|UF 100: Why the West Modernized Before Asia & How Asia Caught Up
Intellectual Foundations (UF 100) — Spring 2013
Why the West Modernized Before Asia & How Asia Caught Up
Professors Shelton Woods and Rick Moore
Office Hours: By Appointment (please email to make an appointment)
Plenary Session Every Monday (9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.) Liberal Arts 106
- Section 1 (W-F 9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.) Rick Moore — Education 224
- Section 2 (M-W 3:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.) Linda Murphy — Business 309
- Section 3 (M-W 4:30 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.) Linda Murphy — Business 204
- Section 4 (M-W 4:30 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.) Lauren Parker — Education 525
- Section 5 (Tu – Thu 3:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.) Aaron Moore — Education 223
- Section 6 (M-W 4:30 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.) Anna Bailey — Business 221
- Section 7 (M-W 3:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.) Anna Bailey — Business 102A
- Section 8 (W – F 7:55 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.) Pete Wood — Interactive Learning Center 213
- Section 9 (Tu – Th 3:00 p.m. -3:50 p.m.) Jonathon Lundy –Education 416
- Section 10 (Tu – Th 4:30 – 5:20 p.m.) Kathryn Bowen — Education 106
- Section 57 (W-F 7:55 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.) Sharon McGuire — ILC 301
This course is also on BlackBoard. You can find similar information on that site as you do on this one. However, throughout the semester we will post announcements on the BlackBoard site and you will also be able to see your grades on that site. BlackBoard
Discussion Group Sessions
Every Monday the entire class will meet in Liberal Arts 106 for a plenary lecture. On other days students will meet in specified groups. Each group leader has been carefully chosen and will facilitate discussions and projects by teams. Please note in the syllabus what readings and other activities are required for both plenary and group sessions.
About This Course
This course will explore why the West industrialized before Asia, and how Asia has caught up with the West in the past 30 years. During the semester we will dissect the various theories as to why the above-noted phenomenon has happened. The intellectual journey will include studying the role of technology, religion, geography, silver, steam, opium, tea, political theories, and a host of other subjects related to modernity.
We do not get our lectures from the assigned readings. The reading assignments are meant to complement the lectures and thus your quizzes are based on both lectures and the assigned readings.
Using the ResponseCard
You must bring your TurningPoint ResponseCard to every class. To register and use your ResponseCard please see the following presentation: How to register and use my ResponseCard
During class you must only use your TurningPoint device for answering quizzes or when attendance is taken. Inputing quiz answers or attendance for someone else who is not in the class will be treated as academic dishonesty with the lightest penalty being failure of the class, and the most severe being expulsion from the university.
The use of laptop computers or any mobile device is not permitted in the class. Your final grade will be lowered a letter grade if you are caught texting during class.
Plenary Class Quizzes: 50% (total of 550 points possible on the quizzes)
Group Participation: 25%
Final Group Project 25%
We will not “give” you a grade at the end of the semester, you will earn the grade that you receive. There are objective criteria that determines what grade you earn. These things include your quiz scores, group participation, and final project. However, there will also be subjective elements when it comes time for us to record your grade. For example, attendance is absolutely key and will be noted. Attendance is required in both plenary sessions and Discussion Group Sections. More than two unexcused absences will affect your final grade (each subsequent absence will reduce your final score by 30 points). Students are allowed two unexcused absences from class (use them wisely). The only excused absence is one where a student has a doctor’s note or a note from an authorized individual such as a police or court official. Work-related absences (apart from military duty) do not count as excused absences.
We do not give make up quizzes. However, we will drop the lowest quiz score so if you happen to miss a Monday plenary sessions, that can be the quiz that you will drop. It will also be helpful if you pay attention in class and ask questions–either in class or in group sessions.
The letter to percentage grade is as follows:
A = 100 – 94
A – = 93 – 90
B+ = 89 – 87
B = 86 – 84
B- = 83 -80
C+ = 79 – 77
C = 76 – 74
C- = 73 – 70
D+ = 69 – 67
D = 66 – 64
D- = 63 – 60
F = 59 – 0