HONOURS WORLD HISTORY
SYLLABUS

FALL 2013

 

Some notes are the same as those used in earlier semesters, while some are updated

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Instructor: 
   Jerry Alan Sayers

E-mail:        School:  sayersd@jcschools.org
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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 Europeís 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 25% 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 studentís 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 studentís 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  

 

2013 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.

Page numbers listed in parentheses after each date's topic should be read before class on that date.  Quizzes and tests will be given on the dates marked.  Further reading assignments and quizzes may be announced throughout the session.  Be sure to be diligent in reading the textbook.

AUG  5    Homeroom

AUG  6    Introduction

AUG  7    The Middle Ages (255-260)

AUG  8    The Beginning of Modern History (269-275; 282-288)

AUG  9    The Renaissance; Slides (406-417)


AUG 12    A Rebirth of Art and Literature  (437-439)

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

AUG 14    The Reformation (page 428)

AUG 15    The Reformation Spreads (423-428)

AUG 16    The Counter-Reformation (431-433; 461-465)  Quiz 1

 

AUG 19    Tudor England (429-430, 516)

AUG 20    Elizabeth I and the Invincible Armada (452-456; 482-486; 504-509)

AUG 21    France, the Hapsburgs, and the Thirty Years War (457-460; 510-511; 525-527) Quiz 2

AUG 22    Review

AUG 23    Test 1:  Early Modern History

 

AUG 26    The Sun King (510-514)

AUG 27    The Sun King (510-514)

AUG 28    The Stuarts (516-517)

AUG 29    The English Civil War (517-524)

AUG 30    The Enlightenment (434-439; 540-565) 

 

SEP  2    LABOR DAY (NO SCHOOL)  

SEP  3    Eastern Europe and the Balance of Power (525-535) Quiz 3

SEP  4    Review

SEP  5    Test 2:  Absolute Monarchy  

SEP  6    The French Revolution (570-583)

 

SEP  9    The Reign of Terror (584-590)

SEP 10    The Best of Times and the Worst of Times

SEP 11    Napoleon (591-600)

SEP 12    The Industrial Revolution (606-621)

SEP 13    Reform (622-626)  

 

SEP 16    Nationalism (634-644)

SEP 17    The Springtime of Nations; Deutschland ‹ber Alles music (690-708)

SEP 18    Storm and Stress: 19th Century Art and Ideas (674-685) Quiz 4

SEP 19    Review

SEP 20    Test 3:  Nineteenth Century Europe

 

SEP 23    Anglo-America and Australia (739-743)

SEP 24    Anglo-America and Australia (739-743)

SEP 25    Latin America (645-651; 801-807)

SEP 26    PLAN TEST

SEP 27    The Middle East (762-766) 

 

SEP 30    The Scramble for Africa (750-760)

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

OCT  2    East Asia (773-777; 782-790)  Quiz 5

OCT  3    Review

OCT  4    Test 4: The Age of Imperialism



END OF TERM 1

FALL BREAK

OCT 14    The Great War Begins (812-828)

OCT 15    Life in the Trenches

OCT 16    The Treaty of Versailles (829-838; 861-864)

OCT 17    The Russian Revolution (839-845) Quiz 6  

OCT 18    Lenin and Stalin (904-911)   

 

OCT 21    Life under Communism    Quiz 7

OCT 22    The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and Review

OCT 23    Test 5:  World War I and the Russian Revolution

OCT 24    The West between the Wars (881-893)

OCT 25    Worldwide Nationalism  (858-861; 865-868)

 

OCT 28    The Rise of Fascism (894-902; 926)

OCT 29    Hitler  (912-917)

OCT 30    Nazi Germany (922-929)

OCT 31    The Final Solution (935-937)

NOV  1    Blitzkrieg  (930-934)  Quiz 8

 

NOV  4    The Rise of Japan (874-877)

NOV  5    War in the Pacific (869-873; 937-940)

NOV  6    War in the Mediterranean (940-942)

NOV  7    The Eastern Front and D-Day (942-947)  Quiz 9

NOV  8    The Tide Turns (948-950)

 

NOV 11    The Atomic Age (950-953)

NOV 12    Review

NOV 13    Test 6:  World War II

NOV 14    The Post-War World (954-956; 962-969; 980-984)

NOV 15    The Iron Curtain (970-974)

 

NOV 18    Two Chinas and Two Koreas (985-991)

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

NOV 20    Primary Sources from the Vietnam War *

NOV 21    The End of Empire  (1014-1023)  Quiz 10         

NOV 22    Review

NOV 25    Test 7:  The Cold War

NOV 26    The Korean War *

NOV 27    THANKSGIVING

NOV 28    THANKSGIVING

NOV 29    THANKSGIVING

 

DEC  2    The Fall of Communism (998-1007; 1042-1047)

DEC  3    The Fall of Communism (998-1007; 1042-1047)

DEC  4    The European Union (1096-1098)

DEC  5    Post-Colonial Africa (1024-1031)

DEC  6    The Consequences of Colonialism (1048-1053) 

 

DEC  9    Israel and Palestine (1032-1037)

DEC 10    Terrorism (1054-1059; 1115-1119)

DEC 11    Life in an Islamic Republic

DEC 12    The Development of Latin America (1082-1088)

DEC 13    The Rise of Asia (983-984; 1076-1080; 1099) Quiz 11

 

DEC 16    Review  

DEC 17    Test 8:  A New World Order

DEC 18    Review

DEC 18    Review

DEC 20    FINAL EXAMS

CHRISTMAS

 


This page last updated 16 November, 2013.
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