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Lesley Dean-Jones, Chair 2210 Speedway, Mail Code C3400, Austin, TX 78712-1738 • 512-471-5742

Spring 2006

AHC 310 • Premodern World

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
30855 MWF
1:00 PM-2:00 PM

Course Description

This lower-division lecture course surveys the history of the premodern world from the emergence of homo sapiens to ca. 1450. It introduces students to the main political, social, and cultural trends in a variety of societies while at the same time stressing the global perspective. Considerable emphasis is thus paid to comparative history and the study of cross-cultural encounters. The objective is to not only impart a basic grasp of the premodern past but also to stimulate the development of large-scale frameworks for historical analysis. Requirements & Grading Students are expected to attend class regularly and complete reading assignments in a timely fashion. Attendance will be taken at irregular intervals and, along with participation in informal in-class exercises, constitutes 2% of the final grade for the course. There will be four examinations during the course of the semester, each including a combination of essay with short answer, identification, or other objective questions. Each exam is worth 22.5% of the final grade or 90% in all. Four map quizzes will test basic knowledge of both physical and historical geography. Each map quiz is worth 2% of the final grade or 8% in all. Students should consult the course Blackboard site once or twice a week for information regarding quiz or exam contents, additional reading assignments, etc. (Blackboard can be entered through UT Direct.) All grades will be posted on Blackboard. Texts: 1.)Peter N. Stearns, World History in Brief Vol. 1 to 1450. 2) Glee E. Wilson, World History Map Workbook Vol. 1, to 1600. 3) *Jared Diamond, Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fate of Human Societies. 4) *Kalidasa, Recognition of Sakuntala. 5) *D. T. Niane, Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali. 6) short excerpts from Longman World History website (access card to site accompanies Stearns textbook value pack) [* copies of these items are on reserve at the Perry Castaneda Library (PCL)]


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