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World Civilization I

Spring 2013 (MWF 10am & 11am)

What's New?

Apr. 23: Posted final exam date/times. 10AM section on Monday, May 13 from 10:30-12:30. 11AM section on Wednesday, May 15 from 10:30-12:30.
Dec. 22 : Look here first each time you come to this page.
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: 610-436-2168
Office: 519 Main Hall, West Chester, PA 19383
Hours: Mon-Wed-Fri: noon-1pm, Tue: 6-7pm, Fri: 9-10am, and by appointment

WHAT THIS COURSE TEACHES: In brief, we will learn how humans formed civilizations and the methods that historians use to figure out how they did it. The story began when humans, who lived in small groups and hunted and gathered their food for most of history, started to farm about 10,000 years ago. That led to the formation of what historians call urban civilization, and changes that left behind sources, some of which we will read, analyze and discuss. In the process, we will 1) learn what happened and 2) learn when (and how much) to trust sources.

OBJECTIVES: This course meets the student learning outcomes for information literacy, general education, and history by reinforcing skills in written and oral communication, teaching critical thinking, demonstrating thinking across disciplinary bounaries, and encouraging life-long learning.

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 (multiple choice & short answer) examinations.

TEXTBOOK (required): The Western World: HIS 101 Readings (Penguin Custom Editions, 2002). This book contains excerpts from historical documents, and each has a supplemental reading that you access from a link on this web page, ( http://courses.wcupa.edu/jones/his101.htm).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, make sure it was compiled by Jim Jones and not someone else.

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. 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 your professor before you are absent -- requests made after an unexcused absence will not be considered. Also, 2) the professor 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 send an email asking "what did I miss?")

GRADING: The three major examinations are each worth 25%, 30% and 30% of your final grade respectively. Class participation counts for 15%. The dates of the examinations appear on this syllabus. If you miss an exam, but can produce a valid excuse (see above), 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.

CHEATING/PLAGIARISM: In brief, do NOT do this. Cheating is any act that "defrauds, deceives or employs trickery" in order to obtain credit for work which has not been completed. Plagiarization is the act of "passing off the ideas of another as one's own work." Anyone who cheats or plagiarizes will receive a penalty as provided for in the WCU Academic Integrity Policy.

DISABILITIES: We at West Chester University wish to make accommodations for persons with disabilities. Please make your needs known by contacting Professor 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 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 ext. 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 the professor believes that alcohol and drug issues can interfere with and even prevent student success, he has participated in the "Partners in Prevention" training program to learn how to recognize addiction and provide referrals to assistance. If you wish to talk about any of this -- in strictest confidence -- please contact the professor 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.

Weekday Date Topic (and link to web reading) Textbook reading
Mon. Jan. 28 Lecture: "Introduction to Urban Civilization" None
Wed. Jan. 30 Lecture: "The Oldest Known Urban Civilizations" -- How to study  
Fri. Feb. 1 Herodotus, Persian Customs 1-4
Saturday Feb. 2 is the last day to drop a class and Sunday Feb. 3 is the last day to add a class.
Mon. Feb. 4 Herodotus, The Egyptians 5-7
Wed. Feb. 6 Herodotus, Circumnavigating Africa 8-9
Fri. Feb. 8 Lecture: "Greek Democracy and Society" None
Mon. Feb. 11 Thucydides, The Greatest War in History 18-29
Wed. Feb. 13 Xenophon, Spartan Rule 10-12
Fri. Feb. 15 Arrian, Alexander Reaches His Limits 30-34
Mon. Feb. 18 Lecture: "Introduction to Roman history" -- Timeline  
Wed. Feb. 20 Plutarch, Pirates Infest the Roman Seas 42-44
Fri. Feb. 22 Tacitus, Roman Imperialism: The Victim's View and German Democracy and Justice 47-50
Mon. Feb. 25 Justinian, Sexual Harassment in Ancient Rome 45-46
Wed. Feb. 27 Review for the first exam -- Things to know  
Fri. Mar. 1 FIRST EXAM on human history up to the Roman Empire  
Mon. Mar. 4 Gregory of Tours, The Life of Clovis 51-56
Wed. Mar. 6 Gregory of Tours, Merovingian Anarchy 57-61
Fri. Mar. 8 Einhard, The Emperor Charlemagne 63-70
Mon. Mar. 11 Otto of Freising, The Election and Coronation of an Emperor 71-73
Wed. Mar. 13 Adam Usk, The Election and Coronation of a Pope 74-76
Fri. Mar. 15 Lecture: "Introduction to Islam" -- Notes  
Mon-Fri. Mar. 18-22 SPRING BREAK Read ahead
Mon. Mar. 25 Selections from the Koran on women and divorce 77-82
Wed. Mar. 27 Lecture on the Crusades -- Notes  
Fri. Mar. 29 Anonymous, The First Contact of Crusaders and Turks 92-99
Mon. Apr. 1 Anna Comnena, Byzantium Meets the Crusaders 97-99
Wed. Apr. 3 Villehardouin, The Fall of Constantinople 100-106
Fri. Apr. 5 Review for second exam -- Things to know  
Friday, April 5 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. Apr. 8 SECOND EXAM on the Middle Ages  
Wed. Apr. 10 Lecture: "The Late Middle Ages" -- Notes  
Fri. Apr. 12 Bernard of Clairvaux, Monastic Decadence 126-137
Mon. Apr. 15 Henry Knighton, The Impact of the Black Death 154-158
Wed. Apr. 17 Froissart, The English Peasants' Revolt 145-153
Fri. Apr. 19 Giovanni Boccaccio, A Jew Converts to Christianity and The Inquisition Ridiculed 159-167
Mon. Apr. 22 Margery Kempe, A Medieval Woman on Pilgrimmage 113-121
Wed. Apr. 24 Baldesar Castiglione, What Women Want 168-170
Fri. Apr. 26 Pierre DuBois, How to Recover the Holy Land 107-112
Mon. Apr. 29 Martin Luther, Against the Sale of Indulgences 186-193
Wed. May 1 Lecture: Maritime empires  
Fri. May 3 Christopher Columbus, Journal of the First Voyage 171-185
Mon. May 6 Michel de Montaigne, Comparing the Old World and the New 194-203
Wed. May 8 Lecture: "Modern ideas" of the 16th century  
Fri, May 10 Review for third exam -- Things to know  
May 13
May 15
THIRD EXAM 10AM section on Monday
                        11AM section on Wednesday

The most recent version of this syllabus is located at http://courses.wcupa.edu/jones/his101.htm. View all of Professor Jones' course syllabi.
Office Hours: Mon-Wed-Fri: noon-1pm, Tue: 6-7pm, Fri: 9-10am, and by appointment in 519 Main Hall.