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Daniella Kreijen Ashburn M.A.



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History 105 SAMPLE Syllabus

Daniella Ashburn

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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.

Official PREREQUISITES: NONE : good reading/writing/note-taking skills advisable



In particular, each student will be able to do the following (Student Learning Outcomes) upon completion of this course:

  • Analyze primary and secondary sources and explain how they support a thesis statement
  • Explain relationships between the causes of historical events and their effects.
  • Describe a relevant individual involved in an historical event and explain his/her significance in this event.

** ALTHOUGH THIS SEMESTER DOES NOT INCLUDE AN OFFICIAL ASSESSMENT you will be practicing these skills throughout the semester while doing the primary source assignments**

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 Smart Phones, tablets, laptops or any other electronic devices without prior permission. You are welcome to make audio recordings of my lectures.

  • 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: Create Space 
				ISBN: 9781434837875 

Grading and Evaluation: Maximum Points Available 450


Exam 1+2 50 points                                  Guided Reading Assign. 30 points

Final Exam 60 points                                Independent Analytical Assign. 40 points

Attendance 50 points                               History Presentation 30 points

Discussions 60 points                             MC Assignment 80 points


Paper/novel Discussions .

There will be two(2) papers assignments due in this class. The first assignment is a Guided Reading Assignment. The second assignment is an Independent Analytical Essay based on your choice of one of two novels (below).

It is very important that students begin reading and thinking about these assignments well in advance of due dates. A reading guide for each book containing 10-15 analytical review questions is available on the course Black Board site. Each student shall be given a personal assignment folder in which to answer / organize all discussion questions.

In the case of the Guided Reading Assignment a 3 (three page) extended version of the answers to the analytical review questions is due one week after the discussion session

In the case of the Independent Analytical Essay a 4-5 (four-to-five) page paper is due two and a half weeks after the discussion session (see important dates below). Your thesis statement is due ONE week after the discussion session during Thanksgiving break via Course Messages. I will respond to your email by the end of that week.

The reading guide/questions and discussions will help you prepare for your papers as well as the exams. Answer the questions in a couple of 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 Guided Reading Assignment will be on The Two Lives of Charlemagne . Extended version Due: in class Hard Copy (PDF @ MIDNIGHT on BLACK BOARD/Safe Assign)(30 points )

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

Due: in class Hard Copy (PDF @ MIDNIGHT on BLACK BOARD/Safe Assign) (40 points)

The essay prompts will be available on the course Black Board site up until the due date. When turning in the 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 have been 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. At the beginning of class (15-20 minutes) students will be divided into groups to discuss the primary sources that accompany the chapter(s) under discussion that week. We will then discuss the answers together for the remainder of class time. 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

This will be an individual 10-15 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. NOTE: Depending on the number of students in the class this might become a small group collaborative presentation of groups of 3 or 4 students together, to be determined later in the semester.


All exams will cover lectures and readings. Each exam will have two parts. Part I will be SHORT ANSWER /IDENTIFICATION questions and Part II will be a 2 or 3 essay questions based on the lectures, the textbook as well as the primary source readings. The Study Guide containing a list of all possible identifications and all possible essay questions will be made available ONE week before the exam. Both parts of the exam will be equally weighted (50/50).

There will be NO MAKE-UPS except for students who made prior arrangements and or have 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 –> MAX 5 points for each chapter plus 5 extra points if all assignments are completed. While I will follow the general structure of the text this course will not simply cover the textbook material. It is assumed that students will read the textbook for themselves. Students should take notes.


Attendance and Late Papers:

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

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. FW final grades will only be assigned if warranted and if requested. It is the student’s responsibility to drop classes they no longer attend.

PAPERS AND OTHER ASSIGNMENTS 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 last day 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. Any changes will be announced on CANVAS.

TB = Textbook Reading

Here you will find Primary Source readings and Study Guide Folders etc,— Also Check for the most up to date assignments in the Weekly Homework section on CANVAS as semester goes by.

Week 1

Reading Monday: –> Disclaimer Sources used. Syllabus → print out last two pages- sign and bring to class. Watch: “How to Navigate This Course Site”

also read, print out and bring to class–>Additional help with Primary Sources( 3 docs.), Working with Historical sources(2 docs.) (PRIMARY SOURCE MATERIALS folder)

Reading Wednesday:TB: The Beginnings of Human Society to C. 4000 B.C.E.

Week 2

Reading Monday TB: Ch 1 Early Western Civilization, 4000–1000 B.C.E.

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

Week 3

Monday: In Class: Discussion Primary Sources: Session 1 . See PRIMARY SOURCE MATERIALS folder CANVAS.

Wednesday In class: Video The Greeks the Crucible of Civilization + take home quiz 

Week 4


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

Take home quiz due

Week 5

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

Wednesday in class: Discussion Primary Sources: Session 2. See PRIMARY SOURCE MATERIALS folder CANVAS

Week 6

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

Wednesday in class Discussion Primary Sources: Session 3. See PRIMARY SOURCE MATERIALS folder CANVAS

Week 7 EXAM Week –> Please refer to the Exam 1 Study Guide CANVAS

Monday: EXAM 1–> Part 1 Identifications

Wednesday: EXAM 1 –> Part 2: essays

Week 8

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

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

Week 9

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

Wednesday in class : Guide Reading Discussion . Please refer to the Paper Assignment file on BB for the analytical questions

Week 10

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

Wednesday in class:Discussion Primary Sources: Session 4.See PRIMARY SOURCE MATERIALS folder CANVAS.

Extended version guided reading assignment Due Hard copy in class + PDF due on Black Board (Safe Assign)by Midnight

Week 11 Exam week Please refer to the midterm study folder CANVAS

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

Wednesday : EXAM 2 —> Part 1: Identifications/short answer questions

Week 12 Exam week Please refer to the Exam 2 Study Guide CANVAS

Monday : Exam 2 —> Part 2: Essay questions

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

Week 13

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

No Class Wednesday VETERANS’ DAY

Week 14

Reading Monday: TB: Ch 13 Crisis and Renaissance, 1340–1492

In class Wednesday : BOOK DISCUSSION #2a and 2b Please refer to the PAPER ASSIGNMENT fill on CANVAS

Week 15 Thanksgiving Break

Thesis statement paper due Wednesday 11/25 @ Midnight via Course Messages (11:59pm)

Week 16

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

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

Paper #2a and 2b due. Hard copy in class + PDF due on CANVAS by midnight 12/2

Week 17

Monday Group ONE History presentations

Wednesday Group TWO History presentations

Week 18 FINAL EXAM please refer to the Final Exam Study guide CANVAS

Point distribution 450 – 400 (90%) = A

399 – 360 (80%) = B

359 – 261 (58 %) = C

260 – 211 (47%) = D

210 – 0 (FAIL) = F

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History 105 Student information sheet:


By signing this document I declare to have familiarized myself with:

  • The Course Syllabus

    • House Keeping rules

    • Required Reading

    • Grading and Evaluation Policy

    • Assignments, Exam, Attendance and Late Paper Policies

    • Course Outline and Points Distribution

    • Academic Integrity and Code of Conduct

    • Disabilities accommodation information

    • Important Dates Section

    • Add/Drop information Online

    • The whole CANVAS Course site (all pull down menu items) ESPECIALLY:

        • Additional Essential Information for this course

        • Disclaimer Sources used

Please write clearly and hand in A.S.A.P.( 5 points if handed in by meeting 2 )

Name: ___________________________________________________

Email: ___________________________________________________

Thank you!

History 105 checklist

Papers, Exams and

Assignments to complete

Points poss. ID-s


Essay Total Points earned
This list does not include any points for : Attendance (50) Or Discussions (60) yet.
Guided Reading Assignment 30
Independent Essay/Paper 40
Exam 1 50 : 10
Exam 2 50

: 10

Final Exam 60 : 10
MC 1 Max 5
MC 2 Max 5
MC 3 Max 5
MC 4 Max 5
MC 5 Max 5
MC 6 Max 5
MC 7 Max 5
MC 8 Max 5
MC 9 Max 5
MC 10 Max 5
MC 11 Max 5
MC 12 Max 5
MC 13 Max 5
MC 14 Max 5
MC 15 Max 5
History Presentation 30