HIS 1000C      WILSON      FALL 2011

Emergence of a Global Society

ÒHistory is philosophy teaching by examples.Ó


Course and section:

HIS 1000C, section 197
Fall 2011

Meetings: Room DAC 407
Tuesdays and Fridays, 3:25 – 4:50 p.m.
Instructor: Mark Wilson
(718) 990-6229 [History office]
Office Hours: History Department
St. John Hall, Room 244G
Tuesdays and Fridays, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Rationale  In an increasingly global world, an understanding of the developing relationships between and within the worldÕs peoples is a distinct advantage—not only in interactions with others raised in different cultures, but in making sense of how our own evolving and varied society functions. The story of the worldÕs civilization and their growing interdependence is not merely the story of rulers and the elites, but of how the interaction, friction, and diffusion of cultures constantly transforms the world and affects our everyday lives.

Aims  This course is designed to be a survey of the historical foundations of contemporary societies: global dissemination of scientific, technological and industrial revolutions; the spread of world religions, democracy and internationalism; accommodation and resistance to Western hegemony; globalization as a historical force.

Specific Learning Objectives  In this course weÕll be pursuing a number of goals, including:

u      Examination of the dynamics of power within societies, and how that affects us ordinary folks;

u      A closer understanding of our relationship to the past, and how we can better understand the people who live there;

u      Improved skill in appreciating the role of primary sources, and how to interpret them;

u      Exploration of the ideas and movements that help to create and shape the modern era;

u      Discussion of the variety of societies and peoples throughout time and space, and how the relationships between societies create change;

u      Examination of the transforming events that change the world, and how those transformations affect us in the present day.

Course Requirements

Course Readings

The following books are required:


Robert Tignor, et al.
Worlds Together, Worlds Apart: A History of the World: from 1000 CE to the Present.
Third edition, vol. 2.
New York: W. W. Norton, 2010.
ISBN 978-0-393-93494-6.

u      Version note: Make sure to get the third edition—there are significant differences from previous editions. Also make sure you have vol. 2.

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Kenneth Pomeranz, et al.
Worlds Together, Worlds Apart: A Companion Reader, vol. 2.
New York: W.W. Norton, 2011.
ISBN 978-0-393-91161-9.

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In addition, you will need one of the following two very short novels:


Chinua Achebe.
Things Fall Apart.

Various editions are available, including:
Anchor Press:          ISBN 978-0-385-47454-2.
Houghton Mifflin:   ISBN 978-0-395-77559-2.


Mariano Azuela.
The Underdogs: A Novel for the Mexican Revolution.

Various editions are available, including:
Penguin Classics:     ISBN 978-0-143-10527-5.
Modern Library:     ISBN 978-0-375-75942-0.
Penguin Ediciones:  ISBN 978-0-140-26621-4 (in Spanish).

All are available at the Bookstore in Marillac Hall or online. They are also available from Amazon and other online retailers. If you order online, make sure you do so enough in advance that youÕll receive the books in time for the assignments.


Class attendance is required. Missing classes will damage your grade. The textbook is designed to give you the basics; itÕs in class that we try to make sense of things and sift out whatÕs important. Missing classes means you miss out on a key part of our trying to put things together. Plus, if you miss classes, youÕll miss quizzes, which will put a big crimp in your grade for the course. Religious observances should be discussed in advance.

Make-up exams are given only in cases of documented medical emergencies.


Your grade for the course will be determined from the following:


Quizzes  WeÕll have very short quizzes at the start of class, roughly every other class (they will not be on a regular, predictable schedule), to help gauge our relationship with the material in the readings.

u      Quizzes are based on the readings for that class in both the textbook and the reader. If you did your reading for the class, you should be prepared for the quiz.

u      Missed quizzes are not made up. If you come late to class and miss a quiz, youÕll get a zero for that quiz. Therefore, please make sure you come to class on time and prepared.

u      Quizzes are always based on the readings listed on the assignment sheet, even if I am slightly behind the syllabus in the topics I discuss in class. Make sure to do the assigned readings.


Presentation and Write-Up on a Primary Source    YouÕll make a short presentation on one of the primary source excerpts assigned as class readings.

u      Your presentation will give the class your perspective on what this reading means and how it relates to the material being discussed in the course.

u      Your presentation will be given the day that reading is assigned on the schedule.

u      You will turn in: a 2-page write-up of your take on the reading, incorporating class discussion, which is due the next class.


Interpretive Essay    YouÕll write an interpretive essay discussing the relationship between the events experienced by characters in either the Achebe or the Azuela novellas (see Course Readings) with real-life events and ideas discussed in class and in our other readings.

u      The specific requirements for this essay will be given in a later handout.

u      You will turn in: (a) a proposal for what youÕd like to write (weÕll discuss in class what youÕll need to do for that), due Tuesday, Oct. 11; and (b) the essay, due on Tuesday, Nov. 22.


Midterm Exam  The midterm will take place during our regular class meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 18.


Final Exam  The date and time of the final exam will be announced.

Submitting Assignments

You may email me your written assignments, but it doesnÕt ÒcountÓ unless you get an email back from me saying I received it. Unless I reply back to you, I didnÕt receive it. If you think IÕm not receiving your emails, ask.

Late assignments will be marked down. Written assignments will be marked down one letter grade per class meeting after the assignment due date, up to a maximum of 30 points. That means youÕre still better off turning in your paper late, and having it be marked down, than not turning it in at all.

Grading Procedures

I do not give extra credit opportunities except to the entire class. I do not grade on a curve.




























DonÕt waste this opportunity! Make the most out of this class.

Please use me as a resource. Come to my office hours, talk to me after class, or send me emails with any questions you have—whether they relate to the requirements of the course or ideas weÕre reading about or discussing in class.

Be on time and prepared. By prepared, I mean you should come into class having done the readings for that day and thought about them. Come in ready to talk about your reactions to the readings and the questions they raised in your mind.

Check your email. Make sure I have a good email address for you and check it, as I occasionally send information and updates by email. If you have not gotten an email from me within the first week after school begins, check your spam folders. If you canÕt find an email from me, email me to let me know.

Cell phones and electronics need to be silenced and stowed. A phone ringing during class is hugely disruptive. Texting during class is just as rude and insulting as talking on the phone.

Talk to me if youÕre struggling. Come to me in office hours or after class, and the sooner the better. DonÕt wait until itÕs too late to turn things around.

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