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HIST 111: Western Civilization Since 1500 Honors

Spring 2009

Dr. Julie Harris             Office: Ganus Blding 210                        Office Hours: M-TH 2:30 - 5 p.m.

Phone: 279 - 4369          E-mail:                  Web site:

Facebook Group: Western Civ 2 Honors

I. Textbooks:

             A. Viault, Birdsall S. Modern European History. New York: McGraw-Hill, Inc., 1990. (V)*

             B. Rand McNally. Historical Atlas of the World. 1997.

             C. Boorstin, Daniel. The Seekers. Vintage. (DBS)

             D. Boorstin, Daniel. The Creators. Vintage. (DBC)

             E. Boorstin, Daniel. The Discoverers. Vintage. (DBD)

             F. Elliott, J.H. Imperial Spain. Penguin. (E)

             G. Johnson. Napoleon. Penguin Lives Series.(J)

             H. Ryan, Cornelius. The Longest Day. Simon & Schuster. (R)

             I. Internet Access: Students are required to regularly check the web-site for supplemental course materials & study guides.

             J. Facebook Group.   Please make sure to add this to your profile so that you may receive class messages, up-dates and find extra credit materials.

             K. Red Pen; Blue Books for Exams. Students are required to have both a blue pen and a pencil at all exams. These will not be provided by the Instructor or the history department. Map portions of exams that written in pencil will be penalized 10 points.

* Abbreviations are used to denote the books on the reading assignment list below.

II. Purpose

             The purpose of this course is to provide you with an understanding of the events, people and ideas that have shaped the history and current status of the Western hemisphere and by extension our entire world. We will consider the changing nature of everyday life, inventions, intellectual currents, as well as the political, military, and economic events and trends leading to the current world. We will begin with a consideration of history and its purpose. We will look at the events of the Renaissance, the Reformation, the Industrial Revolution, the French Revolution, and the World Wars.

III. Course Policies & Requirements

             A.                       Exams

                          There will be three exams, as well as the final. Each of the exams will be worth approximately 200 points, and the final be worth approximately 500 points. The exams will consist of listing, identification, essay questions and map work. Point values of exams may vary according to the amount of material for that exam. The final will be semi-cumulative, with an emphasis on material not previously covered. Students will have regular reading assignments and pop quizzes are possible at any time. Quizzes may cover material from the reading as well as class material. Note: Each student is required to have a red pen and a blank BLUE BOOK for each essay exam.


             B.          Grades

             Exams                                        600 points                                   A          2100 - 1935 points

             Discussion                                  150 points                                   B          1934 - 1720 points

             Abstracts & Homework           600 points                                   C          1719 - 1505 points

             Presentation                              250 points                                   D          1504 - 1290 points

             Final Exam                                500 points                                   F          1289 points & below 

             Total                                           2100 points 


             C.          Attendance

             I do take attendance which will assist me in determining grades at the end of the semester, particularly if you are “on the bubble” between grades. You are paying to be in this class and have made a commitment to be a part of it by registering for the class, and therefore, you should be here. Attendance and participation in class, both through discussion and through note-taking, are essential if you wish to succeed. There will be material discussed in class that is not part of the textbook. Attendance can be both a bane and a blessing to your grade – It is your choice. The course policies regarding attendance are as follows.

             1. If you must leave class early, please let me know beforehand. Be on time. Follow this and the rest is easy.

             2. Attendance Bonus: At the end of the semester, students with PERFECT attendance will receive 10 bonus points.

             3. Attendance penalties: Students who have accumulated more than 3 unexcused absences will have 10 points per un-excused absence deducted from their total score for the semester. Students who habitually sleep in class may be counted absent. Students who are late for class over 3 times without excuse will have 5 points deducted from their total grade for each un-excused tardy. This also disqualifies you for the attendance bonus.  

             4. Excused Absence Policy: Any student who misses class and wishes the absence to be excused must notify the professor in writing (with date, excuse & signature of the student) of the reasons for the absence. You are responsible for this, not the nurse’s office. This is due the next class day back – or the class period before in cases of school-sponsored activities. Excused absences: Sickness, hospitalization, school functions, death in the family.

             5. Excessive Absences Policy: This is an HONORS course. Therefore, I expect you to be here and participate. Students with 7 unexcused absences will be dropped from the course with an “F”. I will not sign a drop card for a “W” at that point.

             Note: Packing up early annoys me, and doing so ensures that whatever I am saying will be on the test.


             D.         Discussion

             As this is an honors section, a large portion of your grade in this class comes from classroom discussion. Students are responsible for all readings in both the Spielvogel and supplemental texts, and assigned material on the course web-site prior to class time. There is a regular discussion grade for participation, particularly on the days book abstracts are due. I consider quality over quantity, and all students will be given an opportunity to participate in discussion. Discussion is worth 200 points of your grade.


              E.         Book Abstracts & Homework.

             For this course, there are three additional texts (Elliott, Johnson, Ryan). These are required reading for designated discussion days and there will be an essay over these texts on each exam. In addition, students are required to complete abstracts of two of the three books. Each assignment is worth 150 points.

             Students must also complete two of the three handouts required as homework. The assignments are listed on-line. Each handout is worth 100 points, and must have an attached bibliography.


              F.         Presentation

              The last week of class students will give in-class presentations. These presentations are to last 20 minutes and to trace the origins and modern manifestations of one aspect of western culture. Student may choose to demonstrate the growth and use of an architectural style, artistic theme, political form or concept or another aspect of civilization. The topic must be approved prior to the class period. This is not to be the same topic as your term paper, though they may be related. Topics must be approved ahead of time. Presentations will be graded on content accuracy, presentation ability and critical analysis. Students may use technology, but it is not required. Presentation order will be determined by a random drawing in class, and will be delivered the last week of class. Topics are due Jan. 27th. Bibliographies are due Mar. 19th.


              G.         Academic Integrity & Plagiarism

              Harding University is committed to educating for eternity – meaning students should not only acquire knowledge and skills but a strong moral character. Academic integrity is a critical part of this process. Plagiarism is the presenting of an another’s work – either intentional or unintentional– as your own. Plagiarism also represents a clear violation of two of the ten commandments – Do Not Steal and Do Not Bear False Witness. The clearest example is the use of a direct quote without quotation marks and a citation of the original work. However, changing a few words without citing is also considered plagiarism. Standard copyright law says at least 40% of the content must be original to avoid copyright infringement or a charge of plagiarism. Cutting and pasting from a web-site is plagiarism. Maintaining academic integrity also means that each student should complete his own work – both in and out of class.

             Plagiarism, cheating on a test, and unauthorized collaboration with another student on an assignment will result in a zero for the assignment and can mean an “F” in the course. Such action on the part of a student may also merit disciplinary action and notification of the incident will be made to the Academic Affairs Office. Students must complete and return the plagiarism form on the course web-site or their homework will not be accepted. Integrity is a precious commodity in our world – do not sell yours for a mess of pottage.


             H.         Conduct in Class

             Students should abide by the University “Code of Conduct” in the Harding University Catalog (2007-2008). As students at a Christian university, I expect the following: 

1.          You will treat one another with Christian respect. Minimally, this means that you should tolerate what others may have to say about a particular topic, even when you may disagree.

2.          Men may not wear head coverings in my class.

3.          No food or drinks (save water) are allowed in the classroom.

4.          Women should remember the rules concerning modesty in attire. No student may wear shorts to class.

5.          ALL STUDENTS are to come to class prepared. I come to class prepared and intend to provide a lively and engaging atmosphere for you to pursue your intellectual interests. You must do the same.

6.          This is a history class. This means that homework for other classes or extraneous reading should be done at another time. I will warn you once and then ask you to leave my class.

7.          Side conversations in class will not be tolerated. I offer ample time for class discussion, and comments and questions are always welcome. Side conversations distract others and inhibit the learning process.              

8.          CELL PHONES are to be turned completely off during my class. There is to be no text messaging, ringing phones, or answering of those phones. If you have a pending emergency situation , notify me before class starts. Students who flagrantly violate this policy will have their cell phones turned into the Student Services office for pick up. During exams, all electronic devices must be turned off and left at the front of the classroom.

9.          In addition, I expect you to come to class prepared for the discussion and material that day. I come to class prepared and intend to provide a lively and engaging atmosphere for you to pursue your intellectual interests. You must reciprocate by being prepared. I will enforce these policies, but I ask that you comply before it becomes an issue.


             I.           Students with Disabilities

             It is the policy for Harding University to accommodate students with disabilities, pursuant to federal and state law. Therefore, any student with a documented disability condition (e.g. physical, learning, psychological, vision, hearing, etc.) who needs to arrange reasonable accommodations, must contact the instructor and the Disabilities Office at the beginning of each semester. (If the diagnosis of the disability occurs during the academic year, the student must self-identify with the Disabilities Director as soon as possible in order to get academic accommodations in place for the remainder of the semester.) The Disabilities Office is located in Room 102 of the Lee Academic Center, telephone, (501) 279-4019.

             J.           Assessment

             Harding University, since its charter in 1924, has been strongly committed to providing the best resources and environment for the teaching-learning process. The board, administration, faculty, and staff are wholeheartedly committed to full compliance with all criteria of the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The university values continuous, rigorous assessment at every level for its potential to improve student learning and achievement and for its centrality in fulfilling the stated mission of Harding. Thus, a comprehensive assessment program has been developed that includes both the Academic units and the Administrative and Educational Support (AES) units. Specifically, all academic units will be assessed in reference to the following Expanded Statement of Institutional Purpose: The University provides programs that enable students to acquire essential knowledge, skills, and dispositions in their academic disciplines for successful careers, advanced studies, and servant leadership.


             K.         Make-Ups

             Make-up exams will be administered only for excused absences, and at a time convenient for the departmental staff. Students must produce their excuse at the time of the make-up. Any make-up exam must be taken prior to the next scheduled course exam, other wise the student forfeits the right to make-up the exam, even if the absence is excused. Students are responsible for contacting the professor regarding the make-up for an excused absence. All make-up work must be completed and turned in by the Friday before finals. No make-up tests will be given Finals week and no make-up work will be accepted.

IV. Lecture & Reading Schedule: This schedule is subject to change by the professor at any time during the semester. Changes will be posted on the course web-site. Students are responsible for regularly checking the web-site for changes, particularly toward the end of the semester.


Week 1:            Unit I: Reform, Renaissance & Capitalism                   

1-13-09             Western Civ & History                            1-15-09             The Medieval World & the Church

Readings: V: Chpt. 1; DBC: Chpt. 30-32; Begin Elliott


Week 2             Unit I: Reform, Renaissance & Capitalism

1-20-09             Towns & the Renaissance                        1-22-09             The Medici & the Genius

Readings: V: Chpt 2-3; DBC: 41-45, 35; Elliott 


Week 3:            Unit I: Reform, Renaissance & Capitalism

1-27-09             Erasmus & Luther                                    1-29-09             Humpty Dumpty Homework #1 Due

                          Presentation Topic Due                         Readings: V: Chpt. 4; DBS: Chpt. 12-15; Elliott          


Week 4:            Unit I: Reform, Renaissance & Capitalism      

2-3-09               The Protestant World                               2-5-09               Catholic Spain & Elliott Due

Readings: V: Chpt. 5; DBC: 20-37; Elliott


Week 5:            Unit II: Absolutism vs. Constitutionalism

2-10-09             Thirty Years War                                     2-13-09             Exam I

Readings: V: Chpt. 5-6


Week 6:            Unit II: Absolutism vs. Constitutionalism

2-17-09             English Constitutionalism                        2-19-09             French Absolutism

Readings: V: Chpt. 7-9; DBD: 38-42, 46, 52  


Week 7:            Unit II: Absolutism vs. Constitutionalism

2-23-09             18th Century Politics                                2-25-09             Enlightenment  Homework #2 Due

Readings: V: Chpt. 10-12; DBS: 23-27; Begin Johnson


Week 8:            Unit II: Absolutism vs. Constitutionalism

3-3-09               Reform, Military & Society                     3-5-09               Exam II

Readings: V: Chpt.12-13; DBC: 47-48, 58-59; Johnson

                                                                              Spring Break


Week 9:            Unit III: Revolution in the Air

3-17-09             The Old Regime                                      3-19-09             The French Revolution

Readings: V: Chpt. 14; DBD: 80; Johnson                                              Bibliography for Presentation Due


Week 10:          Unit III: Revolution in the Air

3-24-09             Reign of Terror                                        3-26-09             Napoleon – Johnson Due

Readings: V: Chpt. 20,18;Johnson


Week 11:          Unit III: Revolution in the Air

3-31-09             Industrialization & Romanticism             4-2-09               Liberalism & Conservatism

Readings: V: Chpt. 17, 19, 21; DBC: 58-62                                             Homework #3 Due


Week 12:          Unit IV: 19th & 20th Centuries

4-7-09               Exam III                                                 4-9-09               Nationalism & Politics

Readings: V: Chpt. 26, 22-23, 27; Begin Ryan


Week 13:          Unit IV: 19th & 20th Centuries

4-14-09             Bismark’s House of Cards                       4-16-09             The Lamps are Going Out & WWI

Readings: V: Chpt. 24-25, 28-30; Ryan


Week 14:          Unit IV: 19th & 20th Centuries

4-21-09             Totalitarianism                                         4-22-09             World War II; Ryan Due

Readings: V: Chpt. 30-33; Ryan


Week 15:          Unit IV: 19th & 20th Centuries

4-27-09             Presentations     1-6                                 4-29-09             Presentations 7-11

Readings: V: Chpt. 34-36, 40

Final Exam: Thurs., May 7th, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.