HISTORY OF THE FAR EAST I (HS340)
Three Semester Hours
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Text: East Asia – A New History (Fifth Edition) by Rhoads
Murphey. Pearson, Longman, 2010.
History of the Far East I (HS340) is a general survey of early East Asian civilizations through the nineteenth century. HS340 fulfills the requirements for a social science/human culture core elective.
Although the course is largely lecture-based, students are encouraged to be active learners. Supplemental materials will be posted via Blackboard. Please feel free to ask questions and make comments.
Presentation College General Education Course Goals and Outcomes for HS340:
1. Graduates will read with understanding and think critically.
1.a. Read and analyze a short written work concerning a topic of interest.
1.b. Demonstrate the critical thinking skills of comprehension, understanding, analysis, application, synthesis and evaluation that pertain to general academic disciplines.
2. Graduates will express themselves clearly, correctly, and succinctly in writing.
2.d. Compose a research-based essay correctly using multiple resource types.
5. Graduates will develop a critical awareness of the diversity of human cultures found in the historical or contemporary world.
5.a. Analyze historical events from a multi-cultural perspective.
5.b. Articulate interrelationships of individuals, societies, and historical/cultural context.
5.c. Comprehend the diversity of perspectives among people of differing religious beliefs, backgrounds, races, genders, ages, sexual orientations, physical capabilities, and ethnicities.
5.d. Demonstrate reading and critical thinking skills in the context of the social sciences.
7. Graduates will understand and appreciate the range and/or depth of creative achievement in human thought and works, as found in the traditional humanities disciplines.
7.b. Demonstrate competence in contextualizing creative works and ideas.
7.c. Demonstrate reading and critical thinking skills in the context of the Humanities.
9. Graduates will show proficiency in the use of technology.
9.a. Use the computer as a word processing tool.
9.b. Use the Internet as a research tool.
Specific Instructor Objective:
To gain a broad understanding of the people, events, and geographic regions significant to the development of early Far Eastern civilizations and the notable changes that have occurred throughout history through the 19th century.
Assessment and Grading:
Students should be familiar with Presentation College's policies regarding academic integrity. These are found in the college catalog under "Academic Policies."
Student assessment will be based on the following:
Four exams (50 points each) = 200
One paper (30 points) = 30
230 points possible
EXAMS will consist of five essay questions. You will be given your choice of five questions from no fewer than eight possible choices. Each question will be marked 0/3/5/8/10 points. Please see the rubric below for point values.
The PAPER is open to any aspect of civilization as it applies to the Far East prior to the end of the 19th century. The paper should be typed, double-spaced, and approximately five pages in length. A bibliography should also be included.
Rubric for assessing history examinations and papers:
Letter grades for the course will be assigned according to the following scale based on the highest total number of points earned by a student.
96% and above = A
90 - 95% = A-
87 - 89% = B+
83 - 86% = B
80 - 82% = B-
70 - 79% = C
60 - 69% = D
59% and below = Failing
As stated in the
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HISTORY OF THE FAR EAST I (HS340)
THREE SEMESTER HOURS
Sept. 1/3 - Course Introduction; Ch. 1 “East Asia: Common Ground and
Sept. 6/8/10 - Sept. 6th – No Class (Labor Day); Sept. 10th
– No Class
(SDSHS BOT); Ch. 2 “Prehistory, Beginnings in China, and the
Sept. 13/15/17 - Chapter 3 “The Zhou: Its Decline and the Age of the Philosophers”
Sept. 20/22/24 - Test #1; Sept. 24th – No Class (West River History Conference)
Sept. 27/29/1 - Chapter 5 “Buddhism and the Cosmopolitan Tang Dynasty”
Oct. 4/6/8 - Chapter 7 “New Imperial Splendor in China: The Ming Dynasty”
Oct. 11/13/15 - Oct. 11th – NO CLASS (Native American Day – Fall
Chapter 8 “The Qing in Prosperity and Decline”
Oct. 18/20/22 - Test #2; Chapter 9 “Early Korea”
Oct. 25/27/29 - Chapter 10 “Premodern Vietnam”
Nov. 1/3/5 - Chapter 11 – “Beginnings in Japan: Patterns and Origins”
Nov. 8/10/12 - Chapter 12 “Warriors, Monks, and Conflict: Medieval Japan”
Nov. 15/17/19 - Test #3; Chapter 13 “The West Arrives in Asia”
Nov. 22/24/26 - Paper Due ; Nov. 26th – No Class (Thanksgiving Break)
Nov. 29/1/3 - Chapter 15 “China’s Nineteenth-Century Crises”
Dec. 6/8/10 - Dec. 10th – No Class (SDSHS BOT)
Dec. 13-16 (MTWR) - Finals Week/Test #4 TBA