World History to 1500s
Honors World History Course and
Rio Salado College | HIS110 & 111
Instructor: Kathleen Szczepaniak
Deer Valley High School
7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. M-F
or By Appointment
Telephone: (602) 467-6843
FAX: 602-467-6780Official Course Description
Survey of the economic, social, cultural, and political elements of world history from the beginning of human civilization to 1500. Prerequisites: None.
Official Course Competencies
- Define the elements of civilization and identify factors leading to its development. (I)
- Describe the beginning of civilization in Mesopotamia and its contributions to subsequent civilizations in the region. (II)
- Explain the longevity of ancient Egypt and describe factors that contributed to its eventual decline. (II)
- Describe the diffusion of civilizations in Africa and the Near East in the period 3000 B.C.E. \226 800 B.C.E. (II)
- Describe the diversity of Indian civilization and its adaptability to external factors. (III)
- Explain the role of continuity in early Chinese history and its effect on its civilization. (III)
- Describe Hellenic Greek civilization and the role of the Hellenistic Greek world in transmitting this civilization to the Western world. (IV)
- Analyze the factors shaping the Roman Republic and elements contributing to its collapse. (IV)
- Describe the growth of the Roman Empire and the reasons for it. (IV)
- Describe the origins of Christianity and explain the role the Roman Empire played in its early growth. (V)
- Analyze the impact of the Germanic migrations on the late Roman world. (VI)
- Explain the survival of the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) empire and describe its contribution to subsequent civilizations. (VI)
- Describe the origins of Islam and explain the factors in its rapid growth. (VII)
- Identify the major developments in medieval Asian civilization and explain how they reflect the continuities of their respective civilizations. (VIII)
- Analyze the origins of "Europe" circa 1000 C.E. and explain the factors in its development. (IX)
- Describe the development of civilization in the Western Hemisphere. (X)
A minimum of eight hours of community service for a non-profit organization with proper documentation and essay are required for each semester.
*Please refer to the Canvas Syllabus for a list of HIS 111 Learning Objectives.
Standards And Expectations
This dual enrollment college course is intended for high school students at the junior and senior level and will follow both Arizona State Standards and Rio Salado/College Board standards.
Each student is required to have the following materials each day in class:
Textbook: World History: The Earth and Its People
A 3 ring-binder and folder with pockets for artifacts, data, notes, and information
A portfolio notebook to keep track of learning
Paper and pencil or blue/black pen and a red pen
Each semester's grade will be based on homework, quizzes, presentations, reports, projects, tests, and a final exam. By district policy, final exams count for 20% of the semester grade. Each semester may include from 1 - 3 projects. Projects are completed out of class and are usually due two to three weeks after being assigned. Some projects may be completed in groups; other may be individual.
Grades are posted in PowerSchool and may be viewed online at any time. Students and parents must obtain a password from the Deer Valley Principal's office. I urge both parents and students to frequently check grades this way. For privacy reasons, I will not post grades in the classroom.
Homework and reports are due at the beginning of the class period. Homework that is not 100% completed at the beginning of the class period will only receive 1/2 credit, and then only if turned in complete at the end of the same class period. Late reports will be penalized 10% for each day late, up to four days. After 4 days, no credit will be given for late reports. This also applies to "group" reports. Projects will have explicit due dates and times. Projects submitted after the specific day and/or time will not be accepted.
Important: Homework may include both reading assignments and written work. In World History, as well as most other advanced courses, students have great difficulty understanding a quick-moving lecture unless they have read and attempted to comprehend the reading assignment. It is also extremely important that worksheets be completed before class so that you can participate - and gain from - class discussions.
Students may retake quizzes and tests under the following circumstances:
- If the quiz is an online quiz, students may retake the quiz as many times as they deem necessary to achieve the grade they desire.
- If the test is given in class, the student will be given a selection of dates and times to come in before school or after school and retake the test one time. If the student is not available during those times or does not sign up prior to the retake, the original grade will remain.
This retake policy does not apply to District or teacher created semester exams.
It is absolutely necessary to be present in class to keep current in your work. Much of this course requires that you participate in class work and analysis to gain the knowledge needed to succeed. If you are absent, it is YOUR responsibility to find out what you missed and then make it up in a reasonable time. Assignments are posted online and usually will include a link to any worksheet or instructions required so that you can see the assignment, print it out, and complete it. It should not be necessary to use class time to inquire about assignments.
Students with excessive absences may face great difficulty keeping up with materials in this course. Much of our work is in-class and group work that cannot be replaced easily. Students who miss all or part of a group activity will be given an alternative written assignment for the same credit as the activity. These assignments are intended to require an amount of work similar to that necessary to complete the in-class activity. Students with more than 9 total absences during the semester may be dropped from the course with no credit.
Deer Valley USD tardy policy will be enforced as explained in the sweep procedures in the Student's Rights and Responsibilities manual.
Late/Missed Work Policy:
Work missed due to an excused absence can be made up for points. Work missed due to an unexcused absence cannot be made up and will receive a score of zero - no exceptions. Deer Valley policy will be followed - work assigned before an absence is due when you return and work assigned during an absence will be due based on the number of days absent. Tests missed due to absence will be taken on the day the student returns from the absence, during class time. Exceptions will be made only for excused, extended absences.
To facilitate this, I will not post work as missing for one week following the due date. This will provide sufficient time for all make-up work to be completed. At the end of one week, work will be marked as "m", or missing and will count as a score of zero. Late homework may be turned in during that one-week period for half credit. No credit will be given for work turned in more than one week late. Make-up work is to be turned in to the in box on my desk.
Presentations missed due to excused absences will be made up in the form of an alternate written assignment to be completed outside class time. Projects and presentations are absolutely due on the assigned date unless prior arrangements have been made with the instructor.
Equipment Use Policies:
Deer Valley High School and Miss Szczepaniak will provide materials needed for all projects and presentations. If a student wishes additional or specialized equipment, it is their responsibility to secure the wanted materials at their own expense. Should a student damage the class equipment or supplies, they will be charged a replacement fee best of current charges incurred for the replacement.
Student must review the Deer Valley Unified School District policy on use of equipment as described in the Students's Right and Responsibilities Manual. If students are found listening to music or texting in class or otherwise not fully engaged in learning, verbal warnings will be issued and written referrals for disruption of the educational process. Misuse of electronic devices may result in disciplinary procedures in addition to the warnings and referrals.
You will need to dedicate significant time to this college course. For each credit hour, plan to spend at least two hours a week on homework in addition to class presentation time.
Extra Credit Policy:
Extra Credit is not available for this class. It is the belief of Rio Salado College that all work done for a class should receive regular credit and is more than sufficient to assess the understanding of material presented in the course.
Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use of paraphrase or direct quotation of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling or sharing of term papers or other academic materials. Information gathered from the Internet and not properly identified is also considered plagiarism. We expect every student to produce his/her original, independent work. Any student whose work indicates a violation of the MCCCD Academic Misconduct Policy (including cheating and plagiarism) can expect sanctions as specified in the college catalog (2.3.11), or online at the following site:http://www.maricopa.edu/publicstewardship/governance/adminregs/students/2_3.php
Rio Salado College uses software that uncovers plagiarism from student to student and other data sources on the Internet. If a student is found to have plagiarized content, grade consequences will be applied in accordance with departmental policies.
The faculty of Rio Salado places a high value on the importance of general ethical standards of academic behavior and expects that communication between students and instructors or among students shall maintain the level of formality and mutual respect appropriate to any college teaching/learning situation. Language or behavior that is rude, abusive, profane, disruptive, or threatening will not be tolerated. Activity of this type is Academic Misconduct as defined in MCCCD Policy AR 2.3.11. Students engaging in such behavior will be removed from the course with a failing grade. Additional sanctions may be applied pursuant to AR 2.3.11.
Refunds are not automatic. Students who drop courses within the refund period are eligible for a reimbursement of appropriate tuition and fees. Please see the refund policy online for deadlines and details.
Rio Salado College will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. Notify Disability Services and Resources and your instructor of any special needs. Contact Disability Services and Resources at (480) 517-8562.
Tuition Assistance is available to students enrolled in a Rio Salado College dual enrollment course who demonstrate financial need. Please refer to: http://www.riosalado.edu/dual/
The student is responsible for the information outlined in the syllabus. The student is also responsible for knowing the Rio Salado College policies in the college catalog and the student handbook. Please refer to: http://www.riosalado.edu/dual/
Course content and syllabus may vary from the course calendar listed above in order to meet the needs of the particular group in this course section.
For some of the basic class assignments please visit the website https://sites.google.com/site/9szczepaniak/