World Civilizations

General Education 110, Section 5

Spring 2004

Instructor: Paul Brians
Office: Avery 339
Course home page:
Professor's home page:
World Civilizations home:
Photo tours of various countries:
Library photo server for high-resolution World Civilizations photos:
Calendar of Current Cultural Events:
Photo orientation tour of WSU, the Palouse, and the region:

Phone: 335-5689

Office Hours: 9:30-10:30 AM Daily
I am also in most days later in the afternoon. Feel welcome to drop by.

Teaching assistant: Meghan Soptich
Office: Avery 382
Phone: 335-1803
Office hours: M & W 12:30-1:30 PM & by appointment

Paul Brians, et al. Reading About the World, Volume 1 (3rd edition) (core text)
William J. Duiker & Jackson J. Spielvogel. World History to 1800 (4th edition) (supplementary text)

Note: The numbers in parentheses after lecture titles are the numbers of the pages of the textbooks to be read before coming to class on the assigned date. You will be held responsible for the material on those pages, including maps, illustrations with their captions, and the historical and literary readings in boxes. Note that an asterisk [*] indicates a day when there is a test or when you must turn in an assignment. The asterisk is next to or below the date on which the assignment is due. An asterisk before a question indicates that it may be used as a quiz question for that day's class. There are a few asterisked questions for each class, never more than five. Answers to the other questions should be prepared as well so that you can follow the lecture and prepare answers for the larger examinations.

Disability Policy

Reasonable accommodations are available for students who have a documented disability. Please notify the instructor during the first week of class of any accommodations needed for the course. Late notification may cause the requested accommodations to be unavailable. All accommodations must be approved through the Disability Resource Center (DRC) in Administration Annex 206, 335-3417.

Part I: Beginnings: The Background to Civilization

A. Before Civilization

B. Early Civilizations

Part II: Ancient Civilizations

A. Greece & Rome

B. India

C. China

Part III: Expanding

A. The Rise and Spread of Islam

B. Japan

  • Apr. 5 (29a) Early Japanese History (Duiker 290-301; Brians 199-203; optional: 189-193)
  • Thursday, May 6. Final examination will cover material taught in Part III only. The exam will be given at 7:00-9:00 PM in this room. Students must be present at this time to take the exam; no examinations will be given early or late for any reason.

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