History is an attempt to understand the stories of the past.  We must not ignore dates and facts, but interpretations define the way we view the world around us.

Course Information:


Western Civilizations I (Hybrid)


Hist 101.013  


Spring 2017


Wednesday 10:30-12:00


 LC 309



John (Kinch) Kincheloe





Office Location:


LR 308




Office Hours:  Listed on Home page (link)


- Although often falsely depicted as a linear and inevitable march of increasingly complex cultures, Western Civilization can better be classified as an amalgamation of hundreds of different civilizations interacting and learning from one another. 


- This course will examine numerous Western Civilizations to better comprehend how nomadic, agricultural, African, European, Middle Eastern, pagan, Muslim, Jewish, and Christian societies contributed to the development of present day Western Civilization.  In the process you just might gain a better understanding of the complexity of the various cultures in this age of increasing globalization.


-The course focuses on a single phrase: “Religion is the Opiate of the Masses.”  (Karl Marx)  You will be asked to assess the meaning and accuracy of this phrase as we play out the complicated history of the Western World.  


By the end of the semester you should:

-Develop your own understanding of “Modern Western Civilization” and how the numerous civilizations of the western world contributed to such a society.

-Organize your own ideas on the relationship of early civilizations to present day cultures throughout the Western World.

-Be able to devise original arguments about historical trends and events and prove them using both primary and secondary information.


Course Description and Objectives: 

Stuff the college makes me include:

Course Description

Surveys the general history of the Western world from about 3000 BCE to 1600 CE and allows students to reach a basic understanding of the characteristic features of the Western world's early historical development in that span of time. Students will learn about some of the important political, economic, social, intellectual, cultural and religious changes that shaped the development of the West from earliest times.


- Establish a chronology of historical events in the Western world before 1600 CE. 

- Explain the changing geopolitical structures of the Western world up until 1600 CE. 

- Define the importance of key individuals and developments in Western civilization before 1600 CE.

- Identify the social, economic and political forces at work in the evolution of early and medieval Western history.

- Recognize and describe the significance of some of the cultural achievements of ancient and medieval Western civilization.

- Analyze complex historical sources and materials and reach conclusions based on interpretations of those materials. 


Recommended Co-requisites or Pre-requisites:

There are no pre-requisites, but this is a writing intensive course so an introductory English course is highly recommended.


Course Textbooks:

-Textbook=                        - Western Civilizations Cole, Symes, Coffin & Stacey (4th or 3rd Brief Edition)

-Additional books =         - Epic of Gilgamesh

-Canterbury Tales, Chaucer

-Additional online materials will be made available via Blackboard


Minimum Technical Requirements and skills for Hybrid Course:

Course includes both classroom and online meetings. A portion of this course is delivered via the World Wide Web in lieu of traditional classroom hours.  Student must have access to the Internet and access to Blackboard. A hybrid class requires additional work outside the traditional lecture period. To that end, you will complete a series of assignments, which will take you about the same amount of time as you spend in class. This will require you to have access to a computer and reliable, preferably high-speed, Internet connection.

-Students must have some version of office, have a basic working knowledge of Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.

-Students must store course work on a cloud server such as Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive.  (A computer crash is not a valid excuse for late work.)


Tree Preservation

This is a paperless course. 

- All additional readings, assignments, and course materials are set as links on the syllabus and the course schedule.

-All assignments, quizzes, and discussions must be submitted to BB before the due date and time.

-You will need to check your VCCS email or Blackboard acct. weekly for course updates.
                -To access Blackboard = Log in to “My NOVA”  https://nvcc.my.vccs.edu/jsp/home.jsp



Hybrid assignments are intended to take the place of in class learning, and should be thought of as an opportunity to engage with the material, not just basic HW.


Spring 2017  His 101 Hybrid Course Schedule

note: due to the Hybrid nature of the course there are Multiple weekly deadlines.



Class Date



Face-to-Face Meeting


Hybrid Activities

(Due Monday 11:59pm - BEFORE CLASS)




(Vid-Research Video)



Reading / Assignments

(to be completed before the class)

[Wed. 10:30am]

Week 1

(Jan. 11)

Intro, What is Civilization?

Introduction Post
Introduction Assignment

Week 2

(Jan. 18)

Mesopotamia & Egypt

Complete Unit 2 Discussion

Read Online Primary Sources

Read Textbook Ch.  1 all

              -Take Quiz 1


Week 3

(Jan. 25)

An Ancient Maritime World

Complete Unit 3 Discussion
Read Online Primary Sources

Group 1 –

Read Textbook Ch.  2 all

-Take Quiz 2

Epic of Gilgamesh

Week 4
(Feb. 1)

The Idea of Classical Greece
1150-480 B.C.E

Complete Unit 4 Discussion
Read Online Primary Sources

Group 2
Group 6 - Vid

Read Textbook Ch. 3  all

-Take Quiz 3

             ==Paper 1 due==

Week 5

(Feb. 8)

Hellenistic Civilization & Alexander 359-200 B.C.E.

Complete Unit 5 Discussion
Read Online Primary Sources

Group 3 –

Group 7 - Vid

Read Textbook Ch. 4  all

-Take Quiz 4

Week 6

(Feb. 15)

                      ROME                                  753B.C.E.–305 B.C.E.

Complete Unit 6 Discussion
Read Online Primary Sources

Group 4 –

Group 8 - Vid

Read Textbook Ch. 5  all

Week 7

(Feb. 22)

                Roman Culture                        

Complete Unit 7 Discussion
Read Online Primary Sources

Group 9 - Vid

Read Textbook Ch. 5

-Take Quiz 5

Week 8

(Mar. 1)

Midterm Exam

Complete Unit 8 Discussion
Read Online Primary Sources

Midterm Exam

         Spring Break

Week 9

(Mar. 15 )

  Christianity and  Byzantine Rome         0-350 C.E.

Complete Unit 9 Discussion
Read Online Primary Sources

Group 5 - Sum
Group 10 - Vid

Read Textbook Ch. 6 all

-Take Quiz 6


Week 10

(Mar. 22)

            The Islamic World

Complete Unit 10 Discussion
Read Online Primary Sources

Group 6 Sum.
Group 1 - Vid

Read Textbook Ch. 7  all

-Take Quiz 7

Week 11

(Mar. 29)

Age of Vikings & Migration Period

Complete Unit 11 Discussion
Read Online Primary Sources

Group 7

Group 2 - Vid
Group 3- Vid

Read Textbook Ch. 8 all

-Take Quiz 8

Read-Saga of the Banded Man

Week 12

(Apr. 5)

Middle Ages:
   Rise of Early Europe

Complete Unit 12 Discussion
Read Online Primary Sources

Group 8

Group 4 - Vid

Read Textbook Ch. 9  all

-Take Quiz 9

Week 13

(Apr. 12)

Middle Ages:
Church and Era of Crisis        1300-1500.


Read Online Primary Sources

Read Textbook Ch. 10 all

-Take Quiz 10

-B: Canterbury Tales (Read in its entirety)

==Paper 2 due==

Week 14

(Apr. 19)

         Age of Discovery &                    The Renaissance         1350-1550

Complete Unit 14 Discussion
Read Online Primary Sources

Group 9- Sum.
Group 5- Vid

Read Textbook Ch. 11-12 all

-Take Quizzes 11 -12

Week 15

(Apr. 26)

The Reformation

Complete Unit 15 Discussion
Read Online Primary Sources

Group 10

Read Textbook Ch. 13 all

-Take Quiz 13

Week 16

Final Exam

Wed. May 3rd =  10am


 Final Exam

Note: The instructor has the right to alter or change the course schedule at any time as he/she deems appropriate.


Grading Policy:

All assignments are graded on a 100 point scale and averaged accordingly to the percentages listed below.




In class Participation



Group Presentations



Chapter Quizzes



Hybrid Discussions


Grading Scale


2 - 3 page papers




Midterm Exam




Final Exam       











59 and below

Late Assignments 

-Late papers and all Hybrid activities will be accepted after the due date and time for half credit, as long as they are submitted before the final class period of the term.

-Discussion, Quizzes, Participation, and Presentation assignments will only be accepted during the week they are due.

-All assignments should be stored on a cloud server and submitted online.  Excuses such as “my dog ate my homework” and “my computer crashed” are no longer valid.

Exams and Make-Up Exams

For exam sessions, make-ups will not be given other than in the case of a genuine emergency with appropriate documentation (ie, emergency room documents, court summons, etc.)  Missing class due to "not feeling well," not being able to get a ride, having to work, and the like are not genuine emergencies.


Posting of Grades

HW, Hybrid Assignments, and presentations will be graded and posted within a week of their due date. 

Papers and Exams will be graded and posted within two weeks of their due date, in order to give more detailed feedback.


Attendance Policy: 

This is a hybrid course whereas 50% of the coursework assignments are completed outside the classroom.  Students are expected to work at least nine (9) hours a week to completed coursework expectations.  Students are required to log onto blackboard at least three times a week, to ensure awareness of assignment updates, coursework modifications and weekly announcements. 

Absences, Late arrival, and leaving early will affect a student’s grade due to the student not being able to participate in class/group discussions. Regular attendance is expected and an attendance record will be maintained for each class.  Students who fail to attend class during the first 25 percent of the course will be administratively withdrawn from the course.


o   Group Work

§  You will be assigned a group that you will work with throughout the semester.  

·         Your group will have its own private discussion board and collaboration on BB in week 2 of the semester.         

§  Video Group Research Presentations -Click Here = for detailed instructions.

·         Your group will produce a publicly posted five minute research presentation to be shown in the class.

§  Chapter Summary

·         Once during the semester your group will give a 5 minute lesson to the class explaining the most important points made in the assigned chapter or chapters for that week.

o   Failure to appear will result in a “0” grade for this assignment.

              o   Chapter quizzes Each quiz is due before the start of class the week in which the corresponding chapter is assigned.


o   Hybrid Discussions

§  Primary Document discussions will occur every week.

§  Discussion will be graded based on both quantity and quality of posts.

§  Due every Monday before 12noon.


o   Participation & Quizzes

§  Based on attendance and active engagement in daily discussions.


o   2- 3pg. argumentative papers

o   Utilizing readings from primary sources, and the textbook.

o   (All papers should be submitted via attachment on blackboard before class of the assigned due date.)

o   Midterm

                                 §  Consists of 3 parts:  Map, Chronology/Causation, Significance Identifications.

o   Final     

§  Exam on second half of course. (same model as midterm

                                    §  1 Cumulative essay -3 pg typed essay question (on syllabus)

                Review sheets, containing key terms and map items, will be posted under course documents on BB.

                Final Cumulative Exam Question

 Over the course of the semester you have examined the relationship of religion to culture, society, and government across four thousand years of western history.   What is the role of religion in history?

(Evidence and Information must be used from across the breadth of the semester and 3 different primary documents to prove your Argument.)


Extra Credit Assignments (due by the end of Week 13) =

-Digital History Project- http://www.nvcc.edu/home/jkincheloe/extracredit.html

                   Take a look and talk to Kinch if you are interested.


Lecture Textbook Review Materials (links) 

-Textbook Study Guide= Western Civ.
-Lecture Review Materials:    WC1 Chapter Terms         WC1 Powerpoint1            WC1 Powerpoint2   

Guidelines for Written Work 

Formatting: All Papers should be double spaced, using 12 point Calibri font and one inch margins.  All papers must be word processed and submitted through Blackboard as “doc,” “docx,” or “rtf.”      E-mail submissions will not be accepted.  

Style and Grammar: You must present your arguments in clear, concise, and grammatically correct English.  Make sure to proofread and use spell-check. For information on writing papers for this class, make sure to read Kinch’s writing guide (under course documents on BB.)  You also might want to consult the following handy websites:

o       NVCC Loudoun's Writing Center

o       Charlie Evans’ History Writing Center

Citations:  You MUST include a formal citation any time you refer to a specific passage in a text, even if you do not quote the text directly.  The required method for citing sources in this class is Chicago Style formatting for footnote citations.  According to this format, you “Insert Footnote” (under references) and enter the citation information as laid out in this link.


Attendance Policy: 

Absences, Late arrival, and leaving early will affect a student’s grade due to the student not being able to participate in class/group discussions. Arriving on time for class must be observed to maximize student benefits from course activities and minimize disruption to other students. Students missing more than thirty percent of the scheduled classes without an excused absence from the professor will receive ZERO points for the class participation grade. Class absence does not excuse a student from meeting assignment due dates


Academic Dishonesty: 

Academic Dishonesty will not be tolerated.

Students involved in cheating will receive a grade of “0” on the activity during which cheating occurred and particularly flagrant or obviously intentional instances of cheating or plagiarism will result in a grade of "F" for the course.  In addition the student will be reported to the Dean of Students for further disciplinary action.


Please read the section titled Student Conduct, Rights, and Responsibilities:  F. Academic Dishonesty in the Student Handbook.


Academic dishonesty, as a general rule, involves one of the following acts:

1.       Cheating on an examination or quiz; including the giving, receiving, or soliciting of information and the unauthorized use of notes or other materials.

2.       Substituting for another person during an examination or allowing such substitution for one’s self.

3.       Plagiarism. This is the act of appropriating passages from the work of another individual, either word for word or in substance, and representing them as one’s own work. This includes any submission of written work other than one’s own.

-Please note that even copying a sentence or two from another source without citing it is enough to trigger a plagiarism penalty.  Likewise, changing a word here or there from content which you copy is plagiarism.  Your work should be entirely in your own words except for the passages which you quote and appropriately cite. All of your papers for the class will be checked for plagiarism by SafeAssign software.

4.       Collusion with another person in the preparation or editing of assignments submitted for credit, unless such collaboration has been approved in advance by the instructor.

5.       Knowingly furnishing false information to the College; forgery and alteration or use of College documents or instruments of identification with the intent to defraud.

Be aware of the following:

- Internet-enabled devices, dictionaries and/or calculators are prohibited during testing.

- If you need to leave the room during testing, for whatever reason, your test will be collected immediately for grading without any additional time for more work on the test or quiz.


Instructor/Student Communications Policy:

The primary means of communication outside the classroom between the Instructor and the student is via Blackboard Announcements and e-mail. Students should check Blackboard and their e-mail daily for any Instructor communications. Failure on the part of the student to check Blackboard and e-mail on a regular basis is not an excuse for missed /late assignments or exams. The Instructor turn-around time to respond to e-mails is 24-to-48 hours Monday through Friday.

Instructors receive a significant number of e-mails from students over the course of the semester. To specifically identify the course in which the student is enrolled, all e-mail from the student must include the course and section number (e.g., ACC211-000) in the Subject of the e-mail.


I will email you at the email address on my class list which is your VCCS email address. If you do not check this address frequently, I would recommend you set it up for automatic forwarding to an email address you do check more frequently. When emailing the instructor, always send email from your VCCS email address.


Electronic Devices

Laptops and tablets are encouraged in class, but surfing for non-subject related material during class will not be tolerated.  If seen you will be asked to explain the relevance of what is on your screen and you may be asked to leave the room.  You will be required to engage with your own or provided devices during class discussion. Screens under 7 in. are not valid in-class devices for this course. Phones should be stowed and silenced during class time. If the device is heard, I reserve the right to respond to the call or incoming message.


Student Professionalism

Please be considerate. Disruptive behavior, on the ground and online, will not be tolerated.  Private conversations during lecture or class discussions, ringing mobile phones, texting, sleeping, or walking into class late or out of class early all distract and disturb your instructor and your classmates, and will count against your participation grade.  Repeated instances of rude behavior will result your removal from the classroom.   If you have a question or a comment on the course material, please raise your hand and share it with the class.

All students are considered adults and will conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times. Please read the section titled Student Conduct, Rights, and Responsibilities:  B. Student Conduct in the Student Handbook.



"Netiquette" is an abbreviation for "Internet etiquette" – simply, basic rules of the road for the "Information Superhighway." Online learning involves much communication using email, bulletin boards, chats and other methods.

Anonymity – While anonymity is often, and justifiably, desired in many Internet communications, maintaining your identity is essential in an online course. If at any time you have concerns about your privacy in an online course, please let your instructor know. Make sure you include your name on all your emails as some messaging systems will not include this and many email addresses do not indicate the name of the sender.

Brevity – Very few people want to read long messages. Other than for special situations, try to keep most of your communications brief and to the point. Others will thank you, and you'll be equally grateful to everyone else.

Communication – Use the Subject Line. Make your entry in the Subject Line concise and informative. Focus on one subject per message and always include a pertinent subject title for the message; that way the user can locate the message quickly. Include your name at the bottom of email messages. Be careful when using sarcasm and humor. Without face to face communications, your joke may be viewed as criticism.

Inappropriate material – Suggestive or pornographic content or links do not belong in online courses, nor does anything promoting hatred or discrimination.

Large files – Avoid sending unnecessarily large files and attachments. Many of those cute screen savers and computer games circulated via email place a heavy load on email systems and create large downloads, particularly for those who are on slower modems or using older computers. They often may also carry malicious content such as viruses.

Privacy – It is simple to forward a message you have received from someone else. However, unless it is clear you have their permission to do so, check first. This is particularly important when you post a private message sent to you from someone else to a public bulletin board or email list.

Readability – Try to format your messages with lots of breaks and headings. One long paragraph that fills some else's full screen with no breaks will very likely not be read. Watch for errors: a careful read as well as a spell-check will solve most problems--lots of mistakes are extremely annoying.

Shouting – What is shouting? THIS IS: TYPING A MESSAGE IN CAPITAL LETTERS IS TYPICALLY UNDERSTOOD AS THE EQUIVALENT OF SHOUTING AT SOMEONE. It is perceived as rude and will usually result in a request by others to "Stop yelling" or worse, a "flame"--a flurry of angry responses that will bombard your email inbox.

Adapted from http://www.jibc.bc.ca/onlineLearning/online/online/net.htm.

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The IT Help Desk provides first-level technical support to all faculty, staff and students of Northern Virginia Community College. Additional details and resources are located at http://www.nvcc.edu/ithd/.

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday:

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.


8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.






Anyone observing an emergency situation should contact the Campus Police Office or the dean of students.

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Campus Police:


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Disability Services for Students:

The College is committed to the goal of providing each qualified student an equal opportunity to pursue a college education regardless of disability. Efforts will be made toward meeting reasonable requests for services to students with disabilities eligible under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Please read the section titled Disability Services for Students in the Student Handbook.

Students requiring special needs in accordance with the American’s With Disabilities Act must provide to the professor the NOVA Accommodation Form. Every effort will be made to meet student’s special needs when the student makes those needs known appropriately. It is the student’s responsibility, not a counselor’s, to present the NOVA Accommodation Form to the professor. Accommodations will begin as soon as the form is received and are not retroactive.

Please visit the Disability Support Service (DSS), Disability Documentation Guidelines, and Students with Disabilities Intake Packet NOVA website pages for additional details and list of Disability Counselors by Campus. 

Northern Virginia Community College, Disability Services http://www.nvcc.edu/current-students/disability-services/

-Accommodation forms should be given to the instructor no fewer than 7 days before the date the assignment or exam requiring the accommodation is due, and preferably at the very beginning of the semester.

Classroom Emergency Response Procedures

All classrooms have an evacuation plan and directions (showing the route to the nearest building exit) posted next to the light switch by the doorway of each room. When the fire alarm sounds, immediately evacuate the classroom or lab with all of your belongings in accordance with the Evacuation Plan. Do not take the elevator. Do not activate cell phones or radios and please help assist the disabled.

Inclement Weather Policy

You may find out whether the college is closed by checking the web site, the TV or radio news, or by signing up for text message announcements. Please visit https://www.nvcc.edu/emergency/closing/index.html for detailed information. Individuals may also call the College Call Center at 703–323–3000, NOVAConnect Phone at 703–323–3770, or in Prince William County 703–330–3770. Do not call individual offices.

If weather conditions cause the College to close, all NOVA campuses and off-campus locations are closed.

Emergency Procedures for Class Continuance 

In the event of a College-wide emergency, course requirements, classes, deadlines, and grading schemes are subject to changes that may include alternate delivery methods, alternate methods of interaction with the instructor, class materials, and/or classmates, a revised attendance policy, and a revised semester calendar and/or grading scheme.

=Normal Class cancelation due to weather will not affect the course schedule – You are responsible for all readings and assignments regardless of whether we have class on not.

Nova Emergency Alert Registration: https://alert.nvcc.edu

In event of an emergency just regarding this class, check Blackboard for announcements regarding course progress/assignments.

------Note: The instructor has the right to alter or change the course and course schedule at any time as he deems appropriate.-------



contact: jkincheloe@nvcc.edu