The purpose of the study of history is to challenge students to understand and assess the human past in order to form a clearer perception of the present and to deal more effectively with current public issues. As an historical perspectives course, this course will enable students to: demonstrate knowledge of the past; explore the multitude of circumstances and events that have helped to shape historical judgments, actions, and visions; and interpret the sources of historical change in a variety of contexts. Furthermore, the purpose of an upper-level history course is to help create individuals who are able to analyze and evaluate historical narratives and who understand the complexity of the factors and forces that cause communities and nations to arise, decline, and change. Students in upper-level history courses also learn to do research, to assess arguments, and to interpret economic, social, political, cultural, and technological change in a variety of contexts.
TEXTS: There are three books which will be used for the course, all of which can be acquired at the Textbook Center in Doudna Hall. The books are:
Jonathan W. Zophy, A Short History of Renaissance and Reformation Europe, 4th
EXAMS: There will be two exams, one which will take place at approximately the middle of the term, and one that will take place during finals weeks. Both will be essay exams that will cover the material presented in lectures as well as in the various textbooks and handouts. There will also be two announced identification quizzes and two announced map quizzes. A portion of many class periods will be devoted to a discussion of the assigned readings or issues raised by the instructor. Each student is expected to participate actively in the discussions and to ask and answer questions. Obviously this requires you to do the readings assigned for each class period and to pay attention in class.
ATTENDANCE POLICY: Attendance will not be officially taken, but attendance at all scheduled class periods is necessary and expected. If you must miss a class, you are responsible for finding out what material was covered and what assignments or handouts were distributed during the missed class period. Students have the right to miss class for religious observances. Students wishing time off for this reason should let me know within the first two days of class. If you need an accommodation due to a disability, please make an appointment to see me during my office hours. A VISA from Services for Students with Disabilities authorizing your accommodations will be needed. (OVER)