Connell, World Civilizations To the Mid-Sixteenth Century
World Civilization to the Mid-Sixteenth Century
HIST 111G-04, 05, Spring 2006
TR 9:30-10:45, 11:00-12:15
Professor W. F. Connell, Ph.D.
Commonwealth Hall 21
Office Hours: MW 4-5, Tuesday 1:30-3:30 (David Student Union 218) and by appointment
Please, if you have not already done so, purchase the following books.
They are available at the University Bookstore, but
also may be purchased online or through a local bookseller.
Used copies are available at a discounted price.
William J. Duiker and Jackson J. Spielvogel,
World History Volume I:
Thomson/Wadsworth Press, 2007.
A Pocket Style Manual
New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2004.
, also provides some help with Chicago Style citations.
Readings listed ‘electronic reserve’ on the syllabus are available online and in the library on 2 hour loan.
If a reading is
difficult to obtain online, please go to the library and photocopy the reading.
Students are advised to get the readings early.
can be downloaded in PDF format to a computer or a disk.
Inability to download the readings is not a legitimate excuse to come to
Some additional readings will be made available online.
Access them through the online version of this syllabus
available on WebCT.
This course will examine select social, political, environmental, economic, and cultural trends in the history of the
ancient world, from the earliest recorded history through the mid-sixteenth century.
All regions of the world inhabited by humans –
the Americas, Africa, Europe, Australia, Oceania, and Asia – will be considered.
Principally, we will seek to understand how and
why certain areas of the world developed in distinct ways.
As this is also an introductory course to the discipline of history, we will
seek to understand, fundamentally, what history is, what historians do, and something about their methods.
Course Requirements and Assessment:
The readings for each week are listed below.
The assigned reading from the textbook
(D&S) must be read before the first class meeting of each week (example, Week 2, all of Chapter 1 must be read by 8/29).
will be responsible for all material covered in lectures, the discussions, films, and assigned readings.
It is, therefore, imperative that
students attend the lectures and discussions, take careful notes, and keep up with the reading.
If necessary, there may be announced
reading quizzes on Mondays.
These quizzes will count 5% of the final grade (part of class participation) and will only be given if
the class does not seem to be keeping up with the reading.
A map quiz, listed on the syllabus, will further assess knowledge of
In order to pass the class, students must turn in
major papers and attempt all exams.
Proper classroom decorum is