TR 10:50-12:05, SUA 102C

Dr. Laura A. Smoller




Office hours:  Tuesday, 3-4; Wednesday, 10:30-11:30, and by appointment

SH 604K


History 1311 is a survey history of world civilization from the dawn of civilization through the Protestant Reformation in the sixteenth century. The course aims to provide a general understanding of past societies and their ordering principles and systems of religion, politics, economy, and culture.


This section of History 1311 is technology-enriched.  In technology-enriched core courses, the integration of technology into classroom aims both to strengthen students' technology skills and to enhance student learning through a hands-on, problem-based approach.





Part I



August 23


text, pp. li-lix, 2-9




August 28

Ancient Mesopotamia

text, pp. 20-24, 49-62, 85-103

August 30


text, pp. 103-13, 115-25




September 4

The ancient Near East

text, pp. 202-05; map worksheet due

September 6


text, pp. 126-31, 165-68, 176-79, 197-202, 242-46




September 11


text, pp. 158-65, 174-75, 189-97, 237-42

September 13

Overview: isolation and connections

text, pp. 62-67, 133-39




September 18

Midterm 1



Part II



September 20

Early Greece

text, pp. 143-50




September 25

Greece, ca. 500-300 B.C.E.

text, pp. 150-54, 170-72, 255-59

September 27

The Hellenistic World

text, pp. 205-08




October 2

The Roman republic

text, pp. 155-58

October 4

The Roman empire

text, pp.  247-52, 272-79




October 9

The rise of Christianity

text, pp. 209-15; primary source paper 1 due 

October 11

The "fall" of Rome

text, pp. 425-34




October 16

The rise of Islam

text, pp. 473-88

October 18

The medieval Islamic world

text, pp. 341-51, 362-66, 488-500




October 23

Midterm 2



Part III



October 25

The early Middle Ages

text,  pp. 434-38




October 30

Crisis and recovery

text, pp. 438-42

November 1

The Ottonian order





November 6

Investiture Controversy and Gregorian Reform


November 8

No class





November 13

High medieval culture

text,  pp. 445-53

November 15

The expansion of Europe

text, pp. 333-41, 359-62, 442-45, 529-35, 541-44




November 20

The growth of the state


November 22

No class--Thanksgiving





November 27

The crisis of the later Middle Ages, I

text, pp. 545-47, 560-67

November 29

The crisis of the later Middle Ages, II





December 4

The Renaissance

text, pp. 578-80

December 6

The Protestant Reformation

text, pp. 721-27; primary source paper 2 due


Final exam: Thursday, December 13, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


Class attendance: Attendance at all lectures and in-class activities is essential for doing well in this course. There will be material covered in lecture that is not in the textbook. Students will be held responsible for all material covered in and announcements made in lectures; participation in in-class activities will count for part of your grade. If you must miss a class, you will need to get the lecture notes from another student in the class. The outline posted on Blackboard is not an adequate substitute for lecture; nor is the textbook. Students who are absent from more than five consecutive classes without excuse and without contacting the instructor will be administratively withdrawn from the course.


Required materials:  The following textbook is required for the course and is available in the UALR bookstore:


Robert Strayer. Ways of the World: A Brief Global History with Sources, Combined edition (New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2010).  ISBN 9780312489168.


Assignments and grading:  Reading assignments are due on the day they appear in the lecture schedule below. Written assignments are weighted as follows:


Map worksheet (due September 4)--5%

Midterm 1 (September 18)--15%

Midterm 2 (October 23)--20%

Primary source paper 1 (due October 9)--15%

Primary source paper 2 (due December 6)--15%

Final exam (December 13, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)--20%

Class participation--10%


Grading scale: 







In case of some mix-up, it is a good idea to save all returned work until you receive your grade at the end of the semester.


Make-up work: If you miss an exam and have a valid excuse, you may make up the exam on consultation day, December 11, but only by prior written arrangement with the instructor.  Students excused from class by the university will be allowed to make up labs outside of class.  No emailed assignments will be accepted without special arrangement.


Student learning objectives for core courses in history:

  1. Students will demonstrate a knowledge of historical information such as names, dates and chronologies, events, terms, and concepts.
  2. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the diversity and complexity of the historical context that shapes human experience.
  3. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the inter-relatedness of historical events as expressed in such concepts as continuity and change, causation, interdependence of cultures, and the interaction between differing groups and societies.
  4. Students will organize and articulate their ideas through an essay that presents a thesis relevant to the question.
  5. Students will support their ideas with historical evidence and will reach conclusions based on that evidence.


Students with disabilities:  Your success in this class is important to me, and it is the policy and practice of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to create inclusive learning environments consistent with federal and state law. If you have a documented disability (or need to have a disability documented), and need an accommodation, please contact me privately as soon as possible, so that we can discuss with the Disability Resource Center (DRC) how to meet your specific needs and the requirements of the course. The DRC offers resources and coordinates reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Reasonable accommodations are established through an interactive process among you, your instructor(s) and the DRC. Thus, if you have a disability, please contact me and/or the DRC, at 501-569-3143 (V/TTY) or 501-683-7629 (VP). For more information, please visit the DRC website at www.ualr.edu/disability.  


Classroom etiquette: Please turn off cell phones or set them to a silent alert.  Kindly do not send or read text messages in class. Food and drinks are not allowed in the classroom.  In the rare event you must enter late or leave class early, please let me know in advance.  Please refer to the handout "Student Information and Policies" for specific information about the Multimedia Technology Center.


Cheating and plagiarism: Cheating and plagiarism are serious offenses and will be treated as such. ("Plagiarism" means "to adopt and reproduce as one's own, to appropriate to one's use, and incorporate in one's own work without acknowledgment the ideas or passages from the writings or works of others." See Section VI, Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Behavior, Student Handbook, p. 64. Copying directly from the textbook or a web site without quotation marks or an identifying citation, for example—even if you change a word here and there—, constitutes plagiarism.) Anyone who engages in such activities will receive no credit for that assignment and may in addition be turned over to the Academic Integrity and Grievance Committee for University disciplinary action, which may include separation from the University.


Copyright notice: Copyright © by Laura Smoller as to this syllabus and all lectures. Students and auditors are prohibited from selling notes during this course to (or being paid for taking notes by) any person or commercial firm without the express written permission of the professor teaching this course.  Students may tape lectures for their own study purposes, but students are prohibited from selling such tapes or making them available to other students in any manner.


Disclaimer: The instructor reserves the right to change topics and assignments on the syllabus at any point in the semester.