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Introduction to History and Civilization

“I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make him (or her) to think.” -Socrates

Instructor: Dr. Hafiz Zakariya Office: Deputy Dean’s Office (3rd Floor)
Email: hafizz@iiu.edu.my Phone: 6196-5120/1
Consultation Hours: M, W; 3.00pm-4.30pm and by appointment.

Grade’s Distribution
Final Examination 40% Mid Term 20%
Assignment 15% Quizzes 20%
Class Basics
1. Lectures will not cover everything. They focus only on some salient aspects of the
assigned reading; students are responsible for the entire readings assigned. It is essential
that you complete the assigned reading by the day it is assigned. We do expect that you
do this in a timely fashion.
2.What you learn will be largely the result of your own efforts to learn—especially
through critical reading and discussion.
3. No make-up tests/exams unless with certified family /health emergencies.
4. Attendance & Cellular Phone Policies: Failure to attend 80% of the classes, without
any valid excuse will result in barring from sitting in the final exam. Turn your cell.
phone to silent mode.
5. History Orientation Program will take place on 4th August 11.30-12.50 Venue:
Experimental Hall. Attendance is compulsory. (5% for attending this)
6. Text-book: Course Reader. Purchase it from the Department

Week Topics Readings


1. What is history?
14;16 July Linguistic and technical meanings, its fields,
misconceptions, historical periods

2. Basic Historical Methodologies


21;23 July Sources & How to interact with them?

3 Development of history as a discipline


28;30 July What is Civilization?
Definitions and essential criteria
4 Major Approaches/Schools
6th Aug 4th August History Orientation Program @Experimental
Hall

5 Major Approaches/Schools
11;13 Aug Why Study History?
6. Mesopotamian Civilization Quiz
18;20 Aug Egyptian Civilization

7. Egyptian Civilization
25;27 Aug Indian Civilization

8. Chinese Civilization Mid Term: 3rd


September
1;3 Sep
9. Greek Civilization Id break 12-27
Sept
8;10 Sep
10. Roman Civilization Group project
29 Sep; 1 due on 1st Oct
Oct

11. Islamic Civilization


6;8 Oct

12. Western Civ


13;15 Oct

13. Islam & the West


20;22 Oct

14 Islam & the West in Modern Times


27;29 Oct Future of Civilizations

COURSE SYLLABUS
MODERN HISTORY OF EUROPE [PSCI 2520]

“I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make him (or her) to think.” -Socrates

Instructor: Hafiz Zakariya Office: Deputy Dean’s Office (HS, 3rd floor)
Telephone: 03-61965120/1 E-mail: hafizz@iiu.edu.my
Class Blog: http://zhafiz.wordpress.com Consultations: M, W: 3.30pm-4.50pm

COURSE DESCRIPTION
In this class we examine historical developments in Europe since the French Revolution
to the post-WW2 Europe. The period under study covers more than 200 years of
European history. Obviously, we will not be able to "cover" all subjects or information,
but will rather concentrate on some themes that, together, allow one to understand
important issues and problems in European history. As with all elements of your education,
in this course what you learn will be largely the result of your own efforts to learn—especially through
critical reading and discussion.
Textbook/Reading Material Course Reader: Selections from McKay’s, Spielvogel’s and
Discala’s. Order it from a photocopy shop closer to the mosque.

Distribution of marks: Consultation Hours: T, Th 10am -11am and by appointment


Group Project 15% Class Projects: 1. Exhibition 2.Performance
Quizzes/Tests 20% (live or producing a video)
Mid term 25% 3.other acceptable pre-approved project
Final Examination 40%

Class Basics
1. Lectures will not cover everything. They focus only on some salient aspects of the assigned
reading; students are responsible for the entire readings assigned. It is essential that you complete
the assigned reading by the day it is assigned. We do expect that you do this in a timely fashion.
2. Late assignment policy: I accept late assignment with this non-negotiable policy 1 point
deduction for each 12 hours it is late.
3.Map/Geography: Blank map /geography handout is included in the reader. Make sure you do
this on your own by week 3.(It will be included in quiz or Mid Term)
4. No make-up tests/exams unless with certified family /health emergencies.
5. Attendance & Cellular Phone Policies: Failure to attend 80% of the classes, without any valid
excuse will result in barring from sitting in the final exam. Turn your cell. phone to silent mode.

Week Topic/s Assigned readings Tasks/Events


1 What is Europe? Spencer Discala, “What is
14;16 July Europe?” in Twentieth Century
Europe, xxxiii-xli. Reader, 1-9
Spielvogel, 678-697 ;
2 French Revolution Reader, 11-30
21; 23 July French Revolution Sp., 678-704; Reader, 31-38
3 French Revolution Sp., 706-734; Reader, 39-68
28;30 July Napoleon
4 Sp.,736-741; Reader, 69-74
4;6 Aug 1st Quiz
Industrialization & Congress of
(beginning to
Vienna
Vienna)

5 The Age of Ideologies I: Liberalism,


11;13 Aug Nationalism, Early Socialism, McKay, 763-775, Reader, 75-88
Marxism, Ism II
5 Changing Life in 19th century McKay, 795-820; Reader, 22 Aug
18;20 Aug Europe 89-122 expected 1st
Ramadhan
6 Science & Thought Sp. 799-810; Reader, 291-
25;27 Aug The Age of Nationalism 302.
831-841, Reader, 123-154
7 An Age of Modernity & Anxiety, Sp. (b), 513-535; Reader, 156- Mid Term: 1st
1;3 Sep 1894-1914 176 September
Western Colonization
8 WW1 Spielvogel, 886-921; Reader, ‘Id Break
8;10 Sep Russian Revolution 177-198McKay, 917-932; (12-27 Sep)2
Reader, 199-215. weeks
10 Europe between the Wars, 1919- Sp. (b), 558-579; Reader, 217-
29 Sep, 1st 1939: Authoritarian States Stalin 229
Oct

11 Authoritarian States Stalin & Reader, 229-237 Group Project


6; 8 Oct Mussolini due on

12 Hitler same as above


13;15 Oct Comparing Dictators

13 (Jewish Problem)WW2 and the Cold McKay, 1005-1023; Reader, Quiz #2


20;22 Oct War 238-254 Readings
Weeks 8-12

14 Cold War & Social Transformations McKay, 1024-1040; Reader,


27;29 Oct Revision 255-270, Reader, 271-289.

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