class does not meet  
Fri. Nov. 28 Thanksgiving Break - class does not meet  
Mon. Dec. 1 Christopher Columbus, Journal of the First Voyage 171-185
Wed. Dec. 3 Martin Luther, Against the Sale of Indulgences 186-193
Fri. Dec. 5 Baldesar Castiglione, What Women Want 168-170
Mon. Dec. 8 Review for third exam  
Wed. Dec. 9-13 THIRD EXAM on the origins of the modern world
(10am class on Fri. Dec. 12 at 10:30am; 11am class on Wed. Dec. 10 at 10:30am)

COURSE OBJECTIVES: This course examines the most recent period in human history, beginning with the invention of farming about 12,000 years ago, when humans formed the "urban civilizations" that developed into the world we know today. To organize what is admittedly an enormous amount of information, this course examines how important themes like rivers, cities, trade, government and religion appear in the writings of ancient historians. In the process, students will 1) learn what happened, 2) develop some ideas about why it happened, and 3) learn how to use (and how much to trust) historical sources.

Successful students will achieve these departmental learning outcomes emphasized by the Department of History:

1. Develop effective communication skills by sharing their interpretations of the past in a variety of written and oral assignments. Students will be encouraged to become active participants in the class.

2. Develop critical thinking skills by using both primary and secondary sources to answer historical questions.

3. Prepare students to make informed value decisions and ethical choices by examining historical examples.

EVALUATION: The three essay examinations each cover one third of the course (i.e. the 3rd examination is NOT a cumulative final exam), and are each worth 25%, 30% and 30% of your final grade respectively. Class discussion counts for remaining 15%. The dates of the examinations appear on the Course Outline. If you miss an exam, but can produce a valid excuse (see Attendance below), you will be permitted to make it up at Professor Jones' convenience. If you can not produce a valid excuse, you will receive a zero (0) for that exam.

Class discussion provides an opportunity to seek clarification on assigned readings, test your analysis and organize your thoughts. It is not a competitive event to see who speaks the most, but rather an opportunity to show your ability to exchange information with your colleagues.

Essay exams give each student a chance to respond to a broad, thematic question by making arguments based on facts derived from primary and secondary sources. While literary skill and spelling/grammar are not primary concerns, weakness in those areas should not interfer with the clarity of your argument. The best essay exams include more detail, organized in a logical way, supported by factual statements of specific origin. These statements, from essays about the legacy of the Roman Empire, are organized from strongest to weakest:

TEXTBOOK: The Western World: HIS 101 Readings (Penguin Custom Editions, 2002). This book contains excerpts from historical documents, each of which has a supplemental reading that you access by using the links on this web page ( http://courses.wcupa.edu/jones/his101.htm). NOTE: There are multiple versions with the same cover, so if you find a used copy, look at the title page to make sure it was compiled by "Jim Jones" and not someone else.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Professor Jones must deliver interesting lectures and facilitate meaningful classoom discussion, maintain regular office hours, write fair examinations and provide written feedback. You must read assignments before class and prepare comments and/or questions, attend class and participate in discussions about each assignment, and pass three essay examinations.

ATTENDANCE: Attendance is important because every class member develops his or her own understanding of the assigned readings, and classroom discussions enable everyone in the group to share what they've learned. In addition, some material will only be presented in class. To encourage regular attendance, we will follow the University's attendance policy, which results in the reduction of a final grade for more than three unexcused absences during the semester. There is no limit to the number of excused absences, but for an absence to be excused, you must provide the professor with a document that shows it was caused by a medical condition, legal proceeding, university-sanctioned event or death of an immediate family member (i.e. parent, sibling or child). All other absences are unexcused; i.e. if you need to miss class for a job interview, to meet with your advisor, to get your car fixed, or for any other reason, use one of your three "unexcused absences."

Please note: 1) If you face an extraordinary circumstance and believe you should receive special consideration, discuss it with Professor Jones before you are absent -- requests made after an unexcused absence will not be considered. Also, 2) Professor Jones reserves the right to treat multiple incidents of tardiness as additional unexcused absences. Finally, 3) any time you miss a class, you are responsible for getting notes from a class mate and completing all assigned readings. After that, if you still have questions, talk to Professor Jones during office hours (i.e. don't just send an email asking "what did I miss?")


CHEATING/PLAGIARISM: It is the responsibility of each student to adhere to the university's standards for academic integrity. Violations of academic integrity include any act that violates the rights of another student in academic work, that involves misrepresentation of your own work, or that disrupts the instruction of the course. Other violations include (but are not limited to): cheating on assignments or examinations; plagiarizing, which means copying any part of another's work and/or using ideas of another and presenting them as your own without giving proper credit to the source; selling, purchasing, or exchanging term papers; falsifying information; and using your own work from one class to fulfill the assignment for another class without significant modification. Proof of academic misconduct can result in automatic failure and removal from this course. In particular, "cutting and pasting" from an on-line source is NEVER acceptable. Instead, you are expected to rewrite what you found in your own words, and provide a reference note to show where you found it.

For questions regarding Academic Integrity, the No-Grade Policy, Sexual Harassment, or the Student Code of Conduct, you are encouraged to refer to the History Department's Undergraduate Handbook, the Undergraduate Catalogue, the Ram's Eye View, and the University website at www.wcupa.edu.

ADA COMPLIANCE: We at West Chester University wish to make accommodations for persons with disabilities. Please make your needs known by contacting Professor Jim Jones and/or the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities at ext. 3217. Sufficient notice is needed in order to make the accommodations possible. The University desires to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.

DISCRIMINATION: Professor Jones supports West Chester University's prohibition against discrimination, including sexual harassment, of any individual based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, religious creed, disability or veteran status. The University is committed to providing leadership in extending equal opportunities to all individuals and will continue to make every effort to provide these rights to all members of the University community, including students, staff, and administrators, as well as all applicants for admission or employment and all participants in University-sponsored activities. Any individual having suggestions, problems, complaints or grievances with regard to equal opportunity or affirmative action is encouraged to contact the Director of Social Equity at 610-436-2433.

SUBSTANCE USE/ABUSE: West Chester University is committed to improving retention, graduation and time-to-degree rates by assisting students during key transitional periods in their academic careers. Because Professor Jones believes that alcohol and drug issues can compromise student success, he has participated in a training program ("Partners in Prevention") designed to help faculty/staff recognize addiction and guide students to assistance. If you wish to discuss any of this with Professor Jones -- in confidence -- please contact him before or after class.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS: All students are encouraged to sign up for the University's free WCU ALERT service, which delivers official WCU emergency text messages directly to your cell phone. For more information and to sign up, visit www.wcupa.edu/wcualert. To report an emergency, call the Department of Public Safety at 610-436-3311.


The most recent version of this syllabus is located at http://courses.wcupa.edu/jones/his101.htm.
A list of all of Jim Jones' course syllabi can be found at http://courses.wcupa.edu/jones.

Fall 2014 Office Hours: MW 9-9:50am & 2-2:50pm, F 12-1:50pm, and by appointment, in 411 Wayne Hall.