Spring Semester, 2011
World History to c. 1600 C.E.
Missouri State University
Dr. Victor H. Matthews
Robert Strayer, Ways of
the World: A Brief Global History with Sources,
Vol. 1 to 1500
(Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2011).
Please note that this book is referred to as ‘Strayer’ in the
Chapter Outlines Available at:
course is a part of the
Education curriculum in the area of Culture and Society/Humanities. The
goals of the General Education program are found at:
HST 103 is an introduction or survey of the history of the world until ca.
1600 C.E. Its application to the Public Affairs Mission
of the University can be found in its efforts to educate students about the
past so that they can build upon this heritage in making informed
about their own culture and the future direction of society.
is welcomed as a partial guide to material covered.
Since this is a
course introducing world history and cultural development, the presentation
in class will be for beginners. The textbook and supplemental readings will
be relied on for much of our discussion. I will employ a lecture/ discussion
format with occasional use of audio-visual materials. Rather than giving
quizzes, I will be
asking questions of students to emphasize points and determine mastery of
the material. A significant portion of your final grade will be based on
your ability to answer and ask pertinent
about the course material.
Course Goals and Learning Outcomes:
GOALS: Students will gain an understanding of:
How complex societies developed independently across the
globe establishing cultural regions that are still
How social categories such as class, gender and race
took shape and then evolved in world history.
How social and cultural traditions and norms define
How encounters between societies drive change through
the dissemination of ideas, goods and diseases.
How people have labored in societies over time.
The impact of technology on societies.
How societies have developed different forms of
How historians have come to different conclusions about
This course is a part of the pre-service curriculum for
social studies teachers and its goals address the following accrediting
agency requirements: M 184.108.40.206; CF 2, 4, 9; SA 1.1, 3.1, 3.4, 3.5, 7.2, 7.4,
8.4; N 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 9.*
* NOTE: M = MOSTEP; CF = Conceptual Framework; SA = Specialty Area; N = NCSS
+ the number of the indicator.
LEARNING OUTCOMES: At the conclusion of this course students will:
Possess a general understanding of the course of world
history from the origins of complex societies to the
sixteenth century of the common era.
Have developed a historical basis and underpinning for
further study in disciplines including anthropology,
geography, political science, psychology, religious studies,
sociology, and art and literature.
Have refined and developed organizational and
Have developed a fuller understanding of how historians
use evidence to draw conclusions.
Have developed a fuller understanding of the
limits of historical knowledge.
Have used primary evidence to construct their own arguments.
Statistical analysis has shown that regular attendance is the
key to good grades. It is expected that all students will be present except
significant portion of your grade (75 points) is dependent upon class
participation. I will assign this grade at the end of the course. It will
be based on attendance, ability to answer questions during regular and
scheduled class discussions, in-class assignments, willingness to ask
questions and seek help (both in and out of class), and general improvement
in class discussion over the course of the semester.
should feel free to send me e-mails
or come to my office during the semester
to raise questions, make comments, or
express concerns about the course.
There will be three exams and a final. They will
consist of essays, short identifications, and map questions. These exams
will be given approximately at the 4th, 8th, & 12th week of the course. The
final will cover both newly discussed material and a comprehensive essay.
Before each exam I will provide students with a study guide. Please bring a
blue book and a pen on each exam day.
Make-Up Exams: Make-up exams (though usually
more difficult than regular tests) will be permitted only
for those students with LEGITIMATE explained absences. Students should
strive to notify me in advance if they know they will have
to be gone on a scheduled exam day.
Each student will write
reaction papers during the course of the semester that will address and
interact with the supplemental readings.
Each reaction paper is worth
It is possible to earn
up to 10 points in extra credit
by sending an email to the instructor prior to a class period with a
specific question that you would like to address during that day’s
Each question is worth one extra credit point.
Missouri State University is a community of scholars committed to developing
educated persons who accept the responsibility to practice personal and
academic integrity. You are responsible for knowing and following the
Student Academic Integrity Policies and Procedures,
are also responsible for understanding and following any additional academic
integrity policies specific to this class (as outlined by the instructor).
Any student participating in any form of academic dishonesty will be
subject to sanctions as described in this policy.
If you are accused of violating this policy and are in the appeals
process, you should continue participating in the class.
I would also direct you to the university
statement of community principles.
command of the materials presented in this course will be assessed through
written exams, written assignments, journal article critiques, class discussion,
in-class oral presentations, and the ability to answer the instructor's
questions during class. These methods of assessment will help gauge the
effectiveness of the presentation by the instructor as well as help demonstrate
the usefulness of
this course as a part of the General Education curriculum.
Students will also be given the opportunity to assess the course as a whole
using both a college-wide questionnaire.
Grading: I will be
using plus/minus grades. The final
grade will be computed as follows:
Exams I, II, & III- 225
points (75 points each)
Final Exam-- 100 points
Reaction Papers-- 50 points (10 points each)
Class Participation-- 75 points
Total possible =
In order to give students appropriate credit for their work, grades will be
reported with plusses and minuses at the end of the semester. Your overall
numerical score in the class will be converted to a letter grade on the
basis of the following chart:
90-92 = A- 93-100 = A
80-82 = B- 83-86 = B 87-89 = B+
70-72 = C- 73-76 = C 77-79 = C+
60-66 = D
67-69 = D+
Note that the university does not allow the reporting of D- or of A+ grades.
will be determined by such
factors as attendance, the final exam, completion of work on time, evidence
of hard work and a willingness to seek help, and general contribution to
stop attending this class but do not follow proper procedure for dropping
class, you will receive
a failing grade and will also be financially
obligated. To drop a class anytime after the first week, see
http://www.missouristate.edu/registrar/chnsched.html). You do
not need to obtain
To request academic
accommodations for a disability, contact the Director of the
Disability Resource Center,
Plaster Student Union, Suite 405, (417) 836-4192 or (417) 836-6792 (TTY),
Students are required to provide documentation of disability to the
Disability Resource Center prior to receiving accommodations. The Disability
Resource Center refers some types of accommodation requests to the
Learning Diagnostic Clinic,
which also provides diagnostic testing for learning and psychological
disabilities. For information about testing, contact the Director of the
Learning Diagnostic Clinic,
15. Discrimination Policy:
Missouri State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action
institution, and maintains a grievance procedure available to any person who
believes he or she has been discriminated against. At all times, it is your
right to address inquiries or concerns about possible discrimination to the
Office for Institutional
Equity and Compliance,
Park Central Office Building, 117 Park Central Square, Suite 111, (417)
836-4252. Other types of concerns (i.e., concerns of an academic nature)
should be discussed directly with your instructor and can also be brought to
the attention of your instructor’s Department Head.
The Missouri State statement of non-discrimination can be found at
Office Hours: Students should feel free to
consult with me about the course and their work. My office is
STRO 215 (inside the Dean's Suite in STRO 207)
and I will be there M--F 11:00-12:00 . If you can not meet with
me during these times, see me after class and I will arrange a mutually
convenient time for us to get together. The Dean's office phone is 836-5529 and the
secretary can make an appointment for me. I can also be contacted by e-mail
17. Cell Phone Use:
As a member of the learning
community, each student has a responsibility to other students who are
members of the community. When cell phones or pagers ring and students
respond in class or leave class to respond, it disrupts the class.
Office of the Provost
prohibits the use by students of cell phones, pagers, PDAs, or similar
communication devices during scheduled classes. All such devices must
be turned off or put in a silent (vibrate) mode and ordinarily should not be
taken out during class. Given the fact that these same communication
devices are an integral part of the University’s emergency notification
system, an exception to this policy would occur when numerous devices
activate simultaneously. When this occurs, students may consult their
devices to determine if a university emergency exists. If that is not
the case, the devices should be immediately returned to silent mode and put
away. Other exceptions to this policy may be granted at the discretion
of the instructor.
SCHEDULE -- RELIGION 101
Before each class I will send out an email with the
reading assignment for the next class session. While Strayer is the
primary source text for this course, it will be supplemented by lecture
materials, videos, and handouts.
should be completed as assigned before class. You are responsible for all
reading assignments and you will be questioned about the material they
contain in class discussion and on the exams.
It is possible that we may stray from this
schedule if the class or the instructor decides to spend more time on a
particular topic of interest.
First Things First: Beginnings in History
Read Strayer, pp. 3-9
What is History?
First Peoples: Populating the Planet
Read Strayer, pp 11-33
First Farmers: The Revolutions of Agriculture
Reading: Strayer, pp. 49-67
First Civilizations: Cities, States and Unequal Societies – 3500-500 BCE
-- Read Strayer, pp. 85-103
Mesopotamia and Egypt
– Read Strayer, pp. 103-125
View on Mesopotamia:
View on Egypt:
– Read Strayer, pp. 204-205
View on Ancient Israel:
– Read Strayer, pp.
View on India:
– Read Strayer, pp. 90, 94-95, 158-160
View on China:
First Exam: Chapters 1—3
The Classical Era in World History
Eurasian Empires: 500 BCE – 500 CE --
– Read Strayer, pp. 133-141
Persia and Greece
– Read Strayer, pp. 143-154, 202-209
View on Mycenaean Greece:
View Greek Golden Age:
View on Alexander:
– Read Strayer, pp. 154-158, 172-174, 268-279
View on Rome:
– Read Strayer, pp. 158-163, 174-175, 180-187
View on Han Dynasty:
-- Read Strayer, pp. 165-167, 176-178
View on Mauryan Empire:
Eurasian Cultural Traditions: China
Read Strayer, pp. 189-197, 217-219
Eurasian Cultural Traditions: India
Read Strayer, pp. 197-202, 219-221.
Eurasian Cultural Traditions: Near East and Greek Rationalism
Read Strayer, pp. 202-209, 221-225.
Eurasian Cultural Traditions: Buddhism and Christianity
Read Strayer, pp. 210-215, 227-235.
Eurasian Social Hierarchies: Asian Cultures
Reading: Strayer, pp. 237-246, 262-268.
Classical Era Variations: Slavery and Patriarchies
Reading: Strayer, pp. 247-261, 268-279.
Second Exam: Chapters 4—6
Classical Era Variations: Africa and the Americas
Reading: Strayer, pp. 281-323.
Silk Roads, Sea Roads, Sand Roads
Reading: Strayer, pp. 325-377.
View on Silk Road:
China and the World
Reading: Strayer, pp. 379-423.
Third Exam: Chapters 7—9
The Worlds of European Christendom: Eastern
Reading: Strayer, pp. 425-434, 466-471.
View on Byzantine Empire:
The Worlds of European Christendom: Western
Reading: Strayer, pp. 434-461, 560-567.
Emergence of Islam
Reading: Strayer, pp. 473-480.
The Worlds of Islam: The Arab Empire
View on Mohammed:
Reading: Strayer, pp. 480-488.
The Worlds of Islam: Beyond the Empire
Reading: Strayer, pp. 488-519.
Reading: Strayer, pp. 521-559.
Worlds of the Fifteenth Century
Reading: Strayer, pp. 569-607.
FINAL EXAM: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 11:00 am in STRO 400
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