course outline

Topics: Civilization, Indus Valley Civilization, Ancient Egypt Pages: 7 (1696 words) Published: October 19, 2014


Location: B-5-165
Times: M/W 12:50-2:05
Course Version: Fall 2014
Course Provider: History 1001 FMWA Baruch

Instructor: Prof. Anna Lucille Boozer
Office: Room 284 in Black and Latino Studies (4th Floor)
Office Tel: 646-312-4326
Office hours: Wed 11:30-12:30
Office Hours should be used for drop-in meetings that will take 10 minutes or less. Please email me for a longer appointment or if you cannot make the scheduled office hours.

This course will provide students with an understanding of six ancient civilizations through archaeological and documentary sources. These six ancient civilizations are Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Indus Valley, northern China, Mesoamerica, and the Andes. The course has three related goals: (1) to trace the historical formation and collapse of these six societies; (2) to examine explanations that attempt to account for their trajectories; and (3) to explore the methods researchers use to study these topics.

By the end of the course it is expected that the student will be able to: • locate six major ancient civilizations and their cities on maps; • understand and critically analyze the range in current theoretical approaches to the development of civlizations; • recognize and critically evaluate the methods employed to access the past • organize material and to articulate arguments effectively

The quizzes will consist of multiple-choice questions and map identifications. Quiz 1: 10%
Quiz 2: 10%
Quiz 3: 10%
Quiz 4: 10%

Both exams will consist of identifications and short essay questions. Mid-term examination: 30%
Final examination: 30%

Extra Credit
Students may add 5 points to their midterm or final through extra credit work at museums or lectures relevant to this class. Among the suggested exhibits are the permanent Egyptian displays at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum, and the Mesoamerican and South American exhibits at the American Museum of Natural History, but many other exhibits may also be appropriate.

Students must write one page assessing the exhibit or lecture and provide proof of visit.

Each students is allowed to submit two extra credit assignments.

Grading standards (official Baruch College equivalencies)
A- (90.0-92.9) and A (93.0-100)Excellent
B- (80.0-82.9), B (83.0-87.0) and B+ (87.1-89.9)Good
C- (70.0-72.9), C (73.0-77.0) and C+ (77.1-79.9)Average
D (60.0-67.0) and D+ (67.1-69.9)Poor; merely passing, not adequate to
maintain enrollment
F (below 60)Failure; no credit

College Rules and Expectations
It is your responsibility to understand fully the academic policies of the College, including its rules and regulations on grades, dropping courses, cheating and plagiarism, deadlines, etc. Knowing them well will allow you to proceed to graduation efficiently and with a strong transcript. Study carefully everything in Baruch’s statement about academic honesty. You can access it easily from the Baruch College home page, where the link “For Current Students” leads to a page where you can find a link to “Academic Honesty Policy” under “Resources and information”. Also feel free to ask any instructor for clarification or for explanation of why professors take this issue so seriously.

This course has a ‘zero tolerance’ policy on cheating and improper behavior during quizzes and exams. Any student who breaks academic rules in this course has violated the mutual trust on which teaching and learning are based and will receive not only a zero on that assignment, but a grade of F for the course. For serious infractions the instructor will ask the College’s Disciplinary Panel to suspend the violator from all Baruch courses. By College policy, all suspected violations, whether confirmed or not, are reported to the Dean of Students.

Disruption of class is not permitted. Rude...
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