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History of Spain

Fall 2014 (MWF 1-1:50pm in 101 Anderson Hall)

What's New?

Nov. 24: Final exam on Fri. Dec. 12 at 1:00pm
Sep. 17: Starting Friday, Sep. 19, class will meet in 101 Anderson Hall.
NOTE: This syllabus is located at http://courses.wcupa.edu/jones/his428.htm.
Emergency? Call 610-436-3311

Instructor: Jim Jones
Email: jjones@wcupa.edu   Tel: 610-436-2312
Office: 411 Wayne Hall, West Chester, PA 19383
Hours: Mon-Wed 9-9:50am & 2-2:50pm; Fri 12-12:50pm, and by appointment

Organization of this syllabus: The course outline is at the top, since you will use that every week, followed by an explanation of how the objectives of this class meet History Department learning goals. After that, you will find explanations of class policies on evaluation (i.e. grades), required textbooks and readings, professor and student responsibilities, attendance, "Academic Dishonesty" (i.e. cheating, plagiarism, etc.), ADA compliance (i.e. disabilities), discrimination, substance abuse, and emergency preparedness.

Weekday Date Topic Textbook reading
Mon. Aug. 25 Discuss syllabus and expectations None
Wed. Aug. 27 Geography of Iberia 1-10
Fri. Aug. 29 Prehistory of Iberia 10-15
You can drop classes until Saturday Aug. 30 and add them until Sunday Aug. 31 by
going on-line. If you add a class late, you are responsible for ALL earlier assignments.
Mon. Sep. 1 Labor Day: Class does not meet  
Wed. Sep. 3 Phoenician & Greek Iberia 16-20
Fri. Sep. 5 The Romans in Iberia         ASSIGNMENT DUE: topic and summary of JStor article 21-30
Mon. Sep. 8 The fall of Rome 30-34
Wed. Sep. 10 The Visigoths in Spain 35-46
Fri. Sep. 12 The Muslims in Spain 47-55
Mon. Sep. 15 The First Christians in Spain 55-61
Wed. Sep. 17 Class cancelled due to professor's illness  
Fri. Sep. 19 Invasions of Muslim Spain and review for first exam 61-72;
Mon. Sep. 22 FIRST EXAM  
Wed. Sep. 24 The rise of Castille 72-81
Fri. Sep. 26 The basis for Internationalization 82-89
Mon. Sep. 29 Expanding international trade 89-95
Wed. Oct. 1 Plague and instability 95-99
Fri. Oct. 3 Guest presentation on "Fringes of Empire" TBA
Mon. Oct. 6 FALL BREAK: Class does not meet  
Wed. Oct. 8 Discuss guest presentation         ASSIGNMENT DUE: Notes on guest presentation  
Fri. Oct. 10 Power struggles in late medieval Spain 99-108
Mon. Oct. 13 Aragon, Castile and "outsiders" 108-115
Wed. Oct. 15 The Rise of a World Power 116-133
Fri. Oct. 17 Hapsburg Spain under Charles I 134-143
Mon. Oct. 20 International and religious challenges under Felipe II 143-150
Wed. Oct. 22 Decline under Felipe III 150-160
Fri. Oct. 24 Thirty Years War and disaster 160-171
Friday, Oct. 24 is the last day to drop a class without penalty, to change a class to Pass/Fail,
or to complete course work from the previous semester.
Mon. Oct. 27 Review for second exam  
Wed. Oct. 29 SECOND EXAM  
Fri. Oct. 31 The creation of Bourbon Spain 171-181
Mon. Nov. 3 Consolidating Bourbon Spain in the 18th century 181-196
Wed. Nov. 5 The French Revolution in Spain 196-205
Fri. Nov. 7 Napoleonic Spain 206-212
Mon. Nov. 10 Liberals vs. conservatives in post-revolutionary Spain 212-222
Wed. Nov. 12 Industrialization and imperialism 222-229
Fri. Nov. 14 National Reform 229-239
Mon. Nov. 17 The Moroccan problem 239-245
Wed. Nov. 19 The Second Republic 246-252
Fri. Nov. 21 The Spanish Civil War 252-262
Mon. Nov. 24 Franco’s dictatorship in WWII and the Cold War 262-268
Wed. Nov. 26 THANKSGIVING BREAK - class does not meet  
Fri. Nov. 28
Mon. Dec. 1 Gaining international acceptance         ASSIGNMENT DUE: analytical paper on JStor article 268-275
Wed. Dec. 3 Becoming democratic 281-288
Fri. Dec. 5 Changes in Spanish society 288-304
Mon. Dec. 8 Review for the third exam  
Wed. Dec. 12 THIRD EXAM (1:00pm in 101 Anderson Hall)  

COURSE OBJECTIVES: This course examines the history of one of the most pivotal locations in the world, the Iberian peninsula, home to the modern countries of Spain and Portugal. Our approach is chronological, tracing changes in Iberian civilization under the influence of "outsiders" from the Mediterranean, central Europe and North Africa, and the influence of Iberians on world history, beginning in the Atlantic Ocean. In the process, students will 1) learn what happened, 2) learn how we know what happened, and 3) develop their own ideas about why it happened.

Successful students will achieve these departmental learning outcomes emphasized by the Department of History:

1. Construct generalizations and interpretations that demonstrate a knowledge of historical eras, change over time, and key concepts in the history of Spain and globalization.

2. Communicate a knowledge of history in reasoned arguments supported by historical evidence and an appreciation of multiple causes, effects, and perspectives, in both oral and written presentations.

3. Identify and acknowledge multiple points of view in primary and secondary sources, and connect your knowledge of multiple historical perspectives to contemporary life in a heterogeneous, global society.

EVALUATION: There are three essay examinations, each worth 20% of your final grade, plus four other assignments that are each worth 10% of your final grade. Two concern an article that you will chose and analyze, the third is based on a guest presentation in class on Friday, Oct. 3, and the fourth is a class participation grade based on your performance throughout the semester. Full details are available at http://courses.wcupa.edu/jones/his428/assign.htm.

The dates of the examinations appear on this syllabus (see above) and on the page containing specific instructions for all assignments. If you miss an exam, but can produce a valid excuse, you will be permitted to make it up at Professor Jones' convenience (in most cases, during final exam week). If you can not produce a valid excuse, you will receive a zero (0) for that exam.

For an absence to be excused, you must provide the professor with a document that shows it was caused by a medical condition, legal proceeding, university-sanctioned event or death of an immediate family member (i.e. parent, sibling or child). All other absences, such as a job interview, an advisor meeting, to meet with your advisor, to get your car fixed, et cetera, are unexcused,

Class discussion provides an opportunity to seek clarification on assigned readings, test your analysis and organize your thoughts. It is not a competitive event to see who speaks the most, but rather an opportunity to show your ability to exchange information with your colleagues.

Essay exams give each student a chance to respond to a broad, thematic question by making arguments based on facts derived from primary and secondary sources. While literary skill and spelling/grammar are not primary concerns, weakness in those areas should not interfer with the clarity of your argument. The best essay exams include more detail, organized in a logical way, supported by factual statements of specific origin. These statements, from essays about the reasons for Spanish overseas exploration, are organized from strongest to weakest:

TEXTBOOK: William D. Jr. & Carla Rahn Phillips, A Concise History of Spain (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010).

RESPONSIBILITIES: Professor Jones must deliver interesting lectures and facilitate meaningful classoom discussion, maintain regular office hours, write fair examinations and provide written feedback. You must complete each reading assignment before class and prepare comments and/or questions, come to class and participate in discussions about each reading assignment, and complete all examinations and other assignments on time.

ATTENDANCE: Attendance is important because every class member develops his or her own understanding of the assigned readings, and classroom discussions enable everyone in the group to share what they've learned. In addition, some material will only be presented in class. Absences and tardiness will reduce your class participation grade, but incur no additional penalties. Please note that any time you miss a class, you are responsible for getting notes from a class mate and completing all assigned readings. After that, if you still have questions, talk to Professor Jones during office hours (i.e. don't just send an email asking "what did I miss?")


CHEATING/PLAGIARISM: It is the responsibility of each student to adhere to the university's standards for academic integrity. Violations of academic integrity include any act that violates the rights of another student in academic work, that involves misrepresentation of your own work, or that disrupts the instruction of the course. Other violations include (but are not limited to): cheating on assignments or examinations; plagiarizing, which means copying any part of another's work and/or using ideas of another and presenting them as your own without giving proper credit to the source; selling, purchasing, or exchanging term papers; falsifying information; and using your own work from one class to fulfill the assignment for another class without significant modification. Proof of academic misconduct can result in automatic failure and removal from this course. In particular, "cutting and pasting" from an on-line source is NEVER acceptable. Instead, you are expected to rewrite what you found in your own words, and provide a reference note to show where you found it.

For questions regarding Academic Integrity, the No-Grade Policy, Sexual Harassment, or the Student Code of Conduct, you are encouraged to refer to the History Department's Undergraduate Handbook, the Undergraduate Catalogue, the Ram's Eye View, and the University website at www.wcupa.edu.

ADA COMPLIANCE: We at West Chester University wish to make accommodations for persons with disabilities. Please make your needs known by contacting Professor Jim 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. The University desires to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.

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 610-436-2433.

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 before or after class.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS: All students are encouraged to sign up for the University's free WCU ALERT service, which delivers official WCU emergency text messages directly to your cell phone. For more information and to sign up, visit www.wcupa.edu/wcualert. To report an emergency, call the Department of Public Safety at 610-436-3311.


The most recent version of this syllabus is located at http://courses.wcupa.edu/jones/his428.htm.
A list of all of Jim Jones' course syllabi can be found at http://courses.wcupa.edu/jones.

Fall 2014 Office Hours: MW 9-9:50am & 2-2:50pm, F 12-12:50pm, and by appointment, in 411 Wayne Hall.