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SOCS 139-02 SPRING 10 syllabus

SOCS 139-02 SPRING 10 syllabus - SOCS/ANTH/GEOG/HIST 139-02...

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SOCS/ANTH/GEOG/HIST 139-02 The World in Historical and Social Science Perspectives San Jose State University Spring 2010 Semester Meeting Times: TR 12-1:15 p.m. Room: DMH 164 Instructor: Robert Simpkins Office: Clark 404-G Office hours: T 1430-1600, F 1300-1530 Campus Phone number: 408-924-5712, Preferred voice mail: 408-864-8999 xt. 3728 email: [email protected] ; Robe[email protected] Faculty Page: http://www.sjsu.edu/people/robert.simpkins/ Prerequisites of this course are: • Passage of the Writing Skills Test (WST) • 100W is prerequisite or co-requisite to all Culture, Civilization and Global Understanding courses • Upper division standing (60 units) • Completion of Core General Education SJSU Studies: CULTURE, CIVILIZATION, & GLOBAL UNDERSTANDING (Area V) (For students beginning continuous enrollment in Fall 2005 or later, completion of, or co- registration in, a 100W course is required for enrollment in all SJSU Studies courses. Courses used to satisfy Areas R, S, and V must be taken from three separate SJSU departments, or other distinct academic units (having own HEGIS Code). Course Description: This Course is an interdisciplinary historical social scientific investigation of world civilizations from the dawn of humankind until 1750 C.E. Topics covered include early human societies of the Paleolithic and Neolithic and the formation of the first cities and
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civilizations in all areas of the world. We will also examine the rise of the first Empires, the expansion of long-distance trade networks, and the first transoceanic voyages that linked the Old and New Worlds, as well as the development of colonialism and the states of the Early Modern Period. Differing Cultures and Ideologies, and the impact of cross-cultural interaction will also be explored as a recurring theme of the course. A variety of perspectives will be emphasized in discussing each period and region, and eight historical and social scientific themes and categories will serve as strands of learning in this course, including: Food ecology, with special emphasis on the influence of water as a means to form agricultural units and develop networks of trade. Legal authority , emphasizing crime and punishment across societies and cultures. Gender and ethnic relations , emphasizing marriage and family relations. Cosmology , emphasizing comparative religions. Cities , with special emphasis on maps and structuring of space and density in societies and civilizations. Writing , emphasizing oral and written historiographies of the various cultures and societies. Material culture and science , with emphasis on the role of medicines and changing technologies in societies and cultures. Conflict and war, with special regard for military tactics and their role in encounters and cultural contacts. Course Goals and Student Learning Objectives: Courses in Culture, Civilization, and Global Understanding should give students an appreciation for human expression in cultures outside the U.S. and an understanding of how that expression has developed over time. These courses should also increase students ʼ understanding of how traditions of cultures outside the U.S. have influenced
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