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2011-2012 AP WORLD HISTORY SYLLABUS Ms. Powelson Room D-19 [email protected] Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to be always a child. If no use is made of the labors of past ages, the world must remain always in the infancy of knowledge. Cicero Roman author, orator, & politician (106 BC - 43 BC) Primary Textbook: World Civilizations: The Global Experience, 3rd ed. The Earth and Its Peoples Supplemental Texts: World History to 1648 World History from 1500 Introduction Welcome to what I hope will be a challenging and stimulating course. You can expect a lot of reading, a lot of writing, and, hopefully, a lot of learning. Throughout this course we will delve deeply into the study of global history, in an attempt to arrive at an understanding of the forces, correlations, and discourses at work in the periods and places that we study. Course Description The purpose of the AP World History course is to develop greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts, in interaction with different types of human societies. This understanding is advanced through a combination of selective factual knowledge and appropriate analytical skills. The course highlights the nature of changes in international frameworks and their causes and consequences, as well as comparisons among major societies. Course Outline This course will utilize the following chronological breakdown. The time in parenthesis is the approximate amount of time that will be devoted to the corresponding chapters in this course. Please note that this course will utilize the designations BCE (before the common era) and CE (common era). These labels correspond to BC (before Christ) and AD (anno domini). Unit 1: c. 8000 BCE – 600 CE Focus questions: What is “civilization”? Who is “civilized”? Does change occur by diffusion or independent invention? Topic 1: Locating world history in the environment and time Topic 2: Developing agriculture and technology Topic 3: Basic features of early civilizations: Mesopotamia, Egypt, Indus, Shang; Mesoamerican and Andean Topic 4: Major Belief Systems: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Confucianism, and Daoism; polytheism and shamanism Topic 5: Classical civilizations: Greece, Rome, China, and India including migrations of the Huns, Germanic tribes Topic 6: Interregional networks by 600 CE and spread of belief systems Comparisons: early civilizations, major belief systems, systems of social inequality, cities, political systems, trading systems, migrations, role of nomadic peoples. Unit 1 Assessments: Daily reading quizzes, Chapter study guides, PERSIA Charts on Ancient and Classical Civilizations, APPARTS on various ancient documents, DBQ (on Buddhism), Compare/Contrast essay comparing river valley civilizations Unit 2: 600 – 1450 Focus questions: Should we study cultural areas or states? Did changes in this period occur from the effects of nomadic migrations or urban growth? Was there a world economic network during this period? Topic 1: The Islamic World, the Crusades, and Schism in Christianity Topic 2: Silk Road trade networks, Chinese model and urbanization Topic 3: Compare European and Japanese feudalism, Vikings Topic 4: Mongols across Eurasia and urban destruction in Southwest Asia, Black Death Topic 5: Compare Bantu and Polynesian migrations, Great Zimbabwe and Mayan empires and urbanization; Aztec and Incan empires and urbanization Topic 6: Ming Treasure Ships and Indian Ocean trade networks (Swahili coast) Comparisons: Japanese versus European feudalism, European monarchy versus African empires, role of major cities, Aztec versus Incan empires. Unit 2 Assessments: Daily reading quizzes, Chapter study guides, PERSIA Charts on various civilizations (Mongols, Aztecs, Incas, etc.), APPARTS on various historical documents, DBQ (Spread pf Islam and Impact on the role of women), Compare/Contrast essay comparing various trade networks Unit 3: 1450 – 1750 Focus questions: To what extent did Europe become predominant in the world economy during this period? Topic 1: “Southernization” in Western Europe and the Scientific Revolution and Renaissance; Change—Reformation and Counter Reformation Topic 2: Encounters and Exchange: Reconquista, Portuguese in Morocco, West Africa, Spanish in the Americas Topic 3: Encounters and Exchange: Portuguese in Indian Ocean trade networks, Manila galleons and the Ming Silver Trade Topic 4: Labor Systems in the Atlantic World—The Africanization of the Americas (slave trade, plantation economies, resistance to slavery); Labor systems in the Russian Empire and resistance to serfdom Topic 5: Expansion of Global Economy and Absolutism: Ottoman, Safavid, Mughal, Bourbons, Tokugawa, and Romanov Topic 6: Effects of the Atlantic Slave Trade on demography in West Africa, resistance to the Atlantic slave trade, and expansion of Islam in sub-Saharan Africa Comparisons: Imperial systems in Europe versus Asia; coercive labor systems, empire building in Asia, Africa, and Europe; interactions with the West Unit 3 Assessments: Daily reading quizzes, Chapter study guides, PERSIA Charts on Ottomans, Safavids, Mughals, APPARTS on various historical documents, DBQ (Labor Systems), Compare/Contrast essay comparing various systems of coerced labor. Unit 4: 1750 – 1914 Focus questions: Through what processes did the influence of industrialization spread throughout the world? How did the rights of individuals and groups change in this period? To what degree did new types of social conflict emerge during the nineteenth century? Topic 1: European Enlightenment, American, French, Haitian, and Latin American Revolutions, Napoleon Topic 2: British Industrial Revolution and De-Industrialization of India and Egypt Topic 3: Imperialism and Industrialization Topic 4: Nationalism and Modernization Topic 5: Anti-Slavery, Suffrage, Labor, and Anti-Imperialist movements as Reactions to Industrialization and Modernization Topic 6: Chinese, Mexican, and Russian Revolutions as Reactions to Industrialization and Modernization Comparisons: Industrial Revolution in Europe versus Japan, political revolutions, reactions to foreign domination, nationalism, western interventions, women in Europe of different classes. Unit 4 Assessments: Daily reading quizzes, Chapter study guides, PERSIA Charts on Post Industrial civilizations, APPARTS on various historical documents, DBQ (Spread of Technology), Compare/Contrast essay comparing revolutions. Unit 5: 1914 – Present Focus questions: How do ideological struggles provide an explanation for many of the conflicts of the 20th century? To what extent have the rights of the individual and the state replaced the rights of the community? How have conflict and change influenced migration patterns internally and internationally? How have international organizations influenced change? Topic 1: World War I, Total War, and Reactions to the 4 Points Topic 2: Rise of Consumerism and Internationalization of Culture Topic 3: Depression and Authoritarian Responses Topic 4: World War II and Forced Migrations Topic 5: United Nations and Decolonization Topic 6: Cold War, Imperialism, and the End of the Cold War Comparisons: Decolonization in Africa versus India, role of women in revolutions, effects of the World Wars on areas outside Europe, nationalist movements, impact of Western consumer society and culture on others. Unit 5 Assessments: Daily reading quizzes, Chapter study guides, PERSIA Charts on regions affected by WWI, APPARTS on various historical documents (specifically Treaty of Versailles and 14 points), DBQ (Decolonization in Africa), Compare/Contrast essay comparing nationalist movements. Readings As this is an AP course, you can expect a heavy reading load. You will be responsible not only for readings from the texts, but also several outside readings which will be made available to you either as handouts or through the class website. Treat these readings as you would an assigned reading from the text – they are not optional. You will be responsible for the material covered in these readings for quizzes and exams. Written Assignments As with the reading, you will be expected to complete many in-class and take-home writing assignments. These will include DBQs (document based questions), analytical essays, etc. This will not only help to prepare you for the free-response portion of the AP test in May, but it will also help you to synthesize the information you have learned, as well as forcing you to take varying perspectives of the same information. Exams The exams in this class will consist of a combination of multiple choice, identification, and essay questions. The essay questions will vary in length in kind, ranging from analytical questions to DBQs. Not only do I feel this is a good way to assess and reinforce your learning, but it will also help you prepare for the AP exams in May. The midterm and final exams are exclusively multiple choice, roughly 70 questions in length. Assignments The majority of homework assignments in this class will consist of readings and cornell notes. You are responsible for any readings the date they are due, as this is necessary in order to have intelligent discussions in the classroom. Quizzes may be given to assess whether or not the assigned readings were completed. Written assignments will be collected at the start of class. I will not accept any turned in after that time, unless prior arrangements have been made with me. Quizzes You will have approximately 2-3 quizzes per week, and will not be told on what days the quizzes will be. Therefore, it is imperative that you read every night whether there is a quiz or not. Please be warned…. These quizzes are not easy and generally have 5-10 questions. Mere skimming of the chapter will NOT help you pass the quizzes. During the 1st semester it will most likely be necessary for you to read through your nightly reading more than once. Course Policies Every student is expected to comply with the rules listed by the school. All policies (including dress code, attendance, and general behavior) will be enforced in this classroom. Attendance Students are to follow all set school rules regarding attendance. In regards to the specifics of this class, no student will be allowed entry to class after an absence without the appropriate form from the main office. All students will be held responsible for any and all material missed. To that end, I am available, as usual, to all students at the end of the school day or via email. Any assignments due during the absence are due immediately upon return to class -- no exceptions. If possible, prior notice should be given before a missed exam, and it will be scheduled before the absence. If an absence is unavoidable, an alternate form of the exam will be administered at the earliest date possible. Tardiness Tardiness is disruptive to both myself, and the class. In that light, please be advised that no student will be allowed late entry into the class without the proper forms from the main office, or a valid hall pass from another teacher. If you are denied entrance into the class, you will be held responsible for any material missed, assignments due, etc. I will not, however, let you take a quiz you missed due to tardiness. Please bear in mind that you are expected to be in your seat and ready to work by the time the tardy bell rings. Classroom Behavior It is my hope to conduct this class in a manner that is conducive to an open and civilized exchange of ideas. To that end, it is imperative that everyone is treated with respect. Talking over others, shouting out answers without first having been recognized, and other disruptive behaviors will not be tolerated. A warning will be given the first time, after which you will be asked to leave the class (again, you are responsible for any missed material, assignments due, etc.). Moreover, no phones, MP3 players, or other similar devices are allowed anywhere in the classroom -no exceptions. They are disruptive and disrespectful. AP Exam Reviews As we move closer to the AP exam in May, I will hold approximately 8 review sessions, one review session for each of the 3 essays and one review session for each of the five major time periods. In order for you to be recommended to take the exam; I require that you attend at least 5 of the 8 review sessions. Only recommended students will have the testing fee paid for by the school. Plagiarism & Cheating Don't do it! Fair warning - you will have earned a zero and that is what you will receive. In addition, depending on the severity, you may have also earned an 'F' for the class. Moreover, appropriate disciplinary measures will be taken. Late Assignments This one is simple, there is NO LATE WORK! This is an AP course, what did you expect? Class Participation Your participation in class discussions is an integral part of this class. To that end, every student is expected to contribute to the class discussions. The level and quality of a student's participation will be factored into the final grade. The grade you earn is the grade you will receive on your report card -- I do not grade on a curve.