History 112 - Saint Louis University

History 112-02: Origins of the Modern World, 1500-Present
Fall, 2009
TR, 11:00-12:15
Tegeler Auditorium
Mr. David Parnell, Department of History
Office: Humanities Bldg #111
Office Hours: Tuesday, 1:00-3:00, or by appointment
Contact: [email protected], 977-3493
Course Description: Origins of the Modern World takes as its objective to explain the very title
of the course. This class will attempt to look back into history since 1500 and explain how the
past five hundred years have molded the society that we know today. The course will take as its
special theme the rise of Western Liberalism and its critics. The ideals of Western Liberalism,
arising from the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, and the revolutions of the 18th
century, will be examined. The critics of this body of ideals, from conservatives to Communists,
Fascists and, more recently, radical Islamicists will also be analyzed as we attempt to explain
why Western Liberalism has been and remains under attack.
Course Format: This course will consist of classes on Tuesday and Thursday, which will
typically be lectures. A few discussion classes will also be in the mix, particularly around the
time that the students are reading more substantial books for the course. The lectures will provide
the narrative necessary to tell the story of the advance of Western Liberalism and its critics, and
the discussions will provide time to analyze primary sources.
Required Texts:
Traditions & Encounters: A Global Perspective on the Past: volume II (4th edition) – Jerry H.
Bentley & Herbert F. Ziegler
Sister Revolutions: French Lightning, American Light – Susan Dunn
The Communist Manifesto – Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels
Survival in Auschwitz: If this is a Man – Primo Levi
The grade scale for the course will look like this: A=100-94, A-=93-90, B+=89-87, B=86-84, B=83-80, C+=79-77, C=76-74, C-=73-70, D=69-60, F=59-0.
Two three page papers: 30%, 15% each
Midterm examination: 20%
Final examination: 30%
Quizzes: 10%
Class participation: 10%
Papers: Two papers of about three pages each will be assigned. A topic for each assignment will
be provided at least two weeks before the papers are due. Papers will be graded for style,
grammar and content. Papers should be typed, using Times New Roman font, size 12, with
margins of one inch. Late papers will be docked one letter grade per day they are late, unless
documents are provided to prove a medical emergency or death in the family.
Midterm: A midterm examination will take place on October 15th. The midterm may include
multiple choice, identifications, maps, and/or essays. Make-up exams are not permitted, unless
documents are provided to prove a medical emergency or death in the family.
Final: The final examination will take place on December 10th at 12:00pm. The final will
concentrate on the last part of the semester but will include at least one question covering the
entire course. It will consist of identifications and essays. A study guide will be provided.
Class Participation: As interaction is crucial to learning, students are highly encouraged to
participate in class by asking questions and joining in on discussion when appropriate.
Attendance is a basic prerequisite for such participation, so 5% of the student’s grade will be
based on attendance. After three unexcused absences, the attendance portion of the student’s
grade will drop by one letter grade. Another 5% of the student’s grade will be based on his or
her level of participation in classroom discussions.
Quizzes: Four quizzes will be given over the course of the semester, based on the lectures and
reading assignments. These quizzes will be worth 10% of the grade.
Academic Honesty: The instructor strictly enforces the college’s policy on academic honesty. It
states, "Students are expected to be honest in their academic work. The University reserves the
right to penalize any student whose academic conduct is, in its judgment, detrimental to the
University. Such conduct shall include cases of plagiarism, collusion, cheating, giving or
receiving or offering or soliciting information on examinations, or the use of previously prepared
material in examinations or quizzes. Violations should be reported to your course instructor,
who will investigate and adjudicate them according the Policy on Academic Honesty of the
College of Arts and Sciences. If the charges are found to be true, the student may be liable for
academic or disciplinary probation, suspension, or expulsion from the University." Promoting
Academic Honesty (College of Arts and Sciences Handbook, Saint Louis University)
ADA Statement: “Saint Louis University opens its programs and educational services to all
qualified candidates without regard to their disability. All programs and services provided for
students are done in a manner that does not discriminate based on disability. Inaccessible
programs will be made accessible either directly or through relocation. Individuals requiring
accommodations for student programs should contact the Director of Student Life.” (College of
Arts and Sciences Handbook, Saint Louis University).
I reserve the right to adjust the syllabus, particularly the lecture dates/topics, as I deem
Schedule of Classes and Readings:
Week 1: August 25, 27 Course Introduction, Exploration (pp. 597-616, 621-626, 665-673, 754756)
Week 2: September 1, 3 Religious Reformations in Europe (pp. 631-640)
Week 3: September 8, 10 The Transatlantic World (pp. 620-621, 649-654, 673-686, 695-718)
Week 4: September 15, 17 European Absolutism and the Age of Enlightenment (pp. 640-648,
Week 5: September 22, 24 The American and French Revolutions (pp. 781-794)
Special reading: Sister Revolutions (excerpts)
Week 6: September 29, October 1 Tradition and Change in Asia and Europe (pp. 723-749, 794805)
October 1: Paper 1 Due
Week 7: October 6, 8 Industrialization and Socialism (pp. 805-842)
Special reading: Communist Manifesto (excerpts)
Week 8: October 13, 15 Social Darwinism (pp. 934-936)
October 15: Midterm Exam
Week 9: October 20, 22 Imperialism and Colonialism (pp. 880-885, 892-899, 909-930)
Week 10: October 27, 29 World War I (pp. 945-974, 1014-1016)
Week 11: November 3, 5 Communism and Fascism (pp. 886-892, 963-964, 977-979, 990-1001)
Week 12: November 10, 12 World War II (pp. 1031-1055)
Special reading: Survival in Auschwitz (entire)
Week 13: November 17, 19 The Cold War and Decolonization (pp. 936-938, 1006-1012, 10551090, 1095-1103, 1106-1112)
November 19: Paper 2 Due
Week 14: November 24, 26 Globalization (pp. 1131-1151)
November 26: Thanksgiving (NO CLASS)
Week 15: December 1, 3 Arab Nationalism and Radical Islam (pp. 1103-1106, 1115-1118,
Week 16: December 10 @ 12:00 Final Exam
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