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HST 101: World History I
Learning Community: Sow, Reap,
Consume: Food, Politics, and Society
Salem State University
Fall 2010
Prof . A. Chapman-Adisho
Office SB 102K
Office Hours: Mon. & Wed. 12:301:20, Fri. 11-12:30 & by appointment
Course Description
HST 101: World History I: Provides an understanding of the history of civilization from ancient
times until 1650, stressing and interpreting social, cultural, intellectual, economic, and political
developments in Europe and Asia. This course provides the matrix for all other courses in the
curriculum. It aids students to put human knowledge into perspective. Collateral reading supports
text and classroom materials.
Goals for HST 101: World History I
1. Students will develop an understanding of the historical origins of many
of the world's diverse cultural and intellectual traditions and the
relationships and points of exchange among them.
2. Students will acquire and develop critical thinking and analytical skills.
3. Students will develop effective written and oral communication skills.
Instructional Objectives for HIS 101, World History I
1. Through lectures, discussions and readings in world history, students
will develop an understanding of the dynamic of cause and effect and
historical change over time.
2. Through class discussions and other critical assessments of readings
students will demonstrate analytical skills necessary to navigate different
interpretations of world historical events.
3. Through written assignments and discussion students will learn to analyze
primary source documents using historical techniques and insights.
4. Through class discussions, readings, and writing assignments students
will examine and question the historical construction of civilization,
culture, class, religion, gender, race and ethnicity.
5. Through written assignments, discussions and presentations, students
will strengthen communication and comprehension skills.
6. Through written assignments and discussion students will learn, compare
and contrast important characteristics of various pre-modern cultures and
7. Through course assignments, students will learn to critique, evaluate,
and cite print, electronic and multimedia sources.
Required Texts
Prentice Hall Atlas of World History. 2nd ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education,
2009. ISBN 0136042473.
Standage, Tom. A History of the World in 6 Glasses. New York: Walker & Co., 2005. ISBN
Tannahill, Reay. Food in History. New York: Three Rivers Press, 1988. ISBN 978-0-51788404-6.
This course will use a standard 100 point scale with 100-90 being an A, 89-80 being a B, etc.
The components of your grade in this course and their weight are as follows:
Attendance, Preparation & Participation
(meets Course Learning Objectives Nos. 1,2,4,7)
Food Tourism Restaurant Review Essay*
(meets Course Learning Objectives Nos. 3, 5, 7)
(meets Course Learning Objectives Nos. 3,4,5,6,7)
(meets Course Learning Objectives Nos. 3,4,5,6,7)
Group Wiki Project/Final Tapas Event*
(meets Course Learning Objectives Nos. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7)
*Further information & specific guidelines will be distributed.
Course Policies
Attendance is required and will be regularly taken. At the end of the term, a student’s
attendance will be measured and a corresponding grade assigned. In general, one
cannot receive an “A” (i.e. 90% or better ) for attendance if one has missed more than
3 classes, regardless of the circumstances.
This course has a required final exam.
Late work will be accepted at the discretion of the instructor and only when the
student can demonstrate a verifiable emergency that prevented the work from being
submitted on time. The same policy applies to make-up exams. A missed exam can
only be made up when there is a verifiable emergency that prevented the student from
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attending the exam. The instructor reserves the right to reject requests for late papers
and make-up exams for frivolous reasons or in the case of an event of a nonemergency nature.
Every student is responsible for completing all course requirements and for keeping
up with the course whether or not the student is present in class.
This class is organized as a seminar/discussion class. If I begin to suspect that
students are arriving at class without having read the assigned materials, I reserve the
right to give a pop quiz. I recommend that you take notes as you read the web-based
assignments. This will help you recall what you have read when I ask in class. When
we are reading from one of the assigned books, please bring that book to class.
Avoid annoying behaviors such as arriving late for class or cutting out early. Laptops
are allowed only for note taking and other class business. If you are not using your
laptop for the class, close it.
Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Plagiarized work will receive no credit.
Turn in all course assignments. Turn them in on time. The instructor will accept no
late papers nor give any make-up exams.
We will use WebCT. Make sure you have access to it.
College courses require a significant investment of time outside of class. You should
expect to spend 2 to 3 hours outside of class for every hour in class. So, for a class
meeting 3 hours/week like this one, you should expect to spend 6 to 9 hours each
week outside of class reading, writing and otherwise preparing for class. Weeks
when written assignments are due, you may even spend more than 6 to 9 hours in
outside preparation time. Budget your time accordingly.
Accessibility Statement
Salem State College is committed to providing equal access to the educational experience for all
students in compliance with Section 504 of The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans
with Disabilities Act and to providing all reasonable academic accommodations, aids and
adjustments. Any student who has a documented disability requiring an accommodation, aid or
adjustment should speak with the instructor immediately. Students with disabilities who have
not done so should provide documentation to and schedule an appointment with the Office for
Students with Disabilities and obtain appropriate services.
College Declared Critical Emergency Policy
In the event of a college declared critical emergency, Salem State College reserves the right to
alter this course plan. Students should refer to for further information and
updates. The course attendance policy stays in effect until there is a college declared critical
emergency. In the event of an emergency, please refer to the alternative educational plans for
this course located at/in the course WebCT site. Students should review the plans and gather all
required materials before an emergency is declared.
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HST 101: World History I
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Course Schedule & Topics
This course will be taught primarily through guided class & group discussions. I will “lecture”
briefly and sporadically, but quickly try to pull you into the conversation. Our goal is to think
together about the materials we are studying and in doing so to free history from its reputation as
a dry as dirt subject that one must endure. How to succeed in this class? Engage. Read the
assigned materials. Scratch out a few thoughts about your reading… What interested you? What
do you believe? Why? What do you find questionable? Why? What do you want to know
more about? Bring your book & ‘notes’/’musings’ to class. We’ll take it from there.
Week I:
Fri., Sept. 3
Welcome to World History & the Sow, Reap, Consume Learning Community
Week II: Prehistory
Readings & Map: Tannahill, prologue, chaps. 1& 2 (pp. xv-xvi, 1-18); Atlas, The World:
Prehistory to 10,000 BCE
Wed., Sept. 8 Prehistory at 10:00 /Joint Learning Community Class at 11:00 in Prof. DuclosOrsello’s classroom.
Fri., Sept. 10 Prehistory
Week III: Prehistory to History
Readings: Tannahill, chap. 3 (pp. 19-41); Atlas, The World: 10,000 to 5000 BCE & The
Advent of Agriculture
Mon., Sept. 13 Movie: The Ice Man
Wed., Sept. 15 Discussion of The Ice Man; in-class writing, brief movie review
Fri., Sept. 17 Agriculture
Week IV: First Civilizations
Readings: Tannahill, chap. 4 (pp. 42-59); Standage, chaps 1 & 2 (pp. 9-39);
Hammurabi’s Code [available online at]; Atlas,
The Fertile Crescent & Urban Centers and Trade Routes
Mon. Sept. 20 Mesopotamia & Egypt
Wed., Sept. 22 No class meeting at 10:00/Joint Learning Community Class at 11:00 in Dr.
Duclos-Orsello’s classroom. FOR DISCUSSION READ: Standage; BRING
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Fri., Sept. 24 Discussion of Hammurabi’s Code [Bring either a print out of the code or your
notes from your reading of it.]
Week V: Greece & Rome
Readings: Tannahill, chaps 5 & 6 (pp. 60-91); Primary Source Readings, The Shield of
Achilles from the Illiad, and Xenophon, excerpts The Constitution of the Spartans [Available on
WEBCT]; Atlas, The Mediterranean World 700-300 BCE & The Roman Empire
Mon. Sept. 27 Greeks & Romans
Wed., Sept. 29 Romans & Greeks
Fri., Oct. 1 In class writing, Imagining life in Sparta or Athens. [Bring either a print out of the
two primary source readings posted on WebCT or your notes from reading them.]
Week VI: Early Medieval Europe (The ‘Dark Ages’)
Readings: Tannahill, chap. 7 (pp. 92-102); Standage, chaps 3 & 4 (pp. 43-90)
Mon., Oct. 4 The ‘Dark Ages’
Wed. Oct. 6 Regular class meeting at 10:00 and Joint Learning Community Class at 11:00 in
Dr. Duclos-Orsello’s classroom. Set-up and work on wiki projects. Gail Rankin, Information
Technology will be with us.
Fri., Oct. 8 In class writing, Questions & Sources in the History of Food. Bring Standage.
Week VII: India
Readings: Tannahill, chap. 8 (pp. 101-117); Atlas, The World: 500-250 BCE & States
and Empires in South Asia 300-1550; View ONLINE Mohenjodaro! Available at
Wed. Oct. 13 India
Fri., Oct. 15 India
Week VIII: Mid-Term
Mon. Oct. 18 Mid-Term Review
Wed. Oct. 20. Joint Learning Community Class Meeting. 10-12:15 at CENTRAL CAMPUS
RESIDENCE HALL. We’ll be seeing the movie, Tortilla Soup (2001) Directed by Maria
Fri., Oct. 22 Mid-Term Exam
Week IX: Central Asia & China
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Readings: Tannahill, chap 9 & 10 (pp.118-140); Atlas, Trade in the Classical World &
The World 500-250 BCE; Other readings TBA.
Mon. Oct. 25 Central Asia & China
Wed., Oct. 27 Central Asia & China
Fri., Oct. 29 No Class Meeting. DUE: Working Bibliography for the history section of your
wiki project. Each group should submit this bibliography, using MLA format, through WEBCT.
Week X: The Arab World
Readings: Tannahill, chap. 11 (pp. 140-151); Atlas, The World: 500-750 CE, and The
Islamic Imprint, and The Abbasid Caliphate; Hadith on Fasting, Available at; Ibn Battuta, Travels (selections,
Available on WebCT)
Mon. Nov. 1 The Arab World
Wed. Nov. 3 Joint Learning Community Class Meeting. Work on Wiki projects.
Fri. Nov. 5 The Arab World
Week XI: Later Medieval Europe
Readings: Tannahill, chaps. 12 & 13 (pp. 153-195); selection from The Year 1000
[available on WebCT]; Atlas, Trade in Medieval Europe and The Black Death
Mon. Nov. 8 Later Medieval Europe
Wed. Nov. 10 Later Medieval Europe
Fri. Nov. 12 Due: Food Tourism Restaurant Review Essay
Week XII: The Americas
Readings: Tannahill, chaps 14 & 15 (pp. 197-223); Atlas, Civilizations and Cultures of
North America, 100-1500 CE, and The Empires of the Andes: 350 BCE-1475 CE; Other
readings TBA.
Mon. Nov. 15 The Americas
Wed. Nov. 17 Joint Learning Community Class Meeting from 10-12:15. Meet at CENTRAL
Fri., Nov. 19 The Americas
Week XIII: Wiki Project Research Week
Mon. Nov. 22 NO CLASS MEETING. Work on your wiki project.
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Wed. Nov. 24 NO CLASS MEETING. Advising/Reading Day
Week XIV: A Connected World: The Gastronomic Grand Tour
Readings: Tannahill, chaps. 17 & 18 (pp. 230-279); Other readings TBA.
Mon. Nov. 29 A Connected World
Wed. Dec. 1 A Connected World
Fri. Dec. 2 A Connected World
Week XV: A Connected World: Spirits & the High Seas
Readings: Standage, chaps 5 & 6 (pp. 93-132)
Mon. Dec. 6 A Connected World
Wed. Dec. 8 Joint Learning Community Class Meeting. Work on Wikis.
Fri. Dec. 10 Showcase Wiki Project at Dunkin’ Donuts, throughout the day. Sign-up sheet.
Final Exam: Thurs. Dec. 16, 2:00-4:00 in SB 101
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