RTTP Syllabus

Relief Sculpture of Bastille Day on Place de la Republique in Paris (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)
Relief Sculpture of Bastille Day on Place de la Republique in Paris (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

FIU HONORS COLLEGE
RTTP: FRENCH REVOLUTION
IDH 1002
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 11:00 to 12:15

FACULTY
John William Bailly ■ bailly.john@gmail.com ■ Office Hours by appointment
Alfredo Garcia Mora ■ alf.garcia.mora@gmail.com ■ Office Hours by appointment

COURSE DESCRIPTION
Most history courses teach what happened. Historians deduce the factors—usually economic, sociological, political, and technological—that caused some consequence and the outcome is sometimes viewed from the perfection of hindsight as an inevitable process. Often missing from scholarly studies is the importance of individual actions and decisions. This course presumes that individuals play a significant role in history; it asserts that broader economic and social forces place constraints on what individuals may do, but that those forces do not determine human events. People do.

“Reacting” seeks to replicate the historical context of a particular past, with all its causal forces:  economic, sociological, political, and otherwise. But it also provides students with the opportunity to explore counterfactual issues of individual agency: Would a different constellation of leaders in ancient Athens have effectively resisted the rise of Athenian democracy? Would a different set of arguments have prevented the execution of King Louis XVI in revolutionary France? Throughout the course, the vital significance of individual intervention is made apparent and all participants should be prepared to make significant contributions to the causes to which they are attached. This is not a course for the faint-hearted. Application, vigor, intellectual curiosity and flexibility are all vital attributes for those concerned.

NOTE: Course content features sexually explicit and/or violent artworks and texts. In addition, many Miami class meetings are off campus; students must provide their own transportation.

REQUIRED TEXTS & FILMS
The following required text course materials may be purchased in either print or e-book format. 

Texts

Carnes, Mark and Gary Kates. Rousseau, Burke, and Revolution in France, 1791. New York: Longman, 2005. ISBN: 9780321332295
France, Anatole and Frederick Davies. The Gods Will Have Blood. New York: Penguin Books, 1982. ISBN 9780140443523
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques and Maurice Cranston. The Social Contract. Harmondsworth Eng.: Penguin, 2003. ISBN 9780140442014

supplemental reading as directed

COURSE CALENDAR
Course Calendar is on Google Calendar. Students will be provided with a link to calendar.

GRADING RUBRIC
Each student accrues points over the length of the semester. The final semester point total equals a letter grade based the official FIU grade scale (Note: Please disregard the Blackboard percentage).

Spring
Reacting to the Past: 40 points
The Gods Will Have Blood Quiz: 5 points
Rousseau Quiz: 5 points
Gamebook Quiz: 5 points
French Character Questionnaire: 5 points
Bailly’s Revolution in Film Project: 20 points
Garcia’s Research Project: 20 points

Class Participation Criteria
▪   participation in class discussions
▪   attendance to class and class excursions
▪   preparation for class
▪   concentration in class (no texting, no sleeping, and so forth)

Final grade/total points equivalency
100.0 – 93.00: A
92.99 – 90.00: A-
89.99 – 87.00: B+
86.99 – 83.00: B
82.99 – 80.00: B-
79.99 – 77.00: C+
76.99 – 73.00: C
72.99 – 70.00: C-
69.99 – 67.00: D+
66.99 – 63.00: D
62.99 – 60.00: D-
59.99 – 00.00: F

ATTENDANCE POLICY
Each student is allowed one absence per semester. Every absence in excess of this will drop the student’s final semester grade by one full letter grade. Three or more absences will result in an “F” for the semester.

 HONORS COLLEGE STUDENT PORTFOLIOS
Please review the following policy:
http://honors.fiu.edu/academics/improvement/portfolio/

HONORS COLLEGE CITIZENSHIP
Please review the following policy:
http://honors.fiu.edu/academics/policies/citizenship/

ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT: HONOR IN HONORS
Please review the following policy:
http://honors.fiu.edu/academics/policies/misconduct/

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