fall 2009 syllabus-4

fall 2009 syllabus-4 - WESTERN CIVILIZATION I HIST 1001,...

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WESTERN CIVILIZATION I HIST 1001, section 1005 Instructor: Dr. Lezlie Knox (lezlie.knox@mu.edu) Office: 314 Coughlin Hall; 288-7863 Office hours: 11-12.15 T., 2-3 Th., and by appointment TA: Elizabeth Dillenburg (elizabeth.dillenburg@mu.edu) Office: 312 Coughlin Hall; 288-6463 Office hours: 2-4 T., 10-11.30 W., and by appointment An enslaved Parthian on the Arch of Septimus Severus (203 CE) _________________________________________________________________________ COURSE DESCRIPTION AND OBJECTIVES This course introduces the development of Western Civilization from the Ancient Near East to the “Age of Discovery” when European cultures again became a part of a broader world system. Lectures will establish context and introduce historical themes concerning the political, intellectual, social, and cultural heritage that has shaped and continues to define European and New World societies. Smaller discussion sections will allow engaged discussions of contemporary sources and historical problems. Emphasis is on the critical reading of evidence from the pre-modern world and its analysis. This semester we will be especially concerned with the differences and problems inherent in narrative and quantitative sources from the ancient and medieval worlds. This class is a part of the “Who Counts: Math Across the Curriculum for Global Learning” initiative at Marquette, in addition to being a part of the university’s Core of Common Studies. Thus, our learning outcomes include: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the origin and development of pre-modern Western Civilization through the complex interaction of socio-economic, political, religious, and other cultural forces, including historical memories constructed by successive generations. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the discipline of history, in particular the application of historical methodologies in the formulation of plausible interpretations of human behavior in past centuries. Students will demonstrate an understanding of continuities and differences between the past and the present. They will evaluate the development of the concept of Western Civilization and its significance, particularly as a part of Marquette’s Core Curriculum. Students will compare and assess narrative and quantitative evidence, using both to form historical arguments. 1
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REQUIREMENTS AND GRADING 3 exams 300 pts. (100 pts. each) Discussion section 150 pts. (divided over individual assignments) Roman Slavery Essay 50 pts. Wikipedia Essay 100 pts. No extra credit will be offered. The percentage of points earned throughout the semester will result in your final grade for the class. (Midterm grades will be calculated only from the written assignments completed to date.) Grading for the class will follow the Marquette standard: A 94-100% B 83-87 C 73-77 D 60-67 AB 88-93 BC 78-82 CD 68-72 F 59 and below Required Books “Textbook:” Brian Levack, etal. The West: Encounters and Transformations
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