The development and cross-fertilization of civilizations in Eurasia, Africa, and the Americas from about 3500 BCE to AD 1500.
Dates: Jul 2 - August 10, 2018
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.
I. TEXT. Robert W. Strayer. Ways of the World. A Brief Global History with Sources. SECOND EDITION. Bedford/St.Martin’s, 2013 VOLUME # 1: TO 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 the previous edition. Be sure to purchase the SECOND EDITION of this textbook!
EACH WEEK YOU WILL HAVE - two chapters to read and watch my lectures based on those chapters; - - to work on assignments for each chapter and email your answers to me; [Note: This might sound like a lot of work. But remember that there are no lectures and discussions in the classroom ... and so this work is to be done in lieu of traveling to and from the college, parking, going to class, attending lectures and discussions, and so forth. When you add it all up, you will end up spending LESS TIME than you normally do for an in-the-classroom course.] - Each chapter assignment will be graded on a 6-point scale, making in total 60 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. C. THE SEMESTER GRADE. The semester grade will be count in the following way: Weekly assignments ... 0.60 = Discussion Board posts ... 0.20 = Final Exam … 0.20 = Total:
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