Syllabus History 105 spring 2013

Palomar COMMUNITY COLLEGE History 105

Spring 2013

Daniella Ashburn

email: dkashburn@cox.netOffice Hours by Appointment

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MON-Wed. 8:00am-9:20am Room MD 320

COURSE TITLE: Western Civilization Through the Reformations UNITS: 3.00

Grade Only


A survey of ancient civilizations, Greece, Rome and medieval Europe, with emphasis on the heritage, ideas, attitudes, and institutions basic to Western Civilization. The objective of this course is neither to be comprehensive nor definitive but to introduce the student to key themes, events and personalities of the period and to develop their critical thinking , writing , reading and note-taking skills. This course is of interest to those planning to pursue a history major in the future as well as anyone seeking a sound historical perspective.




Upon successful completion of the course the student will be able to:

  1. Trace the origins of Western Civilization from its roots in Egypt, Mesopotamia, the Fertile Crescent and Near East and evaluate the importance of the early foundations on later Western Civilization
  2. Compare and contrast the political and social systems, military institutions, economics and religion of the various Greek city-states and evaluate their impact on Western Civilization.
  3. Examine the social, political, economic, religious and military institutions of the Roman Republic and Roman Empire and evaluate their effect on Western Civilization
  4. Trace the development of the early Christian church and explain its influence on Western Civilization.
  5. Analyze the basic social, political, economic, military and religious institutions of early medieval Europe, the Vikings, the Byzantine civilization and the Islamic world and determine their impact on modern Europe.
  6. Compare and contrast the development of the political, social and economic systems of the various high medieval European countries and explain the effects of their differences on modern Europe.
  7. Compare and contrast the Italian Renaissance and the Northern Renaissance and evaluate their influence on Western Civilization.
  8. Examine the background of the Protestant Reformation and Catholic Counter-Reformation and resulting religious wars and explain their effect on European politics, economics and society.
  9. Examine the age of exploration and analyze its impact on the New World


Methods of instruction may include, but are not limited to, the following:

* Lecture

* In-class discussion and small group work and discussion that permits students to share their ideas and critique both primary and secondary sources.

  • Use of film and other audio-visual media and maps to illustrate the historical events being presented.

House Keeping Rules

  • No Cell Phones, MP3 Players, laptops or any other electronic devices without prior permission .

  • No food other than small snacks, or drinks in secure cups and or bottles.

  • No book bags or other items on the desk other than those absolutely essential to the class.

  • I will try to respond to your emails within 48 hours.

  • Be a responsible student and do not assume I will follow up on missed lectures, exams and or assignments. What I do not know might hurt you. If you have a problem , talk to me!


TEXT: The Making of The West. People and Cultures v1 to 1740

By : Hunt, Martin, Rosenwein,Hsia, Smith.

Publisher:Bedford Saint Martin’s : 3rd Edition (2009)

ISBN-13: 978-0-312-45295-7

ISBN-10: 0-312-45295-0

E-book Available at:

NOVELS : -1: The Two lives of Charlemagne (Trans Thorpe)<—- this one is required

By: Einhard

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0140442138

Choose One of the following two titles:

-2a: The Queen’s Vow

By : Gortner

		Publisher: Random House Adult Trade Publications 
		 		ISBN:  9780345523969 


-2b: The Memoirs of a Prague Executioner

       			By: Svatek       
		Publisher: CreateSpace 
				ISBN: 9781434837875 

Grading and Evaluation:

Maximum Points Available

Exam 1 + 2 50 points each First Paper 30 points

Final Exam 60 points Second Paper 40 points

Attendance 30 points History Presentation 30 points

Discussions 70 points MC Assignment 80 points


Paper/novel Discussions and Primary Source Discussions

There will be two(2)4-5page papers due in this class. These will be analytical essays primarily based on the novels. It is very important that students begin reading and thinking about their choice of books well in advance of the day of discussion( see schedule below). A reading guide for each book containing 8-12 questions is available on the course Black Board site. Each student shall be given a personal assignment folder in which to answer all discussion questions. Answer the questions in a couple sentences for each and make sure to note the page numbers on which to find the answers. Be ready to make additional notes while we discuss the reading in class. The reading guide and discussions will help you prepare for your papers as well as the exams. Assignment folders will be collected after each discussion session.

The first paper will be on The Two Lives of Charlemagne. Due: in class Hard Copy April 3rd (PDF @ MIDNIGHT on Black Board)(30 points )

The second paper will be on your choice of either :The Queen’s Vow (2a) OR The Memoirs of a Prague Executioner (2b)

2a Due: in class Hard Copy 05/06 (PDF @ MIDNIGHT on BLACK BOARD)(40 points)

2b Due: in class Hard Copy 05/13 (PDF @ MIDNIGHT on BLACK BOARD)(40 points)

The essay topics will be available on the course Black Board site approximately two weeks prior to the due date. When turning in a paper, students should submit both a hard copy in class and an electronic copy to THE BLACK BOARD COURSE SITE– no grade will be assigned until both versions are received.

Primary Source Discussions (4) will consist of analyzing selected primary source documents related to the textbook chapters with the help of the questions made available in the Primary Source folder on BB. Students will be divided into groups and will be assigned one or two of the primary sources that accompany the chapter(s) under discussion that week. Using your assignment folder you are advised to answer the questions briefly, for yourself, in order to be able to fully participate in your group prep and the class discussions- one person of each group should summarize the PS document. Assignment folders will be collected after each discussion session.

History Presentations will be 10-12 minute Power Point presentations on any topic , event or movement the student chooses. Please refer to the History Project Folder on the course Black Board site for more information


All exams will be open book/note and will cover all lectures and readings. Each exam will have two parts. Part I will be multiple choice /true-false questions to be taken on-line on Black Board, and Part II will be a series of essay questions based on both the lectures, the textbook as well as the primary source readings. The essay questions will be made available ONE week before the test. Both parts of the exam will be equally weighted (50/50).

There will be NO MAKE-UPS except for students with permission and or valid excuses.

It is the responsibility of the student to follow up on any missed exam and or assignment.

Multiple Choice Homework

In order to help students engage with the textbook 15 assignments of 15 Multiple choice questions has been created as home work. Points will be earned by completing the assignments –> 5 points for each plus 5 extra points is all assignments are completed. It is assumed that students will read the textbook for themselves. While I will follow the general structure of the text this course will not simply cover the textbook material. Students should take notes. It is assumed that students will read the textbook for themselves.

Attendance and Late Papers:

Attendance will be taken throughout the semester, in the lectures and discussion sections.

Any absences must be followed up by an email within 24 hours to be excused . Poor attendance will affect your grade. Rosters will be cleared of NO SHOWS on the census date (02/04/2013). FW final grades will only be assigned if requested. It is the student’s responsibility to drop classes they no longer attend.

Papers that are submitted late will only receive half credit.

Alternate arrangements concerning exams or assignments are an option only for those students contacting me prior to test/due dates. The last day of class (NOT THE FINAL EXAM)is the latest that any late materials will be accepted– IF arrangements were made prior.



The following topics are included in the framework of the course but are not intended as limits on content. The order of presentation and relative emphasis will vary based on the progress we make week to week.

TB = Textbook Reading

BB = Black Board. Here you will find Primary Source readings and Study Guide Folders etc,— Also Check for most up to date Weekly Assignments as semester goes by.

Week 1 January 23 Introductions

Reading Wednesday: BB–> Disclaimer Sources used. Syllabus → print out and bring to class

Week 2 January 28- 30

Reading Monday:TB: The Beginnings of Human Society to C. 4000 B.C.E. AND Ch 1 Early Western Civilization, 4000–1000 B.C.E.

Reading Wednesday BB–>How to interpret Primary Sources, Working with Primary sources (writing tools file)

Week 3 February 4-6

Reading Monday TB : Ch 2 The Near East and the Emergence of Greece, 1000–500 B.C.E.

Reading Wednesday: In Class: Discussion Primary Sources: Session 1 . See PRIMARY SOURCE MATERIALS folder BB.

Week 4 February 11-13

Reading Monday: TB: Ch 3 The Greek Golden Age, C. 500–400 B.C.E.

Wednesday: Discussion Primary Sources: Session 2. See PRIMARY SOURCE MATERIALS folder BB

Week 5 February 20

NO Class Monday President’s Day

Reading Wednesday TB: Ch 4 From the Classical Hellenistic World, 400–30 B.C.E.

Week 6 February 25-27

ReadingMonday TB:Ch 5 The Rise of Rome, 753–44 B.C.E.

Wednesdayin class Discussion Primary Sources: Session 3. See PRIMARY SOURCE MATERIALS folder BB

Week 7 March 4-6

Monday: EXAM 1 in class 2 essays —> Please refer to the midterm study folder BB

ONLINE MC Part of the exam will be available from 2/27 midnight to 3/4 Midnight

Reading Wednesday:TB: Ch 6 The Roman Empire, 44 B.C.E.–284 C.E.

Week 8 March 11-13

Reading Monday TB: CH 7 The Transformation of the Roman Empire, 284–600 C.E.

Reading Wednesday TB: Ch 8 Islam, Byzantium, and the West, 600–750

Week 9 March 18-20

Monday in class : Book Discussion paper ONE. Please refer to the Paper Assignment file on BB.

Reading Wednesday TB : Ch 9 Emperors, Caliphs, and Local Lords, 750–1050

Week 10 Spring Break

Week 11 April 1-3 Paper ONE Due in class 4/3. PDF due on Black Board by Midnight

Monday in class:Discussion Primary Sources: Session 4.See PRIMARY SOURCE MATERIALS folder BB.

Reading Wednesday TB: Ch 10 Merchants and Kings, Popes and Crusaders, 1050–1150

Week 12 April 8-10

Monday : EXAM 2 in class essays —> Please refer to the midterm study folder BB

ONLINE MC Part 1 of the EXAM will be available from 4/3 midnight to 4/8 Midnight.

Reading Wednesday: TB: Ch 11 The Flowering of the Middle Ages, 1150–1215

Week 13 April 15-17

Reading Monday TB: CH 12 The Medieval Search for Order, 1215–1340

Wednesday TB : Ch 13 Crisis and Renaissance, 1340–1492

Week 14 April 22-24

Monday in class: BOOK DISCUSSION #2a Please refer to the PAPER ASSIGNMENT fill on BB

Reading Wednesday TB: Ch 14Global Encounters and Religious Reforms, 1492–1560

Week 15 April 29 – May 1

Monday in class:BOOK DISCUSSION #2bPlease refer to the PAPER ASSIGNMENT fill on BB

Reading Wednesday TB:Ch 15 Wars of Religion and the Clash of World views, 1560–1648

Week 16 May 6-8 Paper #2a due. Hard copy in class MON.5/6. PDF due on Black Board by midnight

Monday : GroupONEHistory presentations

Wednesday : GroupTWOHistory presentations

Week 17 May 13-15 Paper #2b due. Hard copy in class MON.5/13. PDF due on Black Board by midnight

Monday GroupTHREEHistory presentations

WednesdayGroupFOUR History presentations

Week 18 FINAL EXAM WEEK Monday May 2008:00am -09:50 am

Point distribution440 – 392 (89%) = A

391 – 344 (78%) = B

343 – 251 (57 %) = C

250 – 207 (47%) = D

206 – 0 (FAIL) = F

Academic Integrity and Code of Conduct

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Important dates:

First day of class: January 23rd,2013

EXAM 1 : Week 7 03/04 essay (part 2) part 1 = on-line 2/27 TO 3/4

PAPER 1Week 11 Hard Copy in class 04/03(PDF @ Midnight)

EXAM 2: Week 12 04/08 essay (part 2) part 1 = on-line 4/03 TO 4/8

PAPER 2a Week 16 Hard Copy in class 05/06(PDF @ Midnight)

PAPER 2b Week 17 Hard Copy in class 05/13(PDF @ Midnight)

History Presentations Week 16/17 05/6 and 05/8- and 05/13 and 05/15

Final Exam: Week 18 05/22 10:00am- 11:50am

For Add/Drop information please go to:

History 105 Student information sheet:

Section # 30145 Spring 2013

Monday-Wednesday 8:00am-9:20am

Room MD-320


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    • Grading and Evaluation Policy

    • Assignments, Exam, Attendance and Late Paper Policies

    • Course Outline and Points Distribution

    • Academic Integrity and Code of Conduct

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    • Important Dates Section

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