Required Materials: Perry, Western Civilization: Ideas, Politics, and Society, Volume I: To 1789 (9th Edition,) Perry, Sources Of the Western Tradition Volume One (7th Edition,)The Western Tradition (Annenberg Series) http://www.learner.org/resources/series58.html
Additional Materials: Computer Access and Flash Drive. Article Handouts given by the instructor.
Course Description: This is a survey course of the growth of civilization in the Western World from the Ancient Greeks to the Age of Enlightenment.
Prerequisite: A good command of reading and writing of the English language.
Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of the course the student will be able to:
Demonstrate student understanding of the principles upon which history is founded
Explain the foundations of Western Civilization as developed in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Ancient Greece, and the Roman Empire.
Apply the Historian’s values of objectivity, accuracy, and truth, to the study of Europe during the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Reformation and the Emerging nation states to 1715.
Develop analytical skills in writing reports and learn the geographic principles associated with the historical development of these civilizations.
Attendance/Absence: HACC Administrative Policy 661 will be followed regarding attendance and absence. See your Student Handbook for the full Procedure.
Students are expected “to attend all scheduled classes/laboratories and are responsible for all class work and assignments.”
Excused absence is one that is “beyond the student’s control to prevent,” or “significant enough to reasonably prohibit attendance in class even if controllable.”
Unexcused absence is one that is “within the student’s control to prevent,” or “not significant enough to reasonably prohibit attendance in class, even if controllable.”
Ultimately it’s up to the instructor to decide what constitutes an excused versus an unexcused absence.
The Instructor’s Attendance Philosophy
If you know that you will be absent from class, it is your responsibility to inform me in advance in person, email, or voicemail. Assignments due during that absence are expected to me in advance.
Upon returning to class, it is your responsibility to be prepared for class that day.
A high school class or high school activity shall not supersede this class. This is a college class after all. When you decided to take this class, you became a student of HACC.
HACC Academic Honesty
“Academic honesty is one of the fundamental principles upon which the College was founded and upon which it must operated to continue to perform its most important function. Students are expected to be honest in all of their academic endeavors. The College views academic dishonesty as a serious breach of conduct. Depending upon the nature and severity of the dishonest act, the faculty and the College may discipline a student for verifiable acts of dishonesty occurring in or out of the classroom. Specific procedures for handling incidents of academic dishonesty are contained in Regulation 584.”
Simply Stated Plagiarism will get you a zero for that assignment.
A=90-100 B=80-89 C=70-79 D=60-69 F=0-59
*Specific readings will be assigned throughout the course*
Chapter 1 The Possibility of Civilization; History Begins at Sumer (8/25-8/29)
Chapter 2 The Hebrews: A New View of God and the Individual. (9/1-9/5)
Chapter 3 The Greek city state (9/8-9/12)
Chapter 4 Greek thought (9/15-9/19)
Chapter 5 The Hellenistic Age (9/22-9/26)
Chapter 6 The Roman Republic (9/23-10/3)
Chapter 7 The Roman Empire (10/6-10/10)
Chapter 8 Early Christianity (10/13-10/17)
Chapter 9 The Heirs of Rome: Byzantium, Islam, and Latin Christendom (10/20-10/24)
Chapter 10 The High Middle Ages (10/21-10/31)
Chapter 11 Medieval Culture (11/3-11/7)
Chapter 12 Latter Middle Ages (11/10-11/14)
Chapter 13 The Renaissance (11/17-11/21)
Chapter 14 The Reformation (11/24-11/28)
Chapter 15: European Expansion (12/1-12/5)
Chapter 16: The Modern State (12/8-12/12)
Chapter 17: Scientific Revolution (12/15-12/19)
Chapter 18: The Age of Enlightenment (122/22-1/6)
Exams: Four exams will be given in class and are composed of essay, multiple choice, and short answer questions.
Critical Reflection essays: You will construct a well written cause/effect, compare/contrast, or logical argumentative essay discussing a significant individual, groups, event or idea that is covered in this course. These will be in the form of a document based question.
Socratic Seminars: You will be assigned to lead your classmates in classroom discussion based on primary sources assigned throughout the semester.
Term Paper: You are required to write a term paper on a particular place and time in Western Civilization. You will be graded on content and creativity. The term paper will consist of 7-10 pages and it due Monday January 5.
PHRC Syllabus Requirement
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