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:


Modern Western Civilization (Hybrid)


Hist 102


Fall 2020


Tuesday 12:45 - 2:05


 Virtual through Zoom

Instructor:                                                                                                Questions:


John (Kinch) Kincheloe

What is this Course?



What do I need to do?



How do I do Assignments?

Office Location:

HEC 316-A

What are the course rules?



What is a Hybrid course?

Office Hours:  Listed on Home page (link)

What is this Course?


Change through Questioning is at the center of the development of Western History, but those who have put forth new ideologies have continuously met with oppression and persecution.  The one historical constant is:
 1) People will always Question the given.
 2) Society and those in power will always resist change. (Often violently)
 3) Change will always happen. (Not always for the better)

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

-  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, and opposition to, ideology and knowledge 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.


- 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.

NOTICE:Lectures may contain disturbing content, including, but not limited to: violence, sexual assault, war crimes, genocide, mental or physical illnesses or disabilities, discrimination or persecution on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, and/or sexual orientation, etc. If you have been personally impacted by one or more of these topics and suffer from PTSD, please email the professor if you would like prior notification of lectures containing discussions of the effecting topics. 


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 =         - The Prince,  Niccolo Machiavelli

                                            - Frankenstien, Mary Shelley

-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  


What do I need to do?

Spring 2020  His 102  Hybrid Course Schedule

---ALL Readings, Videos and assignment sheets are here in this schedule.
---All assignment submissions, Discussions, exams, and feedback are on Canvas.....

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


Class Date

    (12:45 - 2:05pm)



Face-to-Face Meeting


           Tuesday Zoom Class (12:45 - 2:05pm)

Read Secondary source (textbook)

Read Primary sources (document links)



Lecture Videos
 Assignments due this week

Week 1

(Aug. 25)

Intro, Themes, 16th century Europe

-Read BWH: "The Study of History"

-Introduction Assignment

-Introduction discussion post


Week 2

(Sept. 1)

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

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

Read Primary Sources

Luther, 95 Theses (1517)

Louis letter to his son (1661)


Complete Unit 2 Discussion on Canvas

Watch Videos:

1) Reformation

2) Age of Discovery

Week 3

(Sept. 8)

Absolutism v Constitutional Monarchy 1600-1789

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

Read: The Prince

Read Primary Sources

Complete Unit 3 Discussion on Canvas

Watch Videos:

1) The Sun King: Absolutism 

2) Glorious Rev: Constitutional Monarchy

Week 4
(Sept. 15)

The Scientific Revolution=1543-1687

The Enlightenment = 1680-1800

-Read BWH: "The Age of Enlightenment" &"Enlightened Despots"

Group 1

Watch Videos:

1)Helicentrism: Sci. Rev. 

2) Dare to Know: Enlightenment

The Transition

Week 5

(Sept. 22)

French Revolution      

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

Read Primary Sources

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

Group 2

Research Project Proposal due 

Watch Videos:

1) Rousseau: Political Enlightenment 

2) 1789: French Revolution

Week 6

(Sept. 29)

Industrial Revolution

-Read BWH: "Industrial Revolution"

Read Primary Sources

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

Group 3

Complete Unit 6 Discussion on Canvas

Watch Videos:

2)Liberty, Equality, Stability: French Rev.

19th Century

Week 7
(Oct. 6)

and the Expansion of Revolutio
   (19th Century)

-Read BWH: "Change in the Americas"

Read Primary Sources

-Abolition Speech 1789
-Economic Defense of Slavery 1789
-Slavery vs Liberty 1854

Midterm Exam

Fall Break = Time to work on the Research project

Week 8

(Oct. 20)

  Romanticism, Socialism, and Communism 
( 19th Century)

-Read BWH:   "Post-Napoleonic Europe"

Read Primary Sources

-The Red Flag (song)

-Engels 1847=The Principles of Communism

-Communist Manifesto

Group 4

Complete Unit 8 Discussion on Canvas

Watch Videos:

1-Age of Revolutions Kinch

2-Socialist Reactions Kinch

Week 9

(Oct. 27)

Europe squares off:

Imperialism and Nationalism
(19th Century)

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

Read Primary Sources

Fichte: To the German Nation 1806

 White Man's Burden

Mill: On Colonies and Colonization, 1848

Group 5

Complete Unit 9 Discussion on Canvas

Watch Videos:
1-Imperialism Kinch video

2-Age of "isms" Kinch video

Week 10

(Nov. 3)
Election Day
No Live class

WWI & the Russian Rev.  

-Read BWH: "World War I"

Read: Frankenstein

==Paper 2 due==

Watch Videos:

1-The Great War (begins)
2-Russian Revolution

20th Century

Week 11

(Nov. 10 )

The Interwar Upheaval 1918-1942 

-Read BWH:  "Interwar Period"

Read Primary Sources

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

Group 6

Complete Unit 11 Discussion on Canvas

Watch Videos: 

1-1918 Influenza (Dr. Campbell)

2-The Rise of Populist Fascism

Week 12

(Nov. 17)


-Read BWH: "World War II"

Read Primary Sources

-Potsdam Declaration.

-Truman's Press Release on the bombs.

-General Farrell's Survey of Hiroshima

Group 7

==Annotated Bibliography due==

Watch Videos:


2-Vichy France Kinch video

Week 13

(Nov. 24)

The Cold War   

-Read BWH:  "Cold War "

Read Primary Sources                       

-World reactions to Sputniks

-King to Johnson (4/15/1961)

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

Group 8

    Thanksgiving = No Discussion

Watch Videos:  

1-Cold War Origins Kinch video

2-Post Cold War Kinch video

Week 14

(Dec. 1)

Globalization and
 the Modern Era
1985 - Your Birth

-Read BWH:  "The Long Decade" & "The 21st Century


Read Primary Sources 

The Declaration of Evolution


==Research Project Due===

Watch Videos:  

1--Globalism Kinch video


Week 15
(Dec 8 = Noon)

Final Exam

         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.




Group Discussion Lead






In class Participation


Grading Scale










Research Project   











59 and below


o   Group Discussion lead---Click Here = for detailed instructions.

§  You will be assigned a group in Canvas in week 2 of the semester.         

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

              o   Hybrid Discussions

§  Primary Document discussions will occur following class the week assigned.

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


o   Participation

§  Based on attendance and active engagement in Zoom class discussions.

o   2- 3pg. argumentative papers

o   Utilizing readings from primary sources, books, and the textbook.

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

o   Midterm & Final                     
     §  Open Note exams completed on  Canvas during the exam weeks.

 (Review sheets will be posted on Canvas 2 weeks before the exams.)

o  Research Project

                                §  Travel Log Research Project   Click here fore details

Extra Credit Assignments (due by the end of Week 13) =    Digital History Project- check it out here.

                   Take a look and email Kinch if you are interested. 

What is a Hybrid Course?

ZOOM Classes

Once a week will meet on Zoom.  Attendance is mandatory and you are expected to take an active part in Discussion & Interactive Lecture.
-- You are required to turn on you Camera and your Microphone at these times.

-- You will need to log on through Canvas directly to participate.

The class will typically consist of:

    -Story time  (10 min.)

    -Questions   (10 min.)
    -Business of the week  (10 min.)

    -Skill session  (10 min.)

    -Interactive lecture  (10 min.)

    -Class discussion (All class & Breakout rooms)  (30 min.)

Hybrid Attendance Policy: 

This is a hybrid course whereas 50% of the coursework assignments are completed outside the virtual classroom.  Students are expected to work at least nine (9) hours a week to completed coursework expectations.  Students are required to log onto Canvas 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. Students missing more than 30 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

Minimum Technical Requirements and skills for Hybrid Course:

Course includes both classroom (Zoom)  and online meetings. A portion of this course is delivered virtually in lieu of traditional classroom hours.  Student must have access to a computer a reliable high-speed Internet connection.

-Students must have some version or equivalent of office, and 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.)


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.

How do I do assignments?

Tree Preservation

This is a paperless course. 

- All additional readings, assignments, and course materials can be found in the Canvas Modules and 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 Canvas through  as “doc,” “docx,” or “PDF.”      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 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.

-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

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: 

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 zoom classes without an excused absence from the professor will receive ZERO points for the class participation grade. Class ((Zoom) 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 in class testing.

- If you need to leave the room during in class 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 or Zoom session between the Instructor and the student is via e-mail. Students should check Canvas and their e-mail daily for any Instructor communications. Failure on the part of the student to check Canvas 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.   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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