HIST 150

Spring 2018

MWF, 9-9:50 am

MWF, 10-10:50 am


Jacksonville University

Instructor: Dr. Jesse Hingson

Class location: Gooding 111

Office location: Gooding 215

Office phone: (904) 256-7215

Office hours: MF, 11 am-1 pm and Th, 12:30-1:30 pm and by appointment (April 20)


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Course Description and Topics: This course is a survey of global history from approximately 1500 to the present.  It is not an attempt at a comprehensive history, and many places, events, and people will be necessarily left out.  However, this course is based on a variety of larger questions.  Success in the course depends on attending classes regularly, reading all assigned materials, completing assignments on time, and participating.  This course is required for the B.A. degree in History and fulfills a requirement in the core curriculum for all Bachelor degree-seeking students.  As a result of this course, students will be able to do the following:


1)   Understand global connections between cultures, civilizations, and empires before European hegemony

2)   Assess the significance of the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, and the Atlantic Revolutions for the rest of the world

3)   Compare and contrast the impact of the Industrial Revolution and Western imperialism on different parts of the world

4)   Analyze the causes of war in the twentieth century and evaluate war’s role in generating global revolutions

5)   Evaluate historical factors behind genocide in the modern world

6)   Compare and contrast the impact of decolonization and the Cold War on different regions of the postwar world

7)   Evaluate the impact of globalization and the major social and cultural forces that promote intercultural exchange and affect history on a supra-regional scale

8)   Interpret primary source works and evaluate various scholarly interpretations


Attendance and Make-up Policies: First, regular attendance is required, and a sign-in sheet will be passed out on a regular basis during class.  Each student must sign her/his own name and provide some identifying information.  Any evidence of manipulation of the attendance sheet represents a university Honor Code violation and will result in judicial proceedings and automatic failure of the course.  SIX unexcused absences are allowed during the semester; excessive absences will result in a fifty point (50) point deduction for each additional absence.  Second, attendance is required on the dates that exams, quizzes, and assignments are scheduled, and failure to do so will result in a zero for that exam, quiz, and/or assignment.  It is the responsibility of the student to provide proper documentation from a doctor, university official, lawyer, or other professional in case of an unexcused absence.  A “make up” may be scheduled by appointment or at the end of the semester.  Finally, it is the student’s responsibility to initiate a withdrawal from the course within the designated withdrawal period. 


Academic Dishonesty: Any evidence of cheating or plagiarism will result in automatic failure for the course.  Cheating is defined as the attempt, successful or not, to give or obtain aid and/or information by illicit means in meeting any academic requirements, including examinations.  It includes copying the writings of others with or without their knowledge.  Plagiarism is defined as the use, without proper acknowledgement, of the ideas, phrases, sentences, or larger units of discourse from another writer or speaker.  All are expected to know and abide by the policy as stated in the university catalog and student handbook.


Assistance for Needs Related to Disability: Requests for testing or instructional accommodations due to physical and learning disabilities, as described by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, need to be reported to the instructor during the first week of the semester.  These requests will require a confidential letter authorized and signed by an administrator in JU’s Office of Student Life (904-256-7067).  Course requirements will not be waived, but accommodations may assist in meeting the requirements.


Student Behavior: Students are expected to behave according to accepted norms ensuring a climate wherein all can exercise their right to learn.  Such norms are set forth in the JU catalog.  I will not tolerate classroom behavior that violates these norms.  These include sleeping, consistently arriving late, leaving early without prior notice, rude behavior toward others, or bringing live cell phones, laptops, or other electronic devices in the classroom without prior approval.  Such behavior will be grounds for dismissal from the class, judicial proceedings, and/or failure of the course.


Textbooks (REQUIRED): Textbooks may be purchased at the campus bookstore, but be aware that the bookstore ships unsold textbooks back to the publisher after 10 days.


1) Kevin Reilly, The Human Journey: A Concise Introduction to World History, Volume 2, 1450 to the Present (HJ)

2) Kevin Reilly, Worlds of History: A Comparative Reader, Volume Two: Since 1400, 5th edition (WH)


Requirements and Grading Scale:

Response Paper 1: 50 points (10%)

Response Paper 2: 50 points (10%)

Response Paper 3: 100 points (20%)

Quizzes: 8 @ 25 points each=200 points (40%)

Participation: 100 points (20%)

Total: 500 points (100%)


SCALE: A=500-450; B+=449-435; B=434-400; C+=399-385; C=384-350; D+=349-335; D=334-300; F=≤299


*No grade of “I” or “Incomplete” will be given unless a documented emergency prevents you from completing the course.


1) Quizzes: Quizzes will be based on the lectures, readings, and supplemental materials.  Quizzes will be announced at least one class period in advance, and students will be given a period of thirty (30) minutes to complete them.  Each quiz will consist of two parts: a) brief explanations of the significance of historical events, people, and places; b) specific questions assigned from the readings and supplemental materials.  The use of notes and readings is allowed during the quiz period, but sharing books and notes is not permitted. 


2) Response Papers: Students will respond to questions and/or statements related to the readings, lectures, or any other material (e.g. films and documentaries) relevant to the course.  Only materials that we cover may be used as evidence.  Strong responses incorporate an introductory paragraph that previews an argument/thesis or theme.  Paragraphs must be steeped in evidence to support an argument/thesis, and a thoughtful conclusion explores the larger implications of main ideas.  It is expected that all written work be carefully edited.  At any point during the semester, feel free to come in and discuss the responses.  Each response must be complete outside of class, typed, New Times Roman, 12-point font, double-spaced, a minimum of 1000 words (please note word count at the top of the page), and use parenthetical references when citing. Other citation systems may be used with prior approval.  Papers submitted via e-mail will not be accepted unless approved before the due date.  Late papers will be penalized twenty-five (25) points for each 24-hour period it is late (starting the minute after the class session it is due).  Rules against plagiarism will apply especially to this assignment, and programs (e.g., will be utilized to check for plagiarism.  If time permits, reviews will be provided in class.  To give you an idea of how the response paper will be assessed, a grading rubric and sample essay are provided.


Re-Write Policy: The grade for only one Response Paper may be improved by a maximum of ten (10) points.  Instructor’s comments and suggestions must be incorporated from the exam’s original first draft, which must be turned in with the “Re-Write”.  No corrected papers will be accepted either before or after the due date and time listed in the schedule and without the original attached.  The Re-Write must also be typed.


3) Participation: This grade will be assessed by how well the readings are discussed, the quality of questions asked, and general contributions to the intellectual climate of the class.  Contributions to the class will also be measured by random checks of notes from the lectures and the readings and unannounced graded in-class exercises and homework assignments.  Each contribution will be weighed differently depending on the quantity of the material.  No make-up work will be given for missed in-class exercises, quiz, and homework assignments.  Additional readings will be assigned beyond the normal reading load, and the expectation is that these will be read and discussed.



SCHEDULE: Instructor reserves the right to change the schedule if necessary.



Topics, Supplemental Materials, and Important Tasks

January 8


·          Introductions and Syllabus (Contracts and Contact Information Due Next Class Period)

·          Responses to LARGE questions handout due (25 points)

·          View: 

January 10, 12

HJ, chapter 7-8;

WH, chapter 15

Why did western Europeans establish the first modern global networks (and others not)?

·          Read: New York Times article on Zheng He

January 15


Holiday—No Class

January 17, 19

HJ, chapter 8

WH, chapter 16

How did Europeans first conquer the Americas?

·          Watch: Michael Wood's 'Conquistadors'

·          Watch: NOVA's "The Great Inca Rebellion"

·          Listen: NPR interview with Bill Fowler on Columbus

January 22, 24, 26

HJ, chapter 8

WH, chapters 16

What are the origins of the Atlantic slave trade?

·          Watch: TED Lesson on the Atlantic Slave Trade

·          Watch: “The African Trade” (view in class)

·          Read: Interactive Map of the Slave Trade and Abolition

January 29, 31, February 2


HJ, chapter 8

WH, chapter 19-20

Why did the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment originate in western Europe (and not other regions)? 

What are the origins of modern racism?

·          Read: Article on Isaac Newton the Alchemist

·          Read: Music and the Enlightenment

·          Listen: "Classical" Music of the Enlightenment

·          Listen: Enlightenment Origins of Racism

February 5



February 7



February 7, 9

HJ, chapter 9

WH, chapters 21

Why did the Industrial Revolution begin in the Atlantic World?

What are the origins of modern socialism?

·          View film “Daens” (view in class)

·          Read: Article on what propelled the Industrial Revolution

·          Read: Excerpt from Peter Andreas, “Smuggler Nation”

February 12

HJ, chapter 9

WH, chapter 20 and 23

What caused the political revolutions of representative government, nationalism, and citizenship in the Atlantic world?

February 14

HJ, chapter 10

WH, chapter 22

How were western nations able to conquer and colonize regions within Africa and Asia by 1900?

·          Watch: “The Opium War” (first 45 minutes)

·          Watch: "Congo: White King, Red Rubber, Black Death" (first 60 minutes)

February 16


No Class

February 19, 21, 23

HJ, chapter 10

WH, chapter 23

·          View documentary “Act of War: Overthrow of the Hawaiian Nation” (view in class)

·          View film clip of “Gandhi” (view in class)

February 26



February 28



February 28, March 2, 5, 7

HJ, chapter 11;

WH, chapter 24-26

What are the origins of modern fascism and communism?

What caused the wars of the twentieth century?

·          Read/View: Legacies of World War I

·          Read: What We Should Know about World War I

·          Watch: TED Talk on How Hitler Came to Power in Germany

March 9


No Class

March 12, 14, 16


Holiday—No Class

March 19, 21, 23

HJ, chapter 11;

WH, chapters 25

What caused the genocides of the twentieth century?

·          View documentary “Genocide Factor” (view in class) 

March 26, 28, 30

HJ, chapter 11-12;

WH, chapter 23

What caused the creation of Asian and African states during the twentieth century?

April 2, 4, 6

HJ, chapters 11-12;

WH, chapter 26-27

Why did the Cold War end?

·          Watch: The End of the Cold War

April 9, 11

HJ, chapter 12;

WH, chapter 28

What has triggered the recent backlash against globalization?

·     Read: Wealth Inequality in the World

·     Read: Oxfam Report on Wealth Inequality

April 13


Charter Day—No Class

April 16, 18, 20



April 23

12-3 pm


MWF, 9-9:50 AM

·          RE-WRITE DUE (Original must be attached)

·          MAKE-UP DAY (Documentation must be submitted beforehand)

·          COURSE ASSESSMENT (25 points will count toward participation grade)

·          RESPONSE PAPER #3 DUE

April 25

9-11 am



MWF, 10-10:50 AM

·          RE-WRITE DUE (Original must be attached)

·          MAKE-UP DAY (Documentation must be submitted beforehand)

·          COURSE ASSESSMENT (25 points will count toward participation grade)

·          RESPONSE PAPER #3 DUE







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