ASSIGNMENTS ARE LISTED HERE ON THE DAY ASSIGNED, NOT THE DAY
DUE. UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED, ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE DUE BEFORE THE START OF THE NEXT CLASS
Required Texts, Videos, and Materials
All readings for this course are available digitally through the course's Blackboard site in the "content" folder. No readings, however, will be posted until 9/27.
There are no required materials beyond having what you need to take notes each class. A reliable high-speed internet connection will make the class more convenient, but it is not required as you can use the computers at school if you plan carefully.
Policies and Grades
policies are available from Handouts Grade
breakdown is available from Grades
PART 1: Looking Backwards from the Present and the Collision of Two Worlds
assigned viewing due 9/04: When Worlds Collide (PBS, 9/27/2010) (90 min.) available on-line here, but look at the questions from the assigned writing (due 9/05) below BEFORE watching the video.
assigned writing due 9/04 by blackboard by the end of classtime: questions on When Worlds Collide video. See above for for link to full video. Normally assignments will be due at the start of class, but because we have no class 9/02 and 9/04 I've given you more time to complete the assignment.
HELPFUL SUGGESTION: The video runs an hour and half and the questions might will take an hour and a half as well. You have no class Monday and Wednesday; moreover, the assignment is not due until the END of classtime on Wednesday 9/04. So there should be plenty of time for you to complete the assignment. But be sure to set aside enough time.
Preview from When Worlds Collide (link to full video above)
NO CLASS: Monday, 9/02 (SEE BELOW)
NO CLASS, BUT NOTE FROM 8/27 ABOVE THAT YOU HAVE HOMEWORK DUE 9/04 AT THE END OF CLASSTIME AND ALSO HOMEWORK ASSIGNED 9/04 AND DUE 9/09 AT THE START OF CLASSTIME.
Does All This Writing Stuff Matter in the Real World? Only if you want a job! See this study (pdf file) explaining why MOST employers either require or prefer to hire candidates who have writing skills and often test for them.
NO CLASS: Wednesday, 9/04 (BUT HOMEWORK DUE TODAYAT THE END OF CLASS TIME AND HOMEWORK ASSIGNED TODAY & DUE 9/09)
assigned writing due 9/09 by blackboard by the start of classtime:
(note: students who receive less than a 82/100 on this assignment will have to do additional exercises to bring their skills up to speed)
HINT: At 15% of your semester grade, this is the single most important homework of the course. It's worth 15% not because it's long (it's not actually that long) but because the assignment helps you develop a skill you will use for the rest of the semester and I want you to give the homework the care and attention that it merits. Note also that students who receive less than an 82/100 on this homework will have to do additional exercises until they demonstrate competency.
The Old World Context: Reconquista and the Birth of Racism
CLASS 2: Monday, 9/09
Short Lecture: Marshaling textual evidence effectively to support an argument: Claim/Evidence/Warrant
assigned reading due 9/11 by the start of classtime:excerpts (on-line, but NOT from Blackboard) from Racism: A Short History (be sure to read this short (8 page) except on-line, as I've embedded hints and definitions of words that you might not know. The reading is straightforward, but subtle and will require close attention to answer the questions (see below)
assigned reading due 9/18: Felipe Fernández-Armesto, 1492 (Harper Collins, 2009) pp. 286 - 299. Available on our blackboard site in the "content" folder. NOTICE THAT YOU WILL HAVE A VOCABULARY QUIZ ON THIS READING ON WEDNESDAY 9/18. Details addressed in written homework link below. (begin reading at bottom of p. 286 where the author writes "It is probably...") Available on our blackboard site in the "content" folder.
In class: quiz on vocabulary from 1492, pp. 286 - 299.
assigned reading due 9/18: Felipe Fernández-Armesto, 1492 (Harper Collins, 2009) 299-309. Available on our blackboard site in the "content" folder. NOTICE THAT YOU WILL HAVE A VOCABULARY QUIZ ON THIS READING NEXT CLASS. Details addressed in written homework link below.
assigned writing due 9/23 by blackboard by classtime: questions on reading here
CLASS 6:Monday 9/23
In class: quiz on vocabulary from 1492, pp. 299-309.
assigned reading: C. A. Sammells, "Ode to a Chuño: Learning to Love Freeze-Dried Potatoes in Highland Bolivia" pp. 101 - 126 from Adventures in Eating: Anthropological Experiences in Dining from Around the World (University of Colorado Press, 2010)
assigned reading:Matthew Restall, Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest, pp. 44-50; Restall and Fernández-Armesto, The Conquistadores: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2012), pp. 60 - 67 (you can skip, if you wish, the discussion of the 19 female conquistadors starting on the middle of p. 60 and running until close to the bottom of p. 62. Start again where it reads "By contrast...") (note that the required portion of this reading is really only 5 pages). Readings available on our blackboard site.
assigned writing due by blackboard by classtime on 10/02: questions on Diamond, Fernández-Armesto, Restal, and the conquest as well as a short essay.
CLASS 9: Wednesday 10/02
assigned viewing:"Conquest" (aka, episode 2) from National Geographic: Guns, Germs and Steel
We will start watching in class.
This video is available from netflix instant viewing (which requires a membership, but free trials are available) as well as available for viewing on-line through the college. For watching Conquest on the College's system go here and look for "streaming video." (If you have trouble look for "Conquest" in "electronic resources" or contact the reference librarian) I've provided both so that you have a back-up method.
NOTICE THAT CLASS WILL END 30 MINUTES EARLY ON 10/07 BECAUSE THE HOMEWORK DUE THAT DAY MAY TAKE LONGER THAN 1.5 HOURS I PROMISE.
CLASS 9: Monday 10/07 CLASS WILL END 30 MINUTES EARLY (see above)
In class: review of sample evidence charts. You will also schedule your writing center visit today. I will have the forms with me. YOU WILL NEED TO VISIT THE WRITING CENTER BETWEEN 10/13 and 10/17.
assigned writing:essay on Diamond, Restal, and the Spanish Conquests (Due Friday 10/18 at 11:59 PM by blackboard. NOTE THAT YOU WILL HAVE OTHER ASSIGNMENTS DUE MONDAY, 10/21. I've given you extra time so that you can make the required visit to the writing center.
(I WILL EMAIL COMMENTS ON YOUR EVIDENCE CHARTS BY MIDNIGHT 10/12)
(see 10/02 above)
Monday: 10/14 NO CLASS COLUMBUS DAY
Tuesday: 10/15 NO CLASS (scheduled, but we will not meet)
(see deadlines above)
We have no class on Tuesday week (and Wednesday of last week) in order to allow you to make your visit to the writing center; you are not expected to go to the center during class time. Instead, your mandatory visit to the writing center substitutes for your class time.
assigned reading due next class 11/06: Chapter 6 from Jeffrey Pilcher, Planet Taco: A Global History of Mexican Food (there will be a short open-note quiz on the chapter in class on 11/06. Your notes must be handwritten and NOT on the reading itself)
CLASS 16: Wednesday 11/06
Guest Lecture: Jeffrey Pilcher on Planet Taco: A Global History of Mexican Food
preparation for quiz next class 11/11: PREPARE FOR MULTIPLE CHOICE QUIZ 11/11 ON PILCHER READING AND LECTURE (worth 4% of semester grade). You will be allowed to use whatever original, handwritten notes you want on the quiz. These notes, however, can NOT be on the margins of the reading itself (obviously).
SUGAR PART 2: RUM, AND SLAVERY IN LATIN AMERICA AND AFRICA
CLASS 17: Monday 11/11
assigned reading due next class 11/13: "Ancestors and Alcohol in Africa and the Caribbean" from Frederick Smith, Caribbean Rum (University of Florida, 2005), pp. 25 - 117. PREPARE FOR MULTIPLE CHOICE QUIZ ON READING ON 11/06. (worth 4% of semester grade). You will be allowed to use whatever original, handwritten notes you want on the quiz. These notes, however, can NOT be on the margins of the reading itself (obviously).
CLASS 18: Wednesday 11/13
In Class: Quiz on "Ancestors and Alcohol in Africa and the Caribbean" Introduction to slave trade
assigned reading due next class 11/18: Africa in World History, pp. 121 - 133; David Brion
Davis, Challenging the Boundaries of Slavery, pp. 17 - 19; Thornton, The Birth of the Atlantic
World, pp. 36-39, Tignor, Worlds Together, Worlds Apart, 131-136
assigned reading due next class: Chapter 23 "Guatemala" from Koeppel, Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed The World (Penguin, 2007) Available on our blackboard site in the "content" folder.
PREPARE FOR MULTIPLE CHOICE QUIZ ON READING ON 12/04. (worth 4% of semester grade). You will be allowed to use whatever original, handwritten notes you want on the quiz. These notes, however, can NOT be on the margins of the reading itself (obviously).
CLASS 23: Wednesday 12/04
assigned reading due next class:
assigned writing due by blackboard by classtime on 12/09: evidence chart for Cold War History Lab