Culture and Civilization 1
Andrea Martínez
Profesorado Superior de Lenguas Vivas / Salta
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The Course

This course is an introduction to the history and civilization of the Western world from ancient times to the age of Reformation, approached with an emphasis on the conceptual categories of culture, economy, state and religion.

The main objectives are:

·     To develop an understanding of the principal themes in western history.

·     To exercise the ability to analyze historical evidence.

·     To demonstrate the ability to express that understanding and analysis effectively in writing and oral products.

  In addition, students will be expected to demonstrate basic knowledge of chronology and major events and trends from the selected time period.

  In this course students will improve many skills, including time management, organization, critical reading of sources, evaluation of historical interpretations, writing communication, analysis of cause and effect relationships, the making of historical analogies and the use of deductive and inductive reasoning.

  This 3rd year annual course is followed by CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION II, which introduces students to the study of world history in the 18th, 19th and 20th century.

 

Course Requirements

 The grade for the class is determined by outstanding class performance and by your performance in the final exam.

  • Attendance: Students are required to attend 80% of classes.
  • End-of-Term assignments (parciales): Students are required to pass both parciales or their make-ups, taken in June and November, to promote the course.
  • Final Exam: Students are required to pass a final exam. Promoted students will sit for an oral examination only; non-promoted students will sit for both a written and oral examination.
  • Forum Participation: Students are required to participate weekly in the Q&A forum discussions on the website. Questions will be posted on Tuesdays, and they are asked to participate in at least 80% of the entries. 
  • Class Participation: Students are required to participate in class discusssions, forums and oral presentations throughout the academic year. 

 

 

 

Assessment 

 

  Knowledge, skills and understanding are interrelated in history and will be evaluated at different instances along the course.  Progression will be characterised by:

 

  • Successfully finding out about the past by using a range of sources of information.
  • Asking and answering questions about past events, conflicts, historical periods, key personalities and international relations.
  • Making links and connections between different historical periods and conflicts.
  • Understanding general and specific historical concepts.
  • Distinguishing between significant and insignificant date, and dealing with contradictory evidence.
  • Using a great depth and range of historical knowledge to provide reasoned explanations.
  • Identifying present consequences and relationships in which the past is represented.

 

  The acquisition of these skills will be demonstrated by the successful participation in:

 

  • Class discussions.
  • End-of-unit written assignments.
  • Two mid-term exams, in June and November, consisting of essay questions.
  • A final exam, consisting of essay questions and/or oral exposition.  

 

  The basic grade of the essays will derive from the content but the difference between the higher and lower grades will depend on the use of language and presentation. About this point, the instructor will evaluate:

 

  • Thesis: It should be easily identifiable, plausible and clear.
  • Structure: It should be evident and understandable. It should include transitions from point to point. Paragraphs should include solid topic sentences.
  • Use of evidence: Primary information should be used to support every point with at least one example. Examples should support topic sentences and fit within the paragraphs. There should be good integration of quoted material.
  • Mechanics: Sentence structure, grammar and vocabulary should be appropriate. Correct uses of punctuation and quotation style are required.

 

  Throughout the oral presentation, students will be assessed on their content-based knowledge as well as on their linguistic skills, considering:

 

  • Fluency and coherence of spoken interaction.
  • Correctness of grammatical structures and vocabulary.
  • Control of pronunciation features.

 

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