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World Civilization I

Fall 2015 (TR 2-3:15 in 104C Wayne Hall and 4:25-5:40pm in 109 Anderson Hall)

What's New?

Aug. 29: Changed the reading assignment for Tuesday, September 8.
NOTE: This syllabus is located at http://courses.wcupa.edu/jones/his101.htm
Emergency? Call 610-436-3311

Instructor: Jim Jones
Email: jjones@wcupa.edu   Tel: 610-436-2312
Office: 411 Wayne Hall, West Chester, PA 19383
Hours: Mon 9-11am, Tue & Thur 12:30-2pm, 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, emergency preparedness, and Title IX (i.e. maintaining a safe campus).



Weekday Date Topic (and link to web reading) Textbook reading
Tue. Aug. 25 Discuss syllabus and expectations None
Thu. Aug. 27 Lecture: "Introduction to Urban Civilization" and "Rivers in History"  
You can drop or add classes until Monday Aug. 31 by
going on-line. If you add a class late, you are responsible for ALL earlier assignments.
Tue. Sep. 1 Herodotus, The Egyptians and Xenophon, Spartan Rule ( Be sure to click on the web reading link ) 5-7, 10-12
Thu. Sep. 3 Lecture: "Things in History -- possessions, housing and trade" and discuss Herodotus, The Egyptians 5-7
Tue. Sep. 8 Herodotus, Circumnavigating Africa and Thucydides, The Greatest War in History 8-9, 18-29
Thu. Sep. 10 Lecture: "Religion in History"  
Tue. Sep. 15 Herodotus, Persian Customs and The Egyptians 1-4, 5-7
Tue. Sep. 17 Lecture: "Cities and Government"  
Tue. Sep. 22 Arrian, Alexander Reaches His Limits 30-34
Thu. Sep. 24 Another look at Xenophon, Spartan Rule and Thucydides, The Greatest War in History 10-12, 18-29
Tue. Sep. 29 Review for the first exam  
Thu. Oct. 1 FIRST EXAM on the nature and origin of urban civilization  
Tue. Oct. 6 FALL BREAK: Class does not meet  
Thu. Oct. 8 Lecture: "Things Get Bigger: The Legacy of Rome" and Justinian, Sexual Harassment in Ancient Rome Bring the timeline to class. Timeline; 45-46
Tue. Oct. 13 Gregory of Tours, The Life of Clovis and Merovingian Anarchy 51-61
Thu. Oct. 15 Einhard, The Emperor Charlemagne 63-70
Tue. Oct. 20 Otto of Freising, The Election and Coronation of an Emperor and Adam Usk, The Election and Coronation of a Pope 71-76
Thu. Oct. 22 Lecture: "Resistance to `Big Government' and `Big Religion'"  
Friday, Oct. 23 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.
Tue. Oct. 27 Plutarch, Pirates Infest the Roman Seas plus Tacitus, Roman Imperialism: The Victim's View and German Democracy and Justice Timeline , 42-44, 47-50
Thu. Oct. 29 Review for second exam  
Tue. Nov. 3 SECOND EXAM on the expansion of urban civilization  
Thu. Nov. 5 Lecture: "Big Changes Ahead -- Renaissance, Reformation and Exploration" and "Islam and the Onset of Globalization" Notes on change and Islam
Tue. Nov. 10 Anonymous, The First Contact of Crusaders and Turks and Anna Comnena, Byzantium Meets the Crusaders 92-99
Thu. Nov. 12 Villehardouin, The Fall of Constantinople 100-106
Tue. Nov. 17 Henry Knighton, The Impact of the Black Death and Froissart, The English Peasants' Revolt 145-158
Thu. Nov. 19 Bernard of Clairvaux, Monastic Decadence plus Giovanni Boccaccio, A Jew Converts to Christianity and The Inquisition Ridiculed 126-137, 159-167
Tue. Nov. 24 Pierre DuBois, How to Recover the Holy Land and Margery Kempe, A Medieval Woman on Pilgrimage 107-121
Thu. Nov. 26 THANKSGIVING BREAK: Class does not meet  
Tue. Dec. 1 Christopher Columbus, Journal of the First Voyage and Martin Luther, Against the Sale of Indulgences 171-193
Thu. Dec. 3 Baldesar Castiglione, What Women Want and review for third exam 168-170
Tue. Dec. 8 THIRD EXAM at 6pm for the section that meets at 4:25pm; on the origins of the modern world  
Thu. Dec. 10 THIRD EXAM at 1pm for the section that at 2pm  

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: The course provides opportunities for students to share their interpretations of the past in a wide variety of written and oral assignments. Students will be encouraged to become active participants in the class.

2. Develop critical thinking skills: Reading and writing assignments as well as oral presentations provide opportunities for students to develop critical thinking skills as they work to answer historical questions on the basis of both primary and secondary sources.

3. Demonstrate the ability to think across and about disciplinary boundaries: The course draws on examples from the humanities to help students understand the interconnectivity of ideas.

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 engage your colleagues (students and professor) in intelligent conversation about history.

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. IF YOU BUY A USED COPY: Penguin produces books for many different professors 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. Also, some used copies have a few misprinted pages -- corrected copies can be found here.

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 two (2) 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 (see "Undergraduate Student Attendance Policy" in the Undergraduate catalog for specifics) 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, you must 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 WCU Undergraduate Catalogue, the Ram's Eye View, and the University website at www.wcupa.edu. Please understand that improper conduct in any of these areas will not be tolerated and may result in immediate ejection from the class.

ADA COMPLIANCE: West Chester University will make accommodations for persons with disabilities. Consult the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (ext. 3217) and bring the resulting documentation to the instructor.

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.

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.

TITLE IX STATEMENT: West Chester University and its faculty are committed to assuring a safe and productive educational environment for all students. In order to meet this commitment and to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and guidance from the Office for Civil Rights, the University requires faculty members to report incidents of sexual violence shared by students to the University's Title IX Coordinator, Ms. Lynn Klingensmith. The only exceptions to the faculty member's reporting obligation are when incidents of sexual violence are communicated by a student during a classroom discussion, in a writing assignment for a class, or as part of a University-approved research project. Faculty members are obligated to report sexual violence or any other abuse of a student who was, or is, a child (a person under 18 years of age) when the abuse allegedly occurred to the person designated in the University protection of minors policy. Information regarding the reporting of sexual violence and the resources that are available to victims of sexual violence is set forth at the webpage for the Office of Social Equity.


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 2015 Office Hours: Mon 9-11am, Tu & Th 12:30-2:00pm, and by appointment, in 411 Wayne Hall.