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  • Governors State University College of Arts and Sciences
    Division of Humanities and Social Sciences
    World History: Concepts and Interpretations
    HIST 5701, Fall 2012, 3 Credits
    Thursdays, 12:30-3:20, Rm. D34165
    Professor David Hamilton Golland
    Office Hours: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 3:20-3:50 and 4:15-6:15

    Online Course Guide

    Description & Objectives: (Top)
    GSU Catalogue description: "A conceptual and comparative approach to the history of world civilizations, societies, and cultures that challenges persistent Eurocentric assumptions and world views. Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Europe will be analyzed in their diversity and in relation to one another. Topics include religion, language, commerce, migration, science, technology, ecology, imperialism, identity formation, and contemporary world-historical change."

    History Expected Student Outcomes and Assessment: (Top)
    In this course, students will: Assessment:
    Develop advanced literacy skills; inclusive of reading, writing, and public speaking Text Questions
    Library Activity
    Annotated Bibliography
    Book Review
    Demonstrate critical thinking, analysis, reasoning, and problem-solving skills Text Questions
    Library Activity
    Annotated Bibliography
    Book Review
    Explore global and cross-cultural themes to build civic knowledge Participation
    Library Activity
    Cultivate conceptual knowledge of historical methods, sources, research, data collection, and/or related technologies Library Activity
    Annotated Bibliography
    Book Review

    Required Text, with minimum and maximum prices at Amazon.Com as of March 23, 2012: (Top)
    Book Min. Max.
    Bentley, Jerry, and Herbert Ziegler, Traditions and Encounters: A Global Perspective on the Past, Volume 2, from 1500 to the Present, 5th Edition (McGraw-Hill, 2010) $1.91 $78.19
    In addition, all students will select and read one of the books found in one of the "For Further Reading" sections at the end of each chapter of the textbook.

    Course Components: (Top)
    There are six components to this course:
    Component Graduate Weight Undergraduate Weight
    Text Questions 15% 10%
    Plagiarism Quiz 0% 5%
    Participation 25% 25%
    Library Activity 25% 25%
    Final Essay 25% 25%
    Book Review 10% 10%
    Total 100% 100%

    The mathematical scores will strictly translate into letter grades as follows:
    90 or higher: A
    80 or higher: B
    70 or higher: C
    60 or higher: D
    Less than 60: F

    Note: all students will receive the exact grade they have earned, and grades will NOT be rounded up. For example, a student with a mathematical score of 89.999 will receive a B; a student with a mathematical score of 59.999 will receive an F.

    Explanation of Course Components: (Top)
    Note: for all components, graduate students will be held to a higher standard than undergraduates.
  • Text Questions. Due Each Wednesday by 12:30 (i.e. 24 hours before class), each student must write two questions based on the reading assignment for that week. The questions should be the starting point for discussion, and should not be about the text per se but should be stimulated by the assignment--a genuine quest for further knowledge inspired by the homework. Questions should be posted on DiscussionBoard, which is on your BlackBoard site for this course. Click HERE for more information about accessing BlackBoard.

  • Plagiarism Quiz. This brief quiz will be based on "Avoiding Plagiarism," which can be found below. Students must take the quiz at the University of Indiana School of Education Plagiarism Test Site. Successful completion of the test will result in a certificate, which you should print, complete, sign, and leave in my faculty mailbox (in the CAS office) by 12:30 on September 26 (or hand it to me earlier). Note: No assignments will be accepted from students who have not successfully completed the plagiarism quiz.

  • Participation. Each student is expected to attend every class session and be prepared to actively engage in discussion of the assigned readings.

  • Library Activity. This is the equivalent of a midterm exam. It is due on Wednesday, October 17, at 12:30. There are two sections to this assignment.
    Part One is about the authors of the textbook, Jerry Bentley and Herbert Ziegler, and additional professional academic historian(s) of your choice (other than your professor). Graduate students will write about four additional historians, and undergraduates will write about one. Write a minimum of 100 words each on the importance of each historian's work to the scholarship of history.
    For a sample component of Part One of the library activity, click HERE.
    Part Two is about individuals in history. You will choose people from the textbook's "Eyewitness" and "Sources from the Past" features. Graduate students choose six and write 600 words; undergraduates choose three and write 300 words. Answer the following questions:
    1. Which individuals did you choose, and why?
    2. What new insights did each of these stories give you on life during their particular eras?
    Unlike in Part One, you should not separate your response into the individual stories. You should answer these questions for all the individuals together in a single 600-word (graduate) or 300-word (undergraduate) essay.

  • Final Essay. This comprises the first component of the final exam. You must propose an essay question of appropriate complexity for a 500-level class and your matriculant status (graduate or undergraduate). Then, you must write a 3-5 page essay answering the question using the equivalent level of complexity. Your question proposal is due in class Thursday, September 27, and your final draft is due Wednesday, November 28, at 12:30 (i.e. 24 hours before the last class).

  • Book Review. This comprises the second component of the final exam. it is due Friday, November 30, at 4:20 (i.e. 24 hours after the last class). Students must review any one of the books found in the "suggestions for further reading" sections of the textbook. Reviews should be 2-3 pages in length and briefly explain the purpose and scope of the work, note the work's strengths and weaknesses, and discuss the importance of the work to the field.
    For a sample scholarly book review, click HERE (requires Adobe Acrobat reader.)

    Please note: failure to submit both the final essay and the book review by their respective deadlines will be the equivalent of being absent from the final exam, and will result in a grade of "Incomplete" for the class if the student would otherwise pass the course, and a grade of "F" if the student otherwise would not pass the course.

    Schedule of Assignments: (Top)
    Remember that text questions are due every Monday by 4:30.
    Due Date Textbook Online Handout In-class Topic
    August 30 Chapter 23   Renaissance, Reformation, Enlightenment
    September 6 Chapter 24   Discovery and Conquest of the Americas
    September 13     Film: The Scarlet Letter
    September 20 Chapter 25   Africa and Atlantic Slavery
    September 27 Chapter 28   American Revolution, French Revolution & Napoleon
    October 4 Chapter 29   Industrialization
    October 11 Chapter 30 Foner Nationalism, US Civil War
    October 18 Chapter 32 Sklar Turn of the Century Economics, Imperialism
    October 25 Chapter 33   World War One, Russian Revolution
    November 1 Chapter 34BernsteinGreat Depression
    Guest speaker on world population
    November 8 Chapter 36 May World War II, Cold War
    November 15 Chapter 37 Young Decolonization, Vietnam, Modern Mid-East
    November 22    Thanksgiving. No class.
    November 29     Film: The Battle of Algiers

    Other Important Dates: (Top)
    September 26Plagiarism quiz certificate due 12:30 today.
    September 27Essay Question Proposal due today.
    October 17Library Activity Due 12:30 today.
    November 28Final Essay due 12:30 today.
    November 30Book review due 7:20 today.

    Avoiding Plagiarism by Good Paraphrasing, Quoting and Documentation (Top)
    From Prof. Timothy C. Gsell
    Give credit to your sources, because they deserve it. Many students inadvertently plagiarize the intellectual work of others, and run the risk of receiving an F. It is easy to plagiarize, especially with all the information on the web! Simply fail to give credit where credit is due, and you are a plagiarist. That is all there is to it. But how can one know when credit is due, you ask? Read this carefully:

    Document your source if you paraphrase or quote. Failure to do so is an act of plagiarism, even if it is innocent. It is easy to plagiarize even though one does not intend to steal another?s work. Therefore, it is very important to understand the essentials of paraphrasing and quoting discussed below.

    If in doubt, consult a handbook on good writing or contact me. I strongly recommend this if your are not sure about documenting written material. The following quotes are from the Prentice-Hall Handbook for Writers, 10th edition. Chapter 45 (The Research Paper). But there are other good handbooks with similar words of wisdom:
  • A paraphrase is a restatement of the source material in your own words, syntax, and style but preserving the tone of the original?. and of approximately the same length (not as summary). A paraphrase uses the original author?s idea and presents it in your own language. Since in paraphrasing you borrowing someone?s thoughts, you must document the source when you use the paraphrase in your paper (page 470).
  • A direct quotation records exactly the words of the original source (as well as the exact punctuation and even any spelling errors). Like summaries and paraphrases, direct quotations require citations in your paper crediting the source from which you copied them. In general, use direct quotations only for particularly telling phrases or for information that must be rendered exactly as you found it (page 470).
  • Plagiarism consists of passing off ideas, opinions, conclusions, facts, words (intellectual property) of another as your own. Plagiarism is dishonest and carries penalties not only in academic environments but in all professions, as well as copyright law (page 470).
  • Long word-for-word quotations are rarely appropriate to a paper or particularly to a lab report. Use of all or most of a single sentence or an apt figure of speech without acknowledgment from another source is also dishonest and considered plagiarism (page 470).
  • Even if you acknowledge the source in a citation, you are still plagiarizing when you incorporate in your work faultily paraphrased or summarized material from another author in which you follow almost exactly the original?s sentence patterns and phrasing. Paraphrasing and summarizing require that you fully digest an author?s ideas and interpretations and restate them in your own words. It is not enough simply to modify the original author?s sentences slightly, to change a word here and there (page 472).
  • A research report or paper loaded with quotations or consisting of long quotations stitched loosely together with brief comments will almost always be an unsatisfactory paper (page 474).
  • Make use of paraphrases and summaries instead of quotations in most cases where sources are cited. Frequently, the point can be made better in your own words, with proper citations, than in the words of the original (page 474)

    Take the plagiarism quiz now!

    Wikipedia Research Policy, by Prof. Alan Liu (Top)
    Click HERE for the article.

    Writing Center (Top)
    In that writing assignments are weighted heavily in this class, students are encouraged, but not required to attend the Writing Center for assistance in completing the writing assignments. In- depth individual assistance with research papers or any other writing for classes is available through the Writing Center. For one-on-one help, please call 708.534.4508 to make an appointment. On-site tutoring is available by appointment only. The Writing Center desk in the Library offers students the opportunity to ask questions dealing with the research assignments. Click on www.govst.edu/owl to find writing help at home. You may submit a copy of your paper for revision suggestions, obtain information about virtual appointments, and find sources for help with research writing as well as sources for general writing help, including grammar resources.

    Counseling Center (Top)
    The Counseling Center of the Academic Resource Center at Governors State University (GSU) has a staff of experienced professionals who provide a variety of counseling services for GSU undergraduate and graduate students. The counselors support and adhere to the professional, ethical, and legal standards as described by the American Psychological Association, as well as other professional organizations. Our mission is to contribute to the overall quality of campus life for students, and to support the academic endeavors of our students. The Counseling Center is located in the Academic Resource Center, B1215. Office hours are Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. and Fridays 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. For personal counseling, contact Katherine Helm, 708.235.7334. For academic counseling, call 708.534.4508.

    Services for Students with Disabilities: (Top)
    GSU is committed to providing all students equal access to all university programs and facilities. Students who have a documented physical, psychological, or learning disability and need academic accommodations, must register with Access Services for Students with Disabilities (ASSD). Please contact the Coordinator of ASSD in Room B1201 in person; by e-mail, assd@govst.edu; or by calling 708.235.3968. If you are already registered, please contact your instructor privately regarding your academic accommodations.

    Contact Information: (Top)
    Professor David Hamilton Golland
    Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
    Governors State University
    Office Location: E2543
    E-mail: dgolland@govst.edu

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    Last Updated 08 January 2013 (DHG)