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AMS 4305-501 World History for Teachers 2005 Fall

Instructor: Scott Cotton Office: Teacher Development Center Office Hours: By appointment Phone: TBA Email:

Course Description: This course is designed to provide students with a broad-based introduction to world history. The course is holistic in scope and global in focus, covering everything from the early river- valley civilizations to the contemporary world. A wide variety of regions and themes will be explored, with particular attention being paid to constructing a comparative framework within which students can analyze change and continuity. While the course is ostensibly designed for prospective teachers, teaching methods, curriculum development, and other pedagogical concerns will not be covered. The focus of this class will be the content of world history, not methods of teaching it.

Objectives: 1) Students will develop strong foundational knowledge of all major civilizations and societies in world history. 2) Students will be able to make inter-civilizational comparisons, especially regarding the major themes of world history, e.g. economic development, political organization, belief systems, and use of techno logy. 3) Students who take the state teacher exam will be better prepared for not only the world history portions, but all related subjects.

Evaluation: Test #1: 25% Test #2: 35% Final Exam: 40%

Attendance: Attendance is mandatory for this course. Students should not miss more than two classes. If you are absent for any reason, you should contact the instructor.

Texts: The following books are required for this course: 1) Stearns, Peter N. (2004) World Civilizations: The Global Experience, 4th edition. 2) Hart, Michael H. (1992) The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History. 2nd edition In addition to these texts, students will also receive articles, primary documents, maps, charts, etc. in class. The following books are recommended as supplementary materials: 1) Guns, Germs, and Steel, by Jared Diamond. A fascinating look at world history from many surprising angles, including botany, zoology, and ecology. The book answers the question: Why did Western nations conquer the Americas, rather than vice- versa? Highly recommended! 2) The Way of the World, by David Fromkin. A pretty good overview of world history. Although biased toward Western civilization, it is a handy book to have. 3) Plagues and Peoples, by William H. McNeil. Highly original view of history – looks at the effects of diseases on world history. Somewhat tedious, but extremely interesting. 4) Experiencing World History, by Peter N. Stearns, et al. A good resource for world history teachers – contains good comparative analysis, especially on social issues.

Syllabus Date Aug. 23 Topic Intro & Early Civilizations Assigned Reading Stearns: Ch. 1,2,3 100: Menes, Cheops

Aug. 30

Early Belief Systems

Stearns: Ch. 4,6 100: Moses, Buddha, Confucius, Lao-Tzu, Mencius

Date Sept. 6

Topic Classical Civilizations

Assigned Reading Stearns: Ch. 5, 7 and p. 232-237 100: Christ, St. Paul, Aristotle, Euclid, Caesars, Shih Huang Ti, Plato, Constantine, Asoka, Homer

Sept. 13

The World of Islam

Stearns: Ch. 11, 12 100: Muhammad, Umar ibn al-Khattab

Sept. 20

Test #1

Sept. 27

East Asia

Stearns: Ch. 17, 18, 19 100: Sui Wen Ti, Genghis Khan

Oct. 4

Medieval Europe

Stearns: Ch. 14,15 100: Charlemagne, Pope Urban II, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wm. the Conqueror, Justinian

Oct. 11

The Rise of the West

Stearns: p. 470-476 and Ch. 21,22 100: Newton, Gutenberg, Columbus, Galileo, Copernicus, Smith, Locke, Descartes, Michelangelo, Luther, Pizarro, Cortes, Voltaire, Machiavelli, da Gama, Elizabeth, Isabella, Bacon

Date Oct. 18

Topic Test #2 Atlantic Slavery & Early Modern Period in the East

Assigned Reading Stearns: Ch. 23,25 and p. 640-654 100: Peter the Great

Oct. 25

Industrialization & Imperialism

Stearns: Ch. 28,29 100: Watt, Maxwell, Dalton, Otto, Ford, Marx, Mendel, Freud, Bell

Nov. 1

The Non-West in the 19th Century

Stearns: Ch. 30,31,32 100: Bolivar

Nov. 8

The West in the 20th Century

Stearns: p. 803-816, p. 859-868, p. 874-880, p. 884-898 100: Hitler, Le nin, Stalin Kennedy, Gorbachev

Nov. 15

The Non-West Since 1945

Stearns: TBA 100: Gandhi, Mao

Nov. 22

Understanding Sept. 11


Nov. 29

Final Exam