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History 1

Fall 2010

Section 0401

Tuesday, Thursday, 8:00 – 9:25 a.m.

Email: chartrfj@piercecollege.edu


Webpage: http://faculty.piercecollege.edu/chartrfj/

Office Phone: 818-719-6482

Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday:  11:10 to 12:30 pm

Tuesday:  2:15 to 3:30 pm
Wednesday: 12:00 to 12:30 pm

Office: FO 3005


A survey of the history of western civilization from the dawn of man through to the 16h century. Emphasis will be placed upon economic, soci-political, and cultural institutions developed during this period. From the development of civilization and the greatest achievements of mankind to the conquest and assimilation of other peoples.


  1. Students will be able to evaluate the origins of western civilization and compare the impact of those origins with later historical developments.

  1. Students will be able to assess the significance of the major events and personages who have contributed to the history of western civilization.

  1. Students will be able to analyze the relationship between historical events and their geographical settings.

  1. Students will be able to assess the impact of the major intellectual and cultural events of early western civilization on the present day.

  1. Students will be able to compare and contrast the lives and contributions of those individuals and groups who have often been ignored by historians, e.g. women, workers, serfs and slaves, to some of the same groups in the modern world.

You will be tested directly on the above five stated outcomes for this course, at the end of the semester during the final exam. However, during the semester we will also address these outcomes through assignments, discussions, and our quizzes.

Spielvogel, Jackson J. Western Civilization. Vol I: To 1715, 7th ed. Thomson / Wadsworth / Cengage Publishers, 2009 0-495-50286-3
To do well in this class you will necessarily need to read and to read the chapters, you will need the text. The 7th edition would be ok, if that is your best option. There are changes, but not significant.
However, the text does cost a considerable amount of money (over $110). Therefore, to assist you in working around the problem of limited funds, there are a number of options:

  1. Cengagebrain.com. This is the publisher’s site and they provide several options: they will sell you a copy, they will rent you a copy, or they will provide the text via digital / electronic (download) for a period of time (and based upon how long you want to have access to the text will determine the price)

  2. Amazon.com (or any online seller/buyer type site)

  3. Alibris.com. This site is very useful searching for any book – new or rare.

  4. The Library at Pierce: There are a number of copies in the library. Several are on reserve (meaning you must use them in the library), but I believe there are a couple copies available for check-out (although these may be the 6th edition – which still works fine).

Listed on the Schedule of Classes are the readings required before each class meets. It is your responsibility to read the materials assigned, BEFORE each lecture.
We will begin the lecture with chapter 1. By the time you return next class, you should have the textbook and should be reading through the 1st chapter. If you do not have the textbook, work on getting it from one of the options provided above.
A lecture / discussion format will be used in the course. Some topics are more conducive to lecture with little discussion. Other chapters will have greater discussion periods. How much and for how long will depend on the instructor.
Students will be expected to take part in class discussions.
It is not and will not be your option to ignore or otherwise dismiss a question posed by the instructor.
You are responsible for all reading assignments listed, even if they are not discussed in class.
Handouts may be provided on various topics throughout the semester and may be discussed. The student is responsible for the materials (which includes reading), unless otherwise instructed. On the class website, you will find certain documents and forms useful for this class.
Special Note: because I put up on the website one chapter or two chapters, does not compel me to put additional chapters/materials up for students. I do it, if I do it, to assist students in their education and to make the class materials seamless. If I do not provide the online component, it is as it has always been in education, up to you to do the studying and review.

Your grade in this course is determined entirely by you based upon the various components for this class. Listed below are the percentages with each letter grade.
A = 100 - 90 B = 89 - 80 C = 79 - 70 D = 69 - 60 F = 59 

Your grade in this course is determined entirely by you based upon the various components for this class. Listed below are the percentages with each letter grade.
A. Participation: 10% B. Quizzes: 30% C. Assignments : 20% D. Final: 40%


A. Participation: 10%
There are approximately 28 days of class this semester counting the first class and not counting the day of the final exam. Through the course of the semester, we will discuss ideas, historical events, and we will consider the events of the past in light of our current civilization and the future. History is relevant and we will show the relevancy of past events to current events in our class discussions.
You will be expected to participate. This does not mean you must speak every day all the time (preferably you do not), but when questioned or prodded for your analysis of some event or idea – it would be very helpful to your grade if you have read the material and provide commentary. If you are not in class, you clearly cannot participate. Lack of attendance will have a direct effect upon your participatory grade.
To that end, we will have a roster by the 2nd or 3rd class that will be passed around for you to initial or sign. Further, when I speak with you, I will indicate your effort on the class record.
Choose to be here and be on time. If you are late, you may not get to sign the roster.

Arriving after I have sent the roster around the class may result in you being marked absent with the consequence of being absent - being in the class and on time is important for your participation portion of the grade. Furthermore, arriving late will be a distraction. During certain times of the year, it may be unavoidable, but be diligent in your effort to be here on time.

B. Quizzes: 30%

We will have a quiz after every designated section. A section may be one or two chapters.

There are two types of quizzes we could have. You will be told prior to the day of the quiz, which type it will be.

  1. Multiple Choice and or True False

    1. Each chapter could have up to 25 questions. If we combine two chapters, we could have up to 50 questions.

    2. The questions will come directly from the text or from lecture. During class lecture/discussion, we may go over specific questions; however, you should not rely solely upon lecture notes to study for quizzes.

    3. 90-100% of all questions on the quizzes will come from the text.

    4. 70-95% of all questions on the quizzes will also be covered in lecture or from PowerPoint.

You will be responsible for all material in the chapter even if we do not cover all material, you will still be quizzed on that material. Therefore, reading is a necessity in this class.

If we are having a multiple choice quiz, you will need a scantron 882-E. I may have some scantrons available for purchase. If I have scantrons, you may purchase one for .25. If you do not have .25 on the day of a quiz, you may bring the .25 the next time we take a quiz. If you forget to pay me, it will not force me into bankruptcy, but unless I recoup the cost of purchasing the scantrons, I cannot purchase more and the price I sell them to you for is considerably cheaper than the store.
You will receive your scantron quiz back the next class period. I will keep them for one week after which I will toss them. You must keep each quiz and the scantron when it is returned to you. Do not lose them. If you have questions, we will go over them. The grading machine will place the correct answer in the margin.

  1. Short answer and identification type

    1. You will use a piece of paper (I may provide it or you will provide your own). I will provide some questions using the PowerPoint or perhaps I will write them on the board, and you will answer them, fold the paper length-wise, hand it in and leave. These types of quizzes will be 5-15 questions and will be returned to you within 3 class periods after you have taken the quiz.


Quizzes will occur as soon as we have finished a chapter. You will be aware when that occurs.

I will drop your lowest quiz score.

C. Assignments: 20%
There are two types of assignments:

  1. News:

    1. You will hand in to me, on the day of the quiz for the relevant chapters, a news article that you have printed off. The subject matter will be anything within the chapters we have discussed and will be quizzed on. More will be explained in class on this expectation, as well as a more complete explanation on the class website.

    2. Each article you hand in will be worth 10 points.

      • To receive the 10 points you will need to comply with several requirements:

        • Read the article you are handing in.

          • If I select your article to mention in class and I ask you to explain the article/news and you are unable to do so, you will lose 5 points.

        • The article you hand in MUST be news and you have one chance to hand in an article – the day we take the quiz for those chapters. The article will be handed in when you hand in your quiz to me (the end of class).

        • If you are not certain whether your article is a NEWS article, and or unsure whether it qualifies, you should write a 1-2 sentence defense of your article and why it does qualify (this does not need to be typed). I will decide whether it qualifies or not, but you must provide that written statement if you are ever in doubt (when you hand the assignment in).

        • I will not accept it late.

  1. You will do five written assignments during the semester.

    1. You will hand them in – typed. They must ALL be typed. No exceptions.

    2. The point values will vary from 20-40 points depending upon the question and work involved. I would look for 1-2 pages per assignment – the requirement for each will be specified at the time the assignment is given.

    3. All assignments will be available on the class website on the day/class I assign them, or before. The due date will also be stated along with requirements.

    4. Specific requirements for each assignment will be provided at the time the assignment is given to the class.

In BOTH cases (news and written assignment), you will hand them in at the END of class.

BOTH will be folded lengthwise with your name on the upper corner. Failure to comply with this request may result in your losing points. The simple process of folding will be shown to you on the first or second class period. It will also be made clear on the class webpage.

D. Final: 40%

You will need one bluebook and one scantron.

The bluebooks and scantrons are sold in the same place in the Student Store.
Which size is entirely up to you – large or small. Your choice.
You will be asked to hand in the bluebook the class period before the final. That will be the LAST DAY OF INSTRUCTION for the semester. In this case, it will be December 9 – the LAST DAY OF INSTRUCTION FOR THE SEMESTER. The final will be the following week.
You will be responsible for all material covered during the semester. The final will be cumulative. Possible question types include: essay, multiple choice, and true false.
The essay questions will require the notes from lecture taken during the semester.
In this way we use the text, and you will read the chapters (multiple choice quizzes and multiple choice for the final) and use your lecture notes (essay on the final).
The last class before finals week (last day of instruction), I will define the outline for the final and will provide you will possible questions, terms to review.
When you hand in the bluebook – DO NOT WRITE ON IT. No name, no date, nothing. You will receive a bluebook on the day of the final and it will not be the one you handed in.
You may not take the FINAL earlier or later than the class, for any reason.
Do not hand in scantrons in when you hand in the bluebooks. You may bring them on the day of the final – I may have some available for purchase (.25).
If you require a 2nd bluebook during the class, simply raise your hand and request a 2nd book. You MAY NOT USE A BLUEBOOK YOU BRING TO CLASS ON THE DAY OF THE EXAM.
If you use a Bluebook I have not given out, I will NOT grade it and you will receive an F. If any bluebook is missing pages, I will not grade the bluebook and you will receive an F on the exam.
You may not have a cell phone on the desk or anywhere near you. If I see a cell phone, you will lose 5% off your final exam grade. If I hear a cell phone go off, you will lose another 5% from your final exam grade. You will not be given any further warning as to these consequences. They are provided here, on the website for this class, and you will be told in class the 1st and or 2nd class period. I believe explaining something three times should be adequate.


None available nor needed. Do not bother asking. The answer will remain the same – No..
No student needs extra credit unless they do poorly on quizzes. No student will do poorly on quizzes if they read the chapters, take notes, and review the notes before a quiz.
Therefore, no one who takes this class seriously, will need extra-credit.
Extra Credit is a crutch. It is helpful to students who would otherwise get a D or an F, but will not change any other grade that dramatically. If you want to change your grade – study and do not rely upon extra work to save you. Take the responsibility for your grade and do not expect the standard to be lowered so as to accommodate your effort. Rather, raise the standard and make an effort.


There will be no make-ups.

No work may be late – late work will not be accepted (late is defined as anything not handed in at the time I request it). I will not accept ANY assignment late. It MUST be handed in during class when requested. I WILL NOT accept any work as an attachment to an email. (For a fuller explanation of the WHY NOT, please see my website and click on The Class.
If you are absent, it is YOUR responsibility to find out if I handed something out to the class. Increasingly I do not hand out anything in physical form any more (except the Syllabus). Everything is available on the website that is available whether you are in Woodland Hills, Reseda, Santa Monica, San Francisco, Dallas, New York, or Moscow. You may go to my website at Pierce College and locate handouts and other materials for this class.
I understand that you may have a very good reason why you missed an assignment or a quiz, but you still missed it and considering that I would have explained it once in class when assigned, more than likely the next class after that for students who have a question, and that it is available on my website, there really is no reason why you would be unaware that the assignment was due – most especially considering the fact we have already determined that you are responsible for checking the website when you miss a class.

What I do is drop the lowest quiz grade. This will accommodate students who must miss a quiz for a very good reason. As long as you do well on the other quizzes, you will have no problem getting the grade you deserve.

a) Writing, Speaking, and Difficulties
Writing and speaking are now and will forever more, be a part of your life. It is necessary that you learn to write clearly and persuasively, and be able to communicate effectively. The College offers several resources to students (you will be provided via the Introduction Presentation with details on this and other services available to you). Please investigate these resources (consult your catalog/handbook for further information).
It is imperative, if you wish to succeed, that you be able to write in a manner that conveys your ideas and thoughts in a well written form. Anything less makes life terribly difficult on the person reading the product you put forward for grading, but more importantly anything less will ensure you do not succeed. Failure will not be because everyone worked against you, but rather because of your need to rise above your level.
You must be able to construct an essay – beginning with the introductory paragraph, a body, and a conclusion. Each paragraph should contain one idea. The conclusion should conclude. For further assistance and information on how to write an essay, please seek assistance from the college writing center or an English professor. Why English is an imperative – see my website for a link to a statement as to why English is critical for your success in life.

Speaking well is something we do and must do, to succeed in and out of college. You may be able to sit around and speak to your friends, but you will again be at a disadvantage when it comes time to interview for a career or profession. When you do not get the offer on the job – do not accuse everyone of being against you. No one should have to hire mediocrity and if you are unable to speak and understand English, it will not be useful to you or your future.
Students are not all the same – some of them are brilliant and on top of everything in class, while most of us barely manage to stay afloat. It is possible that your difficulty in school has nothing to do with your effort, but is a skills deficiency that may be accommodated by the College in an effort to do everything possible to help you succeed. I will do everything I can, if you speak with me, to ensure you achieve all you can from the class. In some cases, I cannot do enough, but there is a department on campus that may be able to assist you.
If you have specific physical, psychiatric or learning disabilities and require accommodations, you MUST register with the office of Special Services. Also, please let me know early in the semester so that your learning needs may be met in an appropriate and timely manner. You will also need to provide documentation of your disability to the office of Special Services at (818) 719-6430. Their office is in the Student Services Building.

b) Withdrawal
Withdrawal is permissible only until the official deadline. You are responsible for completing the drop form. Dropping is your responsibility. You signed up for the class and if you wish to drop the class, make certain that includes more than simply not attending class – fill out the necessary forms. I will drop only as required by the college. Do NOT assume I will drop you after the deadlines, simply because you do not show up.
Last day to drop without a fee: September 13. Last day to drop without a W: September 26

Last day to drop a class period: November 21 (with a W)

c) Topics Discussed in Class
Topics discussed in class will include material possibly offensive to some students. Topics may include current events and cultural issues, included in the class discussion to instigate critical thinking. The instructor will decide what materials we discuss, and when we discuss them. If the conversation is cut short – it will be the instructor who cuts it short. If discussions tangentially related to the text material pose a problem to you, the student - it is suggested you take another class. When you have a class you can structure it anyway you wish. As far as learning is concerned – there is a great deal to be learned including respect and responsibility. If we are respectful and responsible, you have half the program taken care of before we begin, the rest is just dressing
Remaining in the class is an implicit acceptance and understanding of the rules and regulations pertaining to the classroom discussions. For more details on this please visit my website and click on The Class.
For further details on what is and is not acceptable within the classroom setting – see Student Academic Code, Academic Honesty, and Attendance Policy on the following pages.
d) Structure of the class and Expectations
I believe the best way to approach any classroom situation is to integrate the Socratic method of asking questions and the lecture mode – simply presenting the information. For some students (30-40%) they learn best by having questions asked. For other students (approximately 40-50%) they operate best with a lecture approach. I include both methods. From the percentages, it is clear that 10 -20% learn best by another method (namely self-read and review of materials). A small number need different approaches and while I am willing to assist in any way possible, I must focus on the 80-90%.
Each chapter / section will have an outline or index of the material we will cover in that section / chapter. Each chapter / section will be presented in Powerpoint. For some students Powerpoint does not work because they learn best listening and are not visual learners. I lecture on the material on the slides and may focus on one point or another point more than the remaining slide contents. This will assist those students who are not visual learners.
The chapters are organized, my notes follow the slides and are very well organized. The only time I will venture off from the material on the slides and lecture, is if I digress during the presentation. In a select few of the instants, it will be to allow students to catch up if there is a great deal of writing. In a majority of cases, it will be to raise an issue or topic related to the material either contemporaneous to the slide material or current.
At the end of the class, how much should you (being an intelligent human being) be able to understand and know to communicate to other people: You do not need to know every date and every name and every consequence of every action in order to be able to communicate material. This is very subjective.
In FIVE years, I would hope you can remember 1 or 2 things (assuming you are not a history major) about this class. If you do, you have learned a great deal. If you are a history major, I would expect you to remember more.

TURN OFF cell phones and put them away.
Unless you are expecting communication regarding an emergency, it is rude to have the cell phone going off during class and or texting during class. If you are expecting an emergency phone call, you will let me know BEFORE class begins. If a phone rings and I was not notified that it was an emergency, you have disrupted the class and demonstrated disrespectful behavior toward me, and the class.
The second time your phone rings during class, you will lose 5 points from your total quiz score at the end of the semester. Everyone can forget once. Just do not let it happen twice.
Each additional time will result in you losing an additional 5 points from your quiz score at the end of the semester. I will not inform you that I have recorded points to be deducted, you may assume if your phone rings, I will deduct points from your total quiz score.
You do not have a right to use a cell phone, receive calls, or text people while in class. If you want to know what time it is – wait until class is over or look on the wall at the clock. I will inform you when the class is over – you do not need to be constantly looking at your cell phone. The class goes according to my time, not your cell phone time.
It is not a prerogative nor a right that you should and can use the cell phone in my class. Do not try to text – nor delude yourself into believing that if you hold the cell phone under the desk I can’t see you. If I see you, I will deduct 5 points from your total quiz score at the end of the semester. Every time I see you, I will deduct 5 points.
Furthermore, I reserve the right to request that you not reappear in class until you agree to comply with class rules.

If you need your cell phone for a medical reason (I will need a note), or you are expecting an emergency call – YOU MUST TELL ME BEFORE CLASS BEGINS. Otherwise, I cannot guarantee that you will receive the call or message. YOU MUST inform me before class begins.

If you fail to attend the class and remain on my roster at the end of the session – you will receive an F. If you are late to class you will disrupt the class which will slow down the process and alter the schedule. In the end, you will still be responsible for all the material whether we have lost time with distractions during the semester or not. It would be preferable and more beneficial to you, if we cover all the material.
Being late once or twice is not the problem I want to avoid. The problem is a student who is habitually late. Please, once or twice is understandable. Otherwise, please find another class. If I find that this is a problem, I reserve the right to lock the door when class begins and you will not be admitted until there is a break and or a student needs to leave for the restroom. The class begins and ends at a certain time – you knew this when you signed up. Do not agree to change your work schedule now that you are enrolled in class to effectively require you to leave early or come late. I may drop you. The ONLY time you may assume that you MAY get out early is on a day of a quiz. Quizzes are held at the end of class and if you finish early, you may leave.

XII. Student Academic Code, Academic Honesty, Attendance Policy:
You ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR READING AND KNOWING the Regulations and Policies as stated in the college catalog. Even if you do not, an implied assumption exists that every student, in every college, is aware of these rules. Disciplinary action does not take into account ignorance of the subject.
In the ‘Schedule of Classes’ catalog, you may locate the “Conduct Code” at or near the conclusion of the schedule of classes which lists your expected code of conduct while a student at this college. Additionally, on my website under THE CLASS, I have outlined these issues in greater detail. It is assumed you know these rules even if you choose to ignore them or not read the regulations.
For your convenience, I will list, in an abbreviated form, several expectations imposed upon you as a student at and in this college. By listing one or more regulations/requirements, does not exclude or minimize other regulations established by the College, Board of Trustees or other entities so designated by the College.

No Discriminatory behavior while on campus / class.
Unacceptable behavior includes, but is not limited to, intimidation of another student, name calling, use of unacceptable language directed at another student or instructor, or other expressions of physical demonstrations intended to intimidate or harass another student or instructor, reading or studying notes/texts for another class, not paying attention because you are using equipment you are not permitted to use or reading/reviewing notes or other texts.
Students who interfere with or violate any of the above expressed or implicit behaviors may be removed from the classroom, at the discretion of the instructor. Chapter IX, Article XI – Student will receive three warnings. If the student continues misbehaving – as determined by the instructor – NOT determined by the student or class, the student will, according to section 91101.11 of the Student Code of Conduct, be removed from the class for not less than two class periods. Said behavior will or may be for any of the following reasons: willful disobedience (Section 9803.10); violation of college rules (section 9803.11); dishonesty (section 9803.12); disruption of classes (section 9803.15).
For more specifics and examples please see the class website and click on The Class

XIII. Contacting me:

  1. EMAIL:

    1. You may email me at any time with any question pertaining to the class. I will reply within 24 hours and in most cases within 6 hours.

    2. Anytime I receive an email, I will reply with an email stating: received or some other indication I have received your email. If you do not receive a response from me, I DID NOT RECEIVE YOUR EMAIL and that is the end of that discussion. I am not interested in your copy of an email showing me it was sent. You MUST check for a response from me or … you risk the chance I never receive it. In the event it is important, you do not get another opportunity to re-send it (whatever ‘it’ may have been).

  2. PHONE:

    1. You may call me during my office hours:

    2. Tuesday and Thursday:  11:10 to 12:30 pm. Tuesday:  2:15 to 3:30 pm. Wednesday: 12:00 to 12:30 pm


    1. You may call and leave me a message. Do not leave your phone number. I will never return a call. Rather, if you have some dire emergency, explain it, and then when you return to class we can discuss it.


    1. You may leave a message at the front desk in the administration building and it will be placed in my mailbox. Some modifications will be made to this as construction changes things around.

    2. You may write a note and place it well under my office door.


    1. You may come to my office hours as listed on the Syllabus, on the class website, and listed above under PHONE.



I will treat everyone with respect and as an adult, until you demonstrate why I was wrong to do so.

Respect and Responsibility

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