Foundations of the Modern Age
Winter Semester 2006
113 Classic Hall
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Course Description and Objectives
Foundations of the Modern Age is a historical introduction to the ideas, institutions, and events that shaped modern Western civilization. The course is designed both to develop essential knowledge of the origins and evolution of the modern world and to encourage a basic understanding of historical perspective and context. It also seeks to promote the skills essential to historical inquiry, including the capacity to define historical questions, analyze primary documents carefully, evaluate alternative interpretations critically, develop original arguments, and write essays clearly and effectively.
1. Thomas Greer and Gavin Lewis, A Brief History of the Western World Volume 2 Ninth edition (Harcourt) 0534642365
2. Diana Hacker, Rules for Writers Fifth edition (Bedford /St. Martins) 0312406851
3. Robert Strayer, et al, The Making of the Modern World (on reserve in the Duggan Library)
4. Electronic Texts and Images from the Internet
Final grades will be based on an evaluation of the following.
1. Three exams (20% each)
The exams will consist of short-answer questions and essay questions. In your essays, you will be expected (1) to isolate key themes and concepts, (2) to explain those themes and concepts with clarity and precision, and (3) to provide specific examples to reinforce and prove your general points.
2. Research paper (20%)
Your paper may be on any topic related to the content of the course. The paper is to be analytical and interpretive, not simply descriptive. It should present a thesis and develop an argument (and include potential counter-arguments). The length of the paper should be 5-6 pages. You are expected to use Interlibrary Loan when essential sources are unavailable through the Duggan Library.
3. Prospectus and in-class presentation (10%)
The grade will be based on the quality of the (1) thesis and argument, (2) organization, (3) logic, (4) evidence, (5) alternative interpretations, (6) sources, and (7) writing.
The prospectus should include (1) a draft of the first paragraph of the research paper, including the thesis statement, (2) an outline of the entire research paper, and (3) a bibliography of the research paper consisting of at least six substantive sources (this may vary depending on the topic). The outline should convey the essential features of the presentation, but should not be more than two pages. The bibliography will be evaluated both on the quality of the sources and on proper citation.
4. Class participation (10%)
The six-minute presentation functions as a first draft of the research paper. It should identify the problem addressed in the paper, develop a thesis and argument, and entertain alternative interpretations. The grade will be based on the quality of the (1) thesis and argument, (2) organization, (3) logic, (4) evidence, (5) alternative interpretations, (6) sources, and (7) presentation.
The success of this class depends upon the quality of the dialogue in class. Class participation grades will reflect your attendance record, the frequency of your contributions to class discussions, and the quality of your questions, observations, and conclusions. Commentary on the presentations of others is included in the class participation grade.
Jan. 11: Greer, 335-344; Vergerius; Pico
Jan. 13: Greer, 309-313; Machiavelli
Jan. 16: Greer, 364-380; Calvin
Jan. 18: Greer, 380-387, 394-400, 408-411, 416-418; Bossuet
Jan. 20: Greer, 445-451; Locke 1
Jan. 23: Locke 2
Jan. 25: Greer, 418-425; Galileo; Newton
Jan. 27: Greer, 425-432; Hume; Smith
Jan. 30: Greer, 299-307, 318-333; Equiano
Feb. 1: Strayer, 138-142; Winthrop; Franklin
Feb. 3: Greer, 451-456; Strayer, 142-143; Declaration; Federalist Papers
Feb. 6: First Exam
Feb. 8: Greer,456-471; Declaration; Robespierre
Feb. 10: Greer, 473-478, 491-501; Metternich; Mazzini; Bismark
Feb. 13: Strayer, 144-147; South Carolina
Feb. 15: Lincoln; Lincoln
Feb. 17: Greer, 503-516; Sadler Report
Feb. 20: Greer, 517-521; Marx and Engels 1
Feb. 22: Marx and Engels 2
Feb. 24: Greer, 521-523; Bernstein; Webb
Mar. 6: Green; Spencer; Hearing
Mar. 8: Strayer, 147-149; Carnegie; Populist; Washington; Du Bois
Mar. 10: Second Exam
Mar. 13: Greer, 526-530, 548-556; Strayer, 149-150; Lin Cixu; Naoroji; Kipling
Mar. 15: Greer, 556-567; WWI Poetry
Mar. 17: Greer, 568-572; Lenin; Prospectus Due
Mar. 20: Presentations
Mar. 22: Presentations
Mar. 24: Presentations
Mar. 27: Greer, 572-576; Stalin; Famine
Mar. 29: Greer, 576-582; Mussolini
Mar. 31: Greer, 582-591; Strayer, 150-152; Roosevelt; Himmler
Apr. 3: Greer, 595-612; Strayer, 152-154; Nehru
Apr. 5: Greer, 612-614; Strayer, 154-156; Martin Luther King Jr.; The Black Panther Party Platform
Apr. 7: Greer, 654-661; The Port Huron Statement; NOW
Apr. 10: Greer, 614-637; Strayer, 156-158; Reagan
Apr. 12: Greer, 676-710; Blair
Apr. 14: Greer, 720-730
Apr. 17-21: Third Exam