ANTHRO 41A Study Guide - Fall 2018, Comprehensive Midterm Notes - History Of India, Ancient Greece, Quran

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School
Department
Professor
University of California - Irvine
ANTHRO 41A
Global Cultures and Society
Midterm
Fall 2018
Prof. DOUGLAS, T.
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Class Page Resources:
-Bring outline map to classes to take notes on, professor will let us know when.
-Plant & animal domestication link has a list of the plants & animals we should know.
-Supplementary material is posted for our benefit, we don’t have to read it all as a result.
-Examples of course papers will be posted since there will be a course paper assignment.
+Can’t use the same topic as posted papers.
-Prior to the midterm a review guide will be posted & emailed; likewise, for the final exam.
-All future documents that will be emailed will also be posted on the class site.
Basic Ground Rules:
-Laptops & other electronic devices not allowed; only paper & pencil/pen.
Students with disabilities
should contact the disability office if electronic devices are needed to provide proof to the
professor.
-Required to attend lectures & discussions.
+If a class is missed then you have to get lectures from a fellow student & then bring them to office
hours where the professor or TA will review material. Can’t come without notes.
+Points are given for discussions; can’t walk out after attendance is taken or else points will not be
counted. Valid excuses for missed discussions will result in points still given. Can’t alternate
discussion sections unless a valid excuse can be presented.
-Documentation must be provided for missed exams with a valid excuse.
-Zero tolerance on cheating means that any incidence will result in failure of the entire course.
Additionally, will be referred to the administration that will result in further consequences.
-Go easy on the emails, the professor has roughly 1,000 students and would prefer office hours
questions. Emails should be for emergencies.
-Grades are not negotiable, based on points earned. See syllabus.
-If you feel the grade received on the paper was unjust the professor and TA can look over it once
more.
Syllabus:
-Later in the week an updated syllabus will be sent out with TA names and their sections.
-Extra credit questions will be on midterms and finals…there is no curve only a straight scale since
the class average is high (B). Possible to get over 1,000 points in the class.
-It’s possible to bomb the midterm and still turn things around; come see the professor
immediately after grades are released if this is the case.
-Exams will be primarily scantron style with a small percentage of short essay questions that will be
worth roughly 10%. Straightforward essay questions.
+30% of exams will be based on readings, 70% from lecture.
-Three books will be used for the class.
+Skip chapter 1 from The Colonizer’s Model of the World; need to acquire the book soon.
+The Broken Spears book is posted in PDF format by the professor, very straightforward and
interesting account of the European conquest of the Aztecs in the Aztec point of view.
+The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism book will have the required chapter posted in
PDF format. Challenging read. A 7-page summary of the book is posted, should be read prior to
reading the chapter.
Week 1 Plan:
-No Mummy video clips, Game of Thrones video clips instead. Will get out an hour early.
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Week 2 Plan:
-Read chapter 2 coming to class with material read or at least partially read.
-Will watch film.
-Discussion sections start week 2 not 3.
Week 3 Plan:
-Discuss key points of chapter 2 and watch a film.
Week 4 Plan:
-Focus on Europe having access to new wealth from the Americas. How things are going to shift
for the global economy.
Week 5 Plan:
-Bring a statement for the TA on what the paper will be about, not graded.
Week 6 Plan:
-90 minute midterm, no lecture
Week 7 Plan:
-Protestant Reformation that causes major conflicts in Europe that change how Europe is
organized.
Week 8 Plan:
-Course paper will be due in hopes of being graded by week 9.
Week 9 Plan:
-History; see syllabus.
Week 10 Plan:
-Rise of capitalism.
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Historiography: the writing/reporting of history
-We often take for granted that history is true. However, history is often written by people that are
biased. We need to recognize this, which can influence our perception of how we perceive history.
-Professor shows cave paintings from France and Spain depicting wild animals and hands that are
10,000 years old. Less than a decade ago cave paintings in Indonesia were discovered that are
much older than cave paintings discovered in Europe. The Indonesian paintings likewise had
hands and wild animals. Roughly 30,000 years old >>> perhaps Southeast Asia is the birthplace of
art. Until we discover everything our perspectives will continue to change. (It used to be believed
that France and Spain were the birthplace of art.)
+In America we have a Eurocentric view. Often in the west there is a focus on what Europe has
done and a disregard of achievements in other places. “Eurocentrism”
Fire alarm went off and class was dismissed.
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