WORLD HISTORY AND CIVILIZATIONS I

(Fall 2012)

Professor: Dr. Adam Ehrlich
Time/Place: Friday 16:00-19:00, room 4C
Turn-it-in Class ID and Password: 5591738 / adam
E-mail/Cell: AdamEhrlich@unyt.edu.al / 069 36 44 904 nd Office Hours: Friday, 12.00-16.00 or by appointment (Faculty Building, 2

Course Description

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This course will provide an overview to the rise and development of human civilizations throughout the world from around 4000 B.C.E. to circa 1400 C.E. The emphasis will be on the emergence of the great sedentary (urbanized) civilizations that arose primarily on the Eurasian landmass. Why these societies developed so rapidly here and not elsewhere will be one of the primary questions that we shall strive to answer. This class will also look at the larger question of whether over the 5,500-year period we are studying there have been global forces of historical development or whether each civilization has emerged and developed primarily within its own cultural and geographic context.

Course Objectives

Upon the completion of this course, students should be able to

  1. Describe and analyze various Eurasian and world civilizations and their role in history;
  2. Contextualize a variety of primary and secondary sources and evaluate alternative interpretationsof historical events and sources;
  3. Understand the forces that have shaped cultures and civilizations throughout the ages;
  4. Develop critical analytical abilities.

Required Readings

 World History and Civilizations I Course Reader Part 1 and Part 2 (composed of various articles and book chapters) – available at Rossi’s

Course Requirements

Attendance & Punctuality: Attendance in UNYT classes is mandatory. I will keep track of your attendance and punctuality every hour of class. No absences will be excused, since students will be allowed to miss up to 3 hours per semester without it affecting the attendance grade (so you should save these absences for unforeseen events like illness or family emergencies). In addition, students should refrain from arriving late or leaving early without prior approval from the professor (or the hour will be counted as an absence). The grades for attendance will be as follows (please note that they are for hours missed and not days):

1

Hours Missed

Grade

0-3

100%

4

95%

5

90%

6

85%

7

80%

8

70%

9

60%

10

50%

11

40%

12

30%

13

20%

14

10%

Exams: There will be one Midterm Exam and a Final Exam consisting of essay questions. The exams will be open book (students may use the Course Reader and class notes) and will be submitted to Turnitin.

Written Work: There will be 12 short (500-word) weekly assignments on the readings. Written assignments should be spell checked and have low Turnitin percentages.

Late Assignments: All assignments must be submitted to Turnitin. The weekly assignments are due before class (Friday at 16.00). They will not be accepted late. Keep in mind that if you miss too many of the weekly assignments you will probably not get the minimum points (70%) to pass the class. You must enroll with Turnitin to pass this class. I do not want to receive any assignments to my email.

Academic Dishonesty/Turnitin: UNYT does not tolerate academic dishonesty. Read the UNYT Student Honor Code for a more detailed description of plagiarism and cheating. Please be aware that assignments submitted via Turnitin must not receive an overall plagiarism mark of over 10% or they will be marked down significantly. Any assignment over 25% will receive an automatic “F” (0 points) grade.

Assessment Criteria

Attendance

5%

Coursework*

25%

Midterm Exam

30%

Final Exam

40%

2

*Coursework

25 points

Weekly reading assignment #1

Extra credit

Map quiz

1

Weekly reading assignment #2

2

Weekly reading assignment #3

2

Weekly reading assignment #4

2

Weekly reading assignment #5

2

Weekly reading assignment #6

2

Weekly reading assignment #7

2

Weekly reading assignment #8

2

Weekly reading assignment #9

2

Weekly reading assignment #10

2

Weekly reading assignment #11

3

Weekly reading assignment #12

3

Class participation

Extra credit

General Requirements

Conduct: Students are expected to behave with appropriate etiquette toward faculty and one another. Please set your cell phones on silent before class begins and refrain from using them until class is over. Continuous excessive talking in class will result in negative class participation extra credit.

Office Hours: I encourage all students to drop by my office at any time with any questions or concerns you may have. I am generally on campus from around 12.00 until 20.00 M-F. If you cannot find me at these times, have the front desk call me (I am usually nearby). Please take note of my other class times (posted at my office door).

Learning Difficulties: If you feel that you have encountered special learning difficulties or serious problems that interfere with your studies, please make an appointment with the UNYT’s Counseling Office. For more information, please contact your academic advisor or me.

Grading Scale:

Letter

%

Generally Accepted Meaning

A

96-100

Excellent

A-

90-95

B+

87-89

Good

B

83-86

B-

80-82

C+

77-79

Acceptable

C

73-76

C-

70-72

D+

67-69

Not Acceptable (Failing)

D

63-66

D-

60-62

F

50-1

Failing Grade (partial credit)

0

Non-Submission or Plagiarism

3

Course Schedule

DATES

TOPICS AND READINGS

I

Oct 26

Eurocentrism in Time and Space Readings: Buy Reader Part 1

II

Nov 2

River Civilizations vs. Nomads

Readings: McNeill, Stokes-Brown, Reilly, Stearns

III

Nov 9

The Ancient Near East and Eastern Mediterranean

Readings: Adas, Edger, Beard, Demand

IV

Nov 16

Classical Greece and Persia

Readings: Adas, Beard, Singer, Vlassopoulos, Robinson; map quiz

V

Nov 23

Classical China

Readings: Adas, Hansen, Yates

VI

Nov 30

Classical India

Readings: Adas, Sen, Deeg

VII

Dec 7

MIDTERM EXAMINATION

Readings: Buy Reader Part

VIII

Dec 14

The Roman Empire / The Decline of the Classical World

Readings: Adas, Rostovtzeff, Adas, Griffin, Paolilli, Bartlett

IX

Dec 21

Gender and Sexuality in the Ancient World

Readings: Stearns, Dettenhoffer, Ringrose

X

Jan 11

The Islamic World

Readings: Brown, Stearns, Brown, Saunders

XI

Jan 18

Post-Classical India and China

Readings: Lockard, Adas, Adas, Hobson

XII

Byzantium and the Fusion of Greek and Roman Civilizations

Readings: Adas, Delanty

XII

Jan 25

The Rise of European Civilization

Readings: Appiah, Lewis, Adas, Fernández-Armesto

XIV

Feb 1

The End of the “Middle Ages”

Readings: Farmer, Hobson, Abu-Lughod

XV

Feb 8

FINAL EXAMINATION

Department: Computer Science and Information Systems.

Grade: Undergraduate.

Majors: Business.

Study Fileds: Accounting.

Course Year: 1.

Course Program: UNYT.

Scheduele: Friday 16:00-19:00

Instructor: Dr. Adam Ehrlich

Credits:

Prerequisite: Composition I