HISTORY 1DD3 Making Of Modern World
Academic Year: Fall 2016
Instructor: Dr. Stephen Heathorn
Office: Chester New Hall 621
Phone: 905-525-9140 x 24850
Office Hours: Tues. and Thrus. 11:30-12:30 and by appointment
- Course Objectives
- Textbooks, Materials & Fees
- Method of Assessment
- Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties
- Additional Policies and Statements
- Topics and Readings
- Other Course Information
This course examines thematically the history of the interaction of the West with the rest of the World from the 18th Century until the period right after the Second World War. It is designed as both a basic survey of the major issues of this period and as an introduction to the study of history at the university level. An understanding of the contemporary world requires knowledge about how this world came to be what it is. The past, present and future are not separate domains: the present is a product of the past, and what happened in the past helps to shape the future. History is the pursuit of interpretations of the past based on the research and analysis of surviving evidence. Historians follow rules of evidence and seek to understand the issues they discuss by rigorously researching the context of the past. However, historians also make sense of the past through the prism of their own culture and the issues of the present: this is why each generation asks new questions about the past, and why historical interpretations are never static or monolithic. Judgments about the past are constantly being revised and re-interpreted based on new questions and on the researching of new evidence. Historians sometimes disagree over these interpretations; sometimes they disagree over the evidence used to support these interpretations; sometimes over what actually counts as evidence. This course aims to make some sense of these disagreements while at the same time building student knowledge of the development of our modern world.
This course aims to challenge students on three levels:
- first, to think about historical interpretation and the nature of historical evidence;
- second, to develop analytical and critical reading abilities, time-management and note-taking skills, and to improve oral and written communication skills;
- and third, to encourage intellectual curiosity about, and provide a solid grounding of knowledge in, key events and concepts that shaped the globe over the course of the period c. 1750 to c. 1950.
Textbooks, Materials & Fees:
Peter von Sivers, Charles A. Desnoyers, George B. Snow, Patterns of World History: Volume 2, since 1400 with Sources (Oxford University Press, 2nd Edition, 2015).
Method of Assessment:
Online Library Assignment = 5% [Due by midnight 30 Sept., 2016]
Two Document Analysis Essays (2 @ 1200 words [4-5 pages]; each 15%) = 30% [1st due 10 Oct.; 2nd Due 14 Nov., 2016] Upload to the course on Avenue2Learn.
Online Discussion Participation: 5 @ 4% each = 20% [Students will contribute to online discussion via Avenue2Learn over the course of 5 weeks spread over the term]
Short papers on the reading (5 @ 300 words [1 page ]; each 2%) = 10% [Due dates correspond with online discussions]
Online midterm quiz = 5% [must be completed by midnight 28 Oct.]
Final Exam = 30% [Scheduled by the Registrar with the traditional section of the course].
Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:
Short reading papers must be uploaded prior to the beginning of the online discussion (unless accommodation provided by instructor). Unexcused late reading papers recieve an automatic mark of zero.
Late penalty for document analysis essays for which accommodation was not granted: 3% per day.
Online library assignment and mid term quiz must be completed by assigned deadline to receive credit. Given the extended periods in which they can be completed, no library quiz or mid term quiz submissions will be accepted late unless accommodation is provided by instructor. Students CANNOT use a MSAF on these two assingments.
Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:
You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.
Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.
It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity
The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:
- Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
- Improper collaboration in group work.
- Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.
Email correspondence policy
It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student. Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.
Modification of course outlines
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McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)
In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at mcmaster.ca/msaf/. If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.
Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities
Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail email@example.com. For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.
Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances
Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.
Topics and Readings:
NOTE: all material is delivered online via Avenue2Learn. The site contains video lectures, interactive activities in addition to instructions about assignments. Students must pass mini-quizzes on the content of a content unit to unlock the next content unit.
Reading: Von Sivers, Desnoyers, Stow, Patterns of World History, pp. 658-59.
B. The Atlantic Revolutions, c. 1750 to 1815.
Reading: Von Sivers, et al, pp. 660-693.
C. Industrialization in the 19th Century
Reading: Von Sivers, et al, pp. 790-821.
D. Colonies to Modern Nation States: Latin America, c. 1815 to 1914
Reading: Von Sivers, et al, pp. 696-727.
E. The West and East Asia, c. 1790 to 1914
Reading: Von Sivers, et al, pp. 728-59
F. Traditional Empires Confronting the Modern: Russia and the Ottoman Middle East, c. 1790-1914
Reading: Von Sivers, et al, pp. 761-89.
G. The Challenge of Modern Ideologies: Socialism, Nationalism & Imperialism
Reading: Von Sivers, et al, pp. 822-53.
H. The Fracturing of Western Modernity 1: First World War and its Aftermath
Reading: Von Sivers, et al, pp. 856-74.
I. The Fracturing of Western Modernity 2: The Challenge of Anti-Liberal States
Reading: Von Sivers, et al, pp. 875-82.
J. The Second World War and its aftermath.
Reading: Von Sivers, et al, pp. 882-93
Other Course Information:
Detailed assignment instructions, discussion section information and other course instructions will be provided on the course website which can be found on Avenue2Learn. The site contains video lectures, interactive activities in addition to instructions about assignments. Students must pass mini-quizzes on the content of a content unit to unlock the next content unit.