CORE CURRICULUM 2.2 ONLINE GUIDE
SHAPING of the MODERN WORLD
Instructor: David Hamilton Golland
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Online Syllabus and Course Guide
This website contains the schedule of assignments, completed quizzes, a list of possible identifications questions, professor Golland's contact information, important online links, and all the supplemental readings (online handouts) needed for the course. Please select an item from the list at the left. The information below is available in lieu of a hard-copy syllabus.
Description and Objectives:
This course covers modern history between the Enlightenment and the present from a trans-Atlantic perspective. While Europe and North America are the usual starting points for discussion, students in these sections will emerge from the course with a basic knowledge of the modern history of Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and South America as well. Special attention is paid to power relationships, especially between hegemonic (elite, dominant) groups and subaltern (downtrodden, subservient) groups in various places in the world throughout the period discussed.
Working with primary and secondary sources, students will learn to evaluate differing and contrasting opinions on historical events and trends and discover how to put these opinions, events, and trends in historical perspective. They will also learn skills of analysis, writing and reading. It is important to keep up with assignments and to come to class ready to participate to achieve these objectives. Classroom participation, regular homework quizzes, and examinations will assess their progress in achieving these objectives.
Both of the required texts are available at the Brooklyn College bookstore.
*Bentley & Ziegler, Traditions and Encounters: Vol. II, from 1500 to the Present, Third Edition (McGraw Hill, 2006), a textbook (TB)
*The Shaping of the Modern World From the Enlightenment to the Present, Latest edition (Simon & Schuster), a source book (SB)
IMPORTANT: Please bring your source book (Shaping of the Modern World) to every class session.
In addition, there are supplemental passages which are also required reading. These passages, which I call "online handouts," are all available in the HANDOUTS Section of this website.
Testing will consist of regular readings quizzes, two map quizzes, a midterm examination, and a final examination.
*The regular readings quizzes, which correspond with the assigned lessons, will take place at the start of every lesson and will consist of either five multiple-choice questions, one chronological question with six items to be numbered in order, a single identification question, or a combination of the above. All questions will be based on the assigned reading for that lesson, including the assigned textbook and sourcebook passages as well as any supplemental material, and will be graded on a five-point scale. These quizzes are designed to ensure that all students do the homework as well as to prepare students for the style of questions they will face on the midterm and final exams.
*The first map quiz will ask you to identify regions on an antebellum map of North America and the second will ask you to identify nations on a modern map of Europe. Labeled study maps are available in the MAPS section of the course website.
*The midterm exam will consist of a chronology section, an identifications section, and an essay, and will cover the period of study preceding the exam.
*The final exam will consist of a chronology section and an identifications section, which will cover the period of study between the midterm and the end of the semester; and an essay which will be cumulative.
The Exam essay questions will be available online at the appropriate time.
Quiz and Exam Rules
Please observe these rules carefully. Infraction will result in lost points.
*Please clear your desks of all items except a writing implement prior to the start of the quiz or exam.
*Keep your eyes on your own quiz or exam.
*No pencil or red ink.
*Write your name first; no extra time will be alloted at the end to write your name.
*Do not speak during the quiz or exam. If you have a question, raise your hand and the instructor will come to your seat.
*You may not leave the classroom during the quiz or exam. If you must leave for an emergency, turn in your quiz or exam; you're finished. So please handle biological functions in advance.
*If you finish early, please wait quietly until the instructor has called the time.
Regular Readings Quizzes: 10%
Map Quizzes: 5% each (10% total)
Midterm Examination: 30%
Final Examination: 30%
The mathematical scores will translate into letter grades as follows:
98 or higher: A+
93 or higher: A
90 or higher: A-
88 or higher: B+
83 or higher: B
80 or higher: B-
78 or higher: C+
73 or higher: C
70 or higher: C-
68 or higher: D+
63 or higher: D
60 or higher: D-
Less than 60: F
Some students will receive a grade one notch higher than that dictated by their mathematical score. For instance, a high F (above 57) could become a D-; a D- could become a D+; a D could become a D+; etc. There are two ways in which a student can earn a "Bump-up."
1. "Bump-Up" for Improvement: Students who score at least ten points higher on the final than on the midterm.
2. "Bump-Up" for Standard Deviation: Students who earn a grade on one component of the course which is at least 20 points lower than their grades on all other components of the course.
Please note that these "Bump-ups" are the ONLY exceptions. All other students will receive the exact grade they have earned. As an example, a student with a mathematical score of 89.999 who does not qualify for a "Bump-up" will receive a B+; a student with a mathematical score of 59.999 who does not qualify for a "Bump-up" will receive an F.
Students who fail both the midterm and the final examination will fail the course regardless of their mathmatical score and are not eligible for "Bump-ups."
Students who wish to have this course count for honors credit towards an honors degree must inform the professor prior to Lesson Seven. Students who take this course for honors credit will be required to complete two essays on the final examination (rather than one) within the normal final exam time.
Cellphones and Beepers: For the sake of your fellow students, please remember to silence your phones and pagers. Each time your phone rings during the class may result in as much as one point off your final grade--at my discretion. Please notify me if you are an emergency services worker on call while off-duty.
Eating and Drinking: As long as you clean up after yourself, I have no problem with eating or drinking in the classroom. It should go without saying that "drinking" refers to non-alcoholic beverages.
You will be treated like an adult, so you are expected to behave like an adult. When class has started, you are expected to be attentive to the lesson. You don't need permission to leave the room, just do it. But you have a responsibility to arrive in class on time and not leave class more than absolutely necessary.
Dismissal Distractions: Packing up or otherwise making noise prior to my dismissal of the class is an unnecessary distraction both to me and your fellow students. Accordingly, each time you do so may result in as much as one point off your final grade--at my discretion. Please notify me in advance if you need to leave early for any reason.
Absence Policy/Missed Quizzes/Missed Exams:
Attendance will not be taken in this class; instead, completion of the regular readings quizzes will serve as a register of attendance. Students will automatically be excused from three readings quizzes OR one map quiz, whichever is most beneficial to the student's final grade. Students who do not miss a map quiz or three quizzes will have their three lowest quiz grades automatically excused.
No students will be retroactively excused from the midterm examination for any reason other than an emergency, which must be documented. Students who know in advance that they will need to miss the midterm may inform the profesor and have the documentation requirement waived. All makeup midterms, whether arranged in advance or due to a documented emergency, will carry a penalty.
Students who otherwise succesfully complete the course but fail to attend the final examination will receive a grade of ABS (absent from final) and will be required to attend a makeup examination during the following semester. Failure to attend the makeup final exam will result in immediate failure of the course.
Students who are absent from the final examination but would have failed the course based on pre-final exam performance will not receive a grade of ABS but will automatically fail the course. Such students who also were absent for quizzes 12-18 (10-14 in the summer) will receive a grade of WU, or "Withdrawn Unofficially," which is the equivalent of a grade of F.
Disclaimer: None of the above shall be construed to supercede Brooklyn College/CUNY policy or local, state, or federal laws. Any instructions or information on this website found to be in violation of said policies or laws can and should be ignored.
Last Updated 18 October, 2009 (DHG)