Monday, September 20, 2021
HIS 102 Course Information

HIS 102: History of Western Civilization, Part II
Course Description: The second half of Western Civilization considers the historical forces and events that shaped the world in the 19th and 20th centuries. The course examines revolutions, nationalism, industrialization, imperialism, war, and the clash of fascism, communism, and democracy. Other major components consist of the decline of colonialism, the atomic age, the Cold War, contemporary world conflicts, and prospects for the future.
Required Text:
  • John McKay, et al., A History of Western Society, Volume 2, Eighth Edition
Course Rules and Requirements:
  • Classroom Etiquette: All students are required to attend class regularly, to show up on time, and to remain for the entire period. Attendance will be taken every class. Any student missing more than three classes will have his or her grade lowered. Any student missing more than six classes will be automatically dropped from the course – no exceptions. All electronic devices must be silenced. Students who engage in disruptive behavior (excessive talking, text messaging, sleeping, etc.) will be asked to leave. I reserve the right to dismiss from the course any student who continuously repeats such disruptive behavior. Similarly, repeated lateness to class (10 minutes or more) will not be tolerated. Three late arrivals count as one absence.
  • Reading Assignments: Students are expected to do ALL the required readings by the assigned dates and be prepared to discuss them in class. Students will receive extra credit for exceptional or frequent participation. NOTE: Readings must be completed by the beginning of the week.
Graded Assignments:
Your final course grade will be based upon the following assignments and in accordance with the following grade scale:
  • Midterm Exam (30%).
  • Final Exam (30%).
  • 4 Take-Home Quizzes (20%). The assignments for these quizzes will be handed out in class.
  • 5 Surprise Quizzes (20%). The quizzes will be based upon the assigned readings and classroom lectures. I will count only your top 4 quiz grades (dropping the lowest grade). There will be no make-ups for the surprise quizzes. If you are absent and miss a quiz, that missed quiz will count as your lowest grade.
Schedule of Reading and Classroom Assignments:
Jan. 21: Introduction
Jan. 26-28: Rise of Absolutism
            Readings: McKay, Chapter 16-17
Feb. 2-4: The Enlightenment
            Readings: McKay, Chapter 18
Feb. 9-11: European Expansion
            Readings: McKay, Chapter 19-20
Feb. 16-18: No Classes – Presidents’ Day Holiday
Feb. 23-25: Era of Revolutions
            Readings: McKay, Chapter 21
Mar. 2-4: The Industrial Revolution
            Readings: McKay, Chapter 22
Mar. 9-11: Ideologies and Upheavals
            Readings: McKay, Chapter 23
March 16: **MIDTERM EXAM**
Mar. 18: Urban Life
            Readings: McKay, Chapter 24
Mar. 23-25: Age of Nationalism
            Readings: McKay, Chapter 25
Mar. 30-Apr. 1: European Imperialism
            Readings: McKay, Chapter 26
Apr. 6-8: No Classes – Spring Break
Apr. 13-15: World War I
            Readings: McKay, Chapter 27
Apr. 20-22: Peace and Instability
            Readings: McKay, Chapter 28
Apr. 27-29: The Second World War
            Readings: McKay, Chapter 29
May 4-6: Postwar Europe
            Readings: McKay, Chapter 30
May 11: The End of the Cold War
            Readings: McKay, Chapter 31
May 13: **FINAL EXAM**
May 18: Final Discussion


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