Instructor: Dr. Jason Swedene
Office location and phone number: LBR 327 (phone: 635-2122)
Office Hours:  by appointment

That humans live in a 'global' world, despite popular notions to the contrary, has been true for a long, long, long, long, lllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllong time.  We will look into the origins of human life and our great world civilizations to reveal the cultures, events, traditions, and accomplishments which continue to shape out existence.  We shall begin around the year 15 billion BCE and leave our enquiry around the year 1600 CE.

Required Text:
1)        Upshur et. al.  World History, 4th ed. (Wadsworth: Australia, 2002), chs. 1-10.


Required Course Website:

Course Requirements:

1) You must attend class regularly and participate in all class activities. You may lose considerable grade points of up to 5 points per class for excessive unexcused absences. Please let me know via e-mail if you plan to miss a class.

2) All assignments for a given day must be done before class.

3) There will be six one-hour tests. The final test, test six, is a non-cumulative exam to be held during finals week. Make-up tests are given only as warranted by circumstance (e.g., documented illness or documented family emergency) and as granted by instructor.

4) "In compliance with Lake Superior State University policy and equal access laws, disability-related (learning, medical, physical, etc.) accommodations and services are available. Students are to meet with their professor in a timely manner, preferably the first week of class, to discuss their accommodation needs. Students will not receive services until they register with the Resource Center for Students with Disabilities (RCSD). Proper registration will enable the RCSD to verify the disability and determine reasonable academic accommodations. RCSD is located in South Hall, office 206, extension 2355."

5) Students are responsible for the assignments outlined on this syllabus and the course website. Absence at a previous class is not an acceptable excuse for not completing assignments on time.

6) An important note about extra credit: students may add up to 4% to their final grade by doing extra credit work.

2% may be earned by completing a chapter summary of a book, pre-approved by the instructor. The due date for that extra credit opportunity is June 10 (by 12 p.m..). Click here for the proper form to fill out.

-This may be done twice.

7)Instructor reserves right to amend this syllabus with sufficient notice to students.

Calculating the final grade:


Your final grade is the average of your five test grades plus any extra credit (see course requirement #6). Failure to attend regularly will result in a final grade deduction (see course requirement #1). Truancy, tardiness, and leaving class early each will be counted against regular attendance. Beware of this policy so that you arrange other engagements such as work, dinner parties, vacations, child care, hunting excursions, etc. accordingly.

Cheating Policy:

Any form of cheating or plagiarism will result in certain disciplinary action, which might include failure of specific project and/or failure of the complete course. Cheating includes (but is not limited to) the use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments; or, the acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of university faculty or staff. Quotations must be used when the words are not your own and citations must accompany the use of others’ ideas, even if you paraphrase their wording. Failure to do so is plagiarism.

Week One (May 10-13)
A: Course Intro; overview;
B: Ch. 1;
C: Ch. 1
D: Ch. 2

Week Two (May 17-20) 
A: Ch. 2
C:Ch. 3
D: Ch. 4

Week Three (May 24-27)
A: Ch. 4
B: TEST TWO; Ch. 5
C: Ch. 5
D: Ch. 6

Week Four (May 31-June 3)
A: Ch. 6
C: Ch. 7
D: Ch. 7

Week Five ( June 7-10) 
A: Ch. 8
B: Ch. 8
D: Ch. 9

Week Six (June 14-17)
A: Ch. 9
B: Ch. 10
C:  Ch. 10