World History I

Bruce A. McMenomy, Ph.D. and Christe A. McMenomy, Ph.D. for Scholars Online
2019-20: Tuedays and Thursdays, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time



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Getting started

1: Tue, Sep 3, 2019

A discussion of our working methods and processes; when we’ve finished with that, we’ll open up a general discussion of what history is and what it’s about, and why one would want to bother studying it. From there we’ll follow into a discussion of related matters.

For the first class, please post in the forum in the Moodle an essay introducing yourself. Include some statement about who you are, your background, beliefs, and how you look at the world. What do you expect to get from this course? Is there anything we should know to help us teach you more effectively?

Throughout the course, you will be expected to:

Please pay attention to the quiz closing dates and times. Once closed, a quiz will not be re-opened. This is to ensure that everyone stays current on the reading and comes to class ready to participate in the discussion; the quizzes will also give you an idea of what we consider significant enough to put on exams later on.

Grades and grading are perhaps the most odious thing associated with teaching, but everyone seems to want to know about them. We have not fixed an absolute formula for grades at this point, but please note that all of the following will form a significant part of your grade:

There are many different approaches to history, and many reasons to study the subject. We'll try to talk about these things somewhat today.

Please read the discussion linked here on the narrative vs. topical approaches to history.

Please read the discussion linked here on what we'd like you to get from your study of history.

You may also want to have a look at the topical discussions, but those are not necessary quite yet — we'll try to unpack those during the course of the first chapter's discussion.