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core histroy- Syllabus - SPRING 2008 Shaping of the Modern...

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SPRING 2008 Shaping of the Modern World MW12 Code 0315, MW 12:15-1:30 pm MW1A Code 0313, MW 1:40-2:55 pm Professor: Ebert Office: 502 EMAIL: [email protected] Tel. 917-224-3176 Office Hours: M 3-4, W 4-5:20 REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS Bentley and Ziegler, Traditions and Encounters , Vol. 2, 4th. Ed. (McGraw Hill, 2007). Available in the campus bookstore. Class reader: The Shaping of the Modern World . Available in the campus bookstore. COURSE CONTENT AND OBJECTIVES Course Description This course asks: what is distinctive about today’s world and how did we get here? We start our inquiry from about the time (1492) that Europeans initiated sustained contact with the Americas, which had been isolated from the rest of the world for thousands of years. This was a major turning point in human history. But aside from marking the beginning of a truly “global” age, the voyage of Columbus and its aftermath showed other major processes at play in human societies. These included environmental and population changes, as well as the development of science, technology, capitalism, and new forms of political and labor organization. Although the impact of these phenomena has been uneven, all global societies have been transformed as a result. Learning Objectives We will explore these changes from a historical perspective. This means that we will look at events and ideas as well as long-term structures and structural changes. Your sources of information will be lectures, the textbook and various multimedia. In addition, this course asks you to do the work of a historian, reading and critically interpreting the primary historical texts that you will find in our reader. You will develop these skills both in discussion and writing. With your active participation, you will gain knowledge, improve your critical thinking and writing skills, and learn something about the discipline and practice of history. I try to be accessible to students both inside and outside the classroom. If you are having problems, don’t understand a point in the lecture or the readings, or just want to keep the discussion going, feel free to contact me. You can best reach me in the following order: 1) office hours or appointment 2) email 3) telephone.
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Student Responsibilities: 1. Attendance is mandatory. You are allowed two unexcused absences. EACH subsequent
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This note was uploaded on 04/10/2008 for the course HISTORY 2.2 taught by Professor Ebert during the Spring '08 term at CUNY Brooklyn.

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