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Course Number: HIS 101
Course Title: History of Western Civilization I
Term: Fall 2014

Professor

Mr. Steve Schultz, MA

sschultz@holyapostles.edu

(863) 800-4079

1. COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course covers the history of Western civilization from the dawn of civilization through the Council of Trent. The intent of this course is for the student to develop an understanding of both the flow of history as an integrated whole, as well as an understanding of the significant part played by the Catholic Church in building Western civilization.

2. ENVISIONED LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Students will demonstrate familiarity with the fundamentals of Western Civilization, with special attention to the Catholic Church’s contributions to the development and cultivation of Western Civilization, to include:

         - Significant persons and events;

         - Major movements of decline/reform/renewal and their causes.

  • Students will demonstrate their comprehension through analyzing and connecting events and people. 
  • Students will be able to present historical facts and appraise these facts by either presenting various interpretations of how they relate to one another or by arguing for one specific interpretation.
  • Through assigned coursework students will demonstrate their ability to conduct research by producing properly cited academic writing.

3. COURSE SCHEDULE

Week 1: The Dawn of Civilization and the Peoples of the Old Testament

Readings

  • Bauer: Ch 1-4, 11, 51-52, 58.

Assignments

  1. Post a short introduction in the discussion board (required, 5 pts.).
  2. Complete the weekly readings above.
  3. Review lecture.
  4. Complete the weekly discussion board assignment.

Week 2: The Rise and Fall of Greece

Text Readings

  • Bauer: Ch 49, 56, 64-65, 70, 73, 76.

Suggested Articles

Assignments

  1. Complete the weekly readings above.
  2. Review lecture.
  3. Complete the weekly discussion board assignment.

Week 3: The Rise of Rome

Text Readings

  • Bauer: Ch 69, 78-79, 81-82, 85.

Assignments

  1. Complete the weekly readings above.
  2. Review lecture.
  3. Complete the weekly discussion board assignment.

Week 4: The Birth and Life of Christ

Text Readings

  • Crocker: Ch 1.
  • Gospel of St. Mark
  • Woods: Ch. 11.

Assignments

  1. Complete the weekly readings above.
  2. Review lecture.
  3. Complete the weekly discussion board assignment.

Week 5: The Early Church and the Roman Empire

Text Readings

  • Crocker: Ch 2 and 3.
  • Woods: Ch. 10.

Assignments

  1. Complete the weekly readings above.
  2. Review lecture.
  3. Complete the weekly discussion board assignment.
  4. Term paper subject approval due by end of week (September 27).

Week 6: Constantine

Text Readings

  • Crocker: Ch 4.
  • Woods, Ch. 9.

Suggested Article

Assignments

  1. Complete the weekly readings above.
  2. Review lecture.
  3. Complete the weekly discussion board assignment.

Week 7: The Fall of Rome and Mid-term Week

Text Readings

  • Crocker: Ch 5 and 6.
  • Woods: Ch. 2.

Suggested Article

Assignments

  1. Complete the weekly readings above.
  2. Review lecture.
  3. NB: Midterm week -- no weekly discussion board assignment.
  4. Midterm: Due October 11.

Week 8: Restoration of Catholic Europe

Text Readings

  • Crocker: Ch 7 and 8.
  • Woods: Ch. 3.

Assignments

  1. Complete the weekly readings above.
  2. Review lecture.
  3. Complete the weekly discussion board assignment.

Week 9: The Crusades and the High Middle Age

Text Readings

  • Crocker: Ch 9 and 10.
  • Woods: Ch. 4

Suggested Articles

Assignments

  1. Complete the weekly readings above.
  2. Review lecture.
  3. Complete the weekly discussion board assignment.

Week 10: The Inquisition

Text Readings

  • Crocker: Ch 11.
  • Woods: Ch. 7 and 8.

Suggested Article

Assignments

  1. Complete the weekly readings above.
  2. Review lecture.
  3. Complete the weekly discussion board assignment.

Week 11: The Great Western Schism

Text Readings

  • Crocker: Ch 12.
  • Woods: Ch. 6.

Suggested Article

Assignments

  1. Complete the weekly readings above.
  2. Review lecture.
  3. Complete the weekly discussion board assignment.

Week 12: The Renaissance

Text Readings

  • Crocker: Ch 13.
  • Woods: Ch. 5.

Suggested Articles

Assignments

  1. Complete the weekly readings above.
  2. Review lecture.
  3. Complete the weekly discussion board assignment.

Week 13: The Protestant Reformation

Text Readings

  • Crocker: Ch 14.
  • Woods: Ch. 1.

Suggested Article

Assignments

  1. Complete the weekly readings above.
  2. Review lecture.
  3. Complete the weekly discussion board assignment.

Week 14: Thrust and Counterthrust

Text Readings

  • Crocker: Ch 15.
  • Woods: “Conclusion”

Suggested Article

Assignments

  1. Complete the weekly readings above.
  2. Review lecture.
  3. Complete the weekly discussion board assignment.

Week 15: Finals Week

  1. All students will complete and submit the final exam; due no later than 11:59pm Eastern, Friday, December 5th.
  2. All students will submit their final research paper; due no later than 11:59 pm Eastern, Wednesday, December 3rd.

4. COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Class Discussion Board:

  • Discussion Postings – 20%

Each week students will respond substantively (roughly 300 to 400 words) to a weekly discussion prompt. The discussion posts allow students to demonstrate familiarity with the lesson material and offer opportunities for developing academic writing ability. Follow HACS guidelines for citing sources in order to avoid plagiarism. A student’s initial weekly discussion post is due at the end of each week at 11:59pm eastern time on Saturday.

  • Peer Responses – 20%

Each week students will respond substantively (around 50 words) to the work of at least two other students. The intent is to encourage discussion and interaction among students. To receive a grade, responses must be posted by the following Wednesday at 11:59 pm Eastern.

Exams:

  • Mid-term Exam – 15%
  • Final Exam – 15%

Each exam is an essay-style exam in which the student will provide written responses to a series of questions. Exams will be completed via Populi. The exams are “open book,” therefore students are expected to make use of appropriate scholarly sources and follow the Holy Apostles style guide in their responses.

Due dates for the exams are:

Mid-term: October 11, 2014

Final: December 5, 2014

Research Paper:

  • Semester Research Paper – 30%

Selecting a topic from the time period covered by this course, you will write a 7 to 10 page research paper as your semester project (New Times Roman font, double-spaced, 12 point). You must contact me for approval of your topic no later than week five of the course. You must utilize at least five academic sources (books and/or scholarly journal articles) in preparing your papers. Papers will conform to the Holy Apostles Style Guide, including the use of endnotes and a bibliography. Since this project is designed to help you learn the craft of writing academic papers, the use of proper spelling, grammar, and style are very important and will be evaluated as part of a your final grade for the paper. Keep in mind this is a research paper, which means you must choose a topic and then present analysis and research of that topic in your paper. Research papers are not mere commentaries on a topic. Please contact the instructor with any questions regarding these requirements.

5. TEXTS

  • Bauer, Susan Wise. The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome. New York: W. W. Norton, 2007. (ISBN-13: 978-0393059748, list price: $35.00)
  • Crocker, H. W. Triumph: The Power and the Glory of the Catholic Church, A 2,000 Year History. Roseville, CA: Prima Publishing, 2001. (ISBN-13: 978-0761516040, list price: $19.95)
  • The Holy Bible, Revised Standard Version – Catholic Edition (2nd Edition). San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2006. (ISBN-13: 978-0898704914, list price: $21.95)
  • Woods, Thomas, E. How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization. Washington, DC: Regnery Publishing, 2005. (ISBN-13: 978-1596983281, list price: $16.95)

6. ARTICLES

The following articles from The Catholic Encyclopedia online at New Advent are interspersed throughout the weekly assignments as strongly suggested supplemental readings.

7. EVALUATION

(Basis of evaluation with explanation regarding the nature of the assignment and the percentage of the grade assigned to each item below). Students who have difficulty with research and composition are encouraged to pursue assistance with the Online Writing Lab (available at http://www.holyapostles.edu/owl).

GRADING SCALE:

A 94-100; A- 90-93; B+ 87-89; B 84-86; B- 80-83; C+ 77-79; C 74-76; C- 70-73 60-69; F 59 and below

Grading Rubric for the Major Papers and Discussion Board (DB) Postings

0 pts. – Paper
0 pts. – DB Posting;

4 pts. – Paper
1 pt. – DB Posting;

8 pts. – Paper
2 pts. – DB Posting;

12 pts. – Paper
3 pts. – DB Posting;

16 pts. – Paper
4 pts. – DB Posting;

20 pts. – Paper
5 pts. – DB   Posting;

 

CONTENT

Absence of Understanding

Analysis shows no awareness of the discipline or its methodologies as they relate to the topic.

Lack of Understanding

Analysis seems to misunderstand some basic concepts of the discipline or lacks ability to articulate them.

Inadequate understanding

Analysis is sometimes unclear in understanding or articulating concepts of the discipline.

Adequate understanding

Analysis demonstrates an understanding of basic concepts of the discipline but could express them with greater clarity.

Solid Understanding

Analysis demonstrates a clear understanding and articulation of concepts with some sense of their wider implications.

Insightful understanding

Analysis clearly demonstrates an understanding and articulation of concepts of the discipline as they relate to the topic; highlights connections to other concepts; integrates concepts into wider contexts.

 

RESEARCH

Missing Research

Paper shows no evidence of research: citation of sources missing.

Inadequate research and/or documentation

Over-reliance on few sources; spotty documentation of facts in text; pattern of citation errors.

Weak research and/or documentation

Inadequate number or quality of sources; many facts not referenced; several errors in citation format.

Adequate research and documentation but needs improvement

Good choice of sources but could be improved with some additions or better selection; did not always cite sources; too many citation errors.

Solid research and documentation

A number of relevant scholarly sources revealing solid research; sources appropriately referenced in paper; only a few minor citation errors.

Excellent critical research and documentation

Critically selected and relevant scholarly sources demonstrating extensive, in-depth research; sources skillfully incorporated into paper at all necessary points; all citations follow standard bibliographic format.

 

WRITING & EXPRESSION

Incomplete writing

Analysis is only partially written or completely misses the topic.

Writing difficult to understand, serious improvement needed

Analysis fails to address the topic; confusing organization or development; little elaboration of position; insufficient control of sentence structure and vocabulary; unacceptable number of errors in grammar, mechanics, and usage.

Episodic writing, a mix of strengths and weaknesses.

Analysis noticeably neglects or misinterprets the topic; simplistic or repetitive treatment, only partially-internalized; weak organization and development, some meandering; simple sentences, below-level diction; distracting errors in grammar, mechanics, and usage.

Acceptable writing, but could use some sharpening of skill

Analysis is an uneven response to parts of the topic; somewhat conventional treatment; satisfactory organization, but more development needed; adequate syntax and diction, but could use more vigor; overall control of grammar, mechanics, and usage, but some errors.

Solid writing, with something interesting to say.

Analysis is an adequate response to the topic; some depth and complexity in treatment; persuasive organization and development, with suitable reasons and examples; level-appropriate syntax and diction; mastery of grammar, mechanics, and usage, with hardly any error.

Command-level writing, making a clear impression

Analysis is a thorough response to the topic; thoughtful and insightful examination of issues; compelling organization and development; superior syntax and diction; error-free grammar, mechanics, and usage.

 

COMMUNITY INTERACTION (50-word response)

Inadequate response

Response merely provides laudatory encouragement for original post, e.g., “Excellent post! You really have thought of something there.”

Poor response

Response misses the point of the original posting.

Weak response

Response summarizes original posting to which it responds.

Acceptable response

Response makes a contribution to the posting to which it responds.

Individually-conscious contributory response

Response makes a contribution to the posting to which it responds and fosters its development.

Community-conscious contributory response

Response makes a contribution to the learning community and fosters its development.

 

8. DISABILITIES ACCOMMODATIONS POLICY

Holy Apostles College & Seminary is committed to the goal of achieving equal educational opportunities and full participation in higher education for persons with disabilities who qualify for admission to the College. Students enrolled in online courses who have documented disabilities requiring special accommodations should contact Bob Mish, the Director of Online Student Affairs, at rmish@holyapostles.edu or 860-632-3015. In all cases, reasonable accommodations will be made to ensure that all students with disabilities have access to course materials in a mode in which they can receive them. Students who have technological limitations (e.g., slow Internet connection speeds in convents) are asked to notify their instructors the first week of class for alternative means of delivery.

9. ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY

Students at Holy Apostles College & Seminary are expected to practice academic honesty.

Avoiding Plagiarism

In its broadest sense, plagiarism is using someone else's work or ideas, presented or claimed as your own.  At this stage in your academic career, you should be fully conscious of what it means to plagiarize. This is an inherently unethical activity because it entails the uncredited use of someone else's expression of ideas for another's personal advancement; that is, it entails the use of a person merely as a means to another person’s ends.

Students, where applicable:

  • Should identify the title, author, page number/webpage address, and publication date of works when directly quoting small portions of texts, articles, interviews, or websites.
  • Students should not copy more than two paragraphs from any source as a major component of papers or projects.
  • Should appropriately identify the source of information when paraphrasing (restating) ideas from texts, interviews, articles, or websites.
  • Should follow the Holy Apostles College & Seminary Stylesheet (available on the Online Writing Lab’s website at http://www.holyapostles.edu/owl/resources).

Consequences of Academic Dishonesty:

Because of the nature of this class, academic dishonesty is taken very seriously.  Students participating in academic dishonesty may be removed from the course and from the program.

10. ATTENDANCE POLICY

Even though you are not required to be logged in at any precise time or day, you are expected to login several times during each week. Because this class is being taught entirely in a technology-mediated forum, it is important to actively participate each week in the course. In a traditional classroom setting for a 3-credit course, students would be required, per the federal standards, to be in class three 50-minute sessions (or 2.5 hours a week) and prepare for class discussions six 50-minute sessions (or 5 hours) a week. Expect to devote at least nine 50-minute sessions (or 7.5 quality hours) a week to this course. A failure on the student’s part to actively participate in the life of the course may result in a reduction of the final grade.

11. INCOMPLETE POLICY

An Incomplete is a temporary grade assigned at the discretion of the faculty member. It is typically allowed in situations in which the student has satisfactorily completed major components of the course and has the ability to finish the remaining work without re-enrolling, but has encountered extenuating circumstances, such as illness, that prevent his or her doing so prior to the last day of class.

To request an incomplete, distance-learning students must first download a copy of the Incomplete Request Form. This document is located within the Shared folder of the Files tab in Populi. Secondly, students must fill in any necessary information directly within the PDF document. Lastly, students must send their form to their professor via email for approval. “Approval” should be understood as the professor responding to the student’s email in favor of granting the “Incomplete” status of the student.

Students receiving an Incomplete must submit the missing course work by the end of the sixth week following the semester in which they were enrolled. An incomplete grade (I) automatically turns into the grade of “F” if the course work is not completed.

Students who have completed little or no work are ineligible for an incomplete and must receive the grade that they have earned. Students who feel they are in danger of failing the course due to an inability to complete course assignments should withdraw from the course.

A “W” (Withdrawal) will appear on the student’s permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the first week of a semester to the end of the third week. A “WF” (Withdrawal/Fail) will appear on the student’s permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the third week of a semester and on or before the Friday before the last week of the semester.

12. ABOUT YOUR PROFESSOR

Mr. Steven Schultz, MA, is an Adjunct Professor of History and Theology at Holy Apostles College and Seminary. He is a former active duty Air Force officer and pilot. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Portland, a master’s degree in military history from the American Military University, a master’s degree in theology with a concentration in dogmatic theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary, and is currently in the thesis stage of a master’s degree in philosophy also from Holy Apostles College and Seminary. He is a freelance author writing on a variety of topics with an emphasis on theology, history, and current events. His work on theology has been published in various academic and popular venues including Homiletic and Pastoral Review, Lay Witness, New Oxford Review, and Social Justice Review. He lives in central Florida with his wife, two children, and two dogs.

(860) 632-3010