History 141

 History of Modern Civilizations

Spring 2016



3 units; 3 hours lecture

Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 1A

Credit, degree applicable Transfer CSU, UC


Section #2430; M. and W. 9:30 - 10:55
Section #2432; T. and TH. 11:15-12:40

Room: SOCS 117

Instructor: Dr. Florence M. Baker
Office: SOCS 116
Phone: (310) 532-3670 x3750
Office Hours: M. and W. 1:00-3:00 PM; T. and TH. 8:45-9:15 AM
and by appointment
E-mail: fbaker@elcamino.edu

Course web site: www.elcamino.edu/Faculty/fbaker/History4/ 

1. Course Description
This course is a survey of the political, economic, social, and cultural development of world civilizations from the rise of the West in the mid-fifteenth century to the present day. Topics include the European voyages of exploration and expansion, Africa and the transatlantic slave trade, Protestant and Catholic Reformations, the Islamic empires, China and Japan in the age of global expansion, French and Industrial Revolutions, Western Imperialism, World Wars I and II, the Cold War, and globalization.

2. Course Overview
The purpose of this course is to assist you in acquiring the resources and analytical skills necessary to better understand, appreciate and evaluate the development of world civilizations and their impact in shaping contemporary life. Class materials include lectures, presentations, videos and assigned readings that will provide you with a basic framework of information. We will analyze these secondary sources as well as primary sources such as documents and cultural artifacts through class and group discussion and the writing of essay exams. In examining the past we will strive to identify and understand the broad patterns of human behavior and experience that comprise world history.

3. Required Texts
Bonnie G. Smith, Crossroads and Cultures: A History of the World’s Peoples, Volume II: Since 1300. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2012.

A Study Guide for this text is available online at: http://bedfordstmartins.com/smith 

4. Course Objectives
Upon completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Analyze the reasons for the European explorations and methods of expansion in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
2. Compare and contrast the Iberian conquest, colonization, and exploitation of Latin America with that of the English, French, and Dutch experience in North America.
3. Explain the origins and expansion of the transatlantic slave trade and assess its impact on the political, economic, demographic, and social development of Africa.
4. Evaluate the impact of the Protestant Reformation and scientific revolution on the religious, political, and intellectual development of Europe.
5. Analyze the development of absolutism in continental Europe and constitutional monarchy in Great Britain.
6. Discuss the political, economic, social, and cultural development of China under the Ming and Qing dynasties and evaluate the impact of early interaction with European traders and missionaries.
7. Analyze the impact of European traders and missionaries on the political development of Japan and the transformation of Japan under the Tokugawa Shogunate.
8. Compare and contrast the political, economic, social, and cultural development of the Islamic empires of the early modern era as well as their relations with the European states.
9. Discuss the long and short term causes of the French Revolution and assess its role in the political, social, and cultural development of Europe.
10. Analyze the impact of the French Revolution on the political and economic development of the colonial Americas.
11. Explain the origins, development, and expansion of the industrial revolution and analyze its political, economic, and social consequences.
12. Compare and contrast the political, economic, and social development of the United States, Canada, and Latin American in the nineteenth century.
13. Analyze the factors that contributed to the decline of the Ottoman Empire, Russian empire, China, and Japan in the nineteenth century and explain the reasons for the differing responses of China and Japan to European incursions.
14. Evaluate the motives for New Imperialism, assess its impact on Africa and Asia, and discuss the anti-colonial movements that emerged in response.
15. Analyze the factors that contributed to the outbreak of World War I and the reasons for the failure of the peace settlements.
16. Analyze the causes of the Russian revolution and examine the establishment of communism in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
17. Discuss the factors that contributed to the rise of totalitarian regimes in the interwar period.
18. Explain the Asian and European origins of World War II as well as the course of the war and its peace settlements.
19. Compare and contrast the Russian and Chinese communist revolutions and the evolution of communism in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and the People’s Republic of China.
20. Trace the origin and course of the Cold War and analyze the reasons for the collapse of communist regimes in Eastern and Central Europe and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
21. Explain the process of post-World War II decolonization and evaluate the colonial legacy of the newly independent states of Asia and Africa.
22. Discuss the regional and global integration of national economies and the social, cultural, and environmental impact of globalization.

5. Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of History of Early Civilizations, students will be able to develop and persuasively argue a historical thesis in a written assignment that identifies and explains major social, economic, political and/or cultural historical themes or patterns in the history of Early Civilizations and apply appropriate historical methods to analyze and use primary and/or secondary sources as evidence to support the thesis.

6. ADA Statement
El Camino College is committed to providing educational accommodations for students with disabilities upon the timely request by the student to the instructor. A student with a disability, who would like to request an academic accommodation, is responsible for identifying herself/himself to the instructor and to the Special Resources Center. To make arrangements for academic accommodations, contact the Special Resources Center.

7. Student Resources
Your success is the number one priority at El Camino College. College resources to help you succeed include computer labs, tutoring centers, health services, and services for designated groups, such as veterans and students with disabilities. For a comprehensive list of Student Success Transfer and Retention Services (SSTARS) visit: http://www.elcamino.edu/studentservices/co/sstars.asp 

8. Student Success Act
New state regulations may affect your eligibility for financial aid, your registration priority, and your ability to repeat classes. Schedule an appointment to see a counselor for an up-to-date educational plan by visiting: http://www.elcamino.edu/studentservices/co/appointments.asp

9. Title IX Employee Reporting Obligations
El Camino College is committed to protecting the safety of our students. If you have been a victim of misconduct/assault (including experiences of sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking and intimate partner violence), help is available. You can:
1) Speak with an instructor. By law, faculty must report to the Office of Staff and Student Diversity any information about sexual or gender-based misconduct shared by students in person, via electronic communication and/or in classroom papers or homework exercises. Once an incident has been reported you can decide whether to cooperate with the investigation.
2) Speak with a psychologist at Student Health. This assistance is free and confidential – psychologists are not required to report to the Office of Staff and Student Diversity. To schedule an appointment, call the Student Health Center at 310.660.3643 or visit their website: http://www.elcamino.edu/studentservices/health/
3) Contact the Office of Staff and Student Diversity at 310.660.3813 or visit their website for more information about resources on and off campus: http://www.elcamino.edu/administration/hr/diversity/ 

10. Course Requirements and Evaluations
You are required to complete all reading, writing and exam assignments. Your course grade will be determined in the following ways:

1) Two Midterm exams and a Final exam of about 4 to 5 pages each, typed and double-spaced These exams will be completed at home and require an analysis of course material including secondary and primary sources. They will be evaluated and graded according to the following criteria:

Answer ------ Did you answer the question assigned? All parts?
Evidence ---- Are your statements supported with evidence from course materials such as assigned
readings and lectures?
Analysis ----- To what extent does your work demonstrate your use of critical thinking? Is there depth
to your analysis? Is your argument presented logically and convincingly? Does it show
your ability to synthesize diverse materials and concepts?
Expression -- Is your writing coherent and well-organized? Is your grammar use and spelling correct?

2) Online Tests for Chapters 17-25
When you have finished reading an assigned chapter in your text book, complete the two Multiple Choice tests for the chapter found in the Online Study Guide for your textbook. Go to: http://bedfordstmartins.com/smith 

Steps to Follow:
1. Register the first time you use the Student Site; thereafter sign in (see top right hand corner).
2. Click Online Study Guide, click Study by Chapter, and click the chapter you are working on.
3. Click Step One: Read and Review the Chapter. Read and review the chapter.
4. Click Step Two: Test What You Know. Complete Self-Test 1 and submit it for grading.
Once you’ve achieved a grade of 90% or higher, copy and print the first page of your test
results showing your name, chapter number, quiz number, results and one or two questions. (Do not send a copy of you test results to the instructor’s Gradebook and do not depend on your Scorecard to keep accurate records of the tests you’ve taken.)
5. Click Step Four: How Much Have You Learned? Complete Self-Test 2 and follow the instructions above.

These tests are meant to be completed over the course of the term as you read the chapters assigned each week. You may use an open text book in completing the tests. You will turn in to me the test results for the two tests for each chapter on the assigned due date (see your syllabus for this).

Grades are based on the letter system as follows:
A - Excellent > assignment/course requirements have been met and a mastery of assignment/course objectives
B - Good > assignment/course requirements have been met and an above average proficiency of assignment/course objectives
C - Satisfactory > assignment/course requirements have been met and an average proficiency of assignment/course objectives
D - Less than satisfactory > not all assignment/course requirements have been met and only a partial proficiency of assignment/course objectives
F - Fail > few assignment/course requirements have been met and little or no proficiency of assignment/course objectives

11. Distribution of Grades
Midterm Exam #1--------- 25%
Midterm Exam #2 -------- 30%
Online Chapter Tests ---- 15%
Final Exam ---------------- 30%

Extra Credit of 5% may be added to your course grade. This extra credit may be earned by attending two eligible ECC campus events and guest lectures or maintaining excellent attendance.
> To earn extra credit for attending a campus event or lecture you must write up two paragraphs: one describing the event or lecture and the other discussing your thoughts about it. Submit this to me within a week of attending the event or lecture.
> To earn extra credit for maintaining excellent attendance you must have no more than three (excused or unexcused) absences from class during the term.

12. Course Policies
Attendance: In accordance with the college’s policy on attendance you are expected to attend class regularly, to arrive in class on time and to remain for the duration of the class. Note that two late arrivals for class will count as one absence. You may be dropped from the class if you miss five or more classes. If you intend to withdraw from a class, it is your obligation to do so; otherwise you will receive an “F” rather than “W” for the class.
Cell phones: Are to be turned off and put away during class meetings.
Distractions: Only course related materials are to be on your desk during class meetings.
Disruptive behavior: Such as habitually arriving to class late or leaving class early or talking during class will not be tolerated and will result in being suspended from class.
Dishonest behavior: Such as cheating and plagiarism, will not be tolerated and will result in being suspended from class and a written report will be made to the appropriate College authorities requesting further disciplinary action. Please see the El Camino College Catalog for examples of cheating and plagiarism that include:
- Representing the words, ideas or work of another as one’s own in any academic exercise (plagiarism), including the use of commercial term paper companies [and such study aids as Cliff Notes and Spark Notes].
- Copying or allowing another student to copy from one’s paper or answer sheet during an examination [this includes for credit and graded assignments completed outside of the classroom].
- Falsifying or attempting to falsify attendance records and/or grade rosters.

Note – A student who persists in violating course policies after a suspension may be dropped from class.