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El Paso Community College
Summer 2016 Syllabus: Part I
Instructors Course Requirements
HIST 2322: World History from 1500
Instructors Name: Michael A. Gonzalez
Contact Information: Email:
mailto:Mgonz475@epcc.eduMgonz475@epcc.edu, Office Phone: (915) 831-3156.
NOTE: The best way to reach me is via email. I will usually be able to reply to you within a few hours if you send it between 6AM-10PM
The messaging feature on Blackboard is disabled (I find it to be inefficient.) Please send all messages to the email address above.
If I don’t respond to your email within 24 hours, please resend it.
I am experimenting with the app “Remind.” This will allow us to send each other messages and notices. This is entirely optional but if you would like to participate please download the app for iOS and Android devices.
Aside from my email above and Remind. Please do not send me any other message on any other service. Any message send to any other email address will be considered void.
Office Hours: If you would like to meet with me in person during the semester, please email me and we will set a time that is most convenient.
Text and Materials
Required Text: Panorama: A World History Volume II: From 1300. 1st Edition. Published by McGraw-Hill, 2015. MAKE SURE YOU GET THE 1st EDITION.
Materials: Consistent access to a computer is a necessity for this course.
Technical Tips to Remember for Blackboard:
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Do not use your cell phone or tablet; use either a laptop or desktop.
Do not use your cell phone’s data to connect your computer; use either a Wi-Fi signal or Ethernet cable.
If you have issues with a quiz or assignment being frozen or unresponsive, please email me ASAP. If you have any other technical issues with Blackboard, please call Distance Education at (915) 831-3156.
Important Links to Remember:
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Grading: the following is what you will be graded on in this course.
Modules: Each week there will be a new module, each covering 1 specific chapter. They will open on Sunday at 12:00 AM and close the following Saturday at 11:59 PM. Each of the modules will consist of five separate assignments:
Quizzes: Each module one quiz covering the module chapter. Each quiz will consist of twenty questions, and the questions will be presented in multiple choice and true/false format. These questions will be taken directly from the textbook, so YOU WILL NEED YOUR TEXTBOOK TO COMPLETE THESE QUIZZES. Because you will be taking these quizzes online, you may use your textbook. You will have one hour for each quiz. Each quiz has two possible attempts; I will keep the highest grade.
Reflection paper: Students are required to submit one short reflection paper a week. These reflection papers, 1-3 pages long, should relate the material in the chapters covered in the week, but aside from that you should write about a particular topic, question, or event that struck your interest that relates to at least one of the chapters covered during the week. You will be graded on the quality of your work. Each paper will be worth a maximum of 10 points.
Writing Assignment: Near the midpoint of the semester I will give a short writing assignment that will assess certain skills such as critical thinking and analysis. This assignment will be between 3-5 pages, and details will be given at the appropriate time.
Research Paper: Every student will write a 4-6-page research paper, which is due at the end of the semester. In addition to the paper itself, a topic that is approved by the instructor is also due.
Topic: A topic must be chosen by the student and approved by the instructor. When choosing a topic, remember that you want a topic that has material to research but at the same time not pick a topic that is far too broad to cover comprehensively. For example, a paper on World War II is far too broad but a paper on General Eisenhower or the Battle of Stalingrad would be acceptable. Topics must be submitted & approved by February 17th. At 5PM. This submission is worth 50 points. Any topic chosen after this will not be eligible for credit.
Final Paper: The final draft of the research paper must be submitted no later than Tuesday May 10th at 11:59PM. This research paper must be between 6-8 pages long, double-spaced with one in margins. Cambria or Times New Roman is acceptable, and it must have 14-point font. Students will be graded on style, grammar and content. Remember that the bibliography must be added, as well. This final paper is worth 100 points.
Grading Scale: The following grade scale will be used to determine each students final grade in the course:
Quizzes: 280 Points
Reflection papers: 140 Points
Writing Assignment: 60 Points
Research Topic: 50 points
Final Paper: 200 points.
Drops: Aside from extreme cases like plagiarism or extremely disruptive behavior, it is my policy not to drop students from classes. If you feel you are not doing as well as you had hoped in the class it is your responsibility to fill out the necessary paperwork to do it.
Plagiarism: Plagiarism is defined as “the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own.” Most cases of plagiarism are committed unknowingly, but regardless I take very seriously. Instances of blatant plagiarism will be an automatic “No Grade” and may lead to very serious consequences such as being dropped from the course. For more information on plagiarism and how to avoid it please see:
Make-ups: Because the schedule of all assignments and exams are provided, it is the students’ responsibility to make time to complete them. All the assignments will remain open after the deadline, but they will only be worth a maximum of half credit if submitted late.
Extra Credit: Unless given to the entire class, I do not give individual students extra credit.
Note: the instructor reserves the right to alter the following as he sees fit.
WEEK 1 (January 18-23)
WEEK 2 (January 24-30)
Chapter 15: Calamities and Recoveries across Afroeurasia
WEEK 3 (January 31- February 6)
Chapter 16: Oceans Crossed, Worlds Connected
WEEK 4 (February 7-13)
Chapter 17: Afroeurasia and its Powerful States
WEEK 5 (February 14-20)
Chapter 18: The Expanding Global Economy: Expectations and Inequalities
WEEK 6 (February 21-27)
Chapter 19: The Changing Balance of Wealth and Power
WEEK 7 (February 28- March 5)
Chapter 20: Waves of Revolution
WEEK 8 (March 6-12)
No Assignments: Spring Break
WEEK 9 (March 13-19
Chapter 21: Energy and Industrialization
WEEK 10 (March 20-26)
Chapter 22: Coping with Change in the New Industrial Era
WEEK 11 (March 27- April 2)
Chapter 23: Capital, Technology and the Changing Balance of Global Power
WEEK 12 (April 3-9)
Chapter 24: Innovation, Revolution and Global Crisis
WEEK 13 (April 10-16)
Chapter 25: Turbulent Decades
WEEK 14 (April 17-23)
Chapter 26: World War II and its Aftermath
WEEK 15 (April 24-30)
Chapter 27: The Global Boom and its Contradictions
WEEK 16 (May 1-7)
Chapter 28: Countercurrents of Change
WEEK 17 (May 8-14)
Final Paper Due 5/11 at 11:59 PM
For Part II of the course syllabi, please go to:
http://www.epcc.edu/Catalog/2014/HIST2322.pdfhttp://www.epcc.edu/Catalog/2014/HIST2322.pdf4-6-page research paper, which is due at the end of the semester. In addition to the paper itself, a topic that is approved b