COURSE:      HIST 2533—World History Since 1500


PROFESSOR:           Dr. Doug Baker

Office Hours:              To be Announced

Office Phone:              945-3235

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COURSE DESCRIPTION:             An overview of world history from the end of the European Middle Ages to the modern era.  Emphasis is on major political, military, intellectual, and religious events and movements that have shaped world history.


TEXT:            Craig, Albert M. et. al.  The Heritage of World Civilizations, Vol. 2.  Upper Saddle River, NJ:  Prentice Hall, 2009.  ISBN:  0-13-600322-2.




Upon completion of General Education Curriculum, students should be proficient in demonstrating the following competencies:


Goal #1:  Critical Thinking




Critical thinking skills include, but are not limited to, the ability to comprehend complex ideas, data, and concepts; to make inferences based on careful observation; to make judgments based on specific and appropriate criteria; to solve problems using specific processes and techniques; to recognize relationships among the arts, culture, and society; to develop new ideas by synthesizing related and/or fragmented information; to apply knowledge and understanding to different contexts, situations, and/or specific endeavors; and to recognize the need to acquire new information.


*All courses will contain assignments that demonstrate critical thinking, but not all courses will include all listed critical thinking elements.


Goal #2:  Effective Communications




Effective communication is the ability to develop organized, coherent, unified written or oral presentations for various audiences and situations.


Goal #3:  Computer Proficiency




Computer proficiency includes a basic knowledge of operating systems, word processing, and Internet research capabilities.



Goal #4:  Civic Responsibility




Preparation for civic responsibility in the democratic society of the United States includes acquiring knowledge of the social, political, economic, and historical structures of the nation in order to function effectively as citizens in a country that is increasingly diverse and multicultural in its population and more global in its view and functions.


Goal #5:  Global Awareness




Global awareness includes knowledge of the geography, history, cultures, values, ecologies, languages, and present-day issues of different peoples and countries, as well as an understanding of the global economic, political, and technological forces which define the interconnectedness and shape the lives of the world’s citizens.




The student who successfully completes the course should be able to:


1.         Identify the major characteristics of each of the major civilizations in world history since 1500.


2.         Recall and relate the major historical events and persons that played key roles in the development of each of the world’s region’s history.


3.         Identify and briefly explain the major religious and philosophical world views and how they affected the course of history.





1.         Prerequisites:  None


2.         Next Course in Sequence:  None


3.         Instruction Methods:  This is primarily a lecture class, although class discussions are also encouraged.


4.         Special Information:  Class participation is encouraged, but talking among yourselves during the lecture is not acceptable.  OSU-OKC policy prohibits the presence of food and drink in the classroom.  Also, please remember that all buildings on our campus are tobacco free.  Students who persistently disrupt a class or flagrantly violate OSU-OKC policy may be asked to leave the classroom.


5.         Attendance:  Students are held accountable for all work covered in a course despite valid reasons for absence from class.  Students are expected to attend each class period.  Regular attendance is necessary for a student to earn a good grade.    See #5 under “Course Requirements” for the details of the attendance policy in this class.


6.         Honors Credit:  A student who meets the following criteria may receive Honors credit by completing a Request for Honors Credit by Contract-Conditions form with the instructor’s permission and submitting it to the Program Coordinator.  The student must achieve a “B” or above and satisfactorily complete the contract to earn Honors designation for the course.  It is the Program Coordinator who must determine the eligibility of the student for the Honors Contract before the Contract is completed by the student and the instructor.


            Requirements for New Freshmen:  ACT composite score of 23 or higher, or a high school grade point average of 3.5 or higher.


            Requirements for Students Other than New Freshman:  (a) If a student other than a new freshman has completed fewer than 30 credit hours, he/she must have at least a 3.0 retention grade point average; (b) If a student other than a new freshman has completed 30 or more credit hours, he/she must have at least a 3.25 retention grade point average.       


            Special Cases:  Students who do not meet the eligibility requirements may petition the Honors Committee by first contacting the Program Coordinator for an exception to the minimum GPA requirement.  Consideration of the petition will be based upon performance during the prior semester at OSU-OKC.


7.         Academic Dishonesty or Misconduct:  Academic dishonesty or misconduct is not condoned nor tolerated at institutions within the Oklahoma State University system.  Academic dishonesty is behavior in which a deliberately fraudulent misrepresentation is employed in at attempt to gain undeserved intellectual credit, either for oneself or for another.  Academic misconduct is behavior that results in intellectual advantage obtained by violating a specific standard, but without deliberate intent or use of fraudulent means.  Academic dishonesty or misconduct cases are governed by the OSU-OKC Campus Student Rights and Responsibilities Code.  The Student Rights and Responsibilities document is only available online.  You can obtain it at


8.         Withdrawal Policy:  Any student may withdraw from this class or change to audit on or before the published drop date, which is the Friday of the twelfth (12th) week of the semester (the sixth week of the summer semester).  Withdrawals must be processed through the Admissions Office and requires the signature of an advisor within the division.  All students remaining on the class roll after the published drop date will receive a letter grade in the course.


9.         Incomplete Grades:  The Incomplete grade (I) may be given only to a student who has completed at least 70% of the course work, is passing, and has a valid excuse for being unable to complete the course.  It is the student's responsibility to contact the instructor, who will complete an "I" contract, stipulating the work that must be made up and the time allowed to do so, for both of you to sign.


10.              Americans with Disabilities Act Statement:  If any member of the class feels that he/she has a disability and needs special accommodations of any nature whatsoever, the instructor will work with you and the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure that you have a fair opportunity to perform in this class after the disability has been verified.  Please advise the instructor of such disability and the desired accommodations at some point before, during, or after the first scheduled class period.


11.       Electronic Device Policy:  Cell phones and other electronic devices are disruptive to the class.  If a student’s work or family situation requires the student to keep the device turned on during class, the student must turn the phone to a silent or vibrate mode.  If a student must receive a call during class, the student will leave the room.  A student may not make a call during class.  Cell phones and all electronic devices may not be used during an exam unless stipulated by the instructor.  Use of a cell phone or electronic device during an exam is considered academic misconduct, and the student will be subject to the appropriate penalties.


12.       Unattended Children Policy:  For personal safety of children and potential problems in supervision, children should not be at any location on campus without adult supervision.  No children are permitted in classrooms, laboratories, teaching areas, or the Library.




1.         Exams:  There will be a total of three (3) exams in this course, including the Final Exam, with a total possible of 300 exam points, 100 points for each exam.  Each exam will consist of a variety of types of questions, including matching, true or false, and multiple choice.


2.         Exam Schedule:  All Exams will be taken on the Desire to Learn (D2L) online class site.  You will have 50 minutes to take an exam.  After the time period has expired, D2L will not allow you to answer any more questions or to change any answers.  So please pace yourself accordingly.  IF you have a reason that you need more time to take your exams, then you need to get certified by the ADA specialist on campus.


3.         Exam Make-Up Policy:  All exams must be taken online during the time periods announced in class.  If you fail to take an exam during its time period, you will have to take a Make-Up Exam that is 100% Essay in nature (and one which you will NOT want to take)!  The ONLY exceptions to this rule are as follows:


·         There is a D2L server problem, which means that it is the fault of OSU-OKC; OR

·         The student can provide official documentation of a hospital stay, a funeral attended, special medication that affected his/her ability to take an exam during the time period that an exam was available online, military orders, etc., unless there has been an obvious case of a natural or man-made disaster in the area or of widespread power outages.  There is NO Make-Up Exam for the Final Exam.  Failure to take the Final Exam on time will result in a “0” for that exam.


4.         Map Project:


            Each student will receive a blank World Map on the first day of the semester.  The student will identify the 50 names listed on the last page of this course syllabus on that map.  This Map Project will be worth a maximum potential of 60 points, 1 point per name (e.g., country or ocean) and 10 points for appearance (coloring).  It is DUE NO LATER THAN MONDAY, FEBRUARY 7!  NO Late Maps will be accepted at all!!!


5.         Attendance Policy and Participation Points: 


            Attendance in this class must be regarded as mandatory in the same way that going to your job is mandatory.  As with a job, there will be consequences for excessive absences because, in this case, you cannot get Participation Points when you’re absent.


            There will be 100 total possible Participation Points in the course.  Normally, that amounts to 3 1/3 points per class period (except for students who have Excused Absences).  At the end of the semester, I will simply calculate the percentage of class periods that a student received Participation Points out of the total number of class periods minus any days with Excused Absences, and put that percentage as a score over 100 points.  Therefore, the Participation Points category will be worth the same as a regular exam.  The rationale for this is that educators know that students who are faithfully attending class learn things that cannot be tested.


            Behaviors resulting in NO Participation Points (besides being absent) include, but are not limited to, (a) habitually arriving late to class; (b) habitually communicating with someone else in class; (c) reading, texting, cell phone usage, being on Facebook or other social network sites during class; (d) habitually going to & from the class during class (unless a medical condition is documented); (e) habitually putting away your class materials before the professor has dismissed the class; and (f) otherwise engaging in behavior that distracts other students and/or the professor during class.


            Only Absences for Extraordinary Circumstances will be Excused…these include, but are not limited to, jury duty, military duty, student’s own hospitalization, attendance at a funeral, etc.  Ordinary doctor’s visits, job schedule conflicts, etc. will not be excused under normal circumstances.  However, IF a student has a medical condition that will likely result in excessive absences, that student will receive Participation Points based on the class periods he or she is actually in class.  Documentation is required for these Extraordinary Circumstances.


             In the SUMMER Semester, Attendance is measured TWICE per class period, once before the Break and once after the Break.  Therefore, if a student misses an entire class period, that equals 2 Absences!


6.         Communication Expectations:


            You can e-mail me ( or call and leave a voice mail (945-3235) at any time day or night.  However, I will not be up 24 hrs. per day to respond to your communication immediately.  But I do pledge that I will usually answer your e-mail within 24-36 hours after I receive it in my Inbox.  The exception to that general rule of thumb is that I do not respond to communication between sundown on Fridays and sundown on Saturdays.  Leaving a voice mail on a Thursday afternoon usually means that I will not return your call until some time the next Monday.




The grading scale for this course is as follows:


A = 90% - 100%

B = 80% -   89%

C = 70% -   79%

D = 60% -   69%

F =    0% -   59%




Each student is responsible for being aware of the information contained in the OSU-OKC Catalog, Student Handbook, and semester information listed in the Class Schedule. 




Faculty has the right to change or modify the course syllabus materials during the academic year.  Any changes will be provided in a written, dated addendum to the course syllabus.







1.         ATTENDANCE




Between each time the class meets you should:


·         Type your lecture notes on a computer, reorganizing them by


(1)  making the headings & sub-headings stand out.

(2)  numbering or bulleting listed items.

(3)  highlighting key names and terms.

(4) leaving sufficient space between items and sections to avoid confusion in identifying information in your notes.


NOTE:  Make a back-up copy of your typed notes on the computer, and print the notes off each time, placing them in a 3-ring notebook.


·         Identify all items discussed in class on the appropriate Review Sheet, and follow the recommendations exactly for using the Review Sheet.  NOTE:  Remember to do any textbook items also—which requires that you keep up with class discussions and be aware of the chapter readings in the course syllabus.


·         At least skim read the appropriate textbook chapter for the next lecture—which also requires that you keep up with class discussions and be aware of the chapter readings in the course syllabus.


3.         TIME


It is estimated that college students should spend 2-3 hours outside of actual class time for every hour spent in class.  NOTE:  This requires a careful evaluation of your personal schedule (e.g., family, work, school, etc.) and making any appropriate adjustments in order to have this much time.





I.          FIRST EXAM


            Chapters 17-21





            Chapters 22-27



I11.      FINAL EXAM


            Chapters 28-34





There are 3 Review Sheets in this course syllabus, one per exam in the course.  Each Review Sheet consists of 2 sections.  This page describes those sections and how to use them in preparation for taking the exams.


1.         Identifications:  A maximum of Forty-Five (45) items are listed in this section on each Review Sheet.  You should be able to summarize the essential facts related to each Identification item. 


            The use of ruled (or lined) 3” x 5” index cards is recommended for your study preparation.  Limit your card to one (1) side only so that you write down only the most important facts.


2.         Short Essay:  Several short essay questions are listed on each Review Sheet.  Even though there will be NO essays to write on an exam, you need to prepare for all of the short essays on each Review Sheet as if you were going to write each of them out in an essay format.  The short essays will primarily be reflected in the multiple choice or true or false sections on an exam.


            The use of ruled (or lined) 3” x 5” index cards is recommended for your study preparation.  Label each card with an appropriate title and the number of the Short Essay on the Review Sheet.  Then outline the essential points which specifically answer the question on the Review Sheet.




These guidelines have been proven to work.  DON’T IGNORE THEM!!!







Prince Henry the Navigator                            Hernan Cortes                         Romanov Dynasty (years)

Ferdinand & Isabella                                      Hacienda                                 Peter the Great

Christopher Columbus                                    New France                             Hapsburgs

Ferdinand Magellan                                        Samuel de Champlain             Hollenzollerns

Johan Gutenberg                                             Jamestown                              Guilds

Martin Luther                                                  Middle Passage                       Richard Arkwright

Peace of Augsburg                                          Zhang He                                James Watt

Henry VIII                                                      Tokugawa Ieyasu                    Janissaries

Council of Trent                                  Absolute/Constitutional Monarchy     Millets

Edict of Nantes                                               James I                                    Safavids

Thirty Years’ War (years)                               Oliver Cromwell                     Mughal Empire

William Shakespeare                                       Glorious Revolution                Akbar the Great

Thomas Hobbes                                              Hanover kings                         Taj Mahal

John Locke                                                      Louis XIV                               Sikhism

Conquistadors                                                 Ivan IV




1.         List the major factors contributing to Europe’s Age of Exploration.

2.         List the major factors contributing to the Protestant Reformation and give the year it began.

3.         Give the background, year, outcome, and significance of the defeat of the Spanish Armada.

4.         Define mercantilism and briefly describe its connection with Europe’s colonization of the Western Hemisphere in the 16th century.

5.         Define the Columbian Exchange and know several examples.

6.         Give the century and briefly describe the motivation for the beginning of the European African slave trade.  What European nation was the first to practice this trade?  Then briefly describe the Trading Triangle.

7.         Under what dynasty did China experience its 3rd Commercial Revolution and Why?

8.         Describe China’s governmental structure during the Ming and Manchu dynasties.

9.         Describe Japan’s government before unification.  Then describe the transition to unification (including the year of unification).

10.       Give the background to Japan’s Seclusion Policy and date the years it lasted.

11.       Date and describe the Seven Years’ War and its major results.

12.       Outline the 5 major socio-economic classes in the Old Regime & briefly describe the Family Economy.

13.       Identify the century & country when the Industrial Revolution began, and tell why it began.

14.       Briefly describe the rise & fall of the Ottoman Turks.  Include the name of their founder, the date for the fall of Constantinople, and the 3 major reasons for its (Ottoman Turks) decline.







Nicolaus Copernicus                                       19th-Century Liberalism                      Charles Darwin

Francis Bacon                                                 Whigs                                                  Albert Einstein

Isaac Newton                                                  1848 Revolutions                                Friedrich Nietzsche

Voltaire                                                           Abraham Lincoln                                Sigmund Freud

General Will                                                    Crimean War                                       Positivism

Enlightened Abolutism                                   Cavour & Garibaldi                            Caudillos

Louis XVI/Marie Antoinette                          Otto von Bismarck                              Santa Anna

Estates General                                               Franco-Prussian War                           Mexican Revolution

Maximilian Robespierre                                  Proletarianization                                East India Company

Napoleon Bonaparte                                       John Stuart Mill/Harriet Taylor           Raj

Horatio Nelson (Trafalgar)                              Jewish Emancipation                          Cantonments

Congress of Vienna                                        The Communist Manifesto                  Mahatma Ghandi

Battle of Waterloo                                          Bloody Sunday                                   Mustafa Kemal

Simon Bolivar                                                 Rugged Individualism                        Wahhabism

Nationalism                                                     Theodore Roosevelt                            David Livingston




1.         Identify the first dominant century of the Enlightenment and outline its major tenets.  Then briefly outline its basic religious ideas.

2.         Identify Adam Smith and outline his basic economic ideas, including the 4-Stage Theory.

3.         Briefly discuss the background to the American Revolution, date it, give the specific date of the Declaration of Independence, and state its outcome & significance.

4.         Discuss the background to, and a general description of, the French Revolution, date it, and list the major event(s) per phase that were discussed in class.

5.         List the major factors leading to Latin America’s desire for independence, identify the group that led the independence movement, and name the year by which the large majority of Latin American colonies were independent.

6.         Briefly discuss the Constitutional issues (+ slavery) that led to the U.S. Civil War.  Date that war, and give its significance.

7.         Discuss the basic roots of Anti-Semitism, and define & date the beginning of the Zionism.

8.         Identify the 4 basic forms of gender discrimination in Western civilization and the 4 major reasons for delay in the women’s movement’s success.

9.         Outline & discuss the basic elements of Marxism.

10.       Outline the major factors that promoted the American Industrial Revolution.

11.       Define Progressivism and explain American Liberalism’s shift toward it.  Then date the Progressive Era in the U.S.

12.       Briefly describe Darwinism, when it was introduced, when it became largely accepted, and its 2 major results.

13.       Outline the 4 major reasons for Latin American economic problems in the century or so after independence.

14.       List the 3 major reasons for the decline of Islamic empires in the 18th & 19th centuries.

15.       What prompted European colonization of Africa in the late 19th & early 20th centuries?  By what year was almost all of Africa being ruled by European nations, and which was the largest colonial ruler in Africa?







Treaty of Nanjing (Nanking)                          Nicholas II                              Erwin Rommel

Taiping Rebellion                                            Vladimir Lenin                        Battle of Stalingrad

Dowager Cixi                                                  Russian Civil War                   D-Day (Eisenhower)

“Spheres of Influence”                                   Fourteen Points                       Battle of the Bulge

Boxer Rebellion                                              Treaty of Versailles                 Douglas MacArthur

Revolution & Republic of China                    New Economic Policy            Battle of Midway

Marco Polo Bridge Crisis                                Fascism                                   Battle of Iwo Jima

Matthew C. Perry                                           Benito Mussolini                     Battle of Okinawa

Meiji Era                                                         Mein Kampf                            Hiroshima

Hideki Tojo                                                     “Final Solution”                      Containment Policy

Spanish-American War                                   Battle of Britain                      NATO vs. Warsaw Pact

Franz Ferdinand                                              Big 3 Allies                             Marshall Plan

Central vs. Allied Powers                               Axis Powers                            Korean War

1st Battle of the Marne                                    Pearl Harbor (Yamamoto)       Cuban Missile Crisis

Battle of Verdun                                             Suez Canal                              European Union (EU)




1.         Briefly discuss the background of the Opium Wars, their outcome, and their major results.

2.         Date & outline the Warlord Era in modern Chinese history and identify the 2 groups & their leaders who tried to reunify China.  Then date & describe the outcome of the Chinese Civil War.

3.         Identify & outline the 3 major international events that helped make Japan a world power by the early 20th century.

4.         Define imperialism; date & give the major reasons for the age of New Imperialism.  Then identify the major countries or regions that each of the Western powers dominated in that period.

5.         Identify the major underlying causes of World War I, and give the dates of its fighting.

6.         Describe “unrestricted submarine warfare,” Germany’s rationale for using it, and what impact it had on World War I.  Remember to identify the worst civilian disaster resulting from this policy.

7.         Outline Adolf Hitler’s rise to power, eventually as the Fuerher in Germany (including dates).

8.         Identify the major underlying causes of the Great Depression.

9.         Give the month & year of the Stock Market Crash.  Then outline the 3 R’s of the New Deal.

10.       Describe the Munich Crisis (background, date, major players) and its significance.

11.       Identify the specific calendar date for each of the following events in World War II:  (a) Official Beginning of War; (b) Pearl Harbor attack; (c) D-Day; (d) V-E Day; and (e) Official End of War.

12.       Date, fully define, and give the brief World War II background of the Cold War.

13.       Outline the background, major events discussed in class, the dates, and the significance of the Vietnam War.

14.       Outline the end of the Cold War, including major reasons, the Soviet leader, and the years for the liberation of Eastern Europe & the end of the Soviet Union, respectively.

15.       Discuss the background to the creation of modern Israel and the date of its creation.  Then outline the 6-Day War & its significance.





Please write each of the country and ocean names listed below in the correct place on the assigned world map.  If you need to, you may draw a line pointing toward a country and then write the name on the line itself.  Remember to color the map in a pleasing manner (e.g., no psychedelic colors, please).


NORTH AMERICA                                                SCANDINAVIA                               ASIA


U.S.A.                                                             Norway                                               India

Canada                                                            Sweden                                               Vietnam

Mexico                                                            Iceland                                                Philippines

                                                                        Greenland                                           Indonesia

CENTRAL AMERICA                                                                                           China

                                                                        NORTH AFRICA                            South Korea

Panama                                                                                                                        Japan

                                                                        Morocco                                              Australia

SOUTH AMERICA                                     Algeria                                                New Zealand


Colombia                                                         Libya                                                   OCEANS

Peru                                                                 Egypt

Brazil                                                                                                                           Atlantic Ocean

Argentina                                                        MIDDLE EAST                                Pacific Ocean

                                                                                                                                    Indian Ocean

CARIBBEAN REGION                              Turkey                                                 Mediterranean Sea

                                                                        Israel                                                   Persian Gulf

Cuba                                                                Saudi Arabia

Puerto Rico                                                     Iraq


EUROPE                                                       Afghanistan