History | Teaching World History
H591 | 26260 | Shopkow

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If you get a job teaching college history (and we certainly intend
for you to do so!) you will be expected to teach at least one part
of a world history or western civilization survey, unless you are an
American historian (and perhaps even if you are). Indiana University
at Bloomington is highly unusual in that we don’t teach broad
western civilization or world civilization surveys--the other
campuses do and so do nearly all American colleges and universities.
So how can you prepare to teach something you took long ago, if at
all, and never had the opportunity to observe or assist in here? The
overarching goal of this course is to prepare you to teach your own
courses in world history. Therefore, we will

1) Explore the notion of “World History,” to see how it is currently
taught and defined by others, and come to an understanding of how
you might teach and define it;

2) Examine the materials that are out there for teaching courses of
this kind (books, readers, texts);

3) Discuss general issues of course and syllabus design;

4) Design two course syllabi, one for half of a world civilization
survey, complete with a selection of readings; and one for a topical
world history course, complete with readings and activities, that
you might submit to the department as a proposal for a summer
course. NB: We will design these courses with an eight-week session
in mind.

The exercises we will engage in during the semester will be
intimately related to the above goals and reflected in the design of
the course. A disclaimer: abandon all belief in “coverage” when you
come to class. We can’t do it all and won’t do it all! While
pedagogical issues will be raised in this class, this course will
not substitute for "Teaching College History," where the pedagogical
issues will be dealt with in greater depth.