USU 1320: History and Civilization
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A Guide To Writing in History and Classics
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The Sections listed under "Assignments" below are the only required reading in the course. The material included in these Chapters/Sections will be used as the basis of Assessments. These may be accessed by clicking the links below or going to the "Chapters" heading on the main page which links to the Chapters themselves.

In addition, by clicking on the links appended to each Section designation below, students will have access to the Powerpoint slides which are presented in class and based on the Chapters. These slides will appear as Adobe files (pdf) and will become available only after the lecture has been delivered. Please note that there will be no material presented in the lectures or Powerpoint slides which cannot also be found in the Chapters. That is, all work in this course will be based on the information in the Chapters alone. The lectures and Powerpoint presentations are included solely to help students understand the course materials better by delivering them in a different medium.

The articles listed under "Assignments" for each Section of the class are on electronic reserve, which may be accessed on the main page of the Course Description, under Articles on Reserve. These articles are not required reading and will not be included in material covered on Assessments. I have provided them for those students who wish to delve more deeply into topics covered in class. These articles serve as the basis for Reactions.

Day/Date   Section and Class Topic [inactive links indicate that a file is being repaired, revised or not yet ready to be posted]   Assignments (to receive full credit, assignments must be completed by class time on the date to the left)
 
INTRODUCTION: A Brief Survey of Ancient Western Civilization
         
Tues 8/27   Introduction to the Class; Overview of the Syllabus; A Brief Survey of Western Civilization up to 1500 CE (Part 1)   Click here to see the Timeline presented in class (pdf file)
         
Thurs 8/29   Questions about the Syllabus; A Brief Survey of Western Civilization up to 1500 CE (Part 2); Pre-Test of the Pre-Modern World    
         
         

 
PART 1: Documentary Evidence, or What Has Survived (and What Does It Mean?)
         
Tues 9/3   SECTION 1: History and What-Really-Happened [click here for the Powerpoint slides presented in class]   Read Section 1; "Western Civilization and the Study of History"; "Ascent to Glory"; "What's New at Pompeii and Herculaneum?"
         
Thurs 9/5   SECTION 2: Herodotus and the Persian Wars  [click here for the Powerpoint slides presented in class]   Read Section 2; "The Art of the Storyteller"
         
Tues 9/10   SECTION 3: History and Literature: Ancient Epic (Homer and Vergil) [click here for the Powerpoint slides presented in class]   Read Section 3; "Clio Has A Problem"
         
Thurs 9/12   WRITING WORKSHOP (you are strongly encouraged to attend!)
  Read A Guide to Writing in History and Classics
         
Tues 9/17   IN-CLASS DISCUSSION: Determination of Quality Thesis Topics (QTT's) for PART 1   Prepare Quality Thesis Topics for PART 1
         
Thurs 9/19   ASSESSMENT 1
  Study for Assessment 1
         
       

 
PART 2: Physical Evidence and History
         
Tues 9/24   SECTION 4: Archaeology: Schliemann and Troy [click here for the Powerpoint slides presented in class]; Papers/Reactions for PART 1 DUE   Read Section 4; "Behind the Mask of Agamemnon"; "The Right Kind of Multiculturalism"
         
Thurs 9/26   SECTION 5: Architecture: Culture and Space [click here for the Powerpoint slides presented in class]   Read Section 5; "Who Really Built the Pyramids?"; "Lost City of the Pyramids"
         
Tues 10/1   SECTION 6: Man and Disease: The Black Death [click here for the Powerpoint slides presented in class]   Read Section 6; "The Bubonic Plague"; "How a Mysterious Disease . . ."
         
Thurs 10/3   IN-CLASS DISCUSSION: Determination of Quality Thesis Topics (QTT's) for PART 2   Prepare Quality Thesis Topics for PART 2
         
Tues 10/8   ASSESSMENT 2   Study for Assessment 2
   
   

 
PART 3: History and Society
   
Thurs 10/10   SECTION 7: The Indo-Europeans and Linguistics [click here for the Powerpoint slides presented in class]; Papers/Reactions for PART 2 DUE   Read Section 7; "Shards of Speech"; The Discovery of the Hittites (pp.1-11, 137-140)
         
Tues 10/15   SECTION 8: The Fall of Rome: Facts and Fictions [click here for the Powerpoint slides presented in class]   Read Section 8; "Friends, Romans, or Countrymen?," "DNA Shows Malaria Helped Topple Rome"
         
Thurs 10/17   NO CLASS: FOLLOW FRIDAY SCHEDULE    
         
Tues 10/22   SECTION 9: Women and Historical Biography [click here for the Powerpoint slides presented in class]   Read Section 9; "Hatshepsut: The Female Pharaoh"
         
Thurs 10/24   IN-CLASS DISCUSSION: Determination of Quality Thesis Topics (QTT's) for PART 3   Prepare Quality Thesis Topics for PART 3
         
Tues 10/29   ASSESSMENT 3   Study for Assessment 3
 
 

 
PART 4: History and Religion (Before Christ)
         
Thurs 10/31   SECTION 10: Akhenaten and Monotheism [click here for the Powerpoint slides presented in class]; Papers/Reactions for PART 3 DUE   Read Section 10; "Monotheism: The Egyptian Roots"; "Pharaohs of the Sun"; "Correspondence in Clay"
         
Tues 11/5   SECTION 11: The Old Testament and Its Authors [click here for the Powerpoint slides presented in class]   Read Section 11; "What Separates a Minimalist . . .," "Biblical Iconoclast," and "Balancing Biblical Faith and Archaeological Evidence"; "The Abominations of Leviticus"; The Unauthorized Version, pp. 15-27
         
Thurs 11/7   SECTION 12: Roman Cults and Worship [click here for the Powerpoint slides presented in class]   Read Section 12; "The Mithraic Mysteries"
         
Tues 11/12   IN-CLASS DISCUSSION: Determination of Quality Thesis Topics (QTT's) for PART 4   Prepare Quality Thesis Topics for PART 4
         
Thurs 11/14   ASSESSMENT 4   Study for Assessment 4
         
         

 
PART 5: History and Religion (After Christ)
         
Tues 11/19   SECTION 13: Early Christianity and History [click here for the Powerpoint slides presented in class]; Papers/Reactions for PART 4 DUE   Read Section 13; "The Other Jesus?"; The Unauthorized Version, pp. 27-38; "God the Father/God the Mother"; "The Passion of Christ"
         
Thurs 11/21   SECTION 14: The Nature and Triumph of Islam [click here for the Powerpoint slides presented in class]    Read Section 14; "What is Islam?"; "The Roots of Muslim Rage"
         
Tues 11/26   SECTION 15: The Crusades and Medieval Christianity [click here for the Powerpoint slides presented in class]   Read Section 15; The Oxford Illustrated History of the Crusades, pp. 1-12, 386-391
         
Thurs 11/28   NO CLASS: THANKSGIVING BREAK    
         
Tues 12/3   IN-CLASS DISCUSSION: Determination of Quality Thesis Topics (QTT's) for PART 5   Prepare Quality Thesis Topics for PART 5
         
Thurs 12/5   ASSESSMENT 5   Study for Assessment 5
         

         
Thurs 12/12   FINAL: Post-Test of the Post-Modern World (1:30-3:20 pm; ESLC 130); Bonus Assessment; Papers/Reactions for PART 5 DUE; Capstones DUE
     
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