Western Civilization

Course Details

Course Number: 1333  Section Number: 102

Fall 2010

Location: Prothro-Yeager Hall

Classroom Number: 103

Days & Times:

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday - 11 AM



Course Attachments

Textbooks

MSU Faculty Member
Dr. James R. King   
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Course Expectations

Requirements:

All students registered for the course are responsible for class attendance and all scheduled examinations. Examinations will cover the assigned reading in the textbook and the material covered in the lectures. The lectures are intended to introduce students to the particular problems and issues which are central to the background and development of western society and culture to the time of the Reformation. They are not meant to be a substitute for the careful narrative of events provided by the textbook. The text also includes selections from the periods covered which carefully illustrate the sources on which the study of the era is based. They are to be considered part of your assignments for the course.

Examinations:

There will be two scheduled mid-term examinations in addition to the final. Students will need bluebooks for each examination. Students must turn-in an examination book for each examination by September 10 (failure to do on time will count as an unexcused absence). In every examination students should take careful note of the geographic locations associated with the material covered because questions related to them will be included. It is simply impossible to understand events adequately if you are uncertain about the geography involved. If a student misses an examination because of an excused absence a make-up will be possible but students need to understand that they must arrange to be at the make-up at the scheduled time. Any student who is unable to take the make-up at that time will be required to do so on December 1.

Class Attendance:

Students are expected to attend class. The lectures are an integral part of the course and excessive absences will be treated as a failure to fulfill the requirements of the course. Excused absences will always be allowed for serious health reasons, for deaths of members of the immediate family, or for scheduled university activities. The student has the full responsibility to substantiate that an absence is excused. Any unsubstantiated absence will be considered unexcused. Any student who has four (4) or more unexcused absences may receive an F for the course. Any student who has more than three (3) unexcused absences may have his/her grade

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lowered one letter grade at my discretion. Regular and repeated tardiness will also be subject to the above penalty. Classes meet for one-hour and twenty minutes and students are expected to participate in the entire period. Anyone who has cause to leave before the scheduled end of the class must notify me in advance. There is no excuse for disrupting a class by leaving early or regularly arriving late. During so distracts the attention of other students. In addition all cell phones and pagers must be turned off during class for the same reason. All cell phones must be put away during the entire class. No electronic devices of any kind will be permitted during examinations. Regular tardiness will result in the same penalties as those for missing class.

Course Outline and Reading Assignments:

THE BACKGROUND OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION

Introduction (August 23)

The Origins of Civilization (August 25 - September 8)

Sumer and civilization in Mesopotamia.

Ancient Egypt.

Assyria and the origins of imperial government.

The Persian Empire.

The early Hebrews and Judaism.

Read: Chapters 1-2, pp. 1-52.

Ancient Greece (September 10-17)

Greece from the Bronze Age to the Classical Age.

The rivalry of Sparta and Athens.

Greek culture and thought.

Read: Chapter 3, pp. 55-86.

The Hellenistic Age (September 20-22)

Alexander the Great and the conquest of the

Persian Empire.

The Hellenistic Successor Kingdoms.

Hellenistic Culture: the interaction of Greek and Near Eastern Societies and Ideas.

Read: Chapter 4, pp. 89-111.

Mid-Term Examination (September 24)

The Rise and Fall of the Roman Republic (September 27 - October 4)

Early Rome and the development of the Republic.

The government of the Roman Republic.

Roman conquest of the Mediterranean basin and the collapse of the Republic.

Read: Chapter 5, pp. 113-145

 

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Rome and the Empire (October 6-11)

Augustus Caesar and the development of the Principate.

The nature of the Roman Empire.

The crisis of the Third Century and the emergence of the Later Empire (the Dominate).

Read: Chapter 6, pp 147-170.

The Early Middle Ages (October 13-20)

The emergence of Christianity in the Roman world

The early Germanic kingdoms of the West.

The Byzantine and Islamic worlds of the eastern Mediterranean.

The kingdom of the Franks: Merovingian and Carolingian Frankland.

Read: Chapter 6, pp. 170-177; Chapter 7, pp. 179-211; and Chapter 8, pp. 213-224.

Early Medieval Society and the collapse of the Carolingian Empire (October 22-25)

The development of feudalism: the military, political and economic basis of medieval

society.

The crisis of the ninth and tenth centuries: Saracens, Magyars, and Northmen.

Read, Chapter 8, pp. 224-240

Mid-Term Examination (October 27)

Medieval Society on the Ascendency (October 29 - November 12)

The Medieval Frontier.

The expansion of medieval society: the growth of cities, commerce, agriculture, and government.

The church in the High Middle Ages: the papacy, monasticism, and reform.

The revival of learning.

Read: Chapter 9-10, pp. 243-300.

The Late Middle Ages and the Renaissance (November 15-19)

The crisis of fourteenth century and the late medieval world.

The medieval revolution in government: the appearance of Representative Assemblies.

The collapse of the medieval synthesis.

Italian politics and society in the age of the Renaissance.

The culture of the Italian Renaissance.

The spread of Renaissance ideas from Italy throughout Europe.

Read: Chapters 11-12, pp. 303-370.

The Reformation (November 22 - December 3)

The background of the Reformation.

Martin Luther and the beginnings of the Reformation.

John Calvin and Luther’s successors.

The Radical Reformation.

The Catholic reform and the reaction to Protestantism.

Read: Chapters 12-13, pp. 346-376.

Final Examination (Monday, December 6, 10:30-12:30)


Final Exam12/6/2010  10:30 AM

Submission Format PolicyNote: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Class Attendance:

Students are expected to attend class. The lectures are an integral part of the course and excessive absences will be treated as a failure to fulfill the requirements of the course. Excused absences will always be allowed for serious health reasons, for deaths of members of the immediate family, or for scheduled university activities. The student has the full responsibility to substantiate that an absence is excused. Any unsubstantiated absence will be considered unexcused. Any student who has four (4) or more unexcused absences may receive an F for the course. Any student who has more than three (3) unexcused absences may have his/her grade

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lowered one letter grade at my discretion. Regular and repeated tardiness will also be subject to the above penalty. Classes meet for one-hour and twenty minutes and students are expected to participate in the entire period. Anyone who has cause to leave before the scheduled end of the class must notify me in advance. There is no excuse for disrupting a class by leaving early or regularly arriving late. During so distracts the attention of other students. In addition all cell phones and pagers must be turned off during class for the same reason. All cell phones must be put away during the entire class. No electronic devices of any kind will be permitted during examinations. Regular tardiness will result in the same penalties as those for missing class.


Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at http://academics.mwsu.edu/wpr, or call 397-4131.