HIST 273 Jews in Modern times syllabus 2013(1)

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HIST 273: History of the Jews in Modern Times, From the Middle ages to 1917 Fall 2013 Instructor: Amy Simon Email: [email protected] Class meeting time and place: TTH 1:00-2:15pm, Math/Psych. 106 Office hours: TTH 2:30-3:30pm, Administration Bldg., Room 730 Course Description: This course discusses the political and socioeconomic forces at work in Europe and within the Jewish community during this period. It covers Hassidism and Enlightenment, emancipation and reform, and the French and Russian revolutions. It examines Jewish existence in Eastern Europe, as well as Zionism and immigration to the United States. What should I expect to learn from this class? Knowledge of modern Jewish history How to properly analyze primary and secondary historical sources How to discuss historical trends in an analytical manner How to write historically Grading Attendance : 10% You will receive credit for each class that you attend and lose points for those that you miss. There are no excused absences aside from religious holidays, so plan your time accordingly. In case of long-term problems or religious observance, please let me know. I will keep track of attendance on Blackboard so you will be able to follow your progress throughout the semester. Pop quizzes over the reading: 10% These will be given periodically over the course of the semester. Participation : 10% This will be a culmination of class discussion and comments. I will keep track of who participates for each class period and note your participation on Blackboard so you will be able to follow your progress throughout the semester In-Class Writing Assignments : 10% These will examine your ability to analyze historical sources. If you miss one of these assignments, you must get in touch with me to find out the assignment as soon as possible. You may complete the assignment at home and turn it in no later than one week from the original date. Take-Home Writing Assignments: 10% each . These will be two 3-5 page take-home writing assignments that will require you to make an historical argument and practice the mechanics of historical writing.
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Mid-term: 15% This exam will take place in class on Thursday, October 24 . It will examine your understanding of the historical material we have covered in class as well as your analysis of sources. You must be in class to take this exam. There will be no make-up exams. Final Exam: 25% This exam will have the same format as the mid-term and will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 1:00-3:00 PM . You must take this exam during the allotted time. There will be no make-up exams. Plagiarism “By enrolling in this course, each student assumes the responsibilities of an active participant in UMBC's scholarly community in which everyone's academic work and behavior are held to the highest standards of honesty. Cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, and helping others to commit these acts are all forms of academic dishonesty, and they are wrong. Academic misconduct could result in disciplinary action that may include, but is not limited to, suspension or dismissal. To
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