WESTERN CIVILIZATIONS 1600-PRESENT

 

History 142, Spring 2010

 

Instructor:  Mike Nagle

T/Th 12:30-1:50

TC 213

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

This course will survey the history of Western Civilizations from the 17th Century to the end of the Cold War and the demise of Communism.  For the most part, it will cover a wide variety of topics and strive to maintain a balance between political/diplomatic history and social/cultural history to better understand the current issues of today.

 

TEXTS

 

          Donald Kagan, The Western Heritage (recommended)

 

          Tracy Chevalier, Girl With a Pearl Earring (required)

 

          Art Spiegelman, Maus Vols. I, II (required)

 

          Three Blue Books (required)

 

GRADING

 

First Mid-term

17.5%

Second Mid-term

20%

Final Exam

22.5%

Summary/Analysis of either Girl With a Pearl Earring or Maus

15%

Quiz over Perfume

  8.75%

Quiz over Maus

  8.75%

Discussion/Participation

  7.5%

                  

OFFICE HOURS

 

M/W 8:00-9:00 AM; T/Th 2:00-3:00.  If you cannot meet at these times just let me know & we’ll find a time when we can meet.

          Phone:  (231) 843-5905; my office is Campus Center Room 757

          E-mail: mwnagle@westshore.edu

          Homepage:  http://www.westshore.edu/personal/MWNagle/

         

TUTORIAL ASSISTANCE

The Support, Tutoring, and Resource Services (STaRS) program is available to provide free tutorial, disabilities, and other support services to West Shore students. Contact either Diann Neil Engblade or Gail Kowalski at 843-5546 or extension 5546, or stop by their offices in Suite 761 in the upper level of the Student Services Building

COURSE GOALS

 

1.     Students will be able to determine how events in the recent past have had an influence on contemporary issues.

2.     Students will be able to describe the emergence and development of totalitarian governments beginning with the era of the Absolute Monarchs and continuing into the 20th Century.

3.     Students will be able to trace the ways in which the Enlightenment influenced the development of Western Civilizations during, and following, the 18th Century.

4.     Students will improve their analytical, writing, communication skills, and computer literacy.

 

COURSE OUTLINE AND READINGS

 

Note:  Specific dates for discussions, assignments, and exams are included in this calendar.  Some changes may need to be made, if so, they will be announced in class.

 

Section 1: Daily Life, Absolutism, Enlightenment, Revolution (1600-1799)

 

Week I

Jan 12, 14

Read Kagan Ch. 15, begin Girl With a Pearl Earring

Course Intro; Daily Life 1600-1750

Week II

Jan 19, 21

Read Kagan Ch. 13, Girl With a Pearl Earring

Discussion 1/21:  Absolute Monarchs & Avoiding Plagiarism

Absolute Monarchs

Week III

Jan 26, 28

Read Kagan Ch. 14, 17, Girl With a Pearl Earring

Enlightenment

Week IV

Feb 2, 4

Read Kagan Ch. 16, finish Girl With a Pearl Earring

Quiz & Discussion 2/2:  Girl With a Pearl Earring

French Revolution I

Week V

Feb 9, 11

Read Kagan Ch. 18

Summary/Analysis of Girl With a Pearl Earring due:  2/9

MID-TERM EXAM #1:  2/11

French Revolution II, Exam

Week VI

Feb 16, 18

NO CLASS:  WSCC IN-SERVICE

 

 

Section 2:  Rise of Napoleon to World War One (1799-1918)

 

Week VII

Feb 23, 25

Read Kagan Ch. 19

Napoleon:  Reformer or Conqueror?

Week VIII

March 2, 4

Read Kagan Ch. 20

Industrial Revolution

Week IX

March 9, 11

Read Kagan Ch. 22, begin Maus

WWW Assignment Due in class:  3/9

Imperialism & Nation-States

Week X

March 16, 18

Read Kagan Ch. 23, continue Maus

World War One

Week XI

March 23, 25

Read Kagan 25, continue Maus

MID-TERM EXAM #2:  3/25

Review, Exam

 

Section 3: Totalitarianism, Total War, Cold War (1918-1989)

 

Week XII

March 30, April 1

NO CLASS:  SPRING BREAK!!!

 

Week XIII

April 6, 8

Read Kagan Ch. 26, 27, continue Maus

Versailles & Russia; A Broken World

Week XIV

April 13, 15

Read Kagan Ch. 28, continue Maus

Road to War

Week XV

April 20, 22

Read Kagan Ch. 29, finish Maus

Quiz & Discussion 4/22:  Maus

Holocaust

Week XVI

April 27, 29

Read Kagan Ch. 30

Summary/Analysis of Maus due in class:  4/29

WWII

Week XVII

May 4, 6

FINAL EXAM DATE:  5/6

Post WWII & Final

 

POLICIES

 

1.     Make-up exams will only be allowed if arrangements are made PRIOR to the exam dates.  Students have up to two weeks to make up missed exams, or they CANNOT be made up.  If you are sick or have experienced an emergency contact me, prior to or the day of an exam, to let me know so that we can determine when/if a make-up can be administered.  Make-up exams will be all essay exams.

2.     Incompletes are only used in an emergency and students must have completed at least 50% of the course with a 70% or above to receive an Incomplete.

3.     There will be several discussion sessions during the term, much of it will take place in small groups.  To earn at least a “C” students must attend every discussion session.  To earn a higher grade, students must participate in each session. Web assignments will also make up part of the discussion grade as well as possible questions concerning movies seen in class.

4.     Attendance for each class meeting is mandatory.  It will not be taken as a part of your grade on lecture days (only for discussions), and there is no set penalty for missing lectures, but much of the course material is presented in lecture and final grades will reflect each student's attendance record.  Students are responsible for ALL information presented in class, including such announcements as changes in exam or discussion dates.

5.     Making it to class on time is very important as lateness can distract everyone enrolled in class.  You are all paying a lot of money to be here.  Please give your fellow students the courtesy of arriving to class on time everyday.  If you have an appointment or other conflict, schedule it outside of class time; do not leave in the middle of class except in an emergency as this will interrupt the learning environment for all other students.

6.     Please turn all cell phones and pagers off while in class.  They are a potential distraction to everyone.

7.     Plagiarism can be defined as “to steal and use the ideas and writings of another as one’s own” (American Heritage Dictionary).  Written assignments must acknowledge when a direct quote is taken or another person’s ideas are paraphrased.  If a source is not cited, this is plagiarism.  Copying another student's ideas and/or paper is cheating.   Sometimes the class will work together in groups, but each student must turn in their own paper with their own ideas.  If you are unsure what you should do, ask me.  Copying another student's answers and/or bringing crib notes is cheating.  The exams are closed note/closed book (with the exception of the quizzes over each supplemental book).  Plagiarism and/or cheating are grounds for failing an exam, assignment, or even the entire course.  If you are unsure what you should do, ask me.

 

EXAMS AND WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS

 

There will be two mid-terms and one final exam.  The format of the exams will include all or some of the following:  essay, multiple choice, and matching, short answer.  The mid-terms and final will be based primarily on lecture material, but students are responsible for information included in the required readings, handouts, discussions, and films.  The text is recommended reading for this class, but use the text to fill in any “gaps” in lecture notes.  The quiz over each of the supplemental books will be open note/open book.  You may use any handwritten notes you have written yourself. A set of questions will be handed out for the additional writing assignments.  Correct grammar and spelling are important.

 

GRADING POLICY

 

Late assignments are accepted for up to one week, but they are penalized 10% for the first late day, and 5% for each additional late day.  If you want, you may turn in papers as an e-mail attachment.  They must be turned in by 11:59 PM the date they are due, but with some restrictions.  Students (not me!) are responsible for sending the attachments correctly.  I will try to respond with an e-mail within 24 hours letting you know I’ve received the attachment, if you don’t receive an e-mail confirming my receipt that means I didn’t receive it.  Any “glitches” can lead to penalties for late papers. 

 

A

94-100

 

Superior work; essays contain strong thesis and logical argument; includes analysis, supporting facts and relevant information; well organized and well written.  Includes information from lectures, outside readings, films, speakers, and discussions.

A-

90-93

B+

88-89

Above average work; essays contain strong thesis, but might lack focus and organization; includes analysis; generally well written and argued; information is strong but missing some points; arguments could use more support.

B

84-87

B-

80-83

C+

78-79

Average work; essays contain no thesis or thesis is weak; pertinent information is included, but could use more evidence and stronger organization; understanding of course content is shown but contains little analysis.

C

74-77

C-

70-73

D+

68-69

Poor work; essays lack coherent argument and are poorly written; information is missing and/or incorrect.

D

64-67

D-

60-63

F

Below 60

Failure; lacking correct information; lack of effort is shown.