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WC%202008%20syllabus - HIST102-011 Western Civilization,...

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HIST102-011 Western Civilization, 1648-Present MW 12:20 – 1:10 (and discussion sections) Gore 205 http://copland.udel.edu/~semmel Prof. Stuart Semmel semmel@udel.edu phone: 831-0794 (note: I check voicemail very rarely! e-mail me instead!) office hours: Munroe 228; M 1:15 – 3:15 TA: Amanda Quackenbush amandaq@udel.edu office hours: 105 Kirkbride Hall, desk 5; MW 1:15 to 3:15 discussion sections: HIST102-030D M 2:30PM - 3:20PM Smith 202 HIST102-031D W 2:30PM - 3:20PM Gore 115 HIST102-032D F 2:30PM - 3:20PM Smith 221 HIST102-033D F 12:20PM - 1:10PM Smith 221 HIST102-034D F 1:25PM - 2:15PM Smith 221 This introductory survey examines European history from the age of absolutism to the present, a period that roughly corresponds with the one that historians describe as “modern.” The modern age has been a period of political and social revolutions, of technological development and industrial expansion, of imperialism and cultural diffusion. It has seen the rise of democracy but also that of totalitarianism; the development of liberalism, conservatism, socialism, and feminism; the growth of the state and the emergence of nationalism. We will explore these developments, and consider the meanings of “modernity.” requirements: You will not be able to perform well on class examinations without regular attendance, both in lecture and in discussion section. Lectures and textbook are complementary but not identical; they overlap, but each presents information and ideas not covered in the other. Do not neglect either. The determination of final grades is not a mechanical process (we reserve the right to think “holistically” about your final grade), but the following percentages indicate the relative weight of class components: •Participation in discussion section. 25%. •First midterm (March 12). 15%. •Second midterm (April 23). 15%. •Paper (May 12). 15%. •Final exam (May 23). 30% . Exams will contain a variety of types of questions. You will generally have a choice among questions. The chief categories of questions you’ll face are (a) identifications (IDs), which ask you to write an explanatory paragraph or two about a name or term; (b)
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passage IDs , which ask you to identify an extract taken from one of our primary-source readings, to place it in historical context, and to explain its meaning and significance;
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