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HIST 1010-01 World History I Paul Fox

Summer 2012 Thach 121
MWF 1:15-2:30
Lowder 27 MW 11:00-12:00
or by appointment

Course Description: This course surveys the development of human history from the earliest
civilizations through the onset of the French Revolution of the late eighteenth century. It will
explore the development of history’s major civilizations with an eye towards their global
significance. The lectures in this course will pay close attention to the political, religious, and
philosophical traditions that each civilization bequeathed to its successors.

Texts: McKay, Hill, Buckler, et al A History of World Societies 9
Ed. Combined Volume
Loose Leaf Version, and Sources of World Societies Volume 1. The text books will be available
at all bookstores.

Exams, Grading, and Extra Credit: There will be three exams and a comprehensive final.
The exams will be comprised multiple choice and map questions. There will be an assignment
on the Confucius film that will make up part of the second exam. Make up exams will only be
given with a University approved excuse. All make up exams will be given as close as possible
to the original exam date. Additionally, there will be a series of five question reading quizzes.
You will need to purchase scantron forms for the exams. These quizzes will be unannounced
and will cover the reading assignment listed on the syllabus for that day. There will be no make
ups on the reading quizzes. The lowest 3 quiz grades will be dropped.

Prior to finals I will calculate your grade with each of the 3 regular exams counting for 25% each
with the quiz average counting for the remaining 25%. Students with an A average at that point
will be exempted from the final exam. All other students will take the final exam with all 4
exams and their reading quiz average counting for 20% each.

Opportunities for extra credit may present themselves depending on the schedule of speakers
sponsored by Auburn, the College of Liberal Arts, or History Department. These opportunities
will be given at my discretion and under no circumstances will be given out on an individual

Final letter grades will be determined as follows:
90-100 =A
80-89.99 =B
70-79.99 =C
60-69.99 =D
59.99 and below = F

Attendance and Classroom Behavior: Attendance will be taken and students are expected to
in their assigned seats each day. There is no penalty for not attending; however, students with 4
or fewer absences will receive a 4 point bonus on their final average. For the purposes of the
bonus NO EXCUSES will be accepted. Students with University sponsored activities that could
potentially exceed four absences should see me as soon as possible. Also, students with an
illness that keeps them out of class for an extended period should contact me as soon as possible.
Please respect your classmates and me by not engaging in distracting behavior. This includes,
but is not limited to texting, not turning your cell phone ringer off, inappropriately using your
laptop and talking. Inappropriate classroom behavior may result in the forfeiture of your
attendance bonus.

E-mail Communications and Canvas: E-mail is the fastest and most efficient means of
communication. I will usually respond to student e-mails within 24 hours. I will not give out
grades via e-mail or phone, students wishing to discuss their grade need to see me during my
office hours or make an appointment. I will use Canvas to post study guides and grades.

Students With Disabilities: Students with special needs should bring me a memo from the
Program for Students With Disabilities as soon as possible, in order to let me know what
accommodations are to be made.

Academic Honesty: Please review the following websites to familiarize yourself with the
University’s policies regarding academic honesty.

This is a dynamic syllabus subject to change.

Class Schedule: Reading assignments from the Sources of World Societies are indicated by

18 May Introduction p. 34-37
21 Mesopotamia, Hittites, and Phoenicians p. 37-43, 47- 52, (2-1, 2-2)
23 Assyrians and Persians p. 57-62
25 Israel and Judaism p. 53-57, (2-5)
28 Memorial Day Class Does Not Meet
30 Islam and Mohammed p. 234-239, (9-1, 9-2)
1 Jun Early Islamic Empires p. 239-263
4 Late Islamic Empires p. 587-601, 602-603, (9-6)
6 India and Hinduism p. 66-81, (3-1, 3-3, 3-4) Catch up and Review
8 Exam 1
11 Early China p. 92-103, (4-1, 4-2)
13 Chinese Philosophy p. 103-111, (4-3, 4-4, 4-5)
15 Early Chinese Empires and Buddhism p. 176-182, 187-192, (7-2)
18 Confucius Movie
20 Confucius Movie Continued LAST DAY TO DROP
22 Class Does Not Meet
25 Work on Papers (Papers due NLT 4:00)
27 Medieval and Early Modern China p. 192-196, 366-376, 378-380
29 Japan p. 198-202, 382-389, (7-4) Catch up and Review
2 Jul Exam 2
4 Class Does Not Meet
6 Class Does Not Meet
9 Greco-Roman p. 116-123, 128-134, 136-137 (5-1, 5-3, 5-4)
11 Christianity p. 166-171, (6-5)
13 Medieval Europe p. 211-216, 223-230, 394-403 (8-7)
16 Crisis of the Fourteenth Century p. 408-420, (14-6, 14-7)
18 Renaissance p. 426-433, 438-441, (15-2, 15-4)
20 Reformations p. 441-446, 448-453, (15-5, 15-6)
23 Absolutism and Constitutionalism p. 452-453, 496-501
25 Absolutism and Constitutionalism Continued p. 509-515 Catch up and Review
27 Exam 3
31 FINAL EXAM 4:00-6:30