History 2b history of World Civilizations from 1500 to Present

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Eloy Zárate Fall,2011 Class Section #2874

Office: C405 Monday-Wednesday 12-1:35pm

Phone: (626)585-3108

Email: eizarate@pasadena.edu

History 2B

History of World Civilizations from 1500 to Present

History 2B surveys world history from c. 1500 to Present, a period that saw the transition from pre-modern agrarian societies to commercialized and industrialized ways of life over much of the world. One theme throughout this course will be the social, cultural, and political characteristics of the peoples of Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Europe as they changed under the impact of industrialization and colonialism during those years. A second theme will consider how various civilizations interacted: world history in this period is dominated by the aggressive expansion undertaken by the nations of Western Europe. The beginnings of European colonialism and the transition to imperialism will be discussed throughout the course, as will the many ways by which cultures in Asia, Africa, and the Americas chose to respond to European incursions. This period also witnesses the collapse of a European-dominated world, violent nationalist de-colonization revolutions and social movements to the present attempts to create a technologically integrated  “global village”.  One theme throughout this course will be the social, cultural, and political characteristics of the peoples of Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Europe as they deal with the collapse of the European Imperial order after WWI.  Another theme is the attempts of “under-developed” regions to create a modern nationalist state in the shadow of Superpower Cold War.   A third theme will consider how various economic, political, social and technical revolutions further complicate and integrate international relations.

Course Themes

  1. The social, cultural, and political characteristics of the peoples of Asia, Africa, the Americas and Europe as they changed under the influence of industrialization and colonialism during those years.

  2. The social, cultural and political characteristics of the peoples of Asia, Africa, the Americas and Europe as they deal with the collapse of the European Imperial order after World War I.

  3. How various economic, political, social and technological revolutions complicate and integrate international relations as “under-developed” regions seek to create a modern nationalist state in the shadow of the Cold War.

Objective of the Course

Through class lectures, discussion of readings, position papers and films the student will gain an accurate and greater understanding of the study of world history. This objective will be accomplished by:

  1. Developing a degree of independence and thought in the study of World History.

  2. Developing and/or improving skills in written expression.

  3. Developing a better understanding of the relationship between people and the historical process.

Required Texts:

Bentley, Jerry Traditions & Encounters VOL. 2

Leon-Portilla, Miguel The Broken Spears

Schivelbusch Taste of Paradise

Webster, Donavan Aftermath
Course Requirements: Click on links below to get guidelines for assignments.

  • Students are required to take one mid-term and one final examination, and will write (1) one brief (4-5 page) paper based on one of the required texts.(Broken Spears or Taste of Paradise)    The paper must be typed and double-spaced with one-inch margins in Courier 12 font.  Papers that do not fulfill these standards will not be accepted. Essays must fulfill all standards for historical interpretations.   A student will not receive a grade in the class without completing the required essay and taking the final. To clarify, there are 3 essay opportunities during the semester, students can only turn in one essay.  No rewrites. 

  • 50% of the discussion grade is a one page discussion paper that is due the Friday before discussions are scheduled. The other 50% of the discussion grade is given to students who actively and meaningfully contribute to class discussions.  

  • WORD COUNT: A page of written material is equivalent to between 250-275 words regardless if the page fulfills font and margin standards. Theme and discussion papers have minimum counts. Essays must fall within 4-5 pages or 1000-1350 words.

All written assignments must be posted by the deadlines at turnitin.com.   Essay deadlines are 10 minutes before the beginning of the class session they are due.  All written assignments will only be posted electronically (no hard copy is necessary).


Grading will be based on the following work (total points):
Mid-Term 125 points
Final 150 points

Chapter Quizzes 200 points 10x20

Geography Quizzes 100 Points 10x10

Essay 100 points

Discussion Papers 225 points

Book Quizzes 100 points

Total 1000 points
-point assignment grade break-down: Final Grade break down:
A 100-90 1000-900
B 89-80 899-800
C 79-70 799-700
D 69-60 699-600
F 59 and below 599 and below

Classroom Etiquette, Cheating/Plagiarism & Attendance

·         Please remember that college policy forbids eating, drinking, or smoking in classrooms.  If you engage in any disruptive behavior I will ask to speak to you about it.  The classroom must be a place where there can be a free exchange of ideas.  In order to create this environment, everyone must feel comfortable to express ideas in a manner they believe is reflective of their understanding of the material regardless of their educational or cultural background.  Freedom of speech and the tenets of academic freedom are highly valued in this classroom. The best way to avoid any sort of difficulty is to be consistently professional and treat the instructor and classmates with courtesy.  If you  have concerns, do not hesitate to discuss it with the professor.

·         If you are planning on cheating or plagiarizing….DON’T.  When you are caught, you will receive a zero on the assignment.  If you are found to be cheating or guilty of plagiarism on a paper or the final you will receive an “F” in the course.

·         Class will begin and end as scheduled.  I expect you to be on time, in your seat by the beginning of class and to remain for the entire class period.  All class meetings are required, if you cannot attend class make sure to contact me by phone or e-mail.

  • Attendance Policy: Attendance will be taken each class session. 20 points will be deducted from the students final grade total for every combination of 3 absences/tardies. Absences will be excused with the proper medical or legal documentation. IT IS THE STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO DROP THE CLASS.  ALL CLASS MATERIALS MUST BE RETURNED FOR THE PROFESSOR TO DROP A STUDENT OR GIVE A FINAL GRADE IN THE COURSE.

  • Cell Phone Policy All cell phones must be turned off (powered off) and put away before entering the classroom. Any student* that does not comply with this policy will be excused from the class meeting. 

  • No electronic reproductions of the in-class lectures and/or images are allowed without the written consent of Prof. Zarate. 

  •    *Students that have special circumstances that require access to a cell phone during the class period must have approval from the instructor prior to the start of class. 

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate through original written and/or oral analysis their
    ability to identify important events in historical eras; evaluate variables of
    historical phenomena; and analyze the causes and impact of significant change in
    a global context. 

  • Students will demonstrate awareness and critique the value of varied sources of
    historical information including professorial lectures, secondary texts, primary
    documents, visual arts, fiction, oral histories, community studies and/or current
    journalistic reports.

  • Students will demonstrate responsibility as self-directed listeners, readers, and

  • Students will compare and contrast the experiences and issues of subsets of
    minorities with that of mainstream in power, including concerns of race, class,
    and gender.

  • Students will demonstrate respect for the diversity of opinions on historical

  • Students will apply their analysis of history to create a plan for fulfilling
    their own civic responsibilities as community and international citizens.

Syllabus and Reading Assignments
Week 1 – August 29-Sept 2

World of 1500


Readings: Bentley Ch. 22-23, Start Broken Spears and Folder

Assignments Due:

Wednesday, September 1

  1. Syllabus Quiz (Optional)

Week 2- September 5-9


The People- Aztecs and Quechua

Readings: Bentley Ch. 22-23, Folder/ Broken Spears

Assignments Due:

Monday, September 5—No Class

Friday, September 9

    1. Bentley Chapter Quizzes 22-23

    2. Geography Quiz 22-23

    3. Discussion Paper Broken Spears (250 words)

Week 3- September 12-16


Africa-Slave Trade


Readings: Bentley Ch. 24-25

Assignments Due:

Wednesday, September 14

  1. Broken Spears Discussion

Friday, September 16

  1. Broken Spears Quiz Due

  2. Bentley Chapter Quizzes 24-25

  3. Geography Quiz 24-25

Week 4—September 19-23


Global Change Asia

Readings: Bentley Ch. 26

Assignments Due:

Monday, September 19

  1. Essay Option #1 on Broken Spears (1000-1350 words required)

Friday, September 23

  1. Bentley Chapter Quizzes 26

  2. Geography Quiz 26

  3. Discussion Paper for Chapter 1 of Schivelusch and Marks “Rise of West”

Week 5—September 26-30


Ottoman Empire & Islam

Readings: Bentley Ch. 27, Schivelbusch Ch. 1, Marks “Rise of West”

Assignments Due:

Wednesday, September 28

  1. Discussion on Schivelbusch and Marks

Friday, September 30

  1. Bentley Chapter Quiz 27

  2. Geography Quiz 27

Week 6—October 3-7



Readings: Bentley Ch. 28, Schivelbusch

Assignments Due:

Friday, October 7

  1. Bentley Chapter Quiz 28

  2. Geography Quiz 28

Week 7 – October 10-14

Rage of the Machine


Readings: Bentley Ch. 29-30, Schivelbusch (Taste of Paradise)

Assignments Due:

Monday, October 10

  1. Midterm due

Friday, October 14

  1. Bentley Chapter Quiz 29-30

  2. Geography Quiz 29-30

  3. Discussion Paper on Schivelbusch (Taste of Paradise) Due

Week 8- October 17-21



Readings: Bentley Ch. 31-32

Assignments Due:

Wednesday, October 19

  1. Discussion on Taste of Paradise

Friday, October 21

  1. Taste of Paradise Quiz Due (Rest of Book)

  2. Bentley Chapter Quiz 31-32

  3. Geography Quiz 31-32

Week 9- October 24-28


The Violent Alternative

Readings: Bentley Ch. 33

Assignments Due:

Monday, October 24

  1. Essay Option #2 on Taste of Paradise. (1000-1350 words required)

Friday, October 28th

  1. Bentley Chapter Quiz 33

  2. Geography Quiz 33

Week 10— October 31-November 4



Social Darwinism

Readings: Bentley Ch. 34

Assignments Due:

Friday, November 4

  1. Bentley Chapter Quiz 34

  2. Geography Quiz 34

Week 11—November 7-11


European Meltdown

Readings: Bentley Ch. 35

Assignments Due:

Friday, November 11

  1. Bentley Chapter Quiz 35

  2. Geography Quiz 35

Week 12—November 14- 18



Failure of Liberalism

Readings: Bentley Ch. 36-37, Start Aftermath (2 chapters a week)

Assignments Due:

Friday, November 18

  1. Bentley Chapter Quiz 36-37

  2. Geography Quiz 36-37

Week 13—November 21-25


Cold War or WWIII


Readings: Bentley Ch. 38

Assignments Due:

Friday, November 25

  1. Bentley Chapter Quiz 38

  2. Geography Quiz 38

Week 14--- November 28- December 2



Readings: Bentley Ch. 39

Assignments Due:

Friday, December 2

  1. Aftermath Discussion Paper Due (500 Words)

  2. Bentley Chapter Quiz 39

  3. Geography Quiz 39

Week 15- December 5-9




Readings: Bentley Ch. 40

Assignments Due:

Monday, December 5

    1. Discussion for Aftermath

Friday, December, 9

    1. Aftermath Quiz

    2. Bentley Chapter 40 Quiz

    3. Geography Quiz

Week 16— Final

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