Monday, September 20, 2021
HIS 109 Course Information
HIS 109: Western Roots, Part II
Course Description: The second half of Honors Western Civilization studies the development of the Western world from 1789 to the present. The course considers the great events and forces that have shaped our Atlantic world: revolutions, nationalism, industrialization, imperialism, war, and the conflict between fascism, communism, and democracy in modern times.
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 (20%).
  • Final Exam (20%).
  • Research Paper (20%). The requirements for the paper assignment will be handed out in class.
  • 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. 20: Introduction
Jan. 22: The Rise of Absolutism
            Readings: McKay, Chapter 16-17
Jan. 27-29: The Enlightenment
            Readings: McKay, Chapter 18
Feb. 3-5: European Expansion
            Readings: McKay, Chapter 19-20
Feb. 10-12: Era of Revolutions
            Readings: McKay, Chapter 21
Feb. 17-19: No Classes – Presidents’ Day Holiday
Feb. 24-26: The Industrial Revolution
            Readings: McKay, Chapter 22
Mar. 3-5: Ideologies and Upheavals
            Readings: McKay, Chapter 23
Mar. 10: Urban Life
            Readings: McKay, Chapter 24
Mar. 12: **MIDTERM EXAM**
March 17-19: Age of Nationalism
            Readings: McKay, Chapter 25
Mar. 24-26: European Imperialism
            Readings: McKay, Chapter 26
Mar. 31-Apr. 2: World War I
            Readings: McKay, Chapter 27
Apr. 7-9: No Classes – Spring Break
Apr. 14-16: Peace and Instability
            Readings: McKay, Chapter 28
Apr. 21-23: The Second World War **PAPER DUE – APRIL 21**
            Readings: McKay, Chapter 29
Apr. 28-30: Postwar Europe
            Readings: McKay, Chapter 30
May 5-7: Rise of European Unification
            Readings: McKay, Chapter 31
May 12: **FINAL EXAM**
May 14: Final Discussion


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