10A-S10-S - History 10A TR 1330-1445 Prof. Bernhardt...

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History 10A History of Western Civilization Sect. 1—Class No. 21636 TR 1330-1445 Spring 2010 DMH 165 Prof. Bernhardt San José State University Office : BT 558 Telephone: 924-5521 email: jwbern@email.sjsu.edu Office hours : Tues. 9-10 p.m., Wed. . 9-10 p.m.; Thurs. 1130-1230; in addition to these posted hours, I am available by prearranged appointment and via email on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, except on scheduled furlough days . Required Books : Hunt, Lynn, Martin Thomas R, and Rosenwein, Barbara et al., The Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures, Vol A: To 1500, 3 rd ed. (Bedford/St. Martins) Mellor, Ronald, Augustus and the Creation of the Roman Empire: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford/St. Martins—ISBN: 978031240469-7) Course Description History 10A is a survey of the social, cultural, intellectual, economic and political aspects of western civilization from its origins to 1500. Among the topics that will be discussed are the rise of civilizations in the western world (Europe, Western Asia and Northern Africa); Early Greece and the development of democracy; the “golden age” of the Greek polis and its demise; Alexander’s Empire and the spread of Greek civilization; the rise of Rome from republic to empire; the decline of Rome and the world of Late Antiquity; the rise of early Medieval civilizations; expansion, innovation and culture during the high Middle Ages; Crisis and recovery in late Medieval Europe; and finally the Renaissance and the Age of Discovery. The readings will introduce students to the basic background of the period, as well as important scholarly debates over key topics. Students will also read key primary source documents and writings in the history of Western Civilization, in order to give them direct exposure to the words, thoughts and feelings of the personalities that helped shape and define the great epochs of the first three millennia of human civilization in the Western Hemisphere. Course Objectives By the end of this course, students should be able to do the following: Discuss the forces leading to historical change and social fragmentation Discuss the forces leading to historical continuity and social cohesion Place developments in their cultural, historical, environmental, and spatial contexts Identify the dynamics of different identity formations and the interactions between identities Recognize the interaction of individuals with their cultures, environments and social institutions Compare systems, cultures, and environments Evaluate social science information, especially by learning to analyze primary sources that present different points of view Apply multidisciplinary material to a relevant topic
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Bernhardt--History 10A--2 Course Requirements : 1. Participation —Because this course covers a tremendous amount of material in a short period of time, it is critical that students attend all classes, and come prepared to participate fully in the discussions, having completed all the readings assigned for that
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