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              c. Benin History 112

World Civilization since 1600
Taipei 101
              Tower

Dr. Doug Campbell, docampbell@nvcc.edu
Office Hours via Zoom: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, 11 am -2:00pm; Thursdays 6-7pm,or by appointment.
Email me at least 24 hours in advance to schedule an appointment if you need to consult during office hours

Note: This is a "Hybrid" online class, which means that half of the class sessions will be conducted on Thursday evenings at 7 pm via Zoom, while the other half will feature asynchronous activities such as online documentary viewings and discussion board posts which can be completed at any point during the week in question.

Welcome
Themes
Readings
Grading and Due Dates
Expectations
Description of Course Elements
Course Schedule

Welcome to History 112

You just happen to be lucky enough to have enrolled in a class on the history of the world.  Seriously. History is enormously interesting, and I love teaching it.   If I do my job correctly, you will love learning about it.  And of course, not only is history fascinating, but it's also valuable in an intellectual sense.  Learning about how people lived in the past can help broaden your horizons, making your outlook less parochial and more cosmopolitan.  It's sort of like traveling to a foreign country without the discomfort of a long, uncomfortable plane ride. History, of course, can also inform your understanding of the present by showing you the deeper roots of problems and trends in the contemporary world.  And finally, a well-taught history course is chock full of practice in all sorts of useful skills that employers are interested in, such as critical thinking, analyzing documents, and crafting well-written arguments based on evidence.  So history can be fun, can enrich your intellectual life, and make you more money.  What could be more awesome?


One thing to keep in mind with this course, however, is the fact that learning is not a spectator sport.  You can't just sit back passively and expect to get anything near the full benefit of this class.  You need to be actively engaged in your own education.  I certainly have to play my  part, and I promise to do my best to present an interesting and dynamic class which offers you all sorts of opportunities to learn cool stuff.  The actual learning is your job, though.  To put it another way, I can cook the most delicious banquet imaginable, and set the table in the most attractive way possible, piling it high with all sorts of fabulous delicacies.  But in the end, you're the one who actually has to eat the meal.  So if you're going to take this class, I'll ask you to make a conscious decision to engage in all of the opportunities available to you, and to commit to coming to all of the class sessions, to participating in an active and thoughtful manner in all of our class discussions, to completing all of the assigned readings, and to submitting all of the required assignments.  If you do, I promise it will be worth your while.  Your place at the table is set, and you are invited....

Stuff the College makes me include:


Course Description

Surveys Asian, African, Latin American, and European civilizations from the ancient period to the present. Part
II of II. Lecture 3 hours per week.

General Course Purpose

Surveys the general history of the world from about 1600 CE to the present and allows students to reach a
basic understanding of the characteristic features of the world's historical development from 1600 CE to the
present. Students will learn about some of the important political, economic, social, intellectual, cultural and
religious changes that shaped the development of the world’s civilizations in this period of time.

Course objectives

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

Course Prerequisites: None

Themes

Our primary goal is to investigate what it means to be human by looking at what humans were like in the past. To that end, this class is going to use several themes as "lenses" through which to examine the human past.  The themes are:


Government: What are the origins of human governments?  What are the various forms that government has taken over the centuries? Which forms work best? Which are worst?

Gender: Are different social roles for men and women essential or arbitrary? How have human opinions on gender, marriage, and sexuality changed over time?

Race: What is race? Are the supposed distinctions between racial groups real or simply imagined? Why has racial thinking played such a significant role in the modern era? To what extent has racism served to justify prejudice and social inequality?

Social Class: Are inequalities in wealth and power an inherent part of human life or an evil to be overcome? On what basis should wealth and power be allocated?

There are of course plenty of other lenses through which to look at the past, but these are a good start and should give plenty of interesting questions to examine for one class.

Readings

You must have access to the following text:

Peter von Sivers, Charles A. Desnoyers and George B. Stow, Patterns of World History, volume 2, brief 3rd edition, Oxford University Press, 2018, ISBN 978-0-19-069732-7. You can also use the combined volume, 2nd edition, Oxford University, 978-0-19-939961-1, which covers the same material.

We will be making use of various free online readings on a weekly basis.  Make sure to regularly consult and keep up with the reading assignments described below in the Class Schedule.

Course readings should be completed BEFORE you log into the class for which they are assigned. It is especially important to read the primary sources assigned each week. Taking notes on them, marking the most important passages, and jotting down any questions you might have is highly encouraged.


Grading and Due Dates

Your overall grade for the class will consist of the following elements.  No work for the course (other than the final exam) will be accepted after December 7 -- no exceptions!

Scores will be posted on Canvas, and will be accompanied by general comments about the strengths and weaknesses of your work.  If you would like a more detailed description of aspects of the assignment which could be improved, just ask me and I will be happy to provide one.

Course Element Points Due Date
Attendance and Participation 10% Every Class Session
Discussion Group Leadership
5% At least 2 times during the semester
Discussion Board Posts
10%
Every Week
Haitian Revolution Paper (2 pages) 10% September 27
Imperialism Paper (2 pages) 10% October 11
Midterm Exam 5% October 18
Source Criticism Paper (2 pages) 10% Source Proposal due November 1
Finished Paper:  November 8
Annotated_Bibliography
10% November 15
Research  Paper (5 pages) 25% Topic Proposal Due September 20
Finished Paper Due December 6
Final Exam 5% Dec. 10

Grading Scale

Percentage
Final Course Grade
Above 90%
A
80-89% B
70-79% C
60-69% D
Below 60%
F


Expectations

You will need access to the internet and to word processing software for this class.  You should be familiar with using Canvas (the College's learning management system) in order to submit assignments and view your grades, and you should regularly check your NOVA email account, which is the only way I have of getting in touch with you outside of class.

Guidelines for Conduct During Online Class Meetings


You are responsible for being logged on and attentive during the online class sessions. You should always log into your NOVA Zoom account from MyNOVA in order to access Zoom for the online class sessions. Logging in through a private Zoom account may result in being marked as absent for the class session.

Disruptive Behavior: Please be considerate. Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated.  Private conversations during lecture or class discussions all distract and disturb your instructor and your classmates, and will count against your participation grade.  Repeated instances of rude behavior may result your removal from the online classroom.   If you have a question or a comment on the course material, please type it in the class "chat."

Announcements: If there is something I need to communicate to the class, I will post an announcement to the course Canvas page. It is the your responsibility to check the course's Canvas page and your College email account in a timely manner in order to receive information on the substitute assignment and when it is due. You should adjust the settings of your Canvas account to make sure that you are promptly notified.

Abuse: Any student who seems to be under the influence of alcohol or intoxicating drugs, or who is abusive or violent will be referred to the appropriate College authorities.

Course Content Warning: Lectures and course materials may contain disturbing content, including, but not limited to: violence, sexual assault, war crimes, genocide, mental or physical illnesses or disabilities, discrimination or persecution on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, and/or sexual orientation, etc. If you have been personally impacted by one or more of these topics and suffer from PTSD, please email the professor if you would like prior notification of lectures containing discussions of the effecting topics. 

Accommodations: Students requiring special accommodations for assignments or exams should have the appropriate forms from the Disability Support Service (DSS).  Forms should be given to me no fewer than 7 days before the date the assignment or exam requiring the accommodation is due, and preferably at the very beginning of the semester.


Guidelines for Written Work


Formatting: All written work should be double spaced, using 12 point Times New Roman font and one inch margins.  All papers must be word processed and submitted through Canvas as files in .doc, .odt, .pdf, or .rtf format (no .pages format files, please).  E-mail submissions will not be accepted.  See this rubric for a more detailed description of how you will be graded.

Style and Grammar: All of your work for this class must present a main argument or thesis which addresses the question(s) posed by the assignment, should support that argument with evidence, and should be written in grammatical and stylistically correct English.  Make sure to proofread and use spell-check. For information on writing papers for this class, make sure to read my Tips for History Papers page.  You also might want to consult the following handy websites:

        NVCC Loudoun's Writing Center       
        Patrick Rael, "Avoid Common Mistakes In Your History Paper"
        Steven Kreis, "Writing the Short Essay"



Citations:  You MUST include a formal citation any time you refer to a specific passage in a text, even if you do not quote the text directly.  The required method for citing sources in this class is the Chigago/Turabian format, which is the standard for the discipline of history.  According to this format, at the end of any sentence or paragraph drawn from a specific part of a source, you insert a footnote at the bottom of the page with the appropriate bibliographic information.  Consult the previous web link for more detailed information on citations in this format.  You can also check out sites like Citation Machine or EasyBib, which can help you format footnotes or entries for your bibliography pages.

Plagiarism:  Any student caught plagiarizing or cheating in this course will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, including at a minimum no credit whatsoever for the assignment or exam in question (No exceptions!!!).  Procedures for disciplinary measures and appeals are outlined in the NOVA Student Handbook. Particularly flagrant instances of cheating or multiple instances of plagiarism will result in a grade of "F" for the course.

Please note that even copying a sentence or two from another source without citing it is enough to trigger a plagiarism penalty.  Likewise, changing a word here or there from content which you copy is still plagiarism.  Your work should be entirely in your own words except for the passages which you quote and appropriately cite.

For a bit more discussion on why you will probably get caught if you try to use the web to plagiarize, see "How Dumb Do They Think We Are?" by Jonathan Malesic.  All of your papers for the class will be checked for plagiarism by Turnitin software.

Late Work: Late papers and assignments will receive a one letter grade late penalty. The Attendance and Participation activities associated with our online class meetings and the Discussion Board posts depend on your active interaction with your classmates, and cannot be completed late.


Guidelines for E-Mail Communication


The easiest way to contact me outside of class is through e-mail.  In order to receive a response to your message, however, your e-mail must contain the following elements:


Messages sent using "text-ese" or rude or abusive language will be ignored (b/c it makes u look ignorant d00d)!


I have on average between 150-200 students a semester, so you need to provide me with as much information as possible if you want a timely answer to your message.  Please allow at least 48 hours before following up.  If you haven't received a response within a couple of days, however, feel free to nag me.

Description of Course Elements


Attendance and Participation


Attendance Policy: Given the fact that participation is part of your grade, your attendance is expected at every class meeting.  You are allowed one unexcused absence for the semester.  You will only receive credit for attending a class session if you are present when I take roll at the beginning of class.  More than one absence without a valid excuse will affect your grade for the course.  Students who miss more than 2 consecutive weeks of class without notifying the instructor with a valid and documented excuse will be administratively withdrawn from the course.

Preparedness: You should make sure that you have completed the assigned readings and any required assignments before you walk into the first class meeting that week.  You may be asked to discuss both readings and assignments, so you should have access to them during class either by bringing hard copies or through the use of any appropriate electronic device (NOTE: Smartphone screens are too small to really be useful for this purpose-- use a laptop or a tablet).

Participation: A portion of your grade will be determined by the degree to which you participate in the class discussions on the discussion readings (see Course Schedule).  You should come to class each session having completed all the required readings and ready to discuss them.  I reserve the right to give unannounced  quizzes on any reading material for the week.  Please make sure to adhere to the guidelines for class conduct. Behavior which distracts me and your classmates will count against your participation grade.



Group Leadership


At least 2 times over the course of the semester, each student will serve as the leader of their group for class discussions. The group leader is responsible for noting which group members are present and participating in the discussion, and should help guide the group's conversation so that the form associated with that particular discussion has been completely filled out. The group leader will also share the group's findings with the rest of the class, if applicable, for that particular class session. Finally, the group leader should also turn in the appropriate completed form through Canvas at the end of the class session, and should submit a brief paragraph describing what they did to prepare and how they helped to facilitate the discussion.

Discussion Board Posts

In addition to the Zoom class sessions, every week students will be asked to view various online video lectures and documentaries, and to participate in a series of online discussion boards.

There are complete descriptions of each of the discussion prompts in the Course Schedule, but each should be about half a page long, should present a main argument or thesis which addresses the question(s) posed by the prompts, should support that argument with evidence, and should be written in grammatical and stylistically correct English.  Your post must make it clear that you have watched the assigned video. Generally, you are also asked to respond to at least two of your classmates' posts within 24 hours of the due date for the initial post.  Your responses should contain some sort of substantial comment or follow up question relevant to the post in question (Simply responding "I agree!", "Me too", and the like do not count as substantial responses). You may miss up to 2 online discussion posts without penalty this semester. Please follow the guidelines for written work in this class.

Discussion  Due Date
Introduction Discussion Post August 31
Sor Juana Discussion Post
September 1
Mughal India Discussion Post
September 8
Enlightenment Discussion Post
September 15
Revolution Discussion Post
September 22
Industrialization Discussion Post
September 29
Imperialism Discussion Post
October 6
Great War Discussion Post October 13
Stalin Discussion Post  October 20
Nanking Massacre Discussion Post October 27
Nuclear Weapons Discussion Post November 3
Indian Indepencen Discussion Post
November 10
Che Discussion Post November 17
Iran Discussion Post December 1


Haitian Revolution Paper


Read Toussaint Loverture's Saint-Domingue Constitution of 1801 and then write a paper at least two double-spaced pages long which answers the following questions: "What sort of relationship did the document establish between Saint-Domingue and France? What rights did it recognize for the workers and cultivators of Saint-Domingue? Did this Constitution provide the foundation for a more just society in Saint-Domingue? Why or why not?"  You should make sure to have a clear thesis statement, to refer to specific examples from the documents in order to support your arguments, and to cite them using Chicago-format footnotes. Please follow the guidelines for written work in this class, and make sure to check the "Tips for History Papers" page before turning in your final draft.  See this rubric for a more detailed description of how you will be graded. 



Imperialism Paper



Read the excerpts from F.D. Lugard's The Rise of Our East African Empire (1893) and Frantz Fanon's The Wretched of the Earth (1961) , and then write a paper at least two double-spaced pages long which answers the following questions: "According to Lugard, what were the main benefits of European imperialism in Africa, and who were its beneficiaries? How did Fanon believe that European imperialism worked and how did he think those living under colonial rule should respond?  How do you think Fanon would respond to Lugard's claims of European benevolence?"  You should make sure to have a clear thesis statement, to refer to specific examples from the documents in order to support your arguments, and to cite them using Chicago-format footnotes.  Please follow the guidelines for written work in this class, and make sure to check the "Tips for History Papers" page before turning in your final draft.  See this rubric for a more detailed description of how you will be graded.




Source Criticism Paper


You should select a website dealing with the topic you are using for your Research Paper and compare it to a scholarly article written within the past 50 years on the same basic subject  from a history-focused scholarly journal (see below for more detailed information on how to find a scholarly journal article).  Then in a 2 page, double-spaced paper write a comparative analysis of the two articles as sources of historical information.  Websites should contain original content, and cannot be primary source documents, encyclopedia/Wikipedia articles, or reprints of articles published elsewhere. These two sources must be approved by the professor before you can proceed any further with this assignment.  Your proposed sources for the Source Criticism Paper should be uploaded for approval using this form. Make sure to check the professor's feedback to see if your sources were approved, or if you need to resubmit the form.


Once your sources are approved, you should write a paper at least two double-spaced pages long with a main argument which answers this major question:  "Which of these sources is more useful to a scholar researching this particular subject?"  Your analysis also ought to address the following secondary questions:
You should mention the title of the website and the title of the article, the name of the journal, and the name of the author of the scholarly journal article in the introduction of your paper. You should also include the full bibliographic citations for each in a bibliography page.

Please follow the guidelines for written work in this class, and make sure to check the "Tips for History Papers" page before turning in your final draft.  See this rubric for a more detailed description of how you will be graded.




How To Find A Scholarly Journal Article:

This video walks you through the process of finding a scholarly journal article using the NOVA Library and JSTOR: How to Find a Scholarly Journal Article

A scholarly journal is a periodical which contains research-based articles and reviews by established scholars in a given field.  These sorts of journals are geared towards a professional or academic audience, and are intended to serve as an intellectual resource rather than to earn a profit for the publisher.  In order to have an article published in a scholarly journal, an author must submit it to the editorial board of the journal first.  The editors then will have the prospective article reviewed by other scholars in the field.  Only an article which passes through this process of evaluation by recognized experts ("peer review") can be published in a scholarly journal.  All scholarly journal articles meticulously document their sources of information and contain ample foot or endnotes.  While some scholarly journals make some or all of their content available on the web, a genuine scholarly journal is also always published in paper form so it can become part of the collections of research-oriented libraries.  Consult the NOVA Library's page on scholarly journal articles for more information on what distinguishes a scholarly journal from other sorts of periodicals.

Just a few examples of some of the most prominent scholarly journals dealing with modern world history include The American Historical ReviewThe Journal of World History,The Journal of African History, Modern Asian Studies, The Journal of Near Eastern Studies, The Journal of Latin American Studies, The Journal of Modern History, Central European History, The Russian Review, French Historical Studies, Historische Zeitschrift, Journal of British Studies, and Victorian Studies (This is not a complete list-- there are many, many more!).  Please note that magazines like History TodayNational Geographic Magazine, and American History certainly contain interesting material, they are intended for a popular audience rather than a professional academic one, and hence do not qualify as scholarly journals.

Not too terribly long ago, the only place one could go to access a scholarly journal was an academic library.  These days, however, many journals allow readers to access their contents online. The best place to start is JSTOR, a service which provides the full text of articles from several hundred different scholarly journals.  You can use JSTOR for free by accessing it through the NVCC Library's site.  

You can access JSTOR from the NOVA library's homepage.  Go to http://www.nvcc.edu/library/

Click on the "Articles" tab;
then click "Databases by Subject";
the click "History (HIS)";
then click "JSTOR" and login with the same id you would use to access My NOVA.

Once in JSTOR, you should select the "advanced search" option, scroll down to "Narrow by Item Type" and click the "Articles" box, and then scroll down again to "Narrow by discipline and/or publication title:" and click the "History" box.

Then plug in your search topic and see what comes up.


Annotated Bibliography



An annotated bibliography is an organized list of sources (like a reference list). It differs from a straightforward bibliography in that each reference is followed by a paragraph length annotation. The Annotated Bibliography is part of your Research Paper.  You should provide annotations for the sources that will then be used in the Research Paper.  Sources should be directly related to the Research Paper’s topic.  Annotations should be a brief paragraph (about 100 words) long.

Your Annotated Bibliography should include:


What am I required to include in my annotations?

For each of the Primary Sources:


For each of the Secondary Sources:

Please follow the guidelines for written work in this class.
Research Paper


As the capstone of your work in the course, you are asked to complete a Research Paper which is at least 5 double-spaced pages long, and which draws together all of the skills you have acquired over the course of the semester.


 Your paper should attempt to answer a specific question relevant to the subject matter of the course which deals with one or more  of the themes of the course (government, gender, race, and social class) and discuss how it/they have changed over time. Your topic cannot primarily deal with American history.

The themes themselves are too broad to be the focus or your paper, so your topic should narrow the focus down in some way (For example, the topic, "Gender in World History" is too broad).  Here are some sample research questions.  You are free to pick one of these, modify one of these to deal with another region, or to suggest your own.  Note that you should be thinking not just in terms of questions which interest you, but also about what sorts of sources you can find in languages which you read.  It's no good to come up with a fascinating topic on which you are unable to find evidence.

As with all of your written work in this course, your paper should paper should present a coherent argument or thesis, and then support that position with as much evidence as possible, especially primary source evidence.  In terms if evidence, you should feel free to draw from sources you have already considered for your other course work.  At a minimum, however, your paper must refer to and correctly cite:

For primary sources, you might consult the following resources (some of these sites also contain secondary sources as well):

Directory of World History Primary Sources


Please follow the guidelines for written work in this class, and make sure to check the "Tips for History Papers" page before turning in your final draft.  See this rubric for a more detailed description of how you will be graded.


Research Paper Element Description Due Date
Topic Proposal You should fill out and submit this form describing the research question which you would like to examine and which theme(s) you will be examining. You may not turn in an Annotated Bibliography or a Finished Research Paper without getting your Topic Proposal approved in advance. Sept. 20
Annotated Bibliography You should submit a bibliography of the sources which you intend to use for your Research Paper. The bibliography should include at least 5 primary sources (historical documents from the past) and 5 scholarly secondary sources (including at least one scholarly journal article and one scholar monarch). Each source should be accompanied by a brief paragraph of analysis (See the Annotated Bibliography assignment description for more detailed information). Nov. 15
Finished Research Paper You should submit a final draft of at least 4 double-spaced pages which advances a clear main argument which answers your research question, and which supports that argument with specific, correctly cited evidence drawn from the primary and secondary sources listed in your bibliography. Dec. 6



Exams


There are two unproctored exams for this course which are to be completed at home and submitted through Canvas. You can use any notes, course readers, or other resources you wish as long as you cite them (simply listing the bibliographic information or web address at the end of the question is sufficient-- no need to include footnotes). All of your responses should be in your own words rather than quoted from other sources. If you use any additional sources without citing them, you will not receive any points for the exam.


Midterm Exam. You should submit a file through Canvas with your responses to the following questions:

1) Provide a Time Line which lists what you think are the ten most important events in the history of the world from 1500-1900.  Each item on your Time Line should contain the following information:

2) An analysis of what you think are the most important developments or changes in the history of the world from 1500-1900. for each one of the four class themes. Refer to specific primary sources we have read for the class which back up your arguments. Write a substantial paragraph for each theme:


Final Exam. You should submit a file through Canvas with your responses to the following questions:

1) Provide a Time Line which lists what you think are the ten most important events in the history of the world from between 1900 and the present. Each item on your Time Line should contain the following information:

2) An analysis of what you think are the most important developments or changes in the history of the world from between 1900 and the present for each one of the four class themes. Refer to specific primary sources we have read for the class which back up your arguments.Write a substantial paragraph for each theme:

3) Reflect back upon what your experiences in this class.




Course Schedule
NOTE: The assigned readings in Von Sivers, Desnoyers and Stow's Patterns Of World History are much heavier in the first half of the course than in the second half.  You should use the comparatively lighter load in the latter part of the course to work on your Research Paper.


Week 1

Thursday, August 27:
Course Introduction
Watch "Is History B.S.?"

On Cognitive Biases: Confirmation Bias, The Backfire Effect (This contains salty language.  Feel free to read the classroom version if you prefer to avoid that), The Texas Sharpshooter Fallacy, The Dunning-Kruger Effect.

Kreis, "The Proper Attitude;" "Why Study History?;" "Taking Notes in Class; "
Damen, "History and What-Really-Happened."

Von Sivers, Desnoyers, and Stow, Chapter 16
Hybrid Activities This Week: Introduction Discussion Post, due August 30: You should post an introduction on the appropriate class discussion board.  
  • Your introduction should include a brief description of your background, interests outside of class, and how the course will help you to achieve your goals in life.
  • You should also pick the one of the cognitive biases described in the readings for this week (confirmation bias, the backfire effect, the Texas sharpshooter fallacy, or the Dunning-Kruger Effect) and discuss why think you are particularly susceptible to it.
  • Then you should also read all of the postings by your classmates and respond to at least 2 of them. 
Assignments to Complete: Read through the entire syllabus, and submit the Introduction Assignment by 11:59 pm on August 30 using the appropriate link under "Assignments" in the class Canvas page. Make sure to check the feedback you received to see if you need to resubmit it.


Week 2

Thursday, September 3:

The Modern World Begins on Hispanola
Watch Was Columbus B.S.?

Bartolemé de Las Casas, Excerpt from A Brief Account of the Devastation of the Indies (1542)

Von Sivers, Desnoyers, and Stow, Chapter 18;
Hybrid Activities This Week:

Colonial Society In the Americas
Read Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Selected Poems (It also will be helpful to read this brief encyclopedia entry for some context on Sor Juana's life)

Watch "In Search of History: The Aztec Empire" (1997, A&E 43:52, Requires MyNOVA login)

Sor Juana Discussion Post Due September 1: Read Sor Juana's poems and write a post of at least 100 words answering the following questions:"What do these poems reveal about reveal about gender and sexuality in colonial Latin America? Do you find it surprising that a Catholic nun living during the 1600s would write poems like these? Why or why not?" Then you should also read all of the postings by your classmates and respond to at least 2 of them in some substantial way.



Week 3

Thursday, September 10:

The Ottoman Empire
Jamal al-Din Al-Afghani's Response to Renan's Critique of Islam, 1883.

Von Sivers, Desnoyers, and Stow, Chapter 20, 21
Hybrid Activities This Week:

Mughal India
Watch "Journeys into Islamic India (2004, Grand Brilliance 50:00, Requires MyNOVA login)"

Mughal India Discussion Post Due September 8. After watching "Journey's into Islamic India," write a post of at least 100 words answering the following questions: "How did the Islamic government of the Mughal Dynasty change India (identify at least 2 specific things)? Were these changes mostly positive or negative for India, and why?" Your post must make it clear that you have watched the assigned video. Then you should also read all of the postings by your classmates and respond to at least 2 of them in some substantial way.
This Week:

September 10 is the last date to drop the class with refund.

 
Week 4.

Thursday, September 17:

The Atlantic Slave Trade
Watch Was the Atlantic Slave Trade B.S.?

Excerpt from the Memoirs of Olaudah Equiano (1789)

Von Sivers, Desnoyers, and Stow, Chapter 17, 19
Hybrid Activities This Week:

The Enlightenment
Watch "Changes in Society: Heroes of the Enlightenment (2012, BBC 52:26, Requires MyNOVA login)"

Enlightenment Discussion Post Due September 15. After watching "Changes in Society: Heroes of the Enlightenment," write a post of at least 100 words answering the following questions: "What sorts of political principles did the Enlightenment support, and what specific effects did those principles have on 18th century society? Were those principles in conflict with the use of slave labor in the New World? Why or why not?" Your post must make it clear that you have watched the assigned video. Then you should also read all of the postings by your classmates and respond to at least 2 of them in some substantial way.
Assignments to Complete: Topic Proposal for the Research Paper due September 20 using this form.  Make sure to check the professor's feedback on Canvas to see if your topic has been approved, or if you need to resubmit this assignment.


Week 5

Thursday, September 24:

The Atlantic Slave Trade
Toussaint Loverture's Saint-Domingue Constitution of 1801

Watch Was The Haitian Revolution B.S.?

Von Sivers, Desnoyers, and Stow, Chapter 22, 23.
Hybrid Activities This Week:

An Age of Revolutions
Watch Was The French Revolution B.S.?

Watch "Revolution (1998, TVA 53:02, Requires MyNOVA login)"

Revolution Discussion Post Due September 22. After watching "Revolution" and the other materials for this week, write a post of at least 100 words answering the following questions: "What is a revolution? Why is the idea of revolution so attractive to people in the modern era? What dangers are inherent in revolutions?" Your post must make it clear that you have watched the assigned video. Then you should also read all of the postings by your classmates and respond to at least 2 of them in some substantial way.
Assignments to Complete: Haitian Revolution Paper due by 11:59 pm, September 27.

Week 6

Thursday, October 1:

Industrial Working Conditions and Marxism
Watch Was The Industrial Revolution B.S.?

"
The Life of the Industrial Worker in Nineteenth-Century England" (1832)
Women Miners in the English Coal Pits (1842).
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, excerpts from The Communist Manifesto  (1848).

Von Sivers, Desnoyers, and Stow, Chapter 25, 26
Hybrid Activities This Week: Watch "Why the Industrial Revolution Happened Here (BBC,  2013, 51:44 Requires MyNOVA login)"

Industrialization Discussion Post Due September 29. After watching "Why the Industrial Revolution Happened Here," write a post of at least 100 words answering the following questions.  "According to the filmmakers, why did industrialization begin in England rather than somewhere else? Do you find the argument made in this documentary convincing? Why or why not?" Your post must make it clear that you have watched the assigned video. Then you should also read all of the postings by your classmates and respond to at least 2 of them in some substantial way.
   
Week 7

Thursday, October 8:

Imperialism in Africa
Watch Was The English East India Company B.S.?

F.D. Lugard, excerpts from The Rise of Our East African Empire (1893);
Frantz Fanon, excerpts from The Wretched of the Earth (1961)

Von Sivers, Desnoyers, and Stow, Chapter 24, 27
Hybrid Activities This Week:

Imperialism in Asia
Watch "Making a Fortune: Empire—A British Chronicle" (Open University, 2012, 58:26, requires MyNOVA login)

Imperialism Discussion Post due October 6. After watching "Making a Fortune: Empire—A British Chronicle", write a post of at least 100 words answering the following questions.  "How well do the justifications made by the British for their colonial empire abroad described by F.D. Lugard in The Rise of Our East African Empire fit with the profit motives described in the video?' Which set of motivations (profit or doing good) seems to be the most important in the British drive to establish a colonial empire? Why?" Your post must make it clear that you have watched the assigned video. Then you should also read all of the postings by your classmates and respond to at least 2 of them in some substantial way.

Assignments to Complete: Imperialism Paper due October 11



Week 8

Thursday, October 15:

The Consequences of World War I
Watch Was World War I B.S.?

Woodrow Wilson's
Fourteen Points (1918)

Von Sivers, Desnoyers, and Stow, Chapter 28 (pp.848-867)
Hybrid Activities This Week:

The Coming of the Great War
Watch World War I: The Death of Glory (History Channel, 1997, 49:59, requires MyNOVA login from the NOVA Library page to view)
Great War Discussion Post, Due October 13. Write a post of at least 100 words answering the following questions: "After watching the videos on World War I, how was World War I different from previous wars? Which of the causes of the war seemed to be the most important? Why did the war end up being so long and bloody?" Your post must make it clear that you have read the assigned sources and watched the assigned videos. Then you should also read all of the postings by your classmates and respond to at least 2 of them in some substantial way.
Assignments to Complete: Midterm Exam due October 18



Week 9

Thursday, October 22:

The Russian Revolution
Watch Was The 1918 Influenza B.S.?

V.I. Lenin, 
 The Tasks of the Proletariat in the Present Revolution (a.k.a. The April Theses) (1917);


Von Sivers, Desnoyers, and Stow, Chapter 28 (pp.868-870)
Hybrid Activities This Week:

Stalinism
Watch "Stalin: The Red God" (Digital Classics, 1999, 1:04:51, requires MyNOVA login from the NOVA Library page to view)
Stalin Discussion Post, Due October 20. Watch "Stalin: The Red God" and  rite a post of at least 100 words answering the following questions: "How well do you think Stalin's Soviet Union matched the ideas of Karl Marx which you learned about earlier in the semester? Was the Soviet Union the fulfillment of Marxism, or a betrayal of it? Why?" Your post must make it clear that you have read the assigned sources and watched the assigned videos. Then you should also read all of the postings by your classmates and respond to at least 2 of them in some substantial way.


Week 10

Thursday, October 29:

Fascism
Watch Is Modern Anti-Semitism B.S.?

Benito Mussolini, Excerpts from "Doctrine of Fascism" (1932)

Von Sivers, Desnoyers, and Stow, Chapter 28 (pp.871-887)
Hybrid Activities This Week:

Japanese Imperialism
Louise Yim on the Japanese Occupation of Korea (1951)

Watch "Road to War" (MVD, 2005, 1:16:10, requires MyNOVA login from the NOVA Library page to view)

Nanking Massacre Discussion Post, Due October 27. After watching "Road to War," write a post of at least 100 words answering the following questions: "What were Imperial Japan's foreign policy goals as it expanded its influence in the 1920s and 1930s? How did these goals contribute to Japan's invasion of China and its conduct on Nanking in 1937? " Your post must make it clear that you have read the assigned sources and watched the assigned videos. Then you should also read all of the postings by your classmates and respond to at least 2 of them in some substantial way.
Assignments to Complete: Source Proposal for the Source Criticism Paper  due by 11:59 pm, November 1. You should enter the complete bibliographic information for the sources for this assignment using this form. Make sure to read the directions for the Source Criticism Paper in the syllabus CAREFULLY before filling out the form.

Last day to withdraw from the class without grade penalty is October 30.



Week 11

Thursday, November 5:

World War II
Elie Wiesel, Excerpts from Night (1960)
Hirsoshima Survivors' Testimonies: 
Hiroko Fukada, Akihiro Takahashi, Kinue Tomoyasu.


Von Sivers, Desnoyers, and Stow, Chapter 29 (pp.888-903)
Hybrid Activities This Week:

The Nuclear Age
Watch "The Bomb" (PBS, 1:51:55, requires MyNOVA login from the NOVA Library page to view)

Nuclear Weapons Discussion Post due November 3. After watching "The Bomb", write a post of at least 100 words answering the following questions: "How did the Cold War influence the development of nuclear weapons? Did nuclear weapons make the Cold War more dangerous, or might their destructive potential have helped keep the Cold War from going 'hot?'" Your post must make it clear that you have watched the assigned video. Then you should also read all of the postings by your classmates and respond to at least 2 of them in some substantial way.
Assignments to Complete: Source Criticism Paper due November 8  (Your sources MUST be approved by the instructor before you turn this in).



Week 12

Thursday, November 12:

The Chinese Revolution
Mao Zedong, "What Is Guerilla Warfare?" and "The Political Problems of Guerilla Warfare" from On Guerilla Warfare (1937).

Von Sivers, Desnoyers, and Stow, Chapter 29 (pp.904-923)
Hybrid Activities This Week:

Indian Partition
Jawaharlal Nehru, "Marxism, Capitalism and Non-Alignment" (1941, 1956), Speech On the Granting of Indian Independence,  (1947);
Documents on Women's Lives in Modern India (1986, 1975

Watch
“Partition” (TVF International, 2018, 48:33, requires MyNOVA login to view)

Indian Independence Discussion Post due November 10. After reading and watching the materials for this week, write a post of at least 100 words answering the following questions: "What was Nehru's vision for an independent India? What were some of the difficulties that this new India faced after independence? Did the former British colonial rulers bear any responsibility for those problems?" Your post must make it clear that you have read and watched the assigned sources. Then you should also read all of the postings by your classmates and respond to at least 2 of them in some substantial way.
Assignments to Complete: Annotated Bibliography due November 15(Your sources MUST be approved by the instructor before you turn this in)


Week 13

Thursday, November 19:

The Vietnam War
Watch Was the Cold War B.S.?
Vietnamese Declaration of Independence (1945)

Von Sivers, Desnoyers, and Stow, Chapter 30
Hybrid Activities This Week:

Modern Latin America
Watch "Che Guevara: A Guerrilla to the End" (1999, Journeyman Pictures, 50:50 requires MyNOVA login to view).
Che Discussion Post due November 17. After watching "Che Guevara: A Guerrilla to the End", write a post of at least 100 words answering the following questions: "What inspired Che Guevara to be such a committed revolutionary? Why did he become a global icon despite the failure of many of his revolutionary endeavors?" Your post must make it clear that you have watched the assigned video. Then you should also read all of the postings by your classmates and respond to at least 2 of them in some substantial way.




Thursday, November 27 (No Class)


Week 14

Thursday, December 3:

The 21st Century
Watch Was the End of the Cold War B.S.?
Demet Demir, 
Filipa de Souza Award Address (1997)

Von Sivers, Desnoyers, and Stow, Chapter  31
Hybrid Activities This Week:

The Modern Middle East
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Speech Denouncing American Influence in Iran (1964)
"Iran: The Hundred-Year War" (ARTE France, 2008, 1:31:52, requires MyNOVA login to view)

Iran Discussion Post due Dec. 1.  After reading Speech Denouncing American Influence in Iran and watching "Iran: The Hundred-Year War,"write a post of at least 100 words answering the following questions: "What role did American policy from the 1950s to the 1970s in Iran play in inspiring the Islamic Revolution of 1979 in that country? How did the Cold War inspire those American policies?" Your post must make it clear that you have read the assigned source and watched the assigned video. Then you should also read all of the postings by your classmates and respond to at least 2 of them in some substantial way.
Assignments to Complete: Research Paper Due December 6

Final Exam Due December 10