History 151 World History to 1500

Fall 2008 TR 10:30-11:20 Physical Sciences 217

Dr. Karen Jolly
History Dept., University of Hawai`i at Manoa
office: Sakamaki A408 956-7673 kjolly@hawaii.edu
office hours: Mon. 1:30-3:00 p.m., Wed. 9:00-11:00 a.m., or by appointment

earth.gif - 115399 Bytes History 151 meets the UH Manoa Foundations requirement in Global and Multicultural Perspectives (FGA). These courses "provide thematic treatments of global processes and cross-cultural interactions from a variety of perspectives. Students will gain a sense of human development from prehistory to modern times through consideration of narratives and artifacts of and from diverse cultures. At least one component of each of these courses will involve the indigenous cultures of Hawai‘i, the Pacific, and Asia."

Course Objectives:

Assigned Readings:

Other Links of Interest:


Discussion Lab
Final Exam
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  • A 374-386
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  • B+ 347-359
  • B 334-346
  • B- 320-333
  • C+ 307-319
  • C 294-306
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  • D+ 267-279
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  • F 0-239

Discussion Lab:

The purpose of the lab is to help you think about and correlate the material you are hearing and reading, guided by a History graduate student assistant. The lab discussions will especially focus on the primary source materials found in the readings book, textbook, and online. You are required to do the reading prior to lab and be prepared to discuss it during the lab. Active participation in these weekly meetings will dramatically improve your understanding of the material and hence your performance on the tests. Attendance and completion of assignments is required, forming 100 points (1/4) of your final grade in the course.

Midterm and Final Exam:

These tests are designed not just to find out how much you know of the course content but also how well you have assimilated and thought about the material. The midterm will have one essay question, and two identification items (documents, people, or concepts). Half of the final is similar to the midterm but covering the second half of the semester, while the other part is a cumulative essay on a global question. The study guides for both tests are posted online.

Make-up Policy:

There will be no scheduled make-up tests. In case of an emergency or medical problem, you must: 1) notify your T.A., Dr. Jolly, the History office or the dean ASAP; 2) supply written evidence (from a doctor, officer or counselor) showing just cause for your absence from a test. Based on that information, we will make appropriate arrangements. For missed lab sections or work, consult your T.A. In our experience, the longer you wait to come to us with a problem, the harder it is for us to help you effectively.

Lectures and Assignments:

The attached outline lists the topic for each lecture as well as the assigned readings. I highly recommend that you read the textbook material over the weekend and then review the topic briefly before lecture. Your T.A. will give more specific assignments for lab discussion.

The course website includes the syllabus with links to the online assigned readings, the study guide, and lecture outlines. Since these outlines will be displayed on screen during lecture, you may want to bring them to class to facilitate notetaking. Many lectures contain further links to images and interesting websites (links with just an asterisk symbol and no title are for lecture use only, because the item is proprietary and cannot be put on the web).

Attendance at lecture is not required, but is strongly advised for several important reasons. The reading alone is insufficient, since the tests reflect the themes developed in lecture. Also, the lectures contain material not available in the textbook, including web images, audio recordings, and videos. The lecture outlines on the web are not a substitute for attendance at lecture, either, since they are just lists of words--you won't know what they mean or what is important. Frequent requests to the professor, T.A.s, or fellow students to "fill in the blanks" on whole lectures for you are not generally appreciated. Borrowing someone else's notes on a regular basis detracts from your own thinking and the learning that takes place in the process of listening and taking notes.

Please ask permission before recording any lectures. For most students, listening to a lecture twice is not an efficient use of study time; you would be better off taking good notes the first time around and then correlating them with the reading. However, some students for whom English is a second language may find recording the lecture beneficial, if time-consuming.

Student Conduct:

Students are expected to be familiar with and adhere to university norms and expectations stated in the Catalog and the Student Conduct Code. Common courtesy is expected in the classroom, including but not limited to: arriving and departing on time or notifying the instructor of a need to be excused, cell phones off, laptops in use only for course work, listening respectfully to other students, and timely submission of work. The instructor assumes students will behave honorably in submitting their own work and has no tolerance for cheating, including plagiarism. Any exam or other assignment that violates this standard will receive an automatic F (0 points) with no resubmission. We can discuss the case, but if we fail to agree on whether cheating occurred, the case will have to go to the Dean of Students, where the penalty if guilt is found is worse than an F.

Disability Access:

If you feel you need reasonable accommodations because of the impact of a disability, please 1) contact the KOKUA Program (V/T) at 956-7511 or 956-7612, QLCSS 013; 2) speak with me privately to discuss your specific needs. I will be happy to work with you and the KOKUA Program to meet you access needs related to your documented disability.

Getting Help:

Go Here Student Success Center in Sinclair Library offers a full range of academic help 24/7. Student Services also provides counseling, and support services to meet your needs.

Lecture Outline

Part I: Origins (3500-500 B.C.E.)

Part II: Empires, Religions and Philosophies (500 B.C.E.-500 C.E.)

Part III: Art and Culture (500-1000 C.E.)

Part IV: Cross-Cultural Interactions (1000-1500 C.E.)

12/15 4:30-6:30 p.m. Final Exam: Location in study guide
updated 12/10/08