EASTERN CIVILIZATIONS -- SYLLABUS
HIST 2323

Buddha
Instructor:  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 kpar@tjc.edu


Textbook

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


Communication

Although the instructor is figuratively available to the student 24/7, there are some general parameters for communication 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.")  On weekends--especially between Friday and Sunday evenings--response time will be less prompt, so the student should plan accordingly.

Posting Messages

When posting a message via e-mail, always place the reference in the subject heading 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?  Anything that concerns private information, such as your grade, or a particular situation you need to discuss (such as how you're doing in the class), should be e-mailed to the Instructor. 

Alternate Communications

In the event that your computer crashes, you have recourse to other means of communication.  You can call the instructor's office on weekdays at the number listed at the top of this syllabus.  You can also fax assignments to the Department.  However, the best method of communication remains e-mail.  Phone calls and faxes will be checked less frequently than e-mail.

Grading

Exam grades generally count for 60% of your final class grade; essays, quizzes, and other assignments count 40%.  You may check your grade on the link "My Grades" on WebCT.

Course Withdrawal Policy

It is 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.

Orientation

You can now proceed to the Orientation, where you will find more detailed information about this course.