The development and cross-fertilization of civilizations in Eurasia, Africa, and the Americas from about 3500 B.C.E. to A.D. 1500.
Alexandre Strokanov ()
Dates: May 19 - June 27, 2014
The purpose of this course is to develop the student understanding of the geographic, religious, economic, social, political and cultural aspects of the World history to 1500. TEXTBOOK: Robert W. Strayer. Ways of the World. A Brief Global History with Sources. SECOND EDITION. Bedford/St.Martin?s, 2013 VOLUME # 1: SINCE 1500. ISBN 978-0-312-58348-4. In online courses it is VERY IMPORTANT to have the right textbook, because many assignments based on specific documents and visual sources that may not be included in previous edition.
EACH WEEK YOU WILL HAVE - two chapters to read; - to work on assignments for each chapter and email your answers to me; Each chapter assignment will be graded on a 5-point scale, making in total 55 points in your final grade, and will be composed of multiple choice and short essay questions that focus on the readings and course materials. Assignments are open book; however you will also have a limited amount of time in which to complete each assignment. The purpose of the assignments is to check that you have read and understood the course materials, and will test not just your retention of factual information from the readings, but your understanding of it. - one Discussion Board question for each chapter to which you must respond with a "major post" (3-4 paragraphs or so). - the requirement to respond to "at least" two comments by other students to Discussion Board question for each chapter. Each week entry to the Discussion Board (?major post? and two comments to major posts of other students) will be graded on a 2-point scale, making it in total 20 points in your final grade.
The semester grade will be count in the following way: Weekly assignments ... 0.55 = Discussion Board posts ... 0.20 = Final Exam ? 0.25 =
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