World Civilization to 1500, History 1030
CRN 32052, Section 001
MWF: 9 - 9:50 a.m., Brewster B-102
Spring Semester 2017

Dr. Kenneth Wilburn
Office Hours (BA-318): MWF 10 - 11 & by Appointment
Office Telephone: 252-328-1029
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Course Goals:

Students in HIST 1030 will learn the subject matter of World Civilization to 1500 in provincial, national and global contexts with particular emphasis on homocentricity. Jules Benjamin's A Student's Guide to History will introduce students to research methodology, principles, and concepts related to the discipline of history and historical research. Finally, students will learn about history's contribution to general knowledge, as well as how World Civilization teaches us about the human experience.

Discussion and Assignments (40%):

Students will be assigned to lead discussions of sections of our books on most Fridays and turn in weekly essays related to those sections. Students will also carry out a short answer take home assignment related to Jules Benjamin's A Student's Guide to History. Your Benjamin assignment is linked from our course on my academic home page and is due in class on Monday, 23 January.

Book Review (20%):

You must write a 500-word book review of Kenneth Wilburn's Drawing Meaning into History. Your review is due on Monday, 6 February. On that day, two group drawings will also be due: "Draw History" and "Draw the Course: World Civilization to 1500." Groups will be assigned.

Exams (40%):

Your mid-semester exam (20%) will take place in class on Monday, 27 February. Your final exam (20%), scheduled for 8:00 - 10:30 a.m., Monday, 1 May, will take place in our classroom.

Required Texts:

Benjamin, Jules R. A Student's Guide to History.
Von Sivers, Peter, Charles A. Desnoyers and George B. Stow, Patterns of World History, Volume 1.
Wilburn, Kenneth. Drawing Meaning into History.

Class Attendance Policy:

Seven or more absences effect failure.

Class Decorum:

Please enjoy Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, email and your telephone before you enter and after you exit our classroom. In class you may use your communications device only for taking class notes. If you abuse this privilege and distract your classmates and me, you will be asked to leave class. Your classmates and I thank you in advance for your good manners and respectful commitment to intellectual engagement in World Civilization to 1500.

Attendance Policy: Seven absences effect failure.

Severe Weather and Emergency Alert:

ECU seeks to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Students requesting accommodations
must first go to the Department of Disability Support Services, Slay 138; call 252-737-1016.

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Last Revised: 5 January 2017