History | East Asia in World History
J301 | 26486 | Struve

Above class reserved for teacher certification social studies
students.  Enrollment in other education courses required.
Contact Dorothy Slota, Education 1064 for online authorization
and information.
Above section COLL intensive writing section

Students from the School of Education will be introduced to the most
important phases in the history of humankind, from the “creative
explosion” of the Neolithic era to the democracy movement of the
twentieth century. Topics will include the origins of the world’s
continents, the “axial age” of great religions and philosophies, the
effects of the mariners’ compass, and firearms. In each phase, the
perspective of people in East Asia will be emphasized, and an
illuminating comparison will be drawn with some other part of the
world during the same era. For instance, students will learn about
the development of the Chinese script, which became the basis for
written communication in all of East Asia, in comparison with the
alphabetic approach to writing that was adopted in the rest of the

Required for purchase will be Jerry Bentley, "Traditions and
Encounters:  A Global Perspective on the Past" (Norton, 2005), and
Jared Diamond, "Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies"
(Norton, 1997). Additional readings will be available on E-Reserve.

Assignments will consist of a series of short papers, reports, and
demonstrations to show the students’ ability—in intellectual
understanding and pedagogical technique—to teach topics and ideas
from the course on the high school level.