History of Western Civilization II
Home Up Exams and Paper Topic Descriptive Analysis of His 102



Instructor: Anne Parrella, Ph. D.
Rm 128; Phone: 822-5227
Email: aparrella@tcc.edu
HOURS: To be announced
Chesapeake Campus

Instructor: Anne Parrella, Ph. D.
Rm 111; Phone: 822-5227
Email: aparrella@tcc.edu
HOURS: To be announced
Chesapeake Campus

COURSE DESCRIPTION: History 102 examines the development of western civilization from  the seventeenth century to modern times.  The course will focus on those developments that most directly shaped the political and  cultural context of western civilization.  We will explore the rise of modern science, the development of a new industrial and technological order, the appeal of nationalism, socialism, fascism, and the struggle for democracy. Read the overview before you start your lessons. 

COURSE PURPOSE: History is a disciplined study of human experience undertaken as an effort to prepare our future.  It provides a basis for understanding and reflecting upon the broader context of the civilization in which we live.  

COURSE AIMS: History is about human concerns and experience in a context of time, place, and circumstance.  We are most familiar with history as a ‘story’ about human experience.  This course leads you to knowledge of different ‘stories’ of human experience over time--what people thought (interests, feelings, values, identities, aspirations) and what people did (how they related to one another, other nations, the natural world, the divine).  Acquisition of this kind of knowledge and understanding of human experience includes  the following aims:  

 1) knowledge of the basic facts in context as demonstrated by accurate recall of specific names, places, events, dates, and definitions;  
 2) knowledge of the geographical context as demonstrated by the ability to locate important sites on a map;  

 3) knowledge of the vocabulary, terminology, and concepts of western civilization demonstrated by the ability to define, explain, and distinguish the meanings of the terms required in the course;  

 4) knowledge of the basic structural features of western civilization and how these evolved from traditional to modern as demonstrated by the ability to distinguish, for example, liberal parliamentary government from democratic government;  

 5) knowledge of the central issues and problems associated with the transition from the traditional order to the modern as demonstrated by the ability to explain both the creative and destructive potential of nationalism in nineteenth-century Europe;  

 6) knowledge of the difference between recorded ‘facts,’ subjective opinions, and reasoned judgments as demonstrated by the ability to classify and evaluate  statements accurately according to these categories;  

 7) development of an historical perspective  

REQUIRED TEXT: McKay, Hill, and Buckler, A History of Western Society, vol 2, 8th edition.

COURSE RESPONSIBILITIES: Reading.  One student task for this course is learning to read history.  Reading history is not like reading a 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--the overall setting which includes the conditions of the period, the conditions of the place or country--in which human action and decision-making unfolded.  Learn to distinguish the context from the events that take place within the context.  

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 on-line exams and a final exam on campus.  (Lowest grade will be dropped)  Exams will test (1) factual knowledge (who, what, when, where, and how); and (2) comprehension (why, why not).   Exam dates are on course calendar.

WRITTEN PAPER: This course requires one short written paper.   A topic will be announced in the course.

GRADES: Grading scale is as follows: 


90 - 100%


80 - 89%


70 - 79%


62 - 69% 


0 - 59%

Final course grade will be calculated as follows:



 Discussion Board






If you experience difficulty with the course work, it is important that you contact  me about it as soon as possible.

Preparation: It is very important to read it before you get started. 

Course Calendar: Please review the course schedule of assignments under “Assignments.”  Establish a weekly schedule for yourself so that you build into your activities a dedicated time for completing the work for this course. 

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


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