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Professor David G. Troyansky Fall 2015 Tuesday/Thursday 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Office: 1117 Boylan 3113 Boylan Office Hours: 2:30-3:30 p.m. 718 951 5303 Tuesday/Thursday and by appointment. [email protected] History 3005: Shaping of the Modern World (Code 14158 ). A history of modernity since 1500: from Europe’s expansion and the emergence of the Atlantic world to a global society. Early modern societies, cultures, and state structures. Effects of trade, colonialism, and slavery. Enlightenment and revolutions. Comparative industrialization and urbanization. Nationalism, internationalism, and totalitarianism. Demography, environment, and gender. Objectives of this Core Course: 1. Historical Reasoning: Students will be able to trace patterns of continuity and change over time, identify consequences that flowed from choices made by historical actors, and make connections between political, social, cultural, intellectual, economic, and technological developments in the making of the modern world. Typical variables addressed include age, class, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, regional/national affiliation, and political and intellectual persuasion. 2. Secondary Sources: Students will be able to identify the thesis, supporting arguments, and evidence in secondary works of historical scholarship. 3. Primary Sources: Students will be able to analyze information contained in primary sources in light of the context in which those sources were produced, their genre, and their authorship. 4. Skills: Students will be able to analyze information represented in media commonly employed in the field of history. Outcomes for this Core Course: 1. Student ability to compose a coherent narrative demonstrating patterns of continuity and change over time and analyzing connections among political, social, cultural, economic, and technological processes. 2. Student ability to analyze secondary sources, including identification of thesis, discussion of argument, and assessment of validity. 3. Student ability to analyze primary sources, including awareness of context, recognition of genre and voice, and identification of major points. 4. Student ability to analyze tables, graphs, maps, and cultural representations to enhance historical understanding. In short, students will be expected to master both content and skills in the practice of history. The content includes major themes in world history since 1500. The skills
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include analysis and interpretation of primary sources, comparison and assessment of secondary literature, and production of historical narrative and analysis. Students will also be encouraged to situate local events within national and international contexts and to reflect upon the representation of the past and the construction of historical memory.
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