This course will examine the history of Europe from the seventeenth century to the present. Our historical survey will cover eras of rapid political transformation, unprecedented economic expansions, and dramatic cultural and intellectual revolutions. Because there is a tremendous amount of material to cover, the course lectures and primary-source readings will focus on intellectual and cultural developments. Your textbook will provide you with a background on the political developments of the era.
Throughout the quarter, we will examine how dramatic social, cultural, economic, and political changes transformed daily life in rural and urban environments. We will pay close attention to questions of gender, class, and race, studying the relationships between political elites and “the masses,” between Europeans and non-Europeans, and between women and men.
Though not a requirement, I encourage you to stop by my office at some time during the quarter. If you cannot make it during my office hours, please set up an appointment with me.
Reading List (all books are available at local bookstores):
Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front
Other reading can be found on line via the web sites to which I direct you or on the on-line reserves. You can access the reserve materials through the OSU library webpage: http://library.ohio-state.edu/search/p. You can access the on-line materials directly or through the relevant page on my website: http://people.cohums.ohio-state.edu/judd18/112onlinereadings.htm
(1) Attendance You are required to attend the weekly lectures and sections and be responsible for the material covered in them. Please come to class on time so that you do not cause unnecessary disruption for your fellow classmates. Please also do not leave class before the class is dismissed.
(2) Section Students must attend a discussion section led by one of the discussion section leaders (DSL). Your section grade will be based on attendance, informed contributions to class discussions, quiz grades, and the written work assigned by your DSL’s (50 points, 25%, of which you receive 5% for attendance, 10% for participation, and 10% for quizzes)
(3) Reading Students are expected to read the materials assigned for this course by the date listed on the syllabus. We will discuss the materials in lecture and review them the following day in section.
(4) In-Class Writing assignments (Lecture): Over the course of the quarter, there will be four moments when I will ask you to address, in lecture, the questions raised by the reading. (20 points; 10 %)
(5) Hourly Exam The mid-term exam will include short questions and an essay question covering the material from the lectures, discussions, and readings. (40 points total; 20%)
(6) Case Study This exercise – due in class on November 13th -- will ask you to address a specific historical event and consider different views adopted during it. You may choose to work by yourself or with up to two other students from your section. If you do choose to work with other students, please know that your TA will give your one grade. Any late work will be detracted by 2 points per day beginning when I commence my lecture. (20 points, 10%)
(7) Final Exam The final exam will include short- and essay questions covering the material from the lectures, discussions, and readings. One required essay question will be accumulative; the short questions and other essay question only will cover material discussed since the midterm. (70 points; 35%)
(8) extra credit: Students have the option of receiving extra credit for up to two of the following assignments (you must choose among a, b, and c; you can not write 2 film reviews). They must be completed by the dates set out below. Extra Credit will only count towards students whose final average is a D or higher. (2 points each)
(a) Attending the office hours of myself or your DSL by:
(last name A-H) October 4
(last name I-Q) October 11
(last name Q-Z) October 18
(b) Evaluate one of the following films and write a 1-3 page response paper considering whether or not it is an appropriate representation of the historical event that is at its focus. Make sure you clearly set out what you mean by appropriate or inappropriate representation. Please also make sure that you give yourself enough time to obtain and view the film before the assignment is due.
Restoration due 9/27
Dangerous Liasons due 10/4
Godsford Park due 10/11
Sense and Sensibility due 10/18
Hard Times due 10/25
Rosa Luxemburg due 10/30
Zulu due 10/30
Sunshine due 11/1
Gallipoli due 11/6
Dr. Zhivago due 11/8
Blue Angel due 11/13
Mephisto due 11/15
Saving Private Ryan due 11/20
Schindler’s List due 11/22
Nasty Girl due 11/22
Battle of Algiers due 11/27
Goodbye Lenin due 11/29
(1) Examinations and Writing Assignments: There will be two exams in connection with this course: a midterm exam and a final. These exams will require you to synthesize materials from lecture, class discussions, and readings. There also will be quizzes and in-class writing assignments. You must take the exams, in-class writing assignments, and quizzes at the scheduled time. Students will be allowed to take a make-up exam only for urgent reasons, such as a medical or legal emergency. In accordance with departmental policy, the student will be expected to present proof of the emergency, such as an official statement from the University Medical Center. If you need to take a make-up exam, quiz, or in-class writing assignment, you must submit your proof of emergency to me within 9 days of the scheduled (missed) exam, quiz, or assignment. All make up work is to be completed by December 1st (by 4:00 pm).
(2) Grade complaints must be made in writing and only after 24 hours have passed after grades are distributed. All grade complaints should first be directed to your DSL.
(3) ACADEMIC INTEGRITY (ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT):
The Ohio State University and the Committee on Academic Misconduct (COAM) expect that all students have read and understand the University’s Code of Student Conduct, and that all students will complete all academic and scholarly assignments with fairness and honesty. Students must recognize that failure to follow the rules and guidelines established in the University’s Code of Student Conductand this syllabus may constitute “Academic Misconduct.”
The Ohio State University’s Code of Student Conduct (Section 3335-23-04) defines academic misconduct as: “Any activity that tends to compromise the academic integrity of the University, or subvert the educational process.” Examples of academic misconduct include (but are not limited to) plagiarism, collusion (unauthorized collaboration), copying the work of another student, and possession of unauthorized materials during an examination. Ignorance of the University’s Code of Student Conduct is never considered an “excuse” for academic misconduct, so I recommend that you review the Code of Student Conduct and, specifically, the sections dealing with academic misconduct.
If I suspect that a student has committed academic misconduct in this course, I am obligated by University Rules to report my suspicions to the Committee on Academic Misconduct. If COAM determines that you have violated the University’s Code of Student Conduct (i.e., committed academic misconduct), the sanctions for the misconduct could include a failing grade in this course and suspension or dismissal from the University.
If you have any questions about the above policy or what constitutes academic misconduct in this course, please contact me.
Other sources of information on academic misconduct (integrity) to which you can refer include:
The Committee on Academic Misconduct web pages (oaa.osu.edu/coam/home.html)
(4) In accordance with departmental policy, all students must be officially enrolled in the course by the end of the second full week of the quarter. No requests to add the course will be approved by the department chair after that time. Enrolling officially and on time is solely the responsibility of each student.
(5) Students must turn off cell-phones at the beginning of class.
(6) Papers are due in class on the date stated. Any late work will be detracted by 2 points per day beginning when I commence my lecture.
(7) A copy of this syllabus can be found on my web site: http://people.cohums.ohio-state.edu/judd18/112home.htm. Kindly use this copy of the syllabus to verify readings, class assignments, or schedules. The DSLs will refer you to the website if you contact them regarding matters pertaining to the syllabus.
(8) Please note that the DSLs and I are not necessarily accessible via email at night or during the weekends. If you would like to be in contact with us, you would be wisest to contact us during the day or early evening. Similarly, while the DSLs will hold additional office hours before the exams, they may not be able to respond to email messages sent to them the evening before the exam or before the paper due date.
*All students with disabilities who need accommodations should see me privately during my office hours to make arrangements. Please do so by the third week of class.*
Lecture and Reading Schedule (The Making of the West referred to here is Volume II since 1500 not the “concise history.” If you would prefer to read the “concise history,” I will happily give you those page numbers but ask that you obtain any maps or primary sources from the unabridged volume that we discuss in lecture or section)
Europe in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
September 20 Introduction: The 17th Century From the Bottom Up
Reading: “Little Thumb”
The Making of the West, chapter 16, “A Century of Crisis”
*make sure to read this for your discussion section on 9/21*