Mod. World Civ. 2PM Syllabus - MODERN WORLD CIVILIZATION,...

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1 MODERN WORLD CIVILIZATION, 1500-2008 HIST 104-03 FALL, 2008 Dr. Anthony Daly Class Time: Tuesday and Thursday 2:00-3:15 Class Location : Bowman 201 Office: Second floor of the History House (72 Porter Street) Phone : (413) 662-5478 E-mail: [email protected] (email checked Monday through Friday in the morning and periodically through the week) Office Hours : Mondays 10-12 and Tuesdays 11:30-12:30, or by appointment Course Website : Blackboard Vista (available at As a class, we will examine the emergence of our modern world by analyzing some of the factors and decisions that have helped to create the “global village” of 2008. It is impossible to cover the scope of human history on a global scale over a five hundred year period; instead, we will develop a framework for interpreting global developments by selectively examining events and changes in various areas around the world. We will explore developments in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East with a special emphasis on the interactions and exchanges between cultures that played such a decisive role in shaping this period. THEMES Three themes will recur in the course. Two that will run throughout the semester are: 1) the development of global economic links. 2) the impact of contact between cultures on the lives of ordinary people. The final theme, which will emerge as increasingly important in the second half of the course, is: 3) industrialization and technology. COURSE OBJECTIVES The central objective of the course is to better understand the world in 2008 and the dynamics that produced it. We will do this by thinking, reading, listening, discussing, and writing. By participating in this process, we should come to see history in a new way: not as a litany of names and dates, but rather as the study of ideas, events, and people which will pose interesting and important questions for us in understanding our world and how we live our lives. LEARNING OUTCOMES FOR STUDENTS By the end of the course, students will be able to: 1. summarize and explain the major events and dynamics in world history which are covered in the class 2. analyze history source material, especially primary sources 3. write a short, organized paper that conveys a clear argument, supported by evidence
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2 These goals and outcomes contribute to MCLA‟s learning outcomes for the Human Heritage domain of the Core Curriculum, which are as follows: 1. Apply critical and comparative approaches to primary and secondary sources; 2. Draw valid conclusions from documentary evidence and evaluate the significance of such conclusions; 3. Evaluate the significance of events, ideas, or circumstances in a given text both within their own and contemporary contexts. ACADEMIC INTEGRITY
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