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are registered for the class, and you must check it every day for possible changes.  Oncourse readings and class lectures can be found under the heading, “Resources,” where either the actual document or a hyperlink to an online source will be available.  Due to a lack of space, Oncourse readings and class lectures will not be available indefinitely.  You should therefore print all materials in a timely fashion.  

SYLLABUS:

In order to adapt to our classroom’s needs and schedule, this syllabus will remain subject to change.  I will update the version available on Oncourse under the heading, “Syllabus,” as necessary.  It is your responsibility to check the online syllabus frequently.  

OUR GOALS:  

We will gain knowledge and understanding of the histories that have shaped modern “western civilization.” 

We will acquaint ourselves with a variety of cultural beliefs and opinions considered from the perspective of a broader global context. 

We will develop an appreciation for the complexity of historical knowledge and the inherently contentious ways to interpret history. 

We will adopt the tools of the historian in an effort to

develop critical thinking skills through the analysis of primary and secondary sources, discussion with other students and lecture materials. 

synthesize material for papers and exams and to learn how to articulate these ideas in a cohesive manner. 

become better readers and writers. 

OUR RESPONSIBILITIES:

We are all responsible for the success of this course. 

It is my responsibility to guide you in learning the objectives of the course, to give clear presentations and encourage your participation, to explain assignments and grade them appropriately, to return assignments in a timely fashion and to make myself available to you.  

It is your responsibility to read the material, reflect on it, and be prepared to ask critical questions.  Reading, doing the homework, actively taking notes, and listening to the ideas of others are your contributions to the success of this class.  

A COUPLE OF NOTES ON OUR CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT:

Please arrive on time and conduct yourself in the classroom as you would in any professional environment.  If you use a laptop to take notes, please stay on task and only takes notes.  Please do not text message during class, and finally, make sure the ringers on your phones are off.

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