For Monday’s class (17 January 2011), please read the assigned chapter in your Strayer text (Ch.3) and the short reading extract I have posted to Blackboard (*shudder*), a piece on “Cities and Civilizations” by Kevin Reilly. Please be prepared to discuss the following questions when you come to class on Monday:
1) What are some examples of items, classes, ideas, and so on created in the first cities? So then what aspects or characteristics denote civilization, as distinct from Neolithic settlements like Jericho or Çatal Höyük?
2) What role did geography play in the development of society and culture in ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt?
We will not be discussing the primary source readings (listed on your syllabus) until Wednesday’s class. Ping me in Twitter, email, or my office hours if you have a question about this.
So, first and foremost, I have posted the outline for Topic #5 to the Teaching Hub. You can find it on the Lectures/Resources page in the navigation bar above. You know the drill.
Second, I have embedded below the next Companion Lecturecast for this course, this time dealing with the Hellenistic World built by the conquests of Alexander the Great. You also know the drill on this, but for those not paying attention: please watch this before next Monday and drop a comment or question in the comments section below. This is not a suggestion; it is an assignment that you will receive points for. If you don’t comment or ask a question by Monday, you will not receive the points. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Also, please note: This lecturecast has a few changes in the order and composition of the slides from what is appended to the Topic #5 PWPT already up on the Lectures/Resources page. I have posted this PWPT supplement as well, for those that want it.
Topic #5 Companion Lecturecast: Hellenistic Greece
I have decided to try an experiment in lecturecasting with you guys and gals in my HST203 courses this semester. However, this will be a small tentative step. Instead of having a full lecture posted on the Hub for you, I have decided to break the in-class lecture into parts and post some of them as companion pieces. In this case, I am posting a two-part lecturecast called “Spotlight on the Second Millennium BCE,” which highlights more specifically the general narrative principles we are discussing in class about the Second Millennium BCE in Afro-Eurasia.
What I would like you to do before next week (but after we have class on Wednesday where I introduce this topic) is watch the two lecturecasts below and then post in the comment section any questions or comments you have about what was interesting or useful in the content of these lecturecasts (this is not a suggestion; I want you to do this — and this is not the place to critique the lecturecasts themselves; send me an email or comment if you have any suggestions for that). You do not need to register with the Teaching Hub to comment, so this shouldn’t be too difficult for anyone.
Here is Part One.
And here is Part Two.
Please let me know if you have any questions or if something is not working correctly.