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
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
RELATIONSHIP TO ACADEMIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS AND TRANSFERABILITY
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.
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
DUE DATES & MAKE-UP WORK
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
REQUIRED WRITING AND READING
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 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
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
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.
MIDTERM WITHDRAWL POLICY
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