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History 202—Sec. 001—Winter 2011 World Civilization/World History from 1500 Instructor: Dr. Hadfield Tues/Thurs 1:35-2:50 pm Office: 2135 JFSB; 422-8013 Room B002 JFSB Email: [email protected] Office Hours: Tues 3-4; Wed 10-12 or by appointment Teaching Assistants: Office hours TBA Annie Penrod, [email protected] , 173b SWKT (Hist TA Lab) Chase Arnold, [email protected] , 2133 JFSB (History Peer Mentoring Office) Scott Nielson, [email protected] , 173b SWKT (Hist TA Lab) Course Description This course is designed to give you a breadth of knowledge of history across the globe in the past 500 years. History as a discipline can be generally defined as the study of change over time; world history, therefore, is concerned with changes of a global nature over time. Many of the changes that have affected the majority of the world in our past came as a result of exchanges and interconnections between different parts of the world. World history is also often comparative in its approach as it focuses on global patterns. It is clearly impossible to survey all places, peoples, and major events in world history since 1500 in fifteen weeks, or even in a whole year. It is necessary then that we approach the subject by exploring certain themes. In this course, we will look at the unexpected and unintended consequences of certain events or transformations that had an impact on much of the world as we discuss global connections and exchanges. We will focus on biological changes, revolutionary political thought, consequences of colonial and imperial expansion, the effects of the world wars, decolonization and globalization. We will try to balance a global scope with specific examples as we gain a better understanding of different parts of the world and how the world came to be the way it is. As we explore different themes and time periods, we will also discuss how historians construct history and the differences in perspective among the various peoples of the world. In class we will frequently analyze documents from the past and discuss opposing viewpoints from both historians and historical actors. (You may also choose to focus on this aspect of history in your written assignment.) The readings are designed to provide the broader context as well as help us understand specific events, figures, and perspectives more fully. The written assignments and exams will test your knowledge of the course material, your ability to evaluate different viewpoints and evidence and construct a historical argument. By the end of the course students should have: - a greater knowledge of major events, developments, and questions in world history and an understanding of world history perspectives
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- improved ability to weigh evidence, assess conflicting viewpoints, understand differing perspectives, and evaluate arguments - a greater understanding of the importance of world history in shaping the world they live in today Course Requirements Texts: Bentley, Jerry H. and Herbert F. Ziegler, Traditions and Encounters: A Global Perspective on the Past , 4 th Edition (McGraw-Hill).
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