Time: M,T,W,R,F 1st Hour – 7: 15 – 8: 05 or 4th Hour – 10: 00-10: 50 Catalog Description

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Normal Community High School/Heartland Community College

Division: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Course Syllabus for Students Fall 2014
Course Prefix and Number: HIST 101, Section 101/02

Course Title: History of Western Civilization to 1500
Credit Hours: 3

Lecture Hours: 5
Days and times the course meets

Classroom: NCHS 12

Time: M,T,W,R,F 1st Hour – 7:15 – 8:05 or 4th Hour – 10:00-10:50
Catalog Description

History 101 covers the main stream of Western civilization from the first millennium B.C. to 1500. This course considers religious, economic and cultural developments, as well as them major political events of the period. The primary focus of the course is upon Europe, but the great Middle Eastern civilizations and their cultural contributions are considered as they impact Europe and help shape the West. Special attention is given to the significant contributions of individuals and their contributions as well as to the rise of nations.

Prerequisite(s): dual credit – none
Instructor Information

Instructor name: Julie Scott Hagler

Contact information:haglerjs@unit5.org

Location of instructor’s office: NCHS rm 07

Conference hours: 3rd & 6th hour

The following texts will be checked out to the student for their use during the course:
Spielvogel, Jackson (2014) Western Civilization: A Brief History, Volume I: To 1715, 8th edition, Wadsworth Cengage Learning

                Gregory, Candace (2006) Documents of Western Civilization, Volume I: To 1715, Wadsworth Cengage Learning


This course fulfills 3 of the 9 semester hours of credit in Social Sciences required for the A.A. or A.S. degree. This course should transfer as part of the General Education Core Curriculum described in the Illinois Articulation Initiative to other Illinois colleges and universities participating in the IAI. However, students should consult an academic advisor for transfer information regarding particular institutions. Refer to the IAI web page at www.itransfer.org for more information.

COURSE OBJECTIVES (Learning Outcomes)

Course Outcomes

General Education Outcomes

Range of Assessment Methods

Distinguish between primary and secondary sources as the foundation of modern historical scholarship from the first millennium B.C. to 1500.


exams, quizzes, research paper, group projects

Interpret primary sources critically by analyzing their historical contexts.


exams, quizzes, research paper, group projects

Formulate historical interpretations, both in discussion and in writing, and defend them critically with reference to primary and secondary sources.


exams, quizzes, research paper, group projects, oral reports

Incorporate into historical interpretations, both in discussion and in writing, an understanding of historical causation reflecting:

  1. knowledge of important figures and events and their chronological relationship to each other

  2. an awareness of the contingent relationships


exams, quizzes, research paper, group projects, oral reports

Demonstrate orally and in writing an understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures and shared humanity.


exams, quizzes, research paper, group projects, oral reports


The Civilizations of the Ancient Near East

Hellenic Civilizations

The Roman World

The Byzantine Recovery and the Challenge of Islam

Charlemagne and the Carolinian Empire

The High Middle Ages

The Crusades

The Late Middle Ages

The Renaissance


Exams – 35% of final grade

Research Paper – 8-10 pages – 30% of final grade

Reading Assignments, Quizzes, & Participation in Class Discussions – 20% of final grade

Primary Source - Written Analysis and Discussion Group Leader – 15% of final grade

Other assignments as deemed appropriate by the instructor

% of final grade is an approximate and may vary slightly


Students who miss a quiz or test must contact me either in person (NOT during class – either before or after school) or by email to make arrangements to make up the assignment.

Assignments are due at the beginning of the class period. Students who miss class must submit assignments by the due date either in person or electronically. In order to pass this class, students must complete EVERY assignment. Assignments that are received late will be severely penalized.

A 100 – 90

B  89 – 80

C  79 – 70

D  69 – 60

F  59 – 0


This course requires approximately 30-40 pages of reading per week or 500 per semester. Reading assignments will include both primary and secondary source materials. A minimum of 15 pages of college level writing is required in this course. Writing assignments include papers of carious lengths, essay exams, and various projects as deemed appropriate by the instructor.


Students are expected to be in compliance with the NCHS student handbook at all times. Students are also expected to be in compliance will Heartland code for student conduct.


As students in the Dual Credit program you are Heartland Community College students. You will need to go to HCC to have an ID taken. In order to access IRIS and your Heartland Student e-mail you will need to login to myHeartland at https://myheartland.edu


Changes to the Course Calendar may be made during the course of the class. This is sometimes unavoidable and students will be notified in class should changes become necessary.



Weekly TOPIC and Associated Readings




Introduction – What is Western Civilization?



The Civilizations of the Ancient Near East – cont.

Chpt 1 & 2 – The Ancient Near East

Gregory pg 7-9, 23-25

Research Paper Assigned – 8/25



Hellenic Civilizations

Chpt 3 – The Greeks

Research Proposal DUE – 9/05



Hellenic Civilizations – cont.

Chpt 4 – The Hellenistic World

Gregory pg 45-47

Exam (chpt 1- 4) – 9/12



The Roman World

Chpt 5 – The Roman Republic-pg.89-105

Gregory pg 59-62



The Roman World – cont.

Chpt 5 – The Decline and Fall of the RR-pg.105-110

Chpt 6 – The Roman Empire-pg.113-128

Gregory pg 74-77



The Roman World – cont.

Chpt 6 – The Roman Empire-pg.129-141

Gregory pg 79-83



The Byzantine Recovery and the Challenge of Islam

Chpt 7 – The Emergence of the Medieval World-pg.141-159

Exam (chpt 1-7)– 10/10



Charlemagne and the Carolinian Empire

Chpt 8 – The Early Middle Ages

Gregory pg 93-96



Research Status Report DUE – 10/23



The High Middle Ages

Chpt 9 – The High Middle Ages

Gregory pg 124-127



The High Middle Ages – cont.

Chpt 10 – Rise of Kingdoms-pg.205-223

Gregory pg 149-156



The Crusades

Chpt 10 – The Crusades-pg.223-227

Gregory pg 162-166

Research Papers DUE – 11/14



The Late Middle Ages

Chpt 11 – The Late Middle Ages-The Black Death-pg.230-236

Gregory pg 185-188

Exam (chpt 8-10) – 11/21



The Late Middle Ages – cont.

Chpt 11 – The Late Middle Ages-pg.236-250

Gregory pg 192-196



The Renaissance

Chpt 12 – The Renaissance

Gregory pg 197-199



The Renaissance – cont.

Gregory pg 202-205



Course Wrap Up

Exam (chpt 1-12) – 12/17,18,or19

*Primary source document analysis and discussion leader assignment dates will vary by student. Students will sign up for these activities on one of the first days of class. Group discussions will typically be on Friday of the assigned week or the last day of the week if there is no school on Friday.

Students are expected to attend all classes and meaningfully participate each day. Any student who does not make reasonable attempts to successfully complete all course activities (exams, homework, quizzes, etc.), may be withdrawn from the course at midterm.

However if any of the following situations apply, the student will be automatically withdrawn from this HCC class by the end of 9th week:

  • was absent for more than 2 consecutive weeks without appropriate notice

  • has more than 8 unexcused absences

  • has not completed at least 60% of assigned classwork/assignments

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