HIST 150

Summer 1 2019

MTWTh, 10-11:45 am


Jacksonville University

Instructor: Dr. Jesse Hingson

Class location: DCOB 128

Office location: Gooding Main Office

Office phone: (904) 256-7215

Office hours: MW, 12-1 pm and by appointment


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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. and B.S. 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.  Three unexcused absences are allowed during the semester; excessive absences will result in a fifty point deduction for each additional absence.  Second, attendance is required on the dates that quizzes and assignments are due.  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 (ISBN-13: 978-1442213883) (abbreviated below as HJ)

2) Kevin Reilly, Worlds of History: A Comparative Reader, Volume Two: Since 1400, 6th edition (ISBN-13: 978-1319042080) (abbreviated below as WH)


Requirements and Grading Scale:

Response Paper 1: 50 points (10%)

Response Paper 2: 50 points (10%)

Response Paper 3: 100 points (20%)

Quizzes: 4 @ 25 points each + 2 @ 50 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 are not scheduled but 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 ideas related to the readings, lectures, or any other material (e.g. films and documentaries) relevant to the course.  It is not permitted to use materials that are not assigned in the course.  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 1200 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.


3) Participation: Part of this grade is measured by participation in surveys at the beginning and end of the course.  It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that these assignments are completed when they are due.  Participation will also be assessed by how well the readings are discussed, the quality of questions asked, and general contributions to the intellectual climate of the class.  Additional readings will be assigned beyond the normal reading load, and the expectation is that these will be read and discussed.  Additional quizzes on the readings may be given and be counted toward the participation grade. 



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



Topics, Supplemental Materials, and Important Tasks

May 13


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

·          Responses to LARGE questions handout due (25 points)

·          View: 

May 14

HJ, chapter 7-8;

WH, chapter 15

Why did western Europeans lead in overseas expansion?

·          Read: Joel Mokyr, "How Europe Became So Rich"

May 15

HJ, chapter 8

WH, chapter 16-17

How did western Europeans first conquer the Americas?

·          Watch: Michael Wood's 'Conquistadors'

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

·          Read: David Silverman, “Guns, Empires, and Indians"

·          Listen:  Interview with Michelle Daneri

May 16, 20

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)

·          View: Interactive Map of the Slave Trade

·          Listen: NPR Report on Bristol and Slave Trading

May 21

HJ, chapter 8-9

WH, chapter 19-20

Why did the Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment originate in western Europe? 

·          Read: Michael Greshko, “Isaac Newton’s Lost Alchemy…

·          Watch: "Classical" Music of the Enlightenment

May 22

HJ, chapter 8-9

WH, chapter 19-20

What are the origins of modern racism?

·          Read: Jamelle Bouie, “The Enlightenment’s Dark Side”

·          Read: Faye Flam, "Science's Biggest Blunder"

·          Read: Aaron Hanlon, "The Use of Dubious Science..."

May 23



May 27



May 27



May 28

HJ, chapter 9

WH, chapters 21

Why did the Industrial Revolution begin in the Atlantic World?

·          Read: Ashley Bowen, “The American Textile Industry…”

·          Read: Ryan Smith, “A History of America’s Everchanging…”  

May 29


HJ, chapter 9

WH, chapters 21

What are the origins of modern socialism?

·          Read: Alan Taylor, “Child Labor in America 100 Years Ago

·          Read: Sheri Berman, "Five Myths about Socialism"

May 30

HJ, chapter 9

WH, chapter 20

What are the origins of the revolutions in the Atlantic world?

·          Listen: Interview with James Vaughn

·          Read: David Bell, "Five Myths about the French Revolution"

·          Listen: Interview with Natalie Arsenault

June 3, 4, 5

HJ, chapter 10

WH, chapter 22-23

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

·          Read: Rohan Roy, “The Untold Story of Modern Science…”

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

·          Listen: Interview with Cacee Hoyer

·          Watch: "White King, Red Rubber, Black Death" (in class)

·          Watch: “Act of War” (in class)

·          Watch: clips of “Gandhi” (in class)

June 6



June 10



June 10

HJ, chapter 11;

WH, chapter 24-25

What caused the world wars of the twentieth century?

·          Listen: NPR Interview with Christopher Clark

·          View: British National Archives, The Great War, 1914-1918

·          Listen: Interview with David Crew and Charters Wynn

·          Watch: Alex Gendler and Anthony Hazard, “How Did Hitler…”

June 11

HJ, chapter 11;

WH, chapter 24-25

What are the origins of modern fascism and communism?

·          Listen: Interview with John Merriman on the Paris Commune

·          Listen: Interview with Joan Neuberger

·          Read: Ira Katznelson, "What America Taught the Nazis"

·          Listen: NPR Interview with Adam Serwer

June 12

HJ, chapter 11;

WH, chapters 25

What caused the genocides of the twentieth century?

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

·          View: USHMM Exhibition on US Responses to the Holocaust

June 13

HJ, chapter 11-12;

WH, chapter 23 and 26

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

·          Listen: Interview with R. Joseph Parrott

·          Listen: Interview with Snehal Shingavi

·          Listen: Interview with Aarti Bhalodia

·          Read: Benjamin Talton, “The Challenge of Decolonization…”

June 17

HJ, chapters 11-12;

WH, chapter 26-27

Why did the Cold War end?

·          Listen: Interview with Jeremi Suri

·          Read: Sarah Pruitt, “The Myth that Reagan Ended the…”

·          Watch: The End of the Cold War

June 18

HJ, chapter 12;

WH, chapter 28

What has triggered the recent backlash against globalization?

·          Read: Rick Wartzman, “The First Time America Freaked Out…”

·          View: Wealth Inequality in the World

·          Read: Yascha Mounk, “How Populist Uprisings Could Bring…”  

June 19



June 20


·         RE-WRITE DUE (Original must be attached)

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

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








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