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:

Course:

Modern Western Civilization

Section:

Hist 102

Semester:

Fall 2019

Date/Time:

Tuesday/Thursday 12:30 - 1:45pm

Location:

 LR 274

Instructor:                                                                                                Questions:

Name:

John (Kinch) Kincheloe

                       
What is this Course?

Email:

jkincheloe@nvcc.edu


What do I need to do?

Phone

(703)948-7571                                         


How do I do Assignments?

Office Location:

HEC 316-A


What are the course rules?

  Website:

kinchteach.com



Office Hours:  Listed on Home page (link)


Course Schedule:   WC2 schedule



What is this Course?

Themes:

-By focusing on the expansion of ideas and the use of those ideas, we will probe into the nature of human society as it acts and reacts to new ideologies and movements. 

-Instead of studying development in every corner of Europe, we will focus on the most representative examples to illustrate the wider movements leading to the modern western mindset that exists today.  In the end, our search will focus on one phrase:

 Dare to Know.

-We will examine the history of modern Europe by focusing on the history of the expansion of free thought, the development of new ideas, and how those ideas have changed the world for the better and worse.  In this course you will be asked to question each other, the textbook, the primary sources, and even ME, so as to develop your own ideas.

 

By the end of the semester you should:

-Be able to explain how the power of ideology and knowledge has impacted the western world and continues to reshape the 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 1600 CE to the present and allows students to reach a basic understanding of the characteristic features of the Western world's 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 West in this period of time.

Objectives

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

- Explain the changing geopolitical structures of the Western world up since 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 modern Western history.

- Recognize and describe the significance of some of the cultural achievements of modern 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.

  

OER Course Materials:

There are no books to purchase for this class.  All textbooks and monographs are free Open Online Resources linked below:
-Textbook=                        - BWH=Boundless World History     course draws textbooks housed by 'lumen learning"


-Additional books =         - A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies, Las Casas

                                            - Frankenstien, Shelley

- Heart of Darkness, Conrad

-Additional online materials will be made available via the Course Schedule.

-Tip= Use nightlight or nightshift screen setting to make reading online easier.  (How to turn off Blue Light-click here)

Lecture Textbook Review Materials (links) 

-Lecture Review Materials:    WC2 Lecture Terms           WC2 Powerpoint1               WC2 Powerpoint2  

 


Fall 2019  His 102  Course Schedule 


 

Class Date

 

Topic:

Face-to-Face Meeting

 

Group

Presentation

(Doc-Dis. Lead)

(Vid-Research Video)

 

Reading / Assignments

(to be completed before the class)

Tuesday- Read textbook/ Post Discussion
Thursday- Read primary sources/paper's due


 
Week 1

(Aug. 20 & 22)


Intro, Themes, 16th century Europe



Introduction Assignment



Week 2

(Aug. 27 & 29)


Laying the Groundwork of the Modern era:
 Reformation, Renaissance, & Exploration


-Read BWH: "The Renaissance" & "The Age of Discovery"

Read Primary Sources

Luther, 95 Theses (1517)
Vasco da Gama (1498)


EARLY MODERN ERA


Week 3

(Sept. 3  & 5)


Absolutism v Constitutional Monarchy 1600-1789
(Early Modern)



-Read BWH: "The Rise of Nation-States"

Read: Las Casas



Week 4
(Sept. 10 & 12)



The Scientific Revolution   1543-1687

(Early Modern)


Group 1 – Doc


-Read BWH: "The Age of Enlightenment"

Read Primary Sources



Week 5

(Sept. 17 & 19)


   The Enlightenment   
1680-1800
 
(Early Modern)    


Group 2 – Doc

Group 6 -Vid


-Read BWH: "Protestant Reformation" & "Enlightened Despots"

-Enlightenment Discussion post


Read Primary Sources



Week 6

(Sept. 24 & 26)

        
        French Revolution      
     1789-1815

(Early Modern)
   


Group 3 – Doc

Group 7-Vid

-Read BWH: "French Revolution"  & "Napoleon"

-French Rev. Discussion post


Read Primary Sources

Vindication of the Rights of Women
Proposal of the Women...(1785)
Émigrés Return" by Thérèse Bouisson 


Week 7

(Oct. 1 & 3)


Midterm Exam

 

Midterm Exam


19th Century


Week 8

(Oct. 8 & 10)

  Industrial Revolution
    1789-1815


Group 4 – Doc
Group 8-Vid


-Read BWH: "Industrial Revolution"

-Ind. Rev. Discussion post


Read Primary Sources

Leeds Woolen Worker Petition, 1786   
Letter from Leeds Cloth Merchants, 1791     
Child Labour in Cotton Factories, 1807


Week 9

(Oct. 15= No Class
Oct. 17= Discussion)

Liberalism
and the Expansion of Revolutio
n
   (19th Century)


Group 9-Vid

-Read BWH: "Change in the Americas

-Liberalism Discussion post

Read: Frankenstein





Week 10

(Oct. 22 & 24)


Reactions:
  Romanticism, Socialism, and Communism  
( 19th Century)


Group 5 – Doc
Group 1 -Vid

-Read BWH:   "Post-Napoleonic Europe"

-Socialism Discussion post


Read Primary Sources

Frederick Engels 1847- Communist Confession of Faith

Frederick Engels 1847=The Principles of Communism

Communist Manifesto




Week 11

(Oct. 29 & 31)


Europe squares off:
Imperialism and Nationalism
(19th Century)


Group 6 – Doc

Group 2-Vid


-Read BWH: "European Imperialism in Asia" & "Scramble for Africa"

-Nationalism & Imperialism Discussion posts


Read Primary Sources

Bismarck’s "Blood and Iron Speech (1862)  
White Man's Burden
Mill: On Colonies and Colonization, 1848

20th Century


Week 12

(Nov. 5 & 7)


WWI & the Russian Rev.  
1914-1920



-Read BWH: "World War I"

-WW1 Discussion post

==Paper 2 due==

Read: Heart of Darkness




Week 13

(Nov. 12 & 14)

   The Interwar Upheaval       
 1918- 1942

Group 7 – Doc
Group 3 -Vid

-Read BWH:  "Interwar Period"

-Interwar Discussion post


Read Primary Sources

-Life in Soviet Regime 1
-Life in Soviet Regime 2
-Life in Soviet Regime 3


Week 14

(Nov. 19 & 21)


WWII

1938-1945


Group 8- Doc

Group 4-Vid

-Read BWH: "World War II"

-WWII Discussion post


Read Primary Sources

-Postdam Declaration.

-President Truman's Press Release on the bombs.

-General Farrell's Survey of Hiroshima


Nov. 26 & 28
No Class




Week 15

(Dec. 3 & 5)


    The Cold War    
1945-1993

  Cumulative Paper Due                

(Dec. 5th before class)

Group 9 – Doc
Group 5-Vid

-Read BWH:  "Cold War " &"The Long Decade"

-Cold War Discussion post


Read Primary Sources

-http://history.nasa.gov/Apollomon/apollo3.pdf

-King to Johnson (4/15/1961)

-Kennedy to Johnson (4/20/1961)
-von Braun to Johnson (4/29/1961)


Week 16
(EXAM WEEK)

Final Exam = Tues. Dec. 10th- Noon

 

 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.

 Assessment

Percentage

 

Participation & Discussion posts

20

Grading Scale

 

Group Presentations

20

A

90-100

2- 3 page papers

20

B

80-89

Cumulative Essay

20

C

70-79

 Midterm and Final Exam

 20

D

60-69

 

 

F

59 and below

 

What do I need to do?

Assessments:

o   Group Work

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

·Your group will be assigned on Canvas by the beginning 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 class.

*Discussion lead --Click Here for detailed instructions.

·Your group will present on and lead a class discussion of the primary sources assigned for your week. 

                                  - If the the class does not participate, every member of  the class will write a 1 page typed summary before the next class.


Change  o   Discussion posts: Each discussion is due before the start of the first class of the week in which it is assigned.      
      
              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 Canvas before class of the assigned due date.)

o   Midterm & Final

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

 (Review sheets, containing key terms and map items, will be posted on the course schedule.)

o  Cumulative Essay     

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


               Final Cumulative Exam Question

 How did ideology, knowledge, and the escalation of ideas lead to both positive and negative developments across the span of modern western civilization? Has society benefited or suffered from the expansion of “free thought” over the last 500 years. Be sure to address both sides of the argument and the entire span of the course.


(Evidence and Information must be used from across the breath 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- check it out here.

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

How do I do assignments?

Tree Preservation

This is a paperless course. 

- All additional readings, assignments, and course materials can be found here on my website kinchteach.com

-All assignments and quizzes need to be submitted in Canvas.

-All feedback will be given through Canvas.

-To access Canvas = Log in to “My NOVA”  https://nvcc.my.vccs.edu/jsp/home.jsp


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 to Canvas 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.



What are the course rules?

Late Assignments 

-Late papers 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.


Grading/Feedback

Fresentation / Video feedback will be given in person at the end of class, and the grade will be posted within a couple days. 

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

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.

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. 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.       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.


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.

 

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.  

--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.

 

Weather

WEATHER =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.

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

College Policies =

Click here   OR Refer to the "College Policies" tab on Blackboard Course page for:

Academic Integrity Policy / Closing Information (weather) / Communication (e-mail) / Course Drop/Withdrawal Policy /        Disabilities and Accommodations / Emergency Preparedness / Financial Aid / NOVACares

 

Financial Instability

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Monday - Friday:

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Saturday:

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Email:

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Campus Police:

703-450-2540

Dean of Students:

703-450-2512


                        ------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