Dr. Laura A. Smoller
Stabler Hall 604-K

Phone:  569-8389

email: lasmoller@ualr.edu

Office hours: T 3-4; W 10:30-11:30, and by appointment


TR 10:50-12:05, RH 122

Spring 2013

 History 1312 is a survey history of world civilization from roughly 1500 C.E. to the present. The course tells the story of the globalization of world history, the rise of Europe and the west to world dominance, the development of distinctly modern modes of thought and social and political organization, and challenges to western world domination in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.




Part I:  The globalization of history.


January 15

Introduction to the course

text, pp. 619-23

January 17

The Europe Columbus knew

text, pp. 569-99




January 22

Three Islamic empires

text, pp. 584-88, 645-50

January 24

Asia on the eve of European expansion

text, pp. 385-90, 395-97, 575-78, 643-45, 681-82, 894-96

January 29

Africa and the Americas on the eve of European expansion

text, pp. 283-92, 346-51, 586-96, 351-55; 292-304

January 31

The conquest of the Americas

text, pp. 625-39. Map worksheet due.




February 5

Exploiting new colonies: the transatlantic economy

text, pp. 673-80, 682-98, 727-30

February 7

Midterm 1



Part II:  Re-making Europe.


February 12

The reformations of the sixteenth century

text, pp. 721-31

February 14

Religious warfare and the crisis of knowledge





February 19

The quest for political order: England


February 21

The quest for political order: France 





February 26

The quest for order in knowledge:  the Scientific Revolution

text, pp. 737-47. Writing assignment #1 due February 26 in class. 

February 28

The quest for order in knowledge:  the Enlightenment

text, pp. 771-84





March 5

The French Revolution

text, pp. 784-87

March 7

Revolutions in the Americas

text, pp. 787-96




March 12

Nineteenth-century liberalism

Last day to drop an individual course.

March 14






March 18-22







Part III:  The modern age.


March 26

The Industrial Revolution

text, pp. 825-37, 853-54

March 28


text, pp. 837-39




April 2

The triumph of the middle class


April 4






April 9

Nationalism and imperialism

text, pp. 796-800, 877-82, 923-48

April 11

The birth of modern thought

text, pp. 800-03, 969-73. Writing assignment # 2 due April 11 in class.




April 16

World War I

text, pp. 977-84

April 18

The Russian Revolution

text, pp. 840-46, 1029-35




April 23

World War II

text, pp. 985-1005

April 25

The Cold War

text, pp. 1005-08, 1035-51




April 30


text, pp. 1081-94

May 2

The world after 1989

text, pp. 1051-58, 1094-1108, 1133- 44, 1150-65


Final exam:  Thursday, May 9, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Class attendanceAttendance at all lectures 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.  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. MartinŐs, 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 January 31)----5%

Midterm 1 (February 7)----20 %

Writing assignment 1 (February 26)----15 %

Midterm 2 (March 14)----20 %

Writing assignment 2  (April 11)----15 %

Final exam (May 9, not cumulative)----25 %


Grades are computed on the following scale:


            A=90-100%    B=80-89%      C=70-79%      D=60-69%      F=0-59%


In case of some mix-up, you should save all returned work until you receive your grade at the end of the semester.


Make-up exams:  If you miss an exam and have a valid excuse, you will have an opportunity to make up the exam on Consultation Day (May 7), but only by prior arrangement with the instructor. 


Late work:  Late work will be penalized 10 percentage points for every calendar day late.  Except under the most exigent of circumstances, I will not accept late work after I have already graded and returned the assignment to the class.   I do not accept emailed assignments without prior arrangement, and only in extreme emergencies.


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 text message or read text messages in class.  In the rare event you must enter late or leave class early, please let me know in advance. 

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 of others or passages from their writings and works." See Section VI, Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Behavior, Student Handbook, p. 39. Copying directly from the textbook, a website, or an encyclopedia article without quotation marks or an identifying citation, for example, 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.

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