Western Civilization I

HI 101

Fall 2009           MWF 9:00-10:05          200 CTC

 

Dr. Erika Lindgren                                                                               erika.lindgren@wartburg.edu

314 Luther Hall                                                                                    352-8201                                            

Office Hours: WF 7:45-8:45, F 12- 1, and by appointment

Supplemental Instructor: Sean Corpstein        Sean’s cell: 319-310-4956

SI meeting time:

 

Course Description

The first of two surveys of the history of Western Civilization, this course is designed to introduce students to the political, social, economic, religious, and cultural developments of major civilizations associated historically with European and European-influenced societies. 

 

Course Goals:  By the end of the term you should be able to:

1.    Express a broad understanding of why and how western civilization developed during its first few millennia.  This is the “Big Picture.”

2.    Show knowledge of some of the key historical figures and events that shaped early western civilization.

3.    Read, discuss, and write about primary source documents.

4.    Understand how historians practice their craft.

5.    Understand how art historians approach the material remains of western civilization {This course is Interconnected Fine Arts/Humanities)

6.    Uncover some of the links between our current society and that of the past.

 

Course Themes:

This course covers a large span of history, and we will be limited in what we will have time to explore.  The major themes that we will return to time and again will be:

1.    What are the different ways that humans explain their place in society and the world?

2.    How have different historical societies organized themselves?

3.    How has the place of women and slaves changed over time and with different societies?

4.    How have rulers gained, held, and lost power?

 

Required Texts

 

۰Lynn Hunt et al., The Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures- A Concise History, vol. 1, 2nd ed.., New York: Bedford/St. Martin, 2007.

 

•Katharine J. Lualdi, ed., Sources of the Making of the West, vol. 1, 2nd ed., New York: Bedford/St. Martin, 2007.

 

Website: http://faculty.wartburg.edu/lindgrene contains copies of the syllabus and study guides for exams.

Copies also available on My.Wartburg

 

Assignments

Readings- You are responsible for the readings assigned in this syllabus.  On the day that they are assigned you should complete them before class. Always bring the day’s/week’s reading to class. Taking notes on what you read, on your computer, in a notebook, or in the margins of the text, will assist you in summarizing and remembering the major points of the texts.  Despite its ease, highlighting is rarely helpful.    Please note that lectures will not always cover the same material as the textbook.

 

Exams- There will be three exams, spaced throughout this course.  Study guides will be provided.  All exams will assume knowledge of previous exams.

 

Quizzes- Quizzes are marked on the syllabus with a Q.  The quizzes cover readings done since the last quiz. These are administered on My.Wartburg and must be completed before class on the day they are listed for [8:45 am].  The quizzes will usually be available 48 hours before the day they are marked.  All quizzes are randomly generated and will time out after a reasonable amount of time. You will receive a grade immediately after taking the quiz, but will not be able to review your answers until after the quiz has closed for the class.  If you need adjustment to this quiz-taking method due to a documented disability, please discuss this with the professor.

 

Late work will not be accepted unless prior arrangement has been made with the professor

 

Participation-While primarily a lecture class, there will be opportunities for students to ask and answer questions, as well as discuss issues raised by the primary source documents.  Just being present does not count as participation.

 

Grading and Attendance Policy

 

Exam 1                       200

Exam 2                       200

Exam 3                       250

Participation                100

Quizzes               250

 

You are responsible for all material covered in the classes you miss.  If you miss more than 10% of the class meetings, your final course grade will be docked.  Missing class also means you cannot contribute to your participation in class.  If you fail to take any of the exams, you will receive a grade of F for the course. In the case of absence due to documented illness or documented participation in College-related activities, alternatives may be arranged.

 

 

Honor Code/Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the representation of the work or ideas of others as your own.  Plagiarism can result from failing to cite a source, giving insufficient credit to the original authors, closely paraphrasing without attribution, and direct copying.  The Academic Policies Committee of Student Senate and the Honor Council have asked faculty to remind students that “[a]s a matter of personal commitment, students, faculty, and staff of Wartburg College are expected to demonstrate three simple principles:

1) All work submitted be your own.

2) When using the work or ideas of others, including fellow students, give full credit through accurate citations.

3) Maintain academic honesty both on examinations and class assignments.

 If you are uncertain about the ground rules on a particular assignment, ask for clarification.  All are responsible for abiding by these guidelines and opposing academic dishonesty by reporting any act that goes against these guidelines.”[1]  All forms of plagiarism and cheating will result in severe academic penalties. In most cases the assignment will receive a zero and the instructor reserves the right to report this academic dishonesty to the student’s advisor and the dean.  In some cases, the students will be given a failing grade for the course

Special Needs

"The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ( ADA ) provides protection from illegal discrimination for qualified individuals with disabilities.  Students requesting instructional accommodations due to disabilities must arrange for such accommodations by contacting Carla Coates, Pathways Associate for Testing and Disability Services, in the Pathways Center, located on the third floor of Vogel Library.  She may be reached by phone at ext. 8230 or by e-mail at carla.coates@wartburg.edu.

 

Classroom policies:

            1.   Arrive promptly

2.    Please turn off all cell phones, pagers, beepers, and noisy watches.

3.    No texting or messaging in class.

4.    You may only record my classes with my permission.

5.    If you know you must leave early, let me know before class and sit near the door.

6.    Limit exiting and reentering the classroom during the class period.  It is disruptive to your fellow students and distracting to the professor.

7.    Make sure you put your name on everything you turn in!

8.    Follow the directions on all assignments!  It will save headaches and heartaches.

9.    I have nothing against food and drink in the classroom.  Just make sure it is not too messy, smelly, or noisy- NO chips!!  AND PICK UP AFTER YOURSELF!

 

Schedule of Classes: Readings to be completed before class on the day they are listed.

 

Week 1            The beginnings of civilization

W 9/9               Introduction

F 9/11              Working with Historical Sources in Sourcebook

 

Week 2            Ancient Greece

M 9/14             Hunt, chapter 1, p. 33-38 Q

W 9/16             No reading

F 9/18              Hunt, chapter 1, p. 38-49 Q                               

 

Week 3            Archaic and Classical Greece

M 9/21             Source 1.4, 1.5                                                                 

W 9/23             Hunt, chapter 2, p. 51-65   Source 2.3, 2.4, 2.5                                                        

F 9/25              Hunt, chapter 2, p. 65-83 Source 2.1

 

Week 4            Classical Greece

M 9/28             Hunt, chapter 2, 83-89                                 

W 9/30             Hunt, chapter 3, 91-99 Q   Source 2.2, 3.4

F 10/2              Greek Art                                             

 

Week 5            The Hellenistic World

M 10/5             EXAM 1

W 10/7             Hunt, chapter 3, p. 99-127;  Source 3.1, 3.2, 3.3                                                                                          

F 10/9              Hunt, chapter 4, p. 129-142; Source 4.1, 4.2                   

 

Week 6            Early Rome

M 10/12           Hunt, chapter 4, p. 142-158; Source 4.3, 4.4

W 10/14           Hunt, chapter 4, p. 158-169; Q  Source 4.5

F 10/16            Hunt, chapter 5, p. 171-184; Source 5.2, 5.3, 5.4 short class

 

Week 7            Roman Empire

M 10/19           Hunt, chapter 5, p. 184- 211   Q

W 10/21           Hunt, chapter 6, p. 213-235;   Q Source 6.1, 6.2, 6.3

F 10/22            Outfly Placeholder

 

Week 8            Late Empire

M 10/26           Catch up class

W 10/28           Hunt, chapter 6, p. 235-257 Q

Fall Term Break

 

Week 9            From Late Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages in Europe

M 11/2             Hunt, chapter 7, p. 259-279 Q

W 11/4             EXAM 2  STUDY GUIDE FOR EXAM 2

F 11/6              Hunt, chapter 7, p. 275-292 Q.  Source 6.4, 7.4, 7.5 

 

Week 10          Early Middle Ages

M 11/9             Hunt, chapter 8, p. 295-309 Q

W 11/11           Hunt, chapter 8, p. 309-337   

F 11/13            Source 8.1, 8.2, 8.5

 

Week 11          The High Middle Ages

M 11/16           Hunt, chapter 9, p. 339-358, Q Source 9.1, 9.3

W 11/18           Hunt, chapter 9, p. 358-369  Source 9.2

F 11/20            Hunt, chapter 9, p. 369-383,  Source 9.4

 

Week 12          The High Middle Ages

M 11/23           Hunt, chapter 10, p. 385-409 Q

W 11/25           Medieval Art  Source 10.1

Thanksgiving Break

 

Week 13          The Late Middle Ages

M 11/30           Hunt chapter 10, p. 409-423 Q Source 9.5, 10.2

W 12/2             Hunt, chapter 11, p. 426-448 Q

F  12/4             Source 11.1, 11.2

 

Week 14          The Renaissance

M 12/7             Hunt, chapter 11, p.448-471 Q

W 12/9             Source 10.3, 11.3, 11.4

F 12/11            Renaissance Art

Classes end

 

 

 

Exam 3 will be given during the finals period Monday, December14, 8:30-10:30 am.

 

The professor reserves the right to make changes to syllabus, and will notify students when she does so.

 


 

[1] Wartburg College Honor Code at http://www.wartburg.edu/academics/honorcode.html.