Modern World History
MWF 1:45 PM — 2:50 PM
|Schedule of Lectures and Readings
class collaboration: Timeline of Events
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There will be additional texts assigned or recommended as needed. It is also a requirement of this course that you do some additional reading in the research for your term paper.
These will be your aims in this class:
With this as our theme, we will be especially concerned with people like explorers, missionaries, merchants, and conquerers; economic phenomena like markets and trade-routes; political phenomena like treaties, alliances, wars between peoples and states; ideological phenomena that span the boundaries of states and empires: religions, ideas, social practices and cultural movements; and natural phenomena like natural resources, ecological relationships, the migration of gene pools, disease vectors and the transmission of species and foodstuffs.
In addition to these goals, you should hope to identify some areas of personal historical interest, and begin to assemble notes and bibliographies which will help you pursue those interests in the future. A course like this should be only the beginning of a lifetime of informed inquiry.
Participation does not have to be confined to talking in class. One excellent way to participate in this course would be to contribute to the on-line discussion forum or chat-room for this class, available through the course Sakai site. History is, or can be, a collaborative enterprise. This Sakai site is established to facilitate such collaboration. Exploring and making creative, effective use of this resource is part of the substance of this course.
A required element of the class participation portion of your grade will be to create your own web-site containing a time-line of events that the class will decide upon collaboratively. Fulfilling this minimum requirement should not be too onerous or time-consuming: a template and in-class assistance will be provided.
In addition to the minimum web-site requirement, you may wish to expand upon the class timeline by providing additional explanatory text, analysis, bibliography, or links to the events that are decided upon by the class. You may also wish to expand upon your own web page, sharing the results with the class, or you may collaborate with others on a group web-site.
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|Office||Xavier — 333|
|Office Hour||I will keep regular office hours on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM|
|I have a mailbox at the History Department Office: Xavier — 101|