History of Western Civilization

History of Western Civilization
School Year 2015-2016
Syllabus for August 24th-October 16th
Maureen Burgess, Ph.D.
[email protected] or [email protected]
Students are expected to bring notebooks or loose leaf binders and pens or pencils
for every class.
South Carolina Department of Education Standards:
Examine the relationship of the present to the past and use knowledge of the past to
make informed decisions in the present and to extrapolate into the future.
Trace and describe continuity and change across cultures.
Represent and interpret Earth’s physical and human systems by using maps, mental
maps, geographic models, and other social studies resources to make inferences and draw
Compare the ways that different economic systems answer the fundamental questions of
what goods and services should be produced, how they should be produced, and who will
consume them.
Grading Policy:
Category for the year
Class work
3 Nine weeks exams
2 Semester exams
A = 93-100
B = 85-92
C = 77-84
D = 70-76
Anything below a 69 = F
All quizzes and exams will consist of multiple choice questions, fill in the blank, choose
the correct answer, or put events into a chronological order type format. The dates of
exams and the material covered in the exam can be found in the reading assignments.
The exams will only cover material within the exam period. Students will not be tested
on material that was covered in a pervious exam or quiz.
Students will have ample opportunities for extra credit assignments that will be averaged
into their quiz grades. Students are encouraged to combine their artistic talents with their
academic talents in almost all of the extra credit opportunities.
Make-up policies: Students may miss class for a variety of reasons, but they must contact
me within a week of their missing class(es) in order to schedule a meeting to make-up
whatever material, work or quizzes they missed. If they do not contact me within a week,
they will receive a zero for that assignment or quiz/exam. I check my e-mail several
times a day, so if you do not hear from me within 24 hours, 1st check your “junk mail”
box and e-mail me at my alternate e-mail [email protected] Make-up
quizzes have been designed to cover the class material and are in a “fill in the blank”
Students are expected to take notes in class and to participate in class discussions. The
goal of each class is to introduce new information, to have students critically assess the
information, and to articulate their views on these subjects.
Textbook and reading assignments to be announced
Tentative Topic Schedule:
August 24th-September 4th: Introduction.
What is history? What is to be human?
September 7th-September 18th: Transitioning from hunting and gathering to Agricultural
September 21st- October 2: Mesopotamia and Egypt
Chaos and Order
October 5th-October 16th: The Mediterranean Civilizations
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