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HISTORY 107-01: THE WORLD IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

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Office Hours: Tuesday, Thursday: 10:00-11 :00; Wednesday: 2:45-3:45; other times by
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OVERVIEW
In this course we will survey modem twentieth-century history from a global perspective, emphasizing the
transnational connections (or connections across borders) which have existed between individuals and
groups. Themes and issues to be examined include: industry; imperialism; political movements,
technological change; the first and second world wars; modem art and modernism; the Holocaust; the Cold
War; decolonization; and terrorism. We will also learn the basic skills of an historian: effective research,
writing, and critical thinking.

The course is taught in a lecture format with weekly student presentations and discussions. Typically, the
first two classes of the week will be lectures either providing an historical overview, specific case studies
or help prepare students with their assignments and tests, and the third class will involve students
collaborating together to better understand the week's readings.

VIRTUAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENT


This course has its own website using the university's Blackboard software. The website is used to post
course information including some class readings (see the section on readings below), important dates and
assignments, course marks, supplementary material and links for further research. Important
announcements, such as possible class cancellations, will also be posted on Blackboard, so ensure you
check it regularly. The course website can be accessed by logging in to Blackboard at Alfred University:

http://blackboard.alfred.edu/

LEARNING OUTCOMES
The goals for this course are to introduce students' to modem World History, as well as
develop students' analytical and writing skills. Leaming outcomes include proficiency in:
a certain number of basic facts, events, and/or developments from the past, within
a broadly conceived framework.
understanding the interactions of different societies.
identifying and analyzing primary and secondary sources.
basic critical thinking, reading, and writing skills that prepare them for
further study not only in history but in other areas that require these skills.
EVALUATION
Participation: 10% -due in class February 16
Class presentation: 10% -due in class April 6
Chapter Review 15% -due in class April 27
Annotated bibliography for Persepolis 5% -held in class March 2
Research paper on Persepolis 20% -held in class May 8 at 10:15am
Mid-Term: 20%
Final exam: 20%
Total: 100%

Participation:
Value: 10%

Weekly lectures will involve some student participation, but participation (and an evident
familiarity with the readings) will be required of each student during each Friday class.
Each student will be expected to discuss the weekly readings in detail. The ultimate aim
is to work together in order to better understand the readings. Participation is not so much
about quantity or volume, but about facilitating discussion in the class. In other words,
participation also involves helping provide a professional classroom environment in
which other people can feel included in discussion.

Students may miss three classes without penalty. Afterwards, one quarter of a letter grade
will be deducted for each class missed. AU athletes will sometimes have legitimate
scheduling conflicts, but you must notify me through email at the beginning of the
semester and a week before the class to be missed.

Class Presentation:
Value: 10%
Length: 10 minutes.

This presentation will be on a specific topic complementary to the week's reading, and
will be delivered at the beginning of Thursday's classes. You will submit a presentation
proposal to me no later than one week before your presentation which will include an
outline and bibliography. Your presentation can only draw on scholarly sources (such as
AU library databases like JSTOR) Sign-up sheets will be provided on my office door this
week.

Instructions: With other students assigned to your week's presentation, you will provide a
maximum ten-minute presentation relevant to the week's readings. Be creative so that
your presentation will be memorable. You can use PowerPoint slides, very brief clips of
movies, music, food or anything else you think will help you explain the significance of
the presentation effectively. Let me know well ahead of time (at least a week) if there are
audio/visual resources needed. You will be expected to provide me a bibliography of the
research that went into your presentation (please retain a copy). You will be graded on
the presentation and the bibliography. The mark for the presentation will be calculated
by combining my evaluation of your presentation with each presenter's evaluation of
how much work they and their colleagues put into it.
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Chapter Review:
Value: 15%
Length: approximately two-to-three (2-3) pages including bibliography (typed, double
spaced)
Late papers lose 5% each day including weekends.

You will write a review of one of the assigned chapters from either Carol Offs book
Bitter Chocolate or Adam Hochschild's book King Leopold's Ghost. First, explain this
chapter to the reader (who it is by, what it is about, etc ...). Does this work relate to other
works by the author? Does this chapter have a thesis (main point)? What is it? What
evidence does the author use? How does the evidence shape the argument? What is your
evaluation of the chapter and how do you support it with evidence from the chapter? You
will provide citations from the chapter for the specific points you make.

Annotated bibliography of secondary sources for Persepolis


Value: 5%
Length: approximately two-to-five (2-5) pages (typed, double-spaced)
Late papers lose 5% each day including weekends.

You will research scholarly articles on Iranian history, available through Alfred
University's libraries, in order to help you better understand the historical context of the
graphic novel Persepolis. You will write a short review of three of these scholarly articles
available through Alfred University's libraries. The review of these articles is called an
annotated bibliography. Further details will be provided in class.

Research paper on Persepolis:


Value: 20%
Length: six-to-teri (6-10) pages long (typed, double-spaced)
Late papers lose 5% each day including weekends.

This essay will use Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis as a primary source on modem Iranian
history, supplemented with scholarly secondary sources. Further details will be provided
in class. Late papers will be deducted 5% each day, including weekends. Plagiarism is a
very serious offense and will result in the student failing the class. According to Alfred
University's Undergraduate Academic Regulations:

"In the context of writing assignments, research projects, lab reports, and other academic
work completed outside the classroom, dishonest practices, commonly referred to as
plagiarism, include but are not limited to:
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Lack of adequate and appropriate citation of all sources used.


The appropriation of another's ideas, analysis, or actual words without necessary and adequate
source citations, either deliberately or inadvertently.
The copying, purchase, or other appropriation of another person's academic work with the
intention of passing it off as one's own original production.
The creation of a document by more than one student that is then submitted to the instructor as
the original creation of only one student, without the express permission of the instructor.
Submitting the same piece of work to more than one instructor without the express permission
of all instructors involved."

http://my.alfred.edu/index.cfm/fuseaction/academic policies.academic regulation ug#70 Q

How historians cite evidence: Historians always cite their evidence, whether it is evidence from the past
event we are examining (primary sources) or evidence from other historians' books and articles (secondary
sources). We cite our evidence in footnotes at the bottom of the page. We include bibliographies at the end
of our essays and books. If we did not do this, we would not be a fact-based academic discipline that
strives for historical accuracy. In history classes, we typically cite our evidence using the Chicago Manual
of Style guide. Do not worry about this for now; we will go over how to do this in class. For a reference
guide, you can consult:
http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html

Mid-Term and Final Exam:


Mid-term Value: 20%, Final Exam Value: 20%

Each test will have two parts. First, you will be asked two short-answer questions relating to material
covered in the textbook, Global Society. Second, you then will write one essay based on the other assigned
readings. For this essay, you will answer one of two essay questions provided. For example, you might be
asked to write an essay on the economic and political relations between two countries, or an essay
comparing and contrasting different intellectuals we have studied. Please contact me at the beginning of the
semester if there are any arrangements required for test taking. There are no make-up exams.

RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS


There are many useful resources available to students:
Writing Center: The Writing Center provides free and comprehensive writing assistance
to all Alfred University students. I have used writing centers at universities I have attended to my
great advantage. I cannot recommend it highly enough, but book appointments as early as possible
in the semester. The Writing Center is located in Seidlin 003. Phone: (607) 871-2245
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the form of individual and group tutoring, or assistance for students with disabilities. Please
contact Beth Niles at (607) 871-2148. Many accommodations require early planning, therefore
requests for test accommodations should be made as early as possible. Any requests for
accommodations will be reviewed in a timely manner to determine their appropriateness to this
setting.
Harassment and/or Discrimination: Alfred University has policies and procedures for
issues of sexual harassment, hazing and sexual misconduct, and discrimination. The Affirmative
Action Officer is Mark Guinan, Human Resources, Green Hall, (607) 871-2909. He will help you
if you have questions concerning procedure. For issues relating to sexual harassment, the
university has a policy with specific step-by-step procedures which can be read at:
http://my.alfred.edu/index.cfm/fuseaction/student_policies.sexual_harassment.cfm

COURSE TEXTS
Available at the Alfred University Bookstore:
Crossley, Pamela Kyle; Lees, Lynn Hollen; Servos, John W. Global Society: The World Since 1900,
Third Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2012.
Satrapi, Marjane. Persepolis: The Story ofa Childhood. Pantheon, 2004.
Lab Packet with supplementary reading materials available in the Human Studies Department in
Kanakadea Hall (receipt purchased from bookstore required).

READINGS
Part 1: Introduction

Week 1: Modernity, Modernization and Modernism


Readings:
Pamela Crossley, Global Society, pp. 1-15

Part 2: The Era of Global Imperialism

Week 2: Global Industry


Readings: