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THE MAKING of MODERN SOCIETY
ONLINE COURSE GUIDE

David Hamilton Golland, Section Instructor



Emergency Information

December 2: The Fourth (Final) Essay Assignment has now been posted at the left.

October 28: There is a schedule change for the due date for the Third Essay Assignment. It will be due on November 23 (assignment to be announced).

October 21: The Second (Midterm) Essay Assignment has now been posted at the left.

October 10: It has recently come to my attention that the Second Essay and the Midterm are one and the same, and so I have adjusted the Grade Weighting (see below).

September 27: I have created a class blog, accessed by clicking on the button on the left. I have also uploaded the first essay assignment.

Online Syllabus and Course Guide
Click HERE for the main course syllabus (pdf format).

Lecture
Mondays
11:00-12:00
Room LL117
Section J
Fridays
1:00-3:00
Room 504

Jump To:
  • Description and Objectives
  • Required Books
  • Class Participation
  • Tests
  • Exam Rules
  • Attendance
  • Essays
  • Grade Weighting
  • Classroom Etiquette
  • Dr. Golland's Contact Information
  • Schedule



  • Description and Objectives:
    This course is a study in the key political, social, and intellectual developments of modern Europe in global context. This course is organized chronologically, beginning with the Industrial and French Revolutions. Students develop an understanding of the political grammar and material bases of the present day by exploring the social origins of conservatism, liberalism, feminism, imperialism and totalitarianism. In discussions and in lectures students learn to study and to respond critically in written and spoken form to a variety of historical documents and secondary texts.

    Required Books:
    The required books are available at Shakespeare & Co., 716 Broadway at Washington Place.
  • Aimé Césaire, The Tempest (trans. Richard Miller, TCG, 1992)
  • Marx and Engels, The Communist Manifesto (Signet)
  • Mark Mazower, Dark Continent: Europe’s Twentieth Century (Vintage)
  • Textbook: Robert Tignor et al, World Together, Worlds Apart (Norton 2002)
    All other required readings are on the HSS3 Moodle website.

    Thanks to the “American Opportunity Tax Credit,” textbooks and other course materials expenses – along with tuition and fees that are not covered by scholarships or grants – may be claimed as a tax credit on that year's tax return. Students must keep their course materials receipts and transcripts to be eligible.

    American Opportunity Tax Credit At A Glance:
  • Certain restrictions apply, so visit www.textbookaid.org to get more details
  • Eligible for the first four years of college
  • In 2009 and 2010, tax credit of up to $2,500 of the out-of-pocket cost of tuition and related expenses including course materials paid during the taxable year
  • Many of those eligible will qualify for the maximum annual credit of $2,500 per student
  • The tax credit applies to 100% of the first $2,000 spent, and 25% of the next $2,000
  • 40% of the credit is refundable with the maximum refundable amount of $1,000
  • $13.907 billion in estimated benefits for students and families in 2009 and 2010
  • President Obama has proposed to make the credit permanent.

    Class Participation:
    All students will be expected to participate in every class session, and classroom participation will count significantly towards the final grade (see "Grade Weighting," below).

    Tests:
    Students will be evaluated by a midterm examination in the section, and a final examination in the lecture. The midterm will consist of a multiple-choice section, a chronology section, and an identifications section.

    Exam Rules
    Please observe these rules carefully. Infraction will result in lost points.

    *No pencil or red ink.
    *Clear your desks of all items except a writing implement prior to the start of the exam.
    *Keep your eyes on your own exam paper.
    *Write your name first; no extra time will be alloted at the end to write your name.
    *Do not speak during the 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 exam. If you must leave for an emergency, turn in your exam paper; you're finished. So please handle biological functions in advance.
    *If you finish the exam early, you may turn in your exam paper and leave. You may wish to stay (or come back after a few minutes) because Dr. Golland will start grading exams as soon as students start finishing.

    Attendance:
    Attendance in BOTH the lecture and section is a course requirement.

    Essays:
    All papers must be 5 pages in length, typed, double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, delivered as an e-mail attachment (Microsoft Word ONLY) to dgolland@gmail.com by 11:59 p.m. on the appropriate due date. Be sure to include citations for all sources (in whatever format you choose). Early papers may be submitted in hard copy in class.

    LATE PAPERS: Late papers will be strictly penalized 10 points per day late, starting at exactly 12:00 a.m. on the night of the due date. Papers turned in more than nine days late will not be read and will automatically receive a grade of zero.

    PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism will not be tolerated, and I have powerful tools to detect it, so don't even try. If you admit to plagiarizing before I return your paper or discover that it is plagiarized, I will forgive you and require that you write a new paper, with the standard late penalty. If I otherwise discover that your paper was plagiarized, you will receive a grade of zero for the paper and I will forward your case to the Dean for disciplinary action.

    Essay topics and due dates will be posted in a few days.

    Grade Weighting:
    Participation: 20%
    Essays: 55% (10% for the 1st essay; 15% each for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th)
    Final Examination: 25%

    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+
    70 or higher: C
    60 or higher: D
    Less than 60: F

    PLEASE NOTE:
  • Students who fail both examinations will fail the course regardless of their mathmatical score.
  • Students who miss five or more classes (lecture or section) will fail the course regardless of their mathmatical score. Each lateness will count as one-half an absence, and it is the responsibility of late students to inform Dr. Golland of their presence after class. Participation after arrival will NOT constitute informing Dr. Golland.

    Classroom Etiquette:
  • 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 Dr. Golland's discretion.

  • 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 act 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 Dr. Golland and your fellow students. Accordingly, each time you do so may result in as much as one point off your final grade--at his discretion. Please notify him in advance if you need to leave early for any reason.

    Contact Information:
    David Hamilton Golland
    Adjunct Assistant Professor
    The Cooper Union

    Office Location: NAB 307.
    Office Hours: E-mail for an appointment.

    E-mail: dgolland@gmail.com

    Schedule:
    All section classes will consist of a discussion of the topics covered in that week's lecture, with the following exceptions:

    September 11
    Course introduction.

    October 30
    Midterm Examination.

    November 27
    Thanksgiving break; no classes.




    Disclaimer: None of the above shall be construed to supercede Cooper Union 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.

    Napoleon Links:
    Murat's Charge at Eylau
    Eylau, After the Battle
    Napoleon's Russian Campaign

    Holocaust Videos
    Sophie's Choice
    Auschwitz


    Last Updated 18 January, 2010 (DHG)