Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

As a final post, I'd just like to say thanks to all of you in the class. You all did a wonderful job, and I had a great time as well. Thanks again.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Office Hours and Final Exam Study Session

Tomorrow, Wednesday, November 30th, I'll be having regular office hours from 2-5pm

Next week (Finals Week), my office hours will be on Thursday, December 8th, from 10am - 11am in my office, HNMSS 2301, and 11:30 - 1:30pm in INTS 1125

From 11:30 - 1:30pm in INTS 1125, I'll be having a study session for anyone that would like to attend.

Make sure to bring your books, your notes, and any questions that you might have. We'll be reviewing the study terms posted by Professor Chrissanthos. The Final Exam is later this same day, December 8th from 3 - 6pm.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Term Paper tips

Here are some tips for completing your term papers. We've gone over most of these things in class, and some of the items might be pretty obvious, but hopefully this checklist will help you keep organized.

Term Papers that receive an "A" grade will have all of the following things:
- Your name (always helpful).
- Staple your hardcopy together, turn in the electronic copy ahead of time.
- Numbered pages.
- A Title (something snappy and interesting).
- A clear Thesis Statement as the last sentence of the first paragraph.
- Paragraphs will be about 4 to 6 sentences each.
- The length of the paper will be from 5 to 7 pages (meaning at least a little over 4, like 4 1/2).
- A Bibliography page (this doesn't count as one of the pages).
- The font should be a normal one (like "Times") and the font size should be 12pt.
- Regular 1 inch margins.
- Double Spaced.
- 2 Primary Sources (minimum, more is okay).
-- you must cite your Primary Sources in the paper -- quote them, and footnote or inline cite them
- 2 Secondary Sources (you can use more if you like).
-- you must cite your Secondary Sources in the paper -- quote them, and footnote or inline cite them
- No Wikipedia, and no "Internet" sources - all sources must be academic.
- Don't cite the textbook or the lectures - these don't count as Sources, but you can utilize info you learned from the textbook or the lectures in the paper (like dates and place names).
- Make sure any hyperlinks to sources work properly, if you post a link to a source like this:*.html needs to be correct so I can go to it and check it out. (Hyperlinks only need to be on the Bibliography page.)
- Proof read the paper, and check the spelling, editing, and grammar - clarity counts.
- Make sure your writing is on track throughout the paper, that you're supporting your Thesis Statement.
- Remember: don't ask questions in the Term Paper, be authoritative and provide answers.
- Be specific with your examples, include names, places, and dates.

Try to read your papers out loud to yourself, sometimes verbalizing the writing can help point out trouble spots with language or phrasing.

Also, try to have a friend proofread the paper to check for clarity of the argument, as well as the editing.

If you have questions, please send me an email or come see me during my office hours. Don't be afraid to ask.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Over the Thanksgiving break I'll be grading the 2nd Midterm. If you'd like to receive your grade before class next week, please send me an email. I'll send you a scanned copy of your graded exam, and this will replace the one you'd receive in class.

In class next week (Week 10) we'll be preparing for the Final Exam. Please bring your Source Books to class so we can cover the readings that will help you with the Final.

If you have any questions about the Term Paper please send me an email. I'll have regular office hours next week (Week 10) from 2-5pm on Wednesday, but this time slot might fill up pretty quick with the Term Papers due only two days later.

Good luck with your studies over the break, and have a great Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Calendar - handwritten with notes

Here's the link to my handwritten calendar for the rest of the quarter.


Friday, November 4, 2011

China - Journal entries and class discussion

Just to make sure we're all on the right track, the readings for this week are:

Confucius, Analects
Sun-tzu, The Art of War
Shih Nai-an, All Men are Brothers

For Confucius, pick a favorite saying and be prepared to discuss its meaning.

With Sun-tzu, pick one of his examples that relates to a military decision made by one of the leaders or generals we've discussed in class (like Julius Caesar, Xerxes, Darius, or Alexander the Great).

For Shih Nai-an consider how and why the story changes regarding Wu Sung.

With all three readings, think about the role of these three factors: violence, respect, hierarchy.

We'll be talking about these aspects in the class discussion.

Office Hours changes, Rough Drafts, and 2nd Midterm Review

Office Hours 
My office hours will be changing for the rest of the quarter to Wednesdays 2pm - 5pm. My office location has not changed, it's still in 2301 HMNSS. As always, you can request an appointment by email if this time doesn't work for you.
*For the week of Thanksgiving, I will be having a review session for the exam (as noted below) instead of regular office hours. For the week of Thanksgiving, you can email me for an appointment if you'd like to review something one-on-one.

Rough Drafts
November 15 - this is the last day to give me a draft of your term paper for review.

2nd Midterm Review Session
November 21 - Exam Review in the Rivera Library, room 206 - 10:15am - Noon
On Monday, November 21 (this is the day of the 2nd Midterm) I will be in the Rivera Library in room 206 between 10:15am and Noon for exam review. Students from any section can come to this review session and ask questions and review items for the 2nd Midterm.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Midterm #1 Questions and Review

Yesterday in class we reviewed some items for the Midterm this coming Friday, October 28.

There have been some additions to the questions–there will be a few more questions from our Section than I had previously thought.

Don't worry though, we went over the most important ones in class. The additional questions should be no problem. Most of you have been keeping up with the readings very well, so the answers should be pretty apparent.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to send me an email. Your best bet, though, is to visit me during office hours this Friday.

Between 9am and 11am, I'll be having regular office hours.

And between 11am and Noon, I'll be outside the history department on the benches for a Review Session before the exam.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Week 5 Journal readings

Here are the links to the readings for the Week 5 Journal Entry, if you need them.

Suetonius, The Life of Augustus

The Sermon on the Mount
Read from, "Chapter IV..." to
"...Father is perfect."

Tacitus, The Germania
Read from, "In the election of kings they..." to
"... than good laws elsewhere."

Keep in mind for The Sermon on the Mount that you should consider the reading as an historical document. It is definitely religious, as it is from the Bible, the Gospel of St. Matthew, but think of it as a text from its own time. Think about the constant war and violence of the Roman Empire and what Jesus might be saying against those practices.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Readings for Week 4 Journal Entry

I've finished grading and commenting on the Journal Entries for this week. Sorry I was a bit delayed, but the PhD exams put me a little behind.

The Journals look great, and the many of you have a really good handle on your Term Paper topics.
Great job!

I went ahead and made links to the readings for Week 4, just in case some of you don't have the Source book as of yet.

Cicero, On the Laws

Virgil, The Aeneid

For both links, read the entire PDF. They are a little longer than the Source book (across the middle), but not too much.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Readings for Week 3 Journal Entry

Just in case some of you are still waiting on your books, I went ahead and linked the readings for next week below. These are the readings for Week 3 Journal Entry.

Reminder: There is NO class next week - October 10th.
The Journal Entries are still due on iLearn, as is the Term Paper topic. I'll be grading these next Friday, or over the following weekend.

Aristotle - Politics selection
This reading is marked with arrows.

Plato - The Republic selection
Read from (#142) at the bottom, "Well, I replied, I suppose that I must..."
to the last page, (#150) in the middle, "... and the hurtful is the base."

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Readings for Week 2 Journal Entry

Some of you may have had problems getting a used book in time for the readings this week. I searched Google Books, and I found some selections that are out of copyright, so I can post them here for you.

These selections match the readings very closely. The Source book for class edits them a little bit, so the selections in the book might be shorter. The Source book also has introductions before the selection, and questions at the end of each reading.

If you don't have the Source book yet, use these readings to write your Journal entries for this week (Week 2 Journal Entry).

Homer, The Iliad
Read from page 312, “The aged monarch Priam...” 
to page 330 - first sentence, “...youth and youthful might.”

Herodotus, Description of Africa
Read from page 359, #168, “Now the Libyans have their...”
to page 369, #196 continued, “...have taken the gold.”

Plato, The Apology
Read the entire PDF.

Friday, September 30, 2011

FAQ page, Exam dates, and Downloadable Syllabus

I've added a FAQ page to this website. It provides some answers to questions that student's have had so far. If you have any questions that aren't covered on the FAQ page, or you just need more detail, please send me an email.

Also, I added the Exam dates to our Section Syllabus. This should make it a little easier to tell how things line up with the Main Lecture class. Professor Chrissanthos' syllabus on iLearn is still the definitive source.

Lastly, I added a link on the Syllabus page to download the Section Syllabus. Clicking the link will provide you with a PDF for offline viewing or printing. Make sure your downloaded version is the most current. Right now the most recent version is labeled "rev1," for Revision 1.

Monday, September 26, 2011

New website for the Syllabus, Announcements, and other class information

This is the new website for the Syllabus, Announcements, and other class information. I'll be adding some class resources over the next few weeks, and also another page showing my office hours.

We'll still be using iLearn for the Weekly Journal, as well as the incremental Term Paper assignments.

Please send me an email if you have any questions:

Thank you.