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Mainstream of Civilization (Chodorow)
Communist Manifesto and Other Revolutionary Writings (Dover)
on Method (Descartes)
From Underground (Dostoyevsky)
main text for this class, Chodorow's Mainstream of Civilization,
give you a different perspective on the figures and events discussed in
and serve as an excellent supplement to your lecture notes as you
your midterm and final exams. You will probably find the maps, charts,
lines in the Chodorow book particularly helpful. You
do not need to bring the Chodorow book to
class, and it doesn't really matter whether you do the Chodorow
or after the associated lecture.
other readings (Descartes, Pascal, etc.) must be done before class on
assigned. We will be discussing these
works in class, and you will be lost and confused if you haven't done
reading. In addition, there are often
surprise quizzes on these readings. There will not be quizzes on the Dover readings,
may do extra credit work on any of those readings.
readings for this class are often difficult, and most students will do
if they have a hard copy of each text so that they can underline
passages and add their own marginal notes. However, there are
versions of most of the primary source texts (www3.northern.edu/marmorsa/history122onlinetexts.htm),
and if you are used to reading online materials, these may be
SCHEDULE OF CLASSES AND READINGS:
8/22 The 17th Century: A Search for Order (Mainstream, Ch.
8/24 Conflict between Science and Religion? (Mainstream,
8/27 France in the 16th and 17th Centuries (Mainstream,
8/29 France in the 16th and 17th Centuries
8/31 Britain in the 16th and 17th Centuries
9/3 *** Labor Day: No Class ***
9/5 Britain in the 16th and 17th Centuries
9/7 Arguments for Strong Government: Bossuet and
9/10 Limited Government: John Locke/ The Search for Order
and Assurance I: Bacon
9/12 The Search for Order and Assurance II: Descartes
(Discourse on Method)
9/14 The Search for Order and Assurance: Pascal (Pensees)
9/17 Baroque Art, Music and Literature (watch online video)
9/19 Baroque Art, Music, and Literature
9/21 Review and midterm advice
9/24 ******** MIDTERM I *********
9/26 The 18th Century: The Age of Reason? (Mainstream, Ch.
9/28 Enlightened Despots
10/1 The Philosophes: Diderot, Condorcet (Mainstream, Ch.
10/3 The Philosophes: Rousseau and Leibnitz (Dover, 1-40)
10/5 The Philosophes: Kant, Voltaire (Candide)
10/8 *** Native
American Day: No Class ***
10/10 The French Revolution (Mainstream, Ch. 23)
10/12 The French Revolution/Napoleon (Dover, 67-97)
10/15 The 19th Century: The Age of Progress? (Main. Ch. 24,
10/17 Nationalism and Nation Building
10/19 European Impact on the World
10/22 Review and Midterm Advice
10/24 ******** MIDTERM II ********
10/26 Believers in Progress (Mainstream, Ch. 25)
10/29 Believers in Progress (Communist Manifesto (Dover, 123-150)
10/31 Romantics/Realists/Dostoyevsky ("Dream of a Ridiculous Man")
11/2 Dostoyevsky (Notes from Underground)
11/5 The 20th Century: The Age of Violence (Mainstream, Ch.
11/7 World War I
11/9 The Rise of Communism: The Russian Revolution (Main.
11/12 ****** VETERANS DAY: NO CLASS ****
11/14 National Socialism (Mainstream, Ch. 33)
11/16 World War II (Mainstream, Ch. 34)
11/19 Beginnings of the Cold War (Mainstream, Ch. 34)
11/21 *** Wednesday before Thanksgiving:
No Class ***
11/23 *** Friday after Thanksgiving: No
11/26 The End of Imperialism (Mainstream, Ch. 35)
11/28 The End of Imperialism (Mainstream, Ch. 36)
11/30 Art and Music in the 20th and 21st Centuries
12/3 The Exciting Conclusion to this Course!
FINAL EXAM (all three sections together):
Friday, December 7, 4:30—6:30, JC 117
Your grade for this course will be based primarily on your midterm and
final exams, each of which will count approximately 25% when I
determine your final grade. In addition, I will take into account
attendance, participation, and quiz scores.
My grading method allows from improvement, and I frequently have
students who fail the first exam who nevertheless end up earning "A" or
"B" grades in the course. Please note, though, that I factor
"improvement" into your course grade *only* if you demonstrate your
commitment to the course through good attendance and other evidence of
In order to make sure students are keeping up with the readings (and
encourage students to come to class!) I give quite a few surprise
during the semester. These quizzes may involve short essays on
reading assigned for that day. Remember that “A” students in my class
*always* prepared for a surprise quiz at any time.
ELECTRONIC DEVICE POLICY:
Please make sure all electronic devices are turned off and put away
before class begins. Cell phones, laptop computers, MP3 players,
and similar devices are all distracting to other students. I do
*not* allow the use of electronic dictionaries during exams.
and Final exam--8 ID's, 1 essay
will be selected from the terms put on the board at the beginning of
lecture. You will be asked not only to
identify the terms, but also to explain their historical significance.
impressed when students can include plenty of detailed information, but
even more impressed when students can show how the ID terms relate to
themes discussed in this class.
questions will deal with major themes discussed in the lectures. Most often, the exam question will be a
generalization I have made in class with the additional word,
student who studies hard and does the required reading should have
say in response to each of these questions. You will be given 50
each midterm and two hours for the final exam.
Most students will need the full time to do a good job.
is a good job? I tell students over and
over again that a good essay consists of a series of good
on the exam question and backed up with specific support from the
the readings. I am particularly
impressed when students include in their essays references to primary
PREPARING FOR MARMORSTEIN EXAMS:
1. Think! Do
not just memorize facts.
2. Prepare the essay questions first.
3. Come up with a fairly detailed outline for each essay.
4. Think of good topic sentences for each paragraph of your
5. Use the key words of the exam question in your topic sentences.
6. Choose good supporting evidence for your topic sentences.
7. Use the appropriate ID terms in your essays.
8. Learn the ID's in context. Do not use a "flash card"
9. Do not wait until the last minute to study.
10. Do spend extra time studying the week of the exam.
11. Do not just memorize facts. Think!
EXAM DAY INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Bring a blue book. Make sure there are no pages
2. Use pen. Blue ink preferred.
3. Don't sit by anyone with whom you studied.
4. Plan on spending the full time writing your exam.
5. Do the ID terms first.
IMPORTANT NSU POLICIES THAT MAY AFFECT
YOU. PLEASE READ!!!
1. REGISTRATION CONFIRMATION
All students are required to complete
Attendance Confirmation and pay their tuition and fee charges no later
than the third day of the semester. To do this, log in to WebAdvisor,
click on "Fall 2015 Attendance Confirmation", and follow the steps
indicated. Financial aid refunds will not be processed until the
Attendance Confirmation has been completed. Failure to pay your bill
and complete the Attendance Confirmation will result in the
cancellation of your enrollment. Contact the Finance Office in the
Krikac Administration Building, email firstname.lastname@example.org,
or call 626-2566 with any questions concerning this.
2. NSU DISABILITY POLICY:
Northern State University recognizes
its responsibility for creating an institutional climate in which
students with disabilities can thrive. If you have any type of
disability for which you require accommodations, please contact the NSU
Office of Disability Services (626-2371, Student Center 217) as soon as
possible to discuss your particular needs.
3. BOARD OF REGENTS ACADEMIC
Under Board of Regents and University
policy student academic performance may be evaluated solely on an
academic basis, not on opinions or conduct in matters unrelated to
academic standards. Students should be free to take reasoned exception
to the data or views offered in any course of study and to reserve
judgment about matters of opinion, but they are responsible for
learning the content of any course of study for which they are
enrolled. Students who believe that an academic evaluation reflects
prejudiced or capricious consideration of student opinions or conduct
unrelated to academic standards should contact the academic dean
administratively in charge of the class to initiate a review of the
4. ACADEMIC INTEGRITY STATEMENT
Cheating and other forms of academic
dishonesty and misconduct run contrary to the purposes of higher
education. Cheating includes the use of any notes during
the midterm or final exam. Please place no marks of any kind on
or in your blue book before I give the signal to begin taking the
exam. All exams must be taken on blank bluebooks. On at
least one exam, bluebooks will be checked before the exam.
Bluebooks that have not been checked, have missing pages, or pages with
large erasures will not be accepted.
It is not cheating to study with
another student, to share notes, or to prepare essays or ID's together.
However, if you do study with another student, be sure you do not sit
next to each other during the exam.
Please be especially careful to
observe academic integrity standards on the take-home quizzes. The
quizzes are intended to make sure you have done the primary source
readings, and your comments should be based on your own observations,
not someone else’s ideas. Plagiarism (e.g. copying material from the
internet or recycling work done by another student) is not
allowed. I do sometimes allow “group work” on quizzes, but unless
I have specifically indicated that you are allowed to work with other
students, make sure your quiz comments are entirely your own.
Northern State University's official
policy and procedures on cheating and academic dishonesty as outlined
in the Northern State University Student Handbook applies to this
course. Students caught cheating will receive a zero for the
assignment, and, since zeros are worse than F‘s, they are likely to
fail the course as a whole.