HISTORY 1513: World Civilizations II

Syllabus Spring 2002

Section .06, TR 9:30-10:50 A.M., WPN 274


Instructor: Dr. Jan Jenkins

Office:  WPN 267; phone 479-968-0456

Office Hours:    Mon-Wed-Fri  9:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.; Mon-Wed  1:30 P.M. -  3:00 P.M.;

 Tues-Thurs  1:00 P.M. -  3:00 P.M.

  Or by appointment

Office E-mail: jan.jenkins@mail.atu.edu (please do not use for absentee excuses)


The political, economic, and social development of Man

from the seventeenth century to the Present.


Ralph, Learner, Meacham, Wood, Hull, Burns.  World Civilizations: Their History and Their Culture.  9th ed., W. W. Norton, 1997. Volume II or combined version.



The following are optional supplemental readings:

Carolly Erickson, To the Scaffold: The Life of Marie Antoinette, 1991.

Leonore Davidoff; Catherine Hall.  Family Fortunes: Men and Women of the English Middle  Class, 1780-1850, 1991.

Michael Crichton, The Great Train Robbery, 1975.

Barbara Tuchman, The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War,

1890-1914, 1962.

Robert Massie, Nicholas and Alexandra, 1967.

Alan Bulloch, Hitler: A Study in Tyranny, 1962.


Rationale and Objectives:

To provide information which will enable you to acquire knowledge of the history of Western and Non-Western cultures and recognize the interdependent nature of the global economic, political, and social institutions and systems. 

To provide historical context for world events.

To encourage you to develop your individual interests in history.

To foster specific skills, as follows:

A.  Reading Skills - by requiring a text and, where useful, collateral reading materials.

B.  Writing and Reasoning Skills - by assisting you to write clear, informative, and analytical essays.

C.  Listening Skills - through class lectures, group discussions, videos, and multimedia 


D.  Speaking Skills - by encouraging you to participate in class discussions.


Assignment dates and Exam dates, except Final Exams, may be changed at my discretion.  You will receive adequate notice of any change. 

t                   Exam I - Thursday, February 7

t                   Exam II - Thursday, March 7

Spring Break - March 18-22

Last day to drop with W Friday, March 29

t                   Exam III - Tuesday, April 9

Last day to drop with WP or WF Friday, April 19

Reading Day Friday, May 3

t                   Exam IV (final) - TBA, Week of May 6-10





Study guides will be provided at the beginning of each unit.  Study guides are lists of subjects in your readings or class lectures.  You should become well-versed in these topic areas before the appropriate exams.  They should not be treated as lists of terms to be defined.



Attendance is required.  Your final grade will be based, in part, upon a total possible attendance score of 100 points, which gives attendance the same weight as a major exam grade, and gives you an extra incentive to come to class regularly.  I will check attendance on a random basis at least twelve times during the semester.  For each unexcused absence after the first two, 10 points will be deducted from your attendance score.  Three tardies will be considered the equivalent of one unexcused absence.



Absences necessitated by your participation in official university-sponsored events will be excused if you provide documentation in advance of the event.  It is YOUR responsibility to clear this sort of absence--NOT the responsibility of your organizations sponsor or coach.



Grading will follow a ten-point scale (90% = A, 80% = B, etc.), based upon total possible points for the semester.  Each exam will be worth 100 points on your final grade.  Attendance will be worth 100 points.  In addition, you may be given short quizzes (10-20 points each) based upon lecture notes or assigned readings.




Tape recorders may be used in class, but only to supplement your class notes.  Please use recorders quietly and without disrupting those around you.


A comprehensive make-up exam will be scheduled towards the end of the semester for students who have presented valid, verifiable written excuses for having missed regularly-scheduled exams.


A student who drops a course through March 29, 2001, will receive a grade of W.  A student dropping a course after that date but through April 19 will receive a grade of WP if passing or a grade of WF if failing.


The availability of suitable activities varies by semester, so this option is not guaranteed.  Extra credit opportunities (to a maximum of 30 points) will be announced in class and may include attendance at designated, pre-approved special events.  Extra credit may only be earned by those students who have attended the class session closest in time to the special event.   Extra credit will be added to accumulated point totals at the END OF THE SEMESTER, after the completion of all regular assignments.


This course is divided into four units emphasizing social, intellectual, cultural, and political history.  General topics and reading assignments are listed below.  You will achieve greater success in this course if you will READ AHEAD of class lectures--this method will give you a better understanding of the material covered in class and will enable you to raise questions as needed.

**Please note: If your text is Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, bound together, the page numbers, below, will be found in the second half of your combined text.


Unit I -  Early Modern Europe, Ch. 22 (p. 57-)

Age of Absolutism, Ch. 23 (p. 103- )

Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment, Ch. 24 (p. 145- )

            French Revolution, Ch. 25 (p. 189- )

Unit II - Industrial Revolution, Ch. 26 (p. 233- )

Consequences of Industrialization, Ch. 27 (p. 257- )

Rise of Liberalism, 1815-1870, Ch. 28 (p. 291- )

Nationalism, 1815-1870, Ch. 29 (p. 317- )

Unit III-Industrialization and Imperialism, 1870-1914, Ch. 30 (p. 379- )

Middle Class Challenges, Ch. 31 (p. 417- )

Equilibrium, 1870-1914, Ch. 32 (p. 451- )

Africa and Asia under Western Impact, 1800-1914, Ch. 33 (p. 487- )

World War I, Ch. 34 (p. 539- )  

Unit IV-Between the Wars, Ch. 35 (p. 569- )

World War II, Ch. 36 (p. 611- )

Recovery and Cold War, Ch. 37 (p. 641- )

Fragmentation and Change, Ch. 38 (p. 681- )

The Middle East and Africa, Ch. 39 (p. 703- )