Welcome Fall 2016 Students!

Welcome to HIS 104: Modern World History, 1500 to present! This course runs from August 30-December 13, 2016 and course content will be hosted at this site and on Blackboard.

Please complete the following in preparation for class:

  1. Review the course information and syllabus. Bring a copy of the syllabus to class on August 30.
  2. Fill out the student information form by 9/1. You will also need to register for a Tackk.com account (you can use your CSU credentials).
  3. Contact me if you have any questions regarding the course.
  4. Take a moment to review the general education information in the course syllabus. This course is specifically designed for Social Studies and History majors, but meets university-wide general education requirements.

I am excited to work with all of you this fall!

Fall 2016 Cumulative Essay Instructions

**Final essay due: December 13, 2016 at 12:15 pm on Blackboard**

Thesis Statement due November 13, 2016 on Blackboard

Outline with Bibliography due December 1, 2016 on Blackboard

Directions: In this 5-7 page essay, answer ONE of the four thematic questions from our course syllabus. You are required to use at least TWO secondary sources and at least TWO primary sources to support your argument. Any secondary internet sources from outside of class (except peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles) must be approved by the professor BEFORE the due date. Be sure to support your analysis with detailed examples from world history.

Theme I: What factors affected the wealth and power of different global regions?

Theme II: How do the relationships between states and people differ in various historical contexts, and why?

Theme III: How do the forces of war, consumerism, and empire shape the modern world?

Theme IV: What role (s) do nations play in a global world?

Expectations: Essays should be 5-7 pages, use 12pt Times New Roman font, and be double-spaced with 1” margins. Bibliography and page numbers are required. All sources must be cited using the Chicago Manual of Style (footnote/bibliography).

Grading: Essays will be graded on your ability to follow the directions above as well as formatting and organization. See the rubric. This includes using the proper formatting for Chicago Style Footnotes. Be sure that you construct a clear, concise argument that demonstrates the importance of your chosen theme for world history. Use campus resources like the Writing Center (all semesters), History Resource Center (Fall & Spring Semesters only) or see your instructor(s) for help. Late papers will be penalized ½ letter grade per day late.

Fall 2016 Novel Project Instructions

Each student will complete a project on the partition of India in 1947. Your project should be based on Bapsi Sidhwa’s novel, Cracking India, and the final product may take the form of a 15-20 minute podcast, (auto)biographical historical fiction, an online museum exhibit, or a lesson plan. You can review the project rubric here.  Group projects will be permitted ONLY with pre-approval by the instructor. In the case of group projects, each student will receive his or her own grade and is responsible for making his or her contributions to the project clear to the instructor.

Project Schedule:

1) Declare your topic and product for the project on Blackboard by September 20.

2) Turn in an outline of your project on Blackboard in by October 20, 2016. This should be a full outline with references for all information and a tentative Chicago Style bibliography of sources.

3) Post your project on Blackboard and share your project with the class via our Tackk discussion board during Module 10 (Fall deadline November 22, 2016)

4) On the discussion board, give constructive feedback to at least one of your classmates on his or her project.

Grading: You will be graded your ability to analyze Cracking India and understand its historical context, as well as your use of Chicago Style Citations. Refer to this rubric for detailed grading information.