Dr. Robert Genter Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Department of History Office: G230
Nassau Community College Office Hours: M/W 11:15-12:30
HIS 105: THE WORLD, 1945-PRESENT
Course Description: With a focus on global history since 1945, this course is designed to give students an understanding of the world they live in, how it was born out of the past, and how it is creating the future. Recent international conflicts, social change and expectations of the future are explored in the framework of the nuclear age.
Wayne McWilliams and Harry Piotrowski, The World Since 1945: A History of International Relations, Seventh Edition (Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc., 2009)
Course Rules and Requirements:
- Classroom Etiquette: All students are required to attend class regularly, to show up on time, and to remain for the entire period. Attendance will be taken every class. Any student missing more than three classes will have his or her grade lowered. Any student missing more than six classes will be automatically dropped from the course – no exceptions. All electronic devices must be silenced. Students who engage in disruptive behavior (excessive talking, text messaging, sleeping, etc.) will be asked to leave. I reserve the right to dismiss from the course any student who continuously repeats such disruptive behavior. Similarly, repeated lateness to class (10 minutes or more) will not be tolerated. Three late arrivals count as one absence.
- Reading Assignments: Students are expected to do ALL the required readings by the assigned dates and be prepared to discuss them in class. NOTE: Readings must be completed by the beginning of the week.
Your final course grade will be based upon the following assignments and in accordance with the following grade scale:
- Midterm Exam (35%).
- Final Exam (35%).
- 6 In-Class Quizzes (30%). The quizzes will be based upon the assigned readings and classroom lectures. The quizzes will be announced at least one class before. I will drop your lowest quiz grade (and therefore only count 5 quizzes). You are responsible for any missed quizzes.
Schedule of Reading and Classroom Assignments:
Sept. 1: Introduction
Sept. 6-8: The Origins of the Cold War
Reading: McWilliams, Chapter 1 and 2
Sept. 13-15: The Cold War in Asia
Reading: McWilliams, Chapter 3 and 4
Sept. 20-22: Decolonization Across the Globe
Reading: McWilliams, Chapter 5 and 6
Sept. 27: The Arab-Israeli Conflict
Reading: McWilliams, Chapter 7
Sept. 29: No Class—Rosh Hashanah
Oct. 4-6: The Communist World after Stalin
Reading: McWilliams, Chapter 8
Oct. 11-13: The Vietnam War and the Rise of Détente
Reading: McWilliams, Chapter 9 and 10
Oct. 18-20: The Problem of the Developing World
Reading: McWilliams, Chapter 11
Oct. 25: **MIDTERM EXAM**
Oct. 27-Nov. 1: The Crisis in Africa
Reading: McWilliams, Chapter 12
Nov. 3-10: Development in Latin America
Reading: Chapter 13
Nov. 8: No Class (follows Friday schedule)
Nov. 15-17: Political Upheavals in Asia
Reading: Chapter 14 and 15
Nov. 22: The Globalization of the Economy
Reading: McWilliams, Chapter 16 and 17
Nov. 24: No Class (Thanksgiving)
Nov. 29-Dec. 1: The Fall of the Soviet Union
Reading: McWilliams, Chapter 18 and 19
Dec. 6-8: The Rise of Political Islam
Reading: McWilliams, Chapter 20
Dec. 13-15: September 11th and Its Consequences
Reading: McWilliams, Chapter 21 and 22
Dec. 20: **FINAL EXAM**