Dr. Karen Jolly
University of Hawai`i at Manoa
History 151, Summer Session I 2000
Lectures M-F 9:00-10:15 Spalding 155
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WORLD CIVILIZATIONS TO 1500
- To give you a broad overview of the major developments and themes in the course of world history up to C.E. 1500.
- To teach you how to make the past meaningful by looking at global issues and different perceptions of common concerns--such as governance, social relationships, warfare, beliefs and values--with special emphasis on cross-cultural contacts.
- To develop your analytical skills in reading, thinking, and writing by teaching you to analyze evidence and use it to write a comparative essay.
Since world civilizations is such a broad subject, we will focus on one comprehensive theme to unite all the other aspects of civilization and to provide a basis for comparison: worldviews. To study worldviews is to try to understand how people perceived and organized their relationships to nature, each other, and the divine or supernatural. In order to understand worldviews, we must look at geography, economy, social structure, politics, religion, literature, and the arts. However, students are strongly encouraged to choose a topic or issue that particularly interests them and look for how it relates to the larger picture.
- Bentley, Jerry H. and Herbert F. Ziegler, Traditions and Encounters: A Global Perspective on the Past, Vol. 1: From the Beginnings to 1500 (Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2000).
|News Reports (5)
|Short essays (2)
| TOTAL POINTS
|| B 320-359
|| F 000-239
The purpose of the lab is to help you think about the material you are hearing in lecture and reading in the text, guided by a history graduate student assistant. 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. 50 points of your grade depend on your attendance and participation in the lab, not to mention the newspaper exercises and short essays also developed through the labs.
One of the ways to make this course relevant to modern global concerns is to consider the connections to current events. You are required to read/watch the news (newspaper, news magazine, online news, or t.v.) on a regular basis throughout the six weeks. Each week (weeks 2-6), find a news article or story related to History 151: either reports of archaeological or historical finds from pre-1500 or current events that require a knowledge of pre-1500 history to understand what is happening (eg., Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims). Be creative: check the food, entertainment, and religion sections.
For each one, copy/print (or write a summary for t.v. news) including the source with date and time, and then write a brief 1 page explanation of how it connects to History 151 (you don't have to have learned the relevant material yet, but you can raise questions). In the unlikely event of an absence of relevant material in a given week, you may draw from print news sources as far back as January 1, 2000. These five reports are worth 10 points each.
These two essays (3 pages double-spaced typed) give you an opportunity to make comparisons between cultures on the themes found in the textbook, Traditions and Encounters. The first one, comparing traditions from chapters 1-8, is due in lab 3: choose several of the "boxed" primary source excerpts in the text and compare their worldviews. The second essay, comparing encounters, is due in lab 6: choose several of the "boxed" excerpts from travelers and compare their points of view. These two essays are worth 25 points each.
These two 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 (from a choice of three drawn from the master list in the study guide), and five identification of major concepts (from a choice of 8 drawn from the master list in the study guide). The final is similar, but has only three identification and an extra essay on a global question covering the whole course (from a master list in the study guide).
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. For missed lab sections or work, consult your T.A. In our experience, the later you wait in the semester to come to us with a problem, the harder it is for us to help you effectively.
LECTURES AND ASSIGNMENTS:
Attendance at lecture is not required, but is strongly advised since the tests reflect the themes developed in lecture. The lectures contain material not available in the textbook, including web images, audio recordings, and videos.
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. The assignments listed under "Lab" for each week designate the chapters you should be prepared to discuss in your lab for that week.
You are strongly encouraged to explore the Web as a resource for this class. This course website includes the syllabus with links to individual lecture outlines as well as web resources. Since these outlines will be displayed on screen during lecture, you may want to print them before 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).
Internet Access: You may access the web either from home or from one of the computer labs on campus. The PC lab is in Keller 213-214; the Mac Lab is in Keller 204; CLIC lab is in Sinclair Library 128; in addition, a few machines in Hamilton Library have web access. For lab hours see Information Technology Services at UH; for library hours, see UH Library welcome page.
For study skills, disability-related needs, counseling, or support organizations, seek help at the many offices at Student Services.
Only those lectures marked updated are current for summer 2000.
Part I Early Societies to 500 B.C.E.
Part II Classical Societies 500 B.C.E.-500 C.E.
Part III Cultures and Values, 500-1000 C.E.
Part IV Cross-Cultural Interactions, 1000-1500 C.E.