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


Hist 102.001L


Spring 2024    


Mon./Wed. = 2:20 - 3:40pm


LHEC 221

Instructor:                                                                                                Questions:


John (Kinch) Kincheloe

What is this Course?



What do I need to do?



How do I do Assignments?

Office Location:

LC 328

What are the course rules?



Office Hours:  Listed on Home page (link)

Course Schedule:   WC2 schedule

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 (online)=                   - Open Textbook Library: Western Civilization 

                                                                 (Alternative Google Doc/PDF based textbook format:  Vol.2  & Vol. 3)

-Additional books =         - The Prince,  Niccolo Machiavelli

                                            - Communist Manifesto  Karl Marx

-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  


Spring 2024  His 102  Course Schedule 


Class Date



Face-to-Face Meeting

Group Expert / Discussion


Reading / Assignments

(to be completed before the class)

Monday- Read textbook     
Wednesday- Read primary sources


Week 1
(Jan. 17)

Laying the Groundwork of the Modern era:

Introduction Assignment

Week 2
(Jan. 22 & 24)

  Renaissance, Exploration
, &
 Scientific Revolution


Read WC (Textbook):    Vol. 2 -Ch. 5  &  Ch. 10

Read Primary Sources

Week 3
(Jan. 29 & 31)

Absolutism v Constitutional Monarchy 1600-1789 

Group 5 - Chapter Expert

Read WC (Textbook)Vol. 2 -Ch. 8  &  Ch. 9

Read: The Prince

Week 4
(Feb. 5 & 7)

  The Enlightenment:
Political and Social Change

Group 1- Discussion

Group 6 -Chapter Expert

Read WC (Textbook):    Vol. 2 -Ch. 11  &  Ch. 12

Read Primary Sources

-Swift: A modest proposal 1729
-Rousseau: The Social Contract 1762

-Voltaire: a Treatise on Toleration 1763

The Transition

Week 5
(Feb. 12 & 14)


French Revolution      

Group 2 -Discussion

Group 7 - Chapter Expert

Research Project Proposal Due

Read WC (Textbook):   

Vol. 2 -Ch. 13 Vol. 3 -Ch. 1  

Read Primary Sources

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

Week 6
(Feb. 19 & 21)

Industrial Revolution


Group 3 -Discussion

Group 8 -Chapter Expert

Read WC (Textbook):    Vol. 3 -Ch. 2 

Read Primary Sources

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

19th Century

Week 7

(Feb. 26 & 28)

Liberalism and the
Expansion of Revolution
(19th Century)

Group 4 -Discussion

Read WC (Textbook)Vol. 3 -Ch. 3 

Read Primary Sources

-Abolition Speech 1789
-Defense of Slavery 1852
-Slavery vs Liberty 1854

Week 8
(Mar. 4 & 6)

Europe squares off
Imperialism and Nationalism
(19th Century)

Group 5 -Discussion

Group 1 -Chapter Expert

Read WC (Textbook)Vol. 3 -Ch. 4 & Ch. 5

Read Primary Sources

Fichte: To the German Nation 1806

White Man's Burden
Mill: On Colonies and Colonization, 1848

Spring Break

Week 9

(Mar. 18 & 20)

  Romanticism, Socialism, and Communism  
(19th Century)


Read WC (Textbook)Vol. 3 -Ch. 6

Read Primary Sources

Communist Manifesto  (Full text 60pg.)

20th Century

Week 10
(Mar. 25 & 27)

The Great War & the Russian Rev.  

Group 6 -Discussion

Group 2
- Chapter Expert

==Paper 2 due==

Read WC (Textbook)Vol. 3 -Ch. 7  & Ch. 8

Read Primary Sources:

-Zimmerman Telegram

-Telegram Petrograd to Sec. of State

-Telegram Moscow to Sec. of State

Week 11

(Apr. 1 & 3)

The Interwar Upheaval



Group 3 -Chapter Expert

Bibliography due

Read WC (Textbook):   Vol.3 -Ch. 9

Read Primary Sources 

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

Week 12

(Apr. 8 & 10)



Group 8 -Discussion

Group 4
- Chapter Expert

Read WC (Textbook):    Vol. 3 -Ch. 10  & Ch. 11

Read Primary Sources

-Potsdam Declaration.

-President Truman's Press Release on the bombs.

-General Farrell's Survey of Hiroshima

Week 13
(Apr. 15 & 17)

The Cold War    

Group X
Group X - Chapter Expert

Read WC (Textbook):   Vol. 3 -Ch. 12 & Ch. 13 

Read Primary Sources

-Reaction to Sputnik

-Public Opinion on Sputnik

-Kennedy to Johnson (4/20/1961) p.35-36

Week 14
(Apr. 22 & 24)
Globalization and the Modern Era
1985 - Your Birth

Read WC (Textbook):   Vol.3 Ch. 14

Week 15

(Apr. 29 -  Class)

Final Exam = May 1st.  2pm

Final Exam
Review sheet

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.




Grading Scale


Participation/Group Presentations




Argumentative Papers (2)




Midterm & Final Exam




Research Project







59 and below


What do I need to do?


        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. 

Electronic Devices (for On Campus Classes)

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.

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”

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 “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 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.


Presentation / Video feedback 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.

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.

Use of AI Technology:

In this course tools such as Turnitin and ZeroGPT will be used to detect and flag instances of plagiarism and potential use of AI writing in your assignments.  Students must complete their own work and provide attribution when using the words or ideas from a source.  Unless otherwise explicitly instructed, students must not use AI writing and composition tools. If you are asked or required to use tools like ChatGPT, these must be cited in your submission. 
----Any suspected violations will need to be justified in an oral interview with the professor.

Appropriate Use

Inappropriate Use

Audio-to-text transcription tools The use of AI programs to generate ideas and brainstorm
Spell check, grammar check, and thesaurus tools (MS Word and Google docs) The use of AI to obtain answers on any assessment
Google Translate for individual words and phrases Google Translate for entire sentences, paragraphs or assignments
Automatic citation or bibliography generators Any application or tool that writes or rewrites entire sentences or paragraphs
Online tutoring services linked from the NOVA website Any application or tool that writes a draft for you


Instructor/Student Communications Policy:

The primary means of communication outside the classroom between the Instructor and the student is via Canvas Announcements and e-mail. Students should check Canvas and their e-mail daily for any Instructor communications. Failure to do so 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.


College Policies =

For "College Policies" refer tab on CANVAS Course page for:

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


Financial Instability

Everyone was trouble at times, but there is help.  When struggling please reach out to me, a counselor, or click here: https://nvcc.singlestoptechnologies.com/

IT Helpdesk

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.






Procedures and items to be aware of (click here)

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

Loudoun Campus

Campus Police:


Dean of Students:


                        ------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