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History of Science Week 1: Stonehenge and the shape of the Earth

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LibraryThing: Science in Ancient Mesopotamia Week 1: Exploring the Past

Exploring the Past - Unit page

Hi everyone! Each week you will begin with a unit page like this one. Each unit page contains links to assignment pages for that week (see table below). Return to the unit page from any assignment page by clicking the Stonehenge icon, or the "Week 1: Exploring the Past" subtitle above. In general, to return to any week's unit page, click either the week's icon or the subtitle link. The icons for every week plus the Orientation appear in two horizontal rows on the course home page.

Read this unit page very carefully! Print it out for reference, and check off each assignment as you complete it. Complete assignments in the order they are listed. If you have questions at any point, send us an email -- use the link at the top of any page on this course website -- and we will get back to you within 24 hours. All students must complete all activities listed below, and in the Orientation, by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, January 19. If you have not completed all activities by that date, you may be administratively dropped from the course.

Exploring the Past assignments

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Due Date*
Pts
Activity Time
1.1 Tuesday 8/26
11:59 p.m.*
10

1. Starting Assumptions
Think about what you know already about the culture and period, share your knowledge and experience with other students in the class

30 min.
1.2 Wednesday 8/27
11:59 p.m.*
25

2. Topic 1: Stonehenge / What is history? + Quiz
Background: Without a sense of context, history is anachronistic.
Primary sources: Without documentary evidence, history is speculation
The first of two topic assignments per week involving both background and primary sources.

90 min.
1.3 Thursday 8/28
11:59 p.m.*
25

3. Topic 2: Shape of the Earth + Quiz
Background: Without a sense of context, history is anachronistic.
Primary sources: Without documentary evidence, history is speculation

The second of two topic assignments per week involving both background and primary sources.

90 min.
1.4 Friday 8/29
11:59 p.m.*
20 4. Interpretation
Unless it explains, history is trivial.
Write a short persuasive essay agreeing or disagreeing with a common interpretation about the topic and expressing your own view
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60 min.
1.5 Monday
11:59 p.m.
10 5. Online Resource Project
Over the course of the semester, we will assemble a catalog of online resources for exploring the history of science.
60 min.
1.6 Monday 8/31
11:59 p.m.*
10

6. Reflection + Peer Responses
Think about all that you did this week, including reading the Interpretation Essays of other students, and share your thoughts and ideas with other students in the class

30 min.
 Total pts
100
Total time
6 hours

*Work ahead if you can! You must finish all assignments listed in the table above during the first two weeks of class. Get on a schedule from the start where you complete the assignments before they are due. Every week you can complete the Reflection, Wikipedia Editing Project and Internet assignments before Friday night, so that you will always be able to enjoy your weekends free. You do not ever need to work on weekends for this course; see the sample schedules outlined in time management tips. You can even work two full weeks ahead if you wish. Nothing makes your work go more smoothly in this course than to get ahead and stay ahead.

"Learn everything. Afterward you will discover that nothing has been superfluous." Hugh of St. Victor, 12th century.

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HSCI 3013. History of Science to 17th centuryCreative Commons license
Kerry Magruder, Instructor, 2004
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Brent Purkaple, TA

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