History 102



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A continuation of the examination or survey of European political concepts, social changes, intellectual growth, economic philosophies, and religious institutions from the Protestant Reformation in the 1600s to the present time.


Kishlansky, Mark, Geary, Patrick, & O’Brian, Patricia. Civilization in the West, Volume II. Longman, 2003.


(A) To gain knowledge about the relationships of the varied groups of people that have affected Western Civilizations. (B) To develop comprehension of the complex interrelationships that have produced modern Europe. (C) To gain the ability to analyze and synthesize the social, political, economic, and religious problems in Western Civilization. (D) To acquire knowledge of the terminology commonly used in the history of Western Civilizations. (E) To gain factual knowledge of the development of the western world. (F) To develop an awareness of the major interpretations and theories that relate to Western Civilizations. (G) To be able to interpret specific historical writing in Western Civilizations.


Students should be able to… (A) understand the relationships of the varied nations and their people that affected Western Civilization. (B) comprehend the complex interrelationships among European nations central to the creation of modern Europe. (C) explain the role and importance of the major powers in Europe, including at minimum Britain, France, Russia, Spain, Italy, and Germany. (D) explain the role and importance of the other nations and peoples in Europe, including at minimum Ireland, Portugal, Poland, Czechs, Scandinavians, Greeks, and the Slavic peoples. (E) describe the social, political, economic, and religious problems in Western Civilization. (F) define common terminology commonly used in Western Civilization. (G) relate factual knowledge of the development of the western world. (H) explain the major interpretations and theories that relate to Western Civilization. (I) relate and interpret specific historical writings in Western Civilization.


The grading scale is: A=100-90, B=89-80, C=79-70, D=69-60, F=59-0. Borderline grades will be determined by the additional element of class participation. Student grades will be derived from an average of:

Exam 1 (25%), Exam 2 (25%) and a Final Exam (30%)

The examinations will cover all material presented in the classroom as well as assigned readings. The format of the exams will include multiple-choice, true/false, matching, listing, identification/short essays, and essay questions. If – because of a legitimate, serious, and excused reason - a student is unable to take an exam at the required time and date, the make-up exam will involve a greater amount of essay materials, with no opportunity for extra credit. The final is comprehensive, including material from Exams 1 and 2.

Term Paper (10%) DUE DATE: February 18th

Information about this paper is provided at the end of the handout.

Quizzes/Readings/Attendance/Participation (10%)

Several quizzes will be assigned over the course of the semester. Several readings will be assigned, with a written and/or oral grading component. Occasional assignments will count as quiz grades. The lowest quiz score will be dropped. Excessive absences will lead to a subtraction of grade points. At the end of the course, the instructor will assign a grade in this area, based on the quiz scores, completed assignments, attendance, and class participation.

Extra Credit (up to +5%)

Students will have an opportunity to earn up to five percentage points of extra credit. More information will be forthcoming.


Cheating of any kind will not be tolerated. This includes plagiarism, purchasing of tests & research papers, using information or work that was not your own, etc. To plagiarize is to take and use ideas and passages from another's work, while representing them as your own. Students caught involved in any of the aforementioned will be subject to sanctions determined by the instructor ranging from warnings, grade reduction, and failure or withdrawal from the course or referral to the college administration for further action.


Generally my classes operate with a relaxed atmosphere. I encourage and reward positive class participation. Students who have questions are always encouraged to ask. Negative behavior, including cheating, sleeping, working on other assignments, talking, habitually coming in late, regularly absent from class, and engaging in other offensive behavior, is grounds for being dropped or given a lower grade. Students will be warned once to correct such behavior, then asked to leave.


Students - not the instructor - are responsible for their work.  College policy requires attendance to be taken at each class meeting. The student has the responsibility to complete all assigned material. Students have a maximum time of two weeks to make up missed materials. All late work will be penalized.

Students - not the instructor - are responsible for their success. Each student is expected to attend all classes and be on time. An important part of college life involves personal responsibility. The student has the responsibility to withdraw from the class when the student decides to quit working. This is accomplished through the office of student services. A student who disappears without explanation will receive a failing grade.


I will be available before and after class, during my scheduled office hours, and available for meetings at other times that are mutually convenient. I will attempt to help each student with problems as they arise. Effective communication, inside and outside of official classroom time, is vital to make the learning experience a success.

                                                           COURSE OUTLINE

Part One

Lecture 01: Introduction

Lecture 02: The Reformation

Lecture 03: Christianity and Conflict

Lecture 04: The Thirty Years’ War

Lecture 05: Eastern Europe

Lecture 06: European Life

Lecture 07: Absolutism in France

Lecture 08: Royalty and Revolution in England

Lecture 09: The German States and Russia

Lecture 10: The Balance of Power

Lecture 11: The Scientific Revolution

Lecture 12: Commerce and Prosperity

Lecture 13: The Enlightenment

Lecture 14: The Old Regime

Exam #1


Part Two

Lecture 15: The French Revolution, 1789-1792

Lecture 16: The French Revolution, 1792-1799

Lecture 17: Napoleon and Empire

Lecture 18: Reaction and Revolution, 1815-1850

Lecture 19: The Industrial Revolution

Lecture 20: Society and Industrialization

Lecture 21: The Second French Empire

Lecture 22: The Unification of Germany

Lecture 23: The Unification of Italy

Lecture 24: Victorian Britain

Lecture 25: The Intellectual Revolution

Lecture 26: Imperialism

Lecture 27: European Alliances

Exam #2


Part Three

Lecture 28: The Great War

Lecture 29: End of Empires

Lecture 30: Interwar Instability

Lecture 31: Road to World War II

Lecture 32: World War II, Axis Ascendancy

Lecture 33: World War II, Allied Victory

Lecture 34: Cold War Beginnings

Lecture 35: Recovery in Western Europe

Lecture 36: Oppression in Central & Eastern Europe

Lecture 37: The Third World

Lecture 38: Cultural Transformation

Lecture 39: Cold War Victory

Lecture 40: Recent History

Final Exam



HISTORY 102 TERM PAPER Spring Semester 2005



Your term paper should be three to five pages typed. At minimum, the use of six sources - books, newspaper/magazine articles, computer information resources, and personal interviews - is required. Papers having less than six sources will be penalized 10% for each shortfall. The paper should follow a standard style. Papers must be typed and double-spaced, using only 10 or 12 point type, except for the title page which may be in a larger font.


Paper Topic

Many films have been based on historic people and events. Select a film based on historical characters or events and compare the movie to the real event as described in your six outside sources. Consider accuracy, themes, and interpretations. The restrictions on these film reviews are (a) approval by the instructor, and (b) a focus on a subject that relates to the course.  

Paper Format

(1) Begin with an introduction, explaining your choice of film and subject matter,

(2) continue with the main body of the paper explaining the film’s interpretation of events,

(3) continue with the main body of the paper explaining the interpretation of events of your scholarly resources,

(4) in which the student will note their interpretations;  and

(5) a conclusion, reviewing the student’s general thesis.


Your paper should be written carefully with attention to the subject matter, style, spelling, and punctuation. Papers are expected to be clear and coherent, of college-level quality. Research is necessary to provide a factual base to support your paper. Remember to consult a variety of sources so that you are not unduly influenced by a single author's opinions. Sources should be cited within the paper. You should not rely entirely on information from encyclopedias or similar general reference works. When summarizing your paper or your opinion on the subject, be careful to consider the time frame of the topic and material studied. Do not confuse past traditions with present reality. Your paper should be grammatically correct and free of typographical errors. Include a separate title page, with the title of your paper, your name, the class number, and the date. Include a separate bibliography page with all relevant information on your sources. Papers with large numbers of errors will be returned for correction. Carefully proofread your paper, and then have a friend proofread for you. Use your spell check program, your grammar check program, and even a dictionary. Ask for help (as early as possible) from the instructor if you need it. Students who have concerns regarding their writing skills are urged to seek assistance, beginning with the Success Center, which provides a variety of academic services to all students.

Please proofread your paper carefully:

·         Avoid all contractions in formal writing. Be especially careful with the usage of its/it's: "Its" is a possessive form of "it." "It's" is a contraction for "it is."

·         Cite all sources within the text.

·         Avoid tense shifts. Ordinarily, history papers should be written in the past tense, since history is the study of the past.


      Evaluation & Grading Criteria

      (The paper is worth 10% of your total grade)











This paper is due Friday February 18, 2005 @ 11:00 AM

If I have not received a paper the STUDENT will be DROPPED FROM THE CLASS.

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