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WCII Syllabus, sec 124, Spring 2008

WCII Syllabus, sec 124, Spring 2008 - World Civilizations...

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Classroom: I.G. Greer Auditorium Class Hours: TTh 2:00-3:15pm Office: 1062 Old Belk Library Classroom Building Office: 008 Old Belk Library Office Hours: TTh 3:30-4:30pm in the office Office Hours: MW 10-11am by email TTh 10:00am-12:00noon And 3 “floating” hours available by appointment Office Telephone: 828-262-6876 Office Telephone: 828-262-7204 Email: [email protected] Email: [email protected] Homepage: http://www.appstate.edu/~reidda The Course “The past does not determine the future, but it is the raw material from which the future will be made. To use this legacy properly, we must first understand it, not because the past is the key to the future, but because understanding yesterday frees us to create tomorrow.” M. Kishlansky et al., Civilization in the West , 3 rd ed. (New York: Longman, 1997), pp. 2-3. Understanding the past is the lifeblood of history, and as such has become one of the foundational skills of the modern university curriculum. But what does it mean to “understand” the past? And how is one supposed to use this understanding to “free” ourselves to create tomorrow? Contrary to popular opinion, history is not about memorizing endless lists of names, dates, and other historical facts. Rather it is an intellectual activity that examines the historical record in order to make sense of human experience. Much of history is about the challenges that have faced the world’s many diverse cultures and the various ways in which people have tried to overcome those challenges. The decisions made in one historical era often have profound effects on the subsequent development of society, and historians spend much of their time developing an understanding of social change and its causes. Our challenge in this two-semester course is to survey the scope of world history in order to better understand our place in it and (we hope) to better understand how we can improve what is popularly referred to as the human condition. World Civilizations since the 15 th Century HIS 1102-124 Instructor: Dr. David Reid TA: Daniel Patterson Appalachian State University Spring 2008
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Together HIS1101 and HIS1102 give students an opportunity to explore the various cultures that have contributed to world history since the emergence of Homo sapiens (i.e., modern humans) approximately 50,000 years ago. More specifically, HIS1102 will examine the complex processes of global integration that have fundamentally altered world economic, social, and cultural relations since the fifteenth century. As a result, we will have numerous occasions to reflect on the direct implications of history for the global situation in which we currently find ourselves. Goals:
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