HONOURS WORLD HISTORY
SYLLABUS
SPRING
2010

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Instructor:    Jerry Alan Sayers

E-mail:        School:  sayersd@jcschools.org
               Home:    dusty@sayersnet.com

Course Web Page:    http://www.sayersnet.com/history

Textbook:    World History by Elisabeth Gaynor Ellis and Anthony Esler, Pearson Prentice Hall, Boston:  2009.

Objective: The purpose of this course is to examine the history of the world from the fifteenth century to the present.  It will examine Western Civilization in Europe and the Americas, as well as its influence on the entire world and Europe’s loss of Empire through internal warfare and world-wide nationalism, and consider current world issues and their background.

Evaluation:
   
1.Most classwork, homework, and quizzes count as one grade each.
2.Notebooks checks count as four grades each.
3.Projects and presentations count as five grades each.
4.Tests (objective and essay) count as five grades each.
5.The final exam will count as 15% of the course grade.

Directions for Research Projects

Directions for Research Papers

In recognition of the challenges posed by an honours course, three points will be added to each student’s final grade.

Extra credit will not be assigned to improve a grade. 

Work is late if it is not ready to be handed in at the beginning of class (unless otherwise instructed).  Late work will receive a penalty of 5 points per day, and must be submitted within five days of the due date.  Missed tests must be made up within three days of a student’s return to school. Tests may require an hour and a half, so always be present on test days! 

Rules:
1. Be in assigned seat when bell rings.
2. Have class materials ready and personal put away when bell rings.
3. Only speak with permission.
4. Be respectful of others.
5. Turn in work on time.
6. Keep the room tidy.
7. Only leave the room with a hall pass.
8. Quid pro quo  

 
2010 Fall Session

In case of inclement weather, lecture dates may move back one day for each day missed.  Presentation dates will NOT change; if a presentation date is missed due to weather or illness, students should be prepared to give the presentation on the first day back in school. 


Reading assignments and quizzes will be announced throughout the session.  Be sure to be diligent in reading the textbook.

Reading assignments listed should be completed by the begining of class on the date shown.

AUG 4     Welcome

AUG 5     Election Day (NO SCHOOL)

AUG 6     Introduction

 

AUG 9     The Middle Ages (255-260)

AUG 10    The Beginning of Modern History (269-275; 282-288)

AUG 11    The Renaissance; Slides (406-417)

AUG 12    A Rebirth of Art and Literature

AUG 13    The Old World and the New World (444-451; 470-481)

 

AUG 16    The Reformation (423-428)

AUG 17    The Reformation Spreads     Quiz 1 

AUG 18    The Counter-Reformation (431-433)

AUG 19    Tudor England (429-430, 516)

AUG 20    Elizabeth I and the Invincible Armada (504-509)

 

AUG 23    France, the Hapsburgs, and the Thirty Years War (510-511; 525-527) Quiz 2

AUG 24    Review

AUG 25    Test 1:  Early Modern History

AUG 26    The Sun King (510-514)

AUG 27    The Stuarts (516-517)

 

AUG 30    The English Civil War (517-524)

AUG 31    Eastern Europe and the Balance of Power (525-535)

SEP  1    The Enlightenment (434-439; 540-565)

SEP  2    Review 

SEP  3    Test 2:  Absolute Monarchy

 

SEP  6    LABOR DAY (NO SCHOOL)  

SEP  7    The French Revolution (570-583)

SEP  8    The Reign of Terror (584-590)  

SEP  9    The Best of Times and the Worst of Times  

SEP 10    The Best of Times and the Worst of Times

 

SEP 13    Napoleon (591-600)

SEP 14    The Industrial Revolution (606-621)

SEP 15    Reform (622-626) and Nationalism (634-644)
SEP 16    The Springtime of Nations; Deutschland Über Alles music (690-708)

SEP 17    NO SCHOOL

 

SEP 20    Storm and Stress: 19th Century Art and Ideas (674-685)

SEP 21    Review

SEP 22    Test 3:  Nineteenth Century Europe

SEP 23    Anglo-America and Australia (739-743; 796-800)

SEP 24    Latin America (645-651; 801-807)

 

SEP 27    The Middle East (762-766)

SEP 28    The Scramble for Africa (750-759)

SEP 29    Imperialism

SEP 30    PLAN Test

OCT  1    South Asia and the East Indies (767-771; 791-795) *

 

OCT  4    East Asia (773-777; 782-790) *

OCT  5    Test 4: The Age of Imperialism * (Study Guide *)

OCT  6    The Great War Begins (812-828) *

OCT  7    Life in the Trenches *

OCT  8    The Treaty of Versailles (829-838; 861-864) *

 

FALL BREAK

 

OCT 18    The Russian Revolution (839-845) *

OCT 19    Lenin and Stalin (904-911) *

OCT 20    Life under Communism *

OCT 21    The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics   *

OCT 22    Test 5:  World War I and the Russian Revolution (Study Guide) *

 

OCT 25    The West between the Wars (881-893) *

OCT 26    Worldwide Nationalism (858-861; 865-868) *

OCT 27    The Rise of Fascism (894-902; 926) *

OCT 28    Hitler (912-917) *

OCT 29    Nazi Germany (922-929) and The Final Solution (935-937) *

 

NOV  1    Blitzkrieg (930-934) *

NOV  2    ELECTION DAY (NO SCHOOL)

NOV  3    The Rise of Japan (874-877) *

NOV  4    War in the Pacific (869-873; 937-940) *

NOV  5    War in the Mediterranean (940-942) *

 

NOV  8    The Eastern Front and D-Day (942-947) *

NOV  9    The Tide Turns (948-950) *

NOV 10    The Atomic Age (950-953) *

NOV 11    Review *

NOV 12    Test 6:  World War II

 

NOV 15    The Post-War World (954-956; 962-969) *

NOV 16    The Iron Curtain (970-974) *

NOV 17    Two Chinas and Two Koreas (985-991) *

NOV 18    The Korean War

NOV 19    The War in Vietnam (992-997) *

 

NOV 22    The End of Empire (1014-1023) *

NOV 23    Primary Sources from the Vietnam War

NOV 24    THANKSGIVING      

NOV 25    THANKSGIVING      

NOV 26    THANKSGIVING      

 

NOV 29    Review *

NOV 30    Test 7:  The Cold War

DEC  1    The Fall of Communism (998-1007; 1042-1047) *

DEC  2    The European Union (1096-1098) *

DEC  3    Post-Colonial Africa (1024-1031) *

 

DEC  6    The Consequences of Colonialism (1048-1053) *

DEC  7    Israel and Palestine (1032-1037) *

DEC  8    Terrorism (1054-1059; 1115-1119) *

DEC  9    The Development of Latin America (1082-1088) *

DEC 10    The Rise of Asia (983-984; 1076-1080; 1099) *

 

DEC 13    Review

DEC 14    Test 8:  A New World Order

DEC 15    Review

DEC 16    EXAMS

DEC 17    EXAMS

 

CHRISTMAS

 




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