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World Civilization II

Spring 2009

What's New?

04/03: Added final exam dates

Instructor: Jim Jones
Email: jjones@wcupa.edu; Telephone: 610-436-2168
Office: 519 Main Hall
Hours: Tue. 11am-12:30pm
Wed. 3-4pm, Thu. 11am-12:30pm & 6-7pm

CONTEXT: For most of history, humans lived in small groups who hunted and gathered their food, but around 8,000 BCE (Before Common Era), they setled down to farm, formed larger groups, settled in communities and created religious institutions. By 1500, some humans had created large-scale institutions while others retained smaller, local institutions. Since then, the tension between large and local institutions has provided much of the energy that drives history.

OBJECTIVES: The course fulfills all three general education goals emphasized by the Department of History: 1) developing effective communication skills, 2) developing critical thinking skills, and 3) preparing students to lead productive, contributing lives by connecting historical debates to their current concerns.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Professor Jones must deliver interesting lectures and facilitate meaningful classroom discussion, maintain regular office hours, write fair quizzes and examinations, and provide written feedback. Students must attend class, read assignments before class, participate in class discussion, and pass two examinations plus five quizzes.

ATTENDANCE: I follow the University's attendance policy, which permits me to reduce a final grade for excessive unexcused absences. An excused absence is one that you can document with a valid written excuse concerning a medical condition, legal proceeding, university-sanctioned event or death of an immediate family member (i.e. parent, sibling or child). All other absences are unexcused. If you believe that you have an extraordinary circumstance that merits special consideration, make an appointment to speak to me during my office hours to discuss it before you are absent. Requests for special consideration made after an unexcused absence has occurred will not be considered.

CHEATING/PLAGIARISM: Cheating is any act that "defrauds, deceives or employs trickery" in order to obtain credit for work which has not been completed. Plagiarization is the act of "passing off the ideas of another as one's own work." Anyone who cheats or plagiarizes will receive a zero (i.e. a grade much lower than F) for that examination or assignment. Anyone who commits a second offense will receive an F for the course and be referred to the University's judicial system for additional sanctions.

DISABILITIES: Professor Jones supports West Chester University's efforts to comply with the ADA of 1990 by making accommodations for persons with disabilities. Please make your needs known by contacting Professor Jones and/or the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities at ext. 3217. Sufficient notice is needed in order to make the accommodations possible.

DISCRIMINATION: Professor Jones supports West Chester University's prohibition against discrimination, including sexual harassment, of any individual based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, religious creed, disability or veteran status. The University is committed to providing leadership in extending equal opportunities to all individuals and will continue to make every effort to provide these rights to all members of the University community, including students, staff, and administrators, as well as all applicants for admission or employment and all participants in University-sponsored activities. Any individual having suggestions, problems, complaints or grievances with regard to equal opportunity or affirmative action is encouraged to contact the Director of Social Equity at ext. 2433.

SUBSTANCE USE/ABUSE: West Chester University is committed to improving retention, graduation and time-to-degree rates by assisting students during key transitional periods in their academic careers. Because Professor Jones believes that alcohol and drug issues can compromise student success, he has participated in a training program ("Partners in Prevention") designed to help faculty/staff recognize addiction and guide students to assistance. If you wish to discuss any of this with Professor Jones -- in confidence -- please contact him outside of class.

GRADING: There are two examinations, each worth 25% of your final grade, and five quizzes, each worth 10% of your final grade. Good class participation and attendance will boost your final grade by 3.33%; no class participation and/or poor attendance will reduce it by 3.33% to 6.67%. NOTE: The dates of all of the quizzes and examinations are included on the syllabus. If you miss one and can produce a valid excuse (see above), you will be permitted to make up the missed assignment at Professor Jones' convenience. If you miss one without a valid excuse, you will receive a zero (0) for that assignment.

1. Robert W. Strayer, Ways of the World. Vol. II: From I5OO (Bedford/St. Martin's: Boston, New York), 2009.
2. Essay on how to decipher dates in history
3. Other information will be presented from time to time on this web page ( http://courses.wcupa.edu/jones/his102.htm).

Classes start on Monday, January 12
Week Date Topic Reading in
Strayer's book
1 Jan. 13 The significance of the 15th century, types of societies, China and Europe 363-378
1 Jan. 15 Asia, Africa and the Americas 378-388
2 Jan. 20 What does "modern" mean? 397-399
2 Jan. 22 Timeline: Landmarks in the Early Modern Era 400-401
3 Jan. 27 Europeans in the Americas 402-417
3 Jan. 29 Russians in Asia (QUIZ) 417-421
4 Feb. 3 European overseas commerce 433-440
4 Feb. 5 Silver, furs and slaves (QUIZ) 441-457
5 Feb. 10 Change in the World's Major Religions 462-467, 472-477
5 Feb. 12 The Rise of Science 477-487
6 Feb. 17 First exam
6 Feb. 19 Europe Becomes Dominant 491-497
7 Feb. 24 Examples of Revolution (QUIZ) 498-513
7 Feb. 26 Consequences of Revolution 513-524
Spring Break -- Feb. 28 to March 8
8 March 10 Industrialization in Great Britain 527-541
8 March 12 Secondary Industrialization 541-554
9 March 17 China in the 19th Century 558-571
9 March 19 Japan in the 19th Century 577-585
Friday, March 20 is the last day to drop a class or change to Pass/Fail
10 March 24 Understanding Colonialism 589-598
10 March 26 Colonial Economics 598-607
11 March 31 World War I and Depression (QUIZ) 625-645
11 April 2 World War II and Recovery 645-657
12 April 7 The Rise of USSR and China 659-675
12 April 9 The Cold War 675-686
13 April 14 The End of Colonial Empires 691-704
13 April 16 Newly Independent Countries 705-720
14 April 21 Trade, Reglobalization and Americanization (QUIZ) 723-734
14 April 23 Religion, Modernity and the Environment 740-752
15 April 25/28 Second exam (12:30 class: Tues. Apr. 28, 1-3pm; 4:15 class Sat. Apr. 25, 3:30-5:30pm)  
Final exams will be held from Saturday April 25 to Friday, May 1
but note that MWF classes meet for the last time on Monday, April 28)

Visit Jim Jones' other course web sites at http:// courses.wcupa.edu/jones.