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HISTORY 101-HISTORY OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION I

Instructor: Anne Parrella, Ph. D.
Room 128; Phone: 757-822-5227
Email: aparrella@tcc.edu
Chesapeake Campus 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: History l0l is an introductory survey of western civilization. It examines the historical conditions for the rise and development of western society from the ancient period to the l600s. We will examine the events, ideas, and institutions that played a significant role in the history of the West. 

COURSE PURPOSE: This study provides students with a basis for understanding and reflecting upon the broader context of the civilization in which they live. History is an effort to understand the past in order to prepare for the future. 

COURSE AIMS: History is about human concerns and experience in a context (time, place, circumstances). We are most familiar with history as astory” about human experiences. As an introduction to history, this course leads you to knowledge of different stories” of human experience over time--what people thought (interests, values, feelings, identities, aspirations), and what people did (how they related to one another, other nations, the natural world, the divine). 

Introduction to this knowledge of human experience includes the following aims: 

  1. Your knowledge of the basic facts (actions, ideas) in context;
  2. Your ability to locate important sites on a map (i.e. knowledge of the geographical context);
  3. Your mastery of the vocabulary, terminology, and concepts of western civilization. Your knowledge of the basic structural ( political, economic, and social) features of western civilization, and how they evolved over time; 
  4. Your learning to explain and assess the central issues and problems associated with the transition from ancient to medieval to early modern;
  5. Your ability to recognize and discuss how historical events are linked with one another (for example, what relationship do you find between the rise of towns and the intellectual and artistic movement known as the Renaissance?);
  6. Your ability to distinguish between recorded  facts and historical interpretations of them
  7. Your development of an historical perspective, not in isolation, but in dialogue with others.

REQUIRED TEXT:   McKay, Hill, Buckler, A History of Western Society, vol 1, 8th edition.
 

METHOD OF HISTORY STUDY:  Please click to review the details of how to organize your study for this course. 

COURSE RESPONSIBILITIES: READING. One student task for this course is learning to read history. Reading history is not like reading novel or a science textbook. It requires different skills and sustained concentration. Much of what you read in the text you will need to understand as context--that is, the prevailing conditions of the time and place--in which human action unfolded. Learn to distinguish the context from the events and actions. 

NOTE: A rule of thumb for your study time is 2 hours a week per credit hour, a total of 6 hours a week for a 3 credit course. 

EXAMS. There will be three exams.  Exam questions will be based on material in the assigned readings and online Lessons.  Exams will test (1) factual knowledge, and (2) comprehension--including understanding of terms (see link on left-side of each Lesson). See sample multiple choices and essay questions

COURSE PAPER. This course requires one short paper.  The topic and requirements will be posted on the course Blackboard site. 

GRADES. Your final course grade will be based on exams,  paper,  blackboard discussion assignments as follows:   average of three exams=60%; paper=20%; blackboard=20%.
The grading scale is as follows:  A=100-90; B=89-80; C=79-70; D=69-60; F=59-0.

If you experience difficulty with the course work, it is important that you contact me about it as soon as possible. You may email me directly (BE SURE TO FOLLOW RULES FOR E-MAIL BY USING SUBJECT LINE <HIS101>.  OTHERWISE YOUR E-MAIL MESSAGE WILL NOT BE PROPERLY FILTERED) or call (822-5227) and be sure to state your name and phone number slowly and clearly.

COURSE OUTLINE: Please click to review the course outline and make sure that you are going to follow the schedule. 

Drop Policy: Except for documented mitigating circumstances, no withdrawal will be approved beyond the official drop date without academic penalty.  See college schedule guide for the date.

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