HIST #: Horses Through History
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This class will offer a broad overview of the history of human-equine interactions. Students are expected to develop an understanding of technological and social changes within this history. Along with general information, students are expected to learn to recognize and evaluate a variety of sources including art, archeology, and textual sources.
Students will divide in to groups of 4-6. All groups must be finalized by Tuesday of Week Two. Groups should sit together in class, and will be assigned a group channel on Ryver (see Technology). Your group is who you should go to first if you need to miss a class or have a question about the material or assignments. There will also be collaborative projects (see Assignments below) done within your groups. Lecture outlines will be posted before class with key terms and ideas. These should help you structure your notes. If you find yourself with large gaps, please consult your group.
Students will need to brinb a web-enabled device to every class. This class will make use of two programs: Ryver and Socrative. You will need to make an account at http://www.ryver.com/ and are expect to engage actively with the class via this platform. Quizzes (see Assignments) will be given via Socrative. You do not need an account for this, but you must use your full name for your quizzes every day.
Texts will be posted on iLearn.
Daily Quizzes – 15%
Each day, there will be a short, simple quiz with 1-3 questions either from the readings or the prior class. Quizzes will be given using Socrative, and room codes will be posted to the Daily Quiz channel on Ryver.
Papers – 15% each
There will be two 1-2 page response papers. The first is due no later than the day of the midterm, and can address any topic from before the midterm. The second is due no later than the day of the final, and can address any topic from after the midterm. A rubric is available on iLearn. If you turn your paper in early, you will have the opportunity to write an additional paper on a separate topic and the higher grade will be counted.
Midterm 20% – Final – 30%
The midterm will cover the first half of class. There will be 12 ID questions, of which you will have to answer 10. The final will cover the entire class, but emphasize the second half. There will be 18 ID questions, of which you will need to answer 15.
Video ID Project – 25%
Each group will be required to create a short 2-3 minutes documentary ID video. This will be discussed in Week Six, after the midterm.
Each student will submit evaluations for every student in their group, including themselves. There will be a rubric posted to iLearn with questions to consider. These will be taken into account for group project grades.
Tuesday: Intro & Pre-History
Go over syllabus
Quiz: Syllabus Items
Note taking strategies
Lascaux & Related sites
Thursday: Domestication Theories
What is domestication?
What happens when animals are domesticated?
Quiz: Which of these are domestic? (check boxes)
Four type model
Single site theory & the Kazak find
Complications: Spain & Al-Magyar
Tuesday: Hittites & Egyptians
Thursday: Bucephalus & the Macedonian World
Representations of Legitimacy
The War of the Heavenly Horses
Tuesday: Greece & the Roman Republic
Thursday: The Roman Empire & “Barbarians”
What’s in a name? The Arabian, the Akhal-Teke, and ideas of purity.
Thursday: Chinggis Khan
The horsemen who conquered the world
How did they do it?
Students will review in their groups.
The midterm will cover the first half of class. There will be 12 ID questions, of which you will have to answer 10.
Tuesday: The Stirrup
What it did, what it didn’t do, and where it came from.
Video ID Project discussion.
Video ID Project discussion.
Thursday: The Armored Knight in Medieval Europe
Who he was.
What he wasn’t.
Tuesday: Those Other People
Horses for the non-warrior in Medieval Europe.
Thursday: From Tourney to Carousel
Tuesday: The New World
The Spanish influence
The Commanche Empire
Thursday: The New World
The New Bloodhorse
Tuesday: “Classical” Horsemanship
Blundville to Baucher
Thursday: Iron Horses
Tuesday: “Natural Horsemanship”
ID Videos Due
Review for Final
ID Video Showing (popcorn & snacks)