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Syllabus: Making of the Modern World

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"Making of the Modern World" is a historical survey of the twentieth century that introduces students to the major global historical processes of the late modern era. This introduction is accomplished primarily through lectures, which
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  CUHK (SZ), Spring 2019   HSS1002:   The Making of the Modern World   Lecturer: Dr. Grace Allen   Email: graceallen@cuhk.edu.cn   Office: 312 Zhi Xin Schedule: Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:30  –    9:50   Location :   Teaching A, Room 302   Office Hours: By appointment I. Course Description   “Making of the Modern World” is a historical survey of the twentieth century that introduces students to the   major global historical pr  ocesses of the late modern er  a . This introduction is accomplished primarily through lectures, which cover    the interconnected and interdependent ways in which major political, economic, cultural, legal, and technological changes occurred. The course  begins in Europe and then moves on to cover Asia, Africa, and the   America s , providing   a nuan ced and global perspective . The class addresses the links between large - scale historical events ,   such as the First and Second World Wars, and the common experiences of everyday life.   Also design ed to teach the essential skills of historical scholarship, “Making of the Modern World” instructs students on how to assess different types of primary sources and arguments, write effective analyses   of these sources, and integrate various historical mater  ials   into writing .   II. Leaning outcome s : In addition   to learning about world history, this course will teach you to think critically, read analytically, and write clearly and concisely  –    skills you will need to succeed in college or any  profession. To he lp you build these skills, we will practice writing frequently this semester and engage in active discussions.   Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:   1)   Be acquainted with the key historical processes that created/constructed   the modern world.   2)   Demonstrate the ability to critically engage with historical concepts related to the modern world and their historical specificity.      2   3)   Build your abilities to understand, analyze, and evaluate written arguments.   4)   Demonstrate the ability to critically engage with and produce brief analyses of select primary documents, gaining a better understanding of both their potential and limits when trying to understand the past.   5)   Le arn the techniques of writing the sis - driven, e vidence -  based arguments   and apply them as you construct your own written arguments   6)   Demonstrate the ability to link past issues or problems to   contemporary global and, perhaps, more local problems.   III. Course Requirements Component/ method   % weight   Class Participation 10%   2 Primary Source Analysis Papers ( 700 - 800   words   each )   30% (15% each)   2 Quizzes   25% (12.5% each)   Take Home Exam (1300 - 1500 words) 35%   !   Participation: Although this is a lecture based course with no tutorial   sections, we will often spend some ti me during lectures discussing the course materials. In particular, students are expected to come to lectures prepared to discuss the primary sources. Participating actively in these discussions will not only help your     participation   grade, but will also enhance your enjoyment of the class by giving you an opportunity to engage actively with the course material s .   In addition, a ttendance to this course is mandatory and missing more than 2 classes witho ut a valid excuse will result in a reduced participation grade. If you regularly miss class, you will likely fail the course .   !   Primary Source Papers:   Students will choose two of the required primary source readings   and write a 700 - 800 word analysis of them using analysis techniques discussed in class. Primary source paper 1 (using a sourc e from weeks 2 - 5 ):   Due Friday ,   March 1, by 23:59.   Primary source paper 2 (using a sourc e from weeks 6 - 11 ):   Due   Friday, Apr. 12, by 23:59.   !   Quizzes:   Students will take two   in - class   quizzes . Quizzes will have 15 multiple choice questions based on important terms and concepts from lecture and the primary source readings . They will be held in class during Monday   lecture,   weeks 7 and 14 . !   Take Home Exam:   A   take home exam will be distributed to students before the final week of class . Students will answer short and long answer essay questions, composing a total of about 1,300 - 1,500 words. Answers will be based on a critical analysis   and discussion   of  prima ry source readings and lecture materials. IV. Grade Descriptor
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