San Diego State University
World History Summer 2015
History 101 Dr. Mahdavi
Student Learning Goals for Content and Skill Acquisition: This is a course in the history of the human community from approximately 1500 C.E. to the present. The course differs from the traditional Western Civilization class in that the entire world rather than Europe alone is the focus of study. The central questions the course will ask are these: What is Modernity, that is, what do we mean when we ask of "the modern world" in which we live? How have the political, social, cultural, and economic forces that we associate with modernity changed our world and its people during ...view middle of the document...
This course, then, will develop a number of themes stressing the interrelations of societies and cultures and comparing the experience of peoples and civilizations with one another.
This course is also one of four Foundations courses that you will take in the area of Humanities and Fine Arts. Upon completing of this area of Foundations, you will be able to:
1) analyze written, visual, or performed texts in the humanities and fine arts with sensitivity to their diverse cultural contexts and historical moments.
2) describe various aesthetic and other value systems and the ways they are communicated across time and cultures.
3) identify issues in the humanities that have personal and global relevance.
4) demonstrate the ability to approach complex problems and ask complex questions drawing upon knowledge of the humanities.
Examinations and Map quiz:
There will be one full-period examination during the mid-Summer session, plus a final exam during the testing period in July. These exams will consist of essay questions only. In addition, we will have a 15-minute Map Quiz on June 4th. A study guide for the map quiz is provided and enclosed to your class syllabus (see page six.)
We will have six weekly quizzes during this Summer session. All six quizzes would be in form of multiple choices. Questions will invariably relate to the assignment of the day. There will be no make-ups of the weekly quizzes for any reason. (Please do not ask!) Rather in calculating final grades, a student’s one lowest quiz grade (including “zero” grade for absence) will be dropped.
Keep in mind that each class lecture of discussion is part of a continuing story. When you skip class, you miss some of the plot and you will soon be lost. Therefore, I am allocating 5% (extra credit) for class participation. . It will be awarded to those students who continuously participate throughout this Summer session.
Map Quiz 10%
Weekly Quizzes 20% (5 quizzes in all)
Mid-term Examination 35%
Final Examination 35%
Extra Credit: Class participation 5%
You will receive both a numerical score and a letter grade for each exam. Criteria for grading would as follow:
|93-100% |A |80-82% |B- |67-69% |D+ |
|90 – 92% |A- |77-79% |C+ |63-66% |D |
|87-89% |B+ |73-76% |C |60-62% |D- |
|83-86% |B |70-72% |C- |0-59% |F |
Students with Disabilities
If you are a student with a disability and believe you will need accommodations for this class; it is your responsibility to contact...