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GLOBAL HISTORY LAB
a.a.: 2021/2022 - anno di corso: 2
Settore M-STO/04 - CFU 6 - Semestre I - Codice 10595406
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Global History Lab: A History of the World since 1300 - Fall 2021
The course is conceived and directed by Professor Jeremy Adelmann of Princeton University. Sapienza students of Global Humanities who wants to register for the course, please ask how to the reference teacher.
 
General Syllabus
 
Overview:  This course takes you on a voyage into the past.  Like many of the explorers you will meet along the way, you will travel across time from when Chinggis Khan’s armies conquered China and Baghdad in the 13th century and the Black Death scoured the Eurasian world a century later right up to the globalization of our day.  Do earlier modes of globalization help us to understand our own age?  How can we understand old and new global divides?  The dynamics of combinations, differences, and divisions are many: spiritual, economic, environmental, ideological, military, and political.  The aim of this course is to understand the big forces that pull the world’s parts together as well as those that drive them apart. 
 This course is unique not just in its scale and scope.  We learn global history globally.  This course connects you to students elsewhere in the world.  Across 22 locations around the world, students are taking the same course simultaneously and posting and sharing their ideas on the course Gallery site.

Course format: This course is hybrid – it is both online and face to face.  All the materials are posted on the Princeton University platform Canvas.  When you register for the course through your institution, your name will come to Princeton and we will enroll you on the site.  Through this site, you will receive all the lectures, the course textbook, and the weekly case studies.  The site is also the home for the course Gallery, where you will also be interacting with peers around the world.

Lectures: All lectures are pre-recorded and online.  Two weekly lectures will be posted every Friday night at 22:00 EDT on Canvas.  You must watch these lectures BEFORE your weekly team meeting.  Each lecture is about an hour long.  Plan accordingly.
 
            There are two obligatory face-to-face class times as well.
 
1.      Town Halls: These are occasions to review the week’s materials, especially from lectures.  We develop a tool called “Narrative Mapping.”  You will find this an instrumental skill for mastering so much material – seven centuries covering the whole planet.  Narrative Mapping involves identifying key elements that comprise arguments about the past.  They include: location of an event or actor, global setting, and global significance.  Being able to identify vital historical episodes and explain their importance over time is one of the key learning objectives of this course, and Town Halls are the setting for you to learn and practice the art of Narrative Mapping.
 
Team meetings:  At the beginning of the course, you will be assigned to a team of between 7 and 12 students for the duration of the course.  Together with your team-mates, you will tackle a weekly Case Study based on historical documents and your team will be tasked with solving a puzzle – answering a weekly Challenge Question.  Your answer to that weekly Challenge Question will be posted on the online Gallery.  Every Friday evening, the Gallery will open to reveal all the teams’ presentations of the week – and you will be invited to explore each other’s ideas and leave feedback on each other’s presentation.

Readings:  The readings consist of a textbook (Worlds Together, Worlds Apart, 3rd Concise edition, volume 2).  You are free to read the “full” edition of the text, but it’s 40% longer.  The function of the text is to elaborate on detail and concepts raised in lectures.  This book was written specifically for this course by a team of largely Princeton-based authors who have taught this course.  In addition, each week we will be posting primary historical documents on Canvas.  As the core materials for your weekly Case Study assignment, they are always to be read before your precept meeting.  For more detail on these documents, go to page 6.
 
Grading: 
 
In-class mid-term exam (15%)
In-class final exam (35%)
Precept/team participation (50%)
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