HSRF 1000-003: HISTORY OF THE WEST: ENLIGHTENMENT TO THE PRESENT
Room: Keating 114
TWF 12:30 p.m.-1:20 p.m.
Instructor: Tomas Zahora
Office: Dealy 647
Office Hours: Tuesday 9:30 a.m.-11:20a.m.
1:30 p.m.-2:20 p.m.
Friday 1:30 p.m.-2:20 p.m.
and by appointment
E-mail: email@example.com (checked at least twice daily: this is the best way to reach me when I am not in Dealy Hall)
Web Page: www.tomaszahora.org syllabus, handouts, lecture outlines, and helpful links will be updated throughout semester
Kishlansky, Geary, and OBrien, Civilization in the West, vol. II: Since 1555, 6th ed. (2003). ISBN: 0-321-23625-4
Primary source readings and recommended editions:
(Penguin paperback, trans. John Butt, ISBN 0140440046)
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
(Penguin paperback, ISBN 0141439475)
John Stuart Mill, On
(Penguin paperback, ISBN 0140432078)
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto
(Penguin paperback, ISBN 0140447571)
Virginia Woolf, A Room of Ones Own
(Harvest books, ISBN 0156787334)
Albert Camus, The Rebel
(Vintage paperback, ISBN 0679733841)
course will focus primarily on
Class will be conducted in the form of lectures and source-based discussions. Students are encouraged to participate by raising questions and commenting on assigned readings or research projects. All students are welcome to continue class discussion during the instructors office hours or via e-mail.
Course requirements and evaluation:
Class participation 10 %
Five short essays 5 x 7% 35 %
Final essay 15 %
Midterm 18 %
Final exam (comprehensive) 22 %
No incompletes will be given in this course.
You do not need to bring documentation to excuse your absence. Likewise, you do not need to ask me for permission to miss class. However, class attendance and participation in discussions constitute ten percent of your total course grade. Since discussions are a vital part of the class, I will count them as 2 attendance points. There are six discussion classes (12 points) and 31 lecture classes (31 points), which adds up to 43 points worth 10% of your class grade. You do the math: in other words, a couple of missed classes will not automatically shift you down on the grade scale. On the other hand, absences do add up, missed lectures tend to hurt at exam time, and the difference between an A- and a B+ can amount to a single missed class.
You will write five short (at least four double-spaced pages, 1 margins throughout, size 12 font) analytical reflection essays based on primary sources. Each essays thesis is entirely up to you, as long as it is directly related to the discussed work. For instance, you may begin by determining the overall thesis of the primary source, and then address the authors treatment of several issues (your essay can treat Voltaires Candide as a playful self-criticism of Enlightenment philosophes, particularly in their attitudes toward metaphysics and social theory). An excellent reflection essay will not only present a brief synopsis of the primary source, but will also point to broader historical contexts and references, and will use specific examples (with chapter/section/page citation) from the primary source to support its arguments.
► Essays will be due by of the day BEFORE DISCUSSION. Please e-mail them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, bring your own copy of your essay to class discussion. In emergency, drop off a printed version of your essay in my mailbox at the history department. Essays submitted after deadline will incur a 10% penalty for each day they are overdue.
Primary source discussions (see syllabus for dates):
To prepare for discussion sessions, you will formulate three questions that can, in your opinion, stimulate class discussion of the primary source. You can base your questions on issues you found especially intriguing, important, or simply difficult to understandor on anything that captured your interest. E-mail me the questions, together with brief explanation (1-2 paragraphs) of your reasons for selecting these questions by of the day BEFORE DISCUSSION. You may append your questions as another page of your reflection essay. I will collate all questions and e-mail them to your classmates on the same day. Failing to submit your discussion questions will result in two points being subtracted from your 31 participation points.
The final essay will be a longer project (8+ pages) based on Albert Camus essay The Rebel, and will attempt to trace the development of a broader historical movement or idea. A handout with more specific information will be provided.
► NOTE: Chapter assignments refer to the textbook by Kishlansky et al. You should have them read by the end of the week as noted.
Week 1: INTRODUCTION; EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY WORLD [Chapter 17]
Wednesday 31 August
Friday 2 September DISCUSSION:
Francis Fukuyama, introduction to The End of History and the Last Man http://www.marxists.org/reference/subject/philosophy/works/us/fukuyama.htm
Ward Churchill, Some People Push Back: On the Justice of Roosting Chickens. http://www.kersplebedeb.com/mystuff/s11/churchill.html
Week 2: THE AGE OF THE ENLIGHTENMENT: POLITICS, SOCIETY, CULTURE [Chapters 18, 19]
Tuesday 6 September
Wednesday 7 September ► NO CLASS
Friday 9 September
Week 3: THE FRENCH REVOLUTION AND NAPOLEON [Chapter 20]
Tuesday 13 September
Wednesday 14 September DISCUSSION:
Voltaire, Candide [Essay due by 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, 13 September]
Friday 16 September
Week 4: NAPOLEON; INDUSTRIAL
Tuesday 20 September
Wednesday 21 September
Friday 23 September
Week 5: ROMANTICISM; REVOLUTIONS [Chapter 22]
Tuesday 27 September
Wednesday 28 September
Friday 30 September DISCUSSION:
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein [Essay due by 5:00 p.m. Thursday, 29 September]
Last day to withdraw without incurring a WF
Week 6: A CENTURY OF IDEOLOGIES [Chapter 22]
Tuesday 4 October
Wednesday 5 October
Friday 7 October
Week 7: NEW VISIONS OF FREEDOM
Tuesday 11 October DISCUSSION:
John Stuart Mill, On
Wednesday 12 October ► MIDTERM EXAM
Friday 14 October
Week 8: THE BIRTH (AND REBIRTH) OF NATIONS [Chapter 23]
Tuesday 18 October
Wednesday 19 October
Friday 21 October
Week 9: SCIENCE OF NATURE, SCIENCE OF HUMANKIND [Chapter 23]
Tuesday 25 October DISCUSSION: The Communist Manifesto [Essay due by 5:00 p.m. Monday, 24 October]
Wednesday 26 October
Friday 28 October
Week 10: BUILDING BETTER TOMORROWS: 19TH-CENTURY SOCIETY [Chapter 24]
Tuesday 1 November
Wednesday 2 November
Friday 4 November
Week 11: EMPIRES [Chapter 25]
Tuesday 8 November
Wednesday 9 November
Friday 11 November
Week 12: WAITING FOR SOMETHING TO HAPPEN: THE GREAT WAR [Chapter 26]
Tuesday 15 November
Wednesday 16 November
Friday 18 November
Week 13: A ROOM OF ONES OWN
Tuesday 22 November DISCUSSION:
Virginia Woolf, A Room of Ones Own [Essay due by 5:00 p.m. Monday, 21 November]
Wednesday 23 November ► THANKSGIVING: NO CLASS
Friday 25 November ► THANKSGIVING: NO CLASS
Week 14: THE LOST GENERATION [Chapter 27]
Tuesday 29 November
Wednesday 30 November
Friday 2 December
Week 15: THE APOCALYPSE AND AFTER [Chapter 28]
Tuesday 6 December
Wednesday 7 December
Friday 9 December DISCUSSION:
Albert Camus: The Rebel [See handout for Final essay]
Friday, December 16 ► FINAL EXAM 1:30 p.m.