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Daniella Kreijen Ashburn M.A.





Daniella Ashburn

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COURSE TITLE: Western Civilization Since the Reformations UNITS: 3.00

Grade Only


This course will cover the emergence of modern Europe and the expansion of European power and influences. Also, there will be special attention given to cultural and intellectual trends which affect Western civilization leading up to and including the Twenty-first Century. 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 should be reasonably able to:

  1. Examine the rise of Absolutism and the Constitutional Monarchy in 17th century Europe.
  2. Analyze the Enlightenment and its influence on 18th century European social, economic and political institutions.
  3. Evaluate the effects of the Enlightenment, the French Revolution and
  4. Napoleon on cultural, intellectual, social, economic and political institutions in 18th and 19th century Europe.
  5. Analyze the Industrial Revolution and how it altered the institutions of Europe.
  6. Examine imperialism.
  7. Examine the interrelationship between technology and modern warfare.
  8. Analyze the struggle between the democracies and the totalitarian states in the 20th century.
  9. Examine the end of imperialism and the rise of new systems which govern the interrelationships between nations.
  10. Examine the causes and effects of the Cold War.
  11. Analyze the challenges to the West since the end of the Cold War and the collapse of Communism, the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc.


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

* Lecture

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

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

* 3. Use of the Internet and/or other computer-based technologies in doing historical


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

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

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


E-book Available at:


NOVELS : -1: Longitude: The true Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time

By Dava Sobel

Publisher: Walker Publishing Company Inc. New York (1995)– paperback edition: ISBN 13: 978-08027-1529-6

Choose One of the following two titles:

-2: The Road Back

By Erich Maria Remarque

Publisher: Ballantine Books (Jan 1998)

ISBN-13: 978-0449912461


-3: A Woman in Berlin


Publisher:St. Martin’s Press (2005)


Grading and Evaluation:

All graded assignments and exams must be completed to earn a passing grade.

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 10-15 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 Longitude (30 points ). Due: in class Hard Copy (PDF @ MIDNIGHT)

The second paper will be on your choice of either :The Road Back OR A Woman in Berlin

Due: in class Hard Copy (PDF @ MIDNIGHT ) (40 points)

The essay topics will be available on the course CANVAS 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 CANVAS.– no grade will be assigned until both versions are received.

Primary Source Discussions 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 chapters 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 summaries 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 CANVAS 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).

Multiple Choice Homework

In order to help students engage with the textbook 16 assignments of 15 Multiple choice questions has been created as home work. Points will be earned by completing the assignments –> 5 points for each . 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.

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.

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 . 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 day of 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.

TB = Textbook Reading

CANVAS. 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

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

Week 2

Reading Monday:TB: Ch 14:Global encounters and Religious Reforms 1492-1560

Reading Wednesday: Ch 15: Wars of Religion and the Clash of World views

Week 3

Reading Monday Ch 16: State Building and the Search for Order : How to Interpret Primary Sources and Working with Primary sources– See WRITING TOOLS FOLDER on BB

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

Week 4

Watch before Wednesday: “NIST: Colloquium Series: The Quest to Measure Longitude.” See IMAGES AND SOUNDS folder

Reading Monday: TB: Ch 17: The Atlantic systems and its Consequences

Wednesday:“Longitude” BOOK Discussion Session Please refer to the PAPER ASSIGNMENT folder on CANVAS

Week 5

NO Class Monday President’s Day

Reading Wednesday TB:Ch 18 The Promise of the Enlightenment

Week 6 Longitude Paper Due (PDF @ Midnight)

Reading Monday TB: Ch 19 The Cataclysm of Revolution

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

Week 7

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

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

Reading Wednesday:TB: Ch 20: Napoleon and the Revolutionary Legacy

Week 8

Reading Monday TB:Ch 21: Industrialization and social Ferment, 1830-1850

Reading Wednesday Ch 22 Politics and culture of the Nation-State, 1850-1870

Week 9

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

Reading Wednesday:TB:Ch 23 Industry, Empire and Every-day Life, 1870-1890

Week 10 Spring Break

Week 11

Reading Monday TB: Ch 24 Modernity and the Road to War, 1890-1914

Reading Wednesday TB: Ch 25 Word War I and its Aftermath, 1914 -1929

Week 12

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

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

Reading Wednesday: TB: Ch 26 The Great Depression and WW II, 1929-1945

Week 13

Monday:BOOK DISCUSSION #2a : The Road Back : BOOK DISCUSSION #2b :

A Woman in Berlin. Please refer to the PAPER ASSIGNMENT folder on CANVAS

Reading Wednesday TB : Ch 27 The Cold War and the Remaking of Europe1945-1960s

Week 14

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

Reading Wednesday TB: Ch 28 Postindustrial Society and the End of the Cold War Order, 1960s-1989

Week 15 The Road Back and A Woman in Berlin paper HC in class 5/1. PDF @ Midnight

Reading Monday TB: : Ch 29 A New Globalism, 1989-Present

Wednesday Discussion Primary Sources : Session 5. See PRIMARY SOURCE MATERIALS CANVAS

Week 16

Monday Group ONE History presentations

Wednesday Group TWO History presentations

Week 17

Monday Group THREE History presentations

Wednesday Group FOUR History presentations


Point distribution 440 – 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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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 Course CANVAS site (all pull down menu items)

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

Name: ___________________________________________________

Email: ___________________________________________________

Thank you!