GER 110: World Civilizations

Last Taught: Fall 1996 Time: MWF 11:00-11:50 Location: Adm 418 Credits: 3

Schedule of Readings


Objectives and Expectations

Description and Objectives: This course is an introduction to world civilizations. We will study the origins of civilization and the ways different civilizations have dealt with the basic demands of human existence: obtaining food and shelter, understanding the environment, establishing relations between men and women, caring for children, defending oneself from and attacking others, etc. We will also look at the cultural achievements of these civilizations, which established the classical traditions underlying most societies today. We will then examine some new civilizations that borrowed traditions from their classical predecessors even as they adapted and innovated. Finally, we will study the impact of modernization on world civilization.

In this course we will learn about a number of different cultures; however, it is impossible to learn about every culture in the world, and it is impossible to learn enough about any culture in an introductory survey. For these reasons, this course will introduce you to ways of analyzing culture and cultural change. We will look at the many components that go into civilizations: environment, economy, society, politics, and culture. If you know what to look for when confronting another civilization, you are already on the way to knowing something about it. We will also learn how to get information about another time and place. Students should leave this course with the following knowledge and skills:

Knowledge:

Skills:

Required Text (Available at the book store): Upshur et al., World History (Comprehensive Volume)

Grading

Attendance and participation may affect grade: poor attendance and participation can lower the grade one-half letter grade, good participation can raise the grade one-half letter grade. I may give unannounced quizzes that can also affect your grade. Do your homework, and come to class!

Late Work, Rewrites: This class will have regular homework assignments announced in class. They must be turned in on the announced dates. Late work will be penalized one letter grade unless you have a good excuse, and no assignments will be accepted more than one week late. You may rewrite up to five (5) assignments. Rewrites are due one week after I return the original assignment. You will also have a chance to rewrite part of the midterm assessment.

Attendance: Attendance is required. I will take attendance each day, and poor attendance (more than five absences) can hurt your grade. Late students will be counted absent for that day unless they have a good reason.

Preparation: You should complete assigned readings before class. If you have questions about the readings, you should write them down and ask me to explain during class. You should take notes on the readings and on class lectures. I reserve the right to give unannounced quizzes to test whether students are doing the readings.

Participation: You are at Teikyo Loretto Heights in part to learn English and in part to receive an American-style education. For these reasons, I will ask you questions in class, and I encourage you to ask me questions. Students who participate by asking questions and contributing to discussions will be rewarded. One way to do this is to write down a question before class and ask me the question during class, as mentioned above under "Preparation."

Field Trip: There will be at least one required field trip with this class. You are responsible for buying a ticket, getting permission from other instructors whose classes you may miss, attending the field trip, and completing any assignments connected with the field trip.

Academic Honesty: There are two kinds of academic dishonesty. One kind is when you copy the work of other people, students or authors, and pretend it is your own. I need to know how much YOU are learning in this class, and if you copy someone else's work, I cannot tell how much you understand. For individual assignments, you may not copy from other students, and you may not let other students copy your work. You should use quotations and ideas from written sources to support what you say in written assignments, but quotations should not make up the whole assignment. If you quote from a text, you must state where you found the quotation.

The other kind of academic dishonesty is when you do not do your part in a group assignment. Some of the assignments in this class will require you to work with other people in a group. Each group hands in one assignment, and each member of the group will get the same grade. I expect you to help the group. If you do not, you are getting a grade for doing nothing, and this is academic dishonesty.

How will you know whether an assignment is an individual or a group assignment? In general, exams and quizzes are individual assignments in this class. You must do them by yourself. I will tell you if homework assignments are individual or group assignments. If they are group assignments, you must work on them in your assigned groups.

Incompletes: I give an incomplete only if a student is unable for good reasons to complete a small portion of the assignments for a course. Good reasons include illness or accident; too much work in other courses is not a good reason. I will not give an incomplete simply because a student is afraid of getting a low grade.

Computers: Everyone in this course has an IBM-compatible laptop computer that can be plugged into the campus network. Students are expected to bring their computers to class and use them to


Schedule of Class Meetings and Reading Assignments Objectives and Expectations

Note: All references are to Upshur et al., World History. Readings and/or dates may be changed in class. Be sure to check with the instructor.

Week 1: INTRODUCTION

Introduction to the Course Civilizations and their History; The Defining Characteristics of Civilization (14-15)

Week 2: I. THE FIRST CIVILIZATIONS

Sep 2: LABOR DAY; NO CLASS!!! Origins of Civilization in Shang China

Weeks 3-5: II. CLASSICAL CIVILIZATIONS

A. CHINESE CIVILIZATION

The Development of Chinese Civilization: The Chou Dynasty (76-83); Chinese Philosophy (119-27); The Ch'in and Han Dynasties in China (127-31, 172-85)

B. ROMAN CIVILIZATION

The Rise of Rome (146-51); Rome and Greece (103-10); The Roman Empire (151-59)

Weeks 6-7: III. POSTCLASSICAL CIVILIZATIONS

The Rise of Christianity and the Fall of the Roman Empire (194-212); Europe in the Middle Ages (212-22); Islam (232-40); The Crusades (350-56); Japan (322-32)

Week 8: REVIEW AND MIDTERM

Weeks 9-10: IV. THE MODERNIZATION OF EUROPE

The Rise of the State (411-13, 508-21); Exploration and Expansion (420-21, 429-37); The Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment (520-28); Liberal and National Revolutions, 1776-1870 (547-49, 572-605); The Industrial Revolution in Europe (557-61, 612-22)

Weeks 11-13: V. INDUSTRIAL IMPERIALISM AND EUROPEAN SELF-DESTRUCTION

The New Imperialism (638-43, 648-53, 659-60); The Rise of Modern Japan and the United States (660-67); European Self-Destruction I: World War I (667-87); Communism in Russia and China (720-33, 818-19); Fascism and Militarism (756-72); European Self-Destruction II: World War II (773-89)

Weeks 14-15: VI. THE POST-EUROPEAN ERA

The Cold War (789-99, 817-24); Decolonization (700-21, 806-16); The End of the Cold War (848-65); Reflection: Global Challenges (865-77)

Week 16: FINAL EXAM WEEK