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History 1010

10:00 section

Haley Center 3195

Fall Semester 2003

Instructor: Joseph Kicklighter

311 Thach Hall

(334) 844-6648

Office hours: Tues., Thurs., 10:00-11:30 or by appointment


online syllabus:


Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA’s): Valerie Pope and Rod Steward.

GTA's will be available in my office during the hours before and after class.

The name of the Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leader will be posted on the outside bulletin boards along with session times and classroom location.


Textbook: Auburn Survey of World History, Vol. A: Prehistory to 1789 (2000)

Atlas: Auburn University History Atlas, 3rd ed. (2000)


This course, the first of two history classes included in Auburn’s core curriculum, describes the development of some of the most important world civilizations from the earliest ones through the early modern civilization of the Europeans. In this course you will study the principal characteristics of various major civilizations through the ages; of particular concern will be the religions which evolved in these civilizations, for their beliefs both influenced and in turn were affected by the emerging civilizations of which these religions were a part. Moreover, many of them evolved into major world religions of today, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Our study of civilizations through the semester will take us through the eighteenth century.


There are three tests and a NON-COMPREHENSIVE final examination covering ONLY the material since the third test. The semester grade is determined by assigning a value to each of your four grades from highest to lowest. For example, your highest grade will count, 40%, next highest 30%, next 20%, and the very lowest 10%. This works, of course, entirely to the student’s advantage! When the final number average is within two (2) points of the higher letter grade, a student’s attendance record will be THE DETERMINING FACTOR and used to raise the person’s grade to the higher grade provided the student has made the higher grade on at least one test. (If you don’t earn an A on one of the tests or the final exam, for example, you will not be “pushed” up to an A for the term.)Tests this term will include fill-in-the-blanks and multiple choice type questions. MAKE-UP tests will be composed to terms to explain. All tests will include questions taken from the lecture notes as well as from the readings in the textbook. A small section of each test will be taken from your knowledge of specific countries and cities along with their historical significance. At least a week before each test and the final exam, you will be given a study guide which will include places you need to know by location as well as historical significance and other information from the textbook as well as the lectures that you will need to study and learn thoroughly in order to do satisfactorily.



1. Academic honesty is an offense reported to the Academic Dishonesty Committee.

2. Any student needing special accommodations should contact the Program for Students with Disabilities in 1244 Haley Center (844-2096).

3. Final examinations will be administered during the hours specified in the final examination schedule and noted below.

4. Students who wish to change the time of their final examination must provide written evidence based on a substantial reason, accompanied by the form provided by YOUR Dean’s Office.




1. Attend class with a positive attitude for learning; this means that you will need to concentrate on the subject at hand and focus on understanding what I am discussing.


2. Keep up with (and do not fall behind) in reading assignments; you will soon learn that there is too much reading to try to complete immediately prior to a test. Note with particular concern the section headings in each chapter as well as the accompanying photographs and illustrations, and special readings.


3. Rewrite and edit your notes as soon as possible after every class. This will help you to clarify and absorb what was covered in that lecture as well as discover what perhaps was omitted from your notes.


4. Tape the lectures so that as you study, you can compare your notes with what was actually said in the lecture and then you can make corrections and additions as needed.


5. If you do not know how to take lecture notes very well, if you do not think you read with great comprehension, if you feel great stress in test taking and feel that your ability is not reflected in your test scores, it is highly recommended that you make an appointment with the counselors at Academic Support Services (315 Martin; 844-4388). These trained professionals will be delighted to assist you with any type of academic problems you are encountering, and my students in the past who have used these services reported positive results from meeting with them.


6. Participate in the SI program, Study Partners, or form your own study group with other class members who want to do well.


7. Understand that in doing well on the tests, it will be necessary to fully understand and learn the material and not merely memorize it. Failure to realize this can bring students problems in recalling the correct answers at test time.


8. Staying up all night before a test to "cram" with friends may sound like fun, but its results in bringing good grades is very limited; it is far better to study consistently and effectively on a regular basis.


9. Use note cards to learn important terms well, so no matter what the form I use to ask you about it, you will know it thoroughly.


10. It is STRONGLY suggested that you bring your Atlas to class so that as I point out various places in the course of the lecture, you will be more aware of their significance and location.


11. Lecture outlines are sent out to you by e-mail before the lectures are given and are also put up on the screen at each class; likewise, you will be provided with study guides to assist you in your test preparations. Neither, however, can substitute for good lecture notes.


12. Some of you think you do not like history and/or feel that history is too hard or not worth learning. All I ask is that you attend this class with an open mind, give it a chance, and make an effort to follow these guidelines for academic success. Perhaps by doing so, you’ll be completing this course with a good grade and maybe, just maybe, a better feeling about history itself!




Your attendance in this class will be taken each day. While attendance is NOT required, those who do well in this course have over the years come to class routinely with the understanding that learning from being at the lectures to hear them and take notes is essential to getting good grades on the tests. However, good class attendance is, of course, no guarantee of academic success. Seats will be assigned on the basis of alphabetical order, and a seating chart will be posted on the bulletin boards outside this room by the next class session. You MUST sit in the seat assigned you; if you are not sure whether you are sitting in the correct seat, please ask a GTA to assist you. THIS IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY! Students with disabilities or other special needs should submit their names in writing along with an explanation of their special needs (hearing, seeing, etc.) to a GTA for front seating or other appropriate accommodations; please do this AS SOON AS POSSIBLE [NOTE: Students in front seating who miss excessively may lose this special seating.] Students who wish some special consideration in borderline situations must have no more than three (3) unexcused absences during the quarter. Absences resulting from verifiable illnesses, University business, and family emergencies will be excused; but written verifications of absences must be submitted by the students to a GTA within five (5) class days of returning to class. Similarly, tests missed for authorized reasons must be made up within five (5) class days at a time mutually convenient to the GTA and the student. IF YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND THESE POLICIES, PLEASE ASK.




The GTA’s help to ensure that this large class functions in an appropriate fashion. Please cooperate with us by understanding that sleeping, reading newspapers, studying other subjects, and loud talking are not permitted. As class attendance is not required, it is expected that those present will show both courtesy and respect for fellow students and for the instructor. Additionally, please note that eating and drinking (unless specifically authorized for medical reasons) are not permitted in this room under any conditions whatsoever. Students who arrive late or leave EARLY must sit in the rear of the class so that they will not interrupt the lecture. These same students must give their names in writing to the GTA on duty in order to receive credit for attending class that day. Please do not ask for exceptions. Failure to follow this policy or others described here may lead to an absence for that day. Accordingly, if you do not understand these rules, please ask one of us for a further explanation. In large classes of this sort, it is essential that everyone try to be as polite and cooperative as possible. If you don’t wish to follow these suggestions, it is best not to attend class.




To assist students of world history in achieving their highest academic potential, the University IS providing Supplementary Instruction (SI) for these classes. I strongly encourage your participation. The SI leaders are undergraduate students like yourselves who have done well in this course and have been interviewed and hired for their ability to lead discussions of lecture and textbook topics (one discussion for every class) with those of you who wish to participate. It is entirely up to the students as to whether to get involved in SI, but it could be very helpful, as proven by the grades of many of those who participated in SI last year. It is important for you to understand, however, that SI is not a tutoring session and not for those who want to cram before a test . It is for those who wish to enhance their understanding of the subject so that they can earn the high test scores they want. In addition, be aware that in the basement of this building there was tutors provided for (among other subjects) world history; these Study Partners, as they are called, are available at various times throughout the day, so please inquire. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THIS AND OTHER PROGRAMS FOR STUDENTS, GO BY THE STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER IN MARY MARTIN HALL.



Wed., Aug. 20 Introduction to the course


Fri., Aug. 22 The world before civilizations

Text: Chap. 1; Atlas: p. 2


Mon., Aug. 25 The Major Civilizations of North

Wed., Aug. 27 Africa and the Middle East;

Fri., Aug. 29 Zoroastrianism and Judaism

Text: Chap. 2; Atlas: p. 3




Wed., Sept. 3 The Indian Civilizations:

Fri., Sept. 5 Hinduism and Buddhism.

Mon., Sept. 8 Text: Chap. 3;

Wed., Sept. 10 Atlas: pp. 4, 7.




Mon., Sept. 15 Chinese Civilization: Confucianism and Taoism

Wed., Sept. 17 Text: Chap. 4: Atlas, pp. 4, 7

Fri., Sept. 19 The Civilizations of classical Greece:

Mon., Sept. 22 Hellenic and Hellenistic

Wed., Sept. 24 Text: Chap. 5: Atlas, pp. 5, 6, 65.

Fri., Sept. 26 Rome: Republic and Empire

Mon., Sept. 29 Early Christianity

Wed., Oct. 1 Text: Chap. 6; Atlas, p. 9

Fri., Oct. 3 The Byzantine Empire and Orthodox Christianity

Mon., Oct.6 The Arabs and the Islamic religion:

Wed., Oct. 8 Africa and Asia; Text: Chaps. 7, 8, 9; Atlas, pp.12, 16, 20. 


Mon., Oct. 13 Medieval European Civilization and the Catholic Church

Wed., Oct. 15 Introduction to the European Middle Ages

Fri., Oct. 17 Text: Chap. 13; Atlas, pp.10, 11, 14

Mon., Oct. 20 The Renaissance in Italy and Northern Europe

Wed., Oct. 22 Text: Chap. 15; Atlas, p. 22, 66

Fri., Oct. 24 The Protestant and Catholic Reformations

Mon., Oct. 27 Text: Chap. 16; Atlas, p. 22

Wed., Oct. 29

Fri., Oct., 31 The Colonial Discoveries and Colonial Empires

Mon., Nov., 3 Text: Chap. 18; Atlas, pp.24-25



Fri., Nov. 7 17th Century Europe: Religion, Politics and Absolutism

Mon., Nov. 10 Text, Chap. 17; Atlas, pp. 22, 23.

Wed., Nov. 12

Fri., Nov. 14

Mon., Nov. 17 African Slaves, American Colonies; Text Ch. 20, Atlas 24-25, 27.

Wed., Nov. 19 The Scientific Revolution, Chap. 23

Fri., Nov. 21


Mon., Dec. 1 The Enlightenment and the “Enlightened Despots”

Wed., Dec. 3 Chap. 24, Atlas, p.28

Fri., Dec. 5

Mon., Dec. 8

Wed., Dec. 10


SAT., DEC. 13th FINAL EXAMINATION, 11:00 -1:30


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