CIVILIZATIONS -- SYLLABUS
Dr. Kahne R. Parsons
Office phone: 903-510-2454
Office location: J-134 (Jenkins Hall)
Office Hours, Spring 2006:
M-W, 12:00--2:00 p.m..; T-TH, 12:40--1:55 p.m.; also by appointment.
E-mail: WebCT; or firstname.lastname@example.org
Craig, et al., The Heritage of World Civilizations,
seventh edition. Price: appx. $107.
Note: This book is also
available as an online edition at
http://www.safari.com. You "subscribe" to the book for 150 days,
and the cost is about $57. However, keep in mind that this option
ties you to your computer, so you must have constant and reliable
access. Also, you need a high-speed internet connection as it
will not work with anything less.
Purpose of the Course
This course offers a general survey of non-western civilizations from
ancient times to the early 20th century. The concentration is on
the following geographical areas: Near East;
Central Asia; Indian subcontinent; China; Japan; Southeast Asia.
Within these geographical areas, we will focus on the rise and fall of
civilizations, as well as exploring the paths of cultural transfer from
one civilization to another.
At the end of this course the student should be familiar with the
events, leaders, religions, and cultural forms of these civilizations.
Assignments and Exams
- The student
will be responsible for monitoring the website for each week's
assignments. It is the student's responsibility to keep up with
ALL deadlines. Deadlines for exams are posted on the Calendar;
deadlines/due dates for quizzes and written Assignments are posted on
those pages, respectively.
assignments and tests must be completed by the due date.
assignments will be completed using e-mail or the Internet.
take written exams in the TJC testing center.
- The student may drop their
lowest test grade at the end of the semester
and replace it with the final exam grade if the latter is higher.
However, you may not simply opt to just skip an exam and expect to
replace it with the final exam: you must have a valid,
approved reason. You may NOT skip or drop the final
exam for any reason. (This is a college rule, not just one for
this course.) The final exam will be comprehensive.
- There may be other written
or projects completed during the course of the term. You can find
these on WebCT's Assignments page. (There will also be a
notation in the lecture index/guide notifying you that there is an
assignment due and requesting that you check the assignment page.)
Although the instructor is figuratively available
to the student 24/7, there are some general parameters for
in a web-based course. On weekdays, you should reasonably expect
a turnaround time (i.e., an answer) within 24 hours. (Often, the
reply will arrive sooner than that, depending on the "traffic load.")
weekends--especially between Friday and Sunday evenings--response time
be less prompt, so the student should plan accordingly.
posting a message via e-mail, always place the reference in the subject
area. For example, if you have a question regarding Activity 2.4,
you would write Activity 2.4 under Subject Heading. What messages
should be posted to e-mail and which to the discussion list?
private information, such as your grade, or a particular situation you
to discuss (such as how you're doing in the class), should be e-mailed
the event that your computer crashes, you have recourse to
means of communication. You can call the instructor's office on
weekdays at the number listed at the top of this syllabus. You
also fax assignments to the Department. However, the best method
communication remains e-mail. Phone calls and faxes will be
less frequently than e-mail.
count for 60% of your final class grade; essays, quizzes, and other
count 40%. You may check your grade on the link "My Grades" on
Course Withdrawal Policy
the student’s responsibility to drop a class. All drops
must be processed by an Academic Advisor appropriate to the student’s
major. The drop date is posted on the semester calandar on WebCT.
You can now proceed to the Orientation, where you will find more
detailed information about this course.