HIE101 Western Civilization: Late Antiquity to the Renaissance

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HIE 101 Western Civilization: LateAntiquity to the Renaissance


F1K 2008 LA




Adjunct Faculty


B.S. Texas A&M-Commerce- History/Government
M.Ed. Sul Ross State University- Administration ( Principal )

Office Location

Laughlin Air Force

Office Hours

Tuesday/ Thursday- 5:00-6:00 P.M.

Daytime Phone

(830) 313-9090

Other Phone

(830) 778-4414




Semester Dates

August 11, 2008- October 5, 2008

Class Days

Tuesday/ Thursday

Class Time

6:00 - 8:50 PM

Credit Hours



*** Lynn Hunt. The making of the West: Peoples and Culture- 2nd Edition- ISBM: 0-312-43937-7
**   ( Paperbacks )
       Saint Augustine. The Confessions - ISBM: 0-56548-084-8
       NiccoloMachiavelli. The Prince- ISBM: 0-553-21278-8
       Lewis Thorpe. Two Lives of Charlemagne- ISBM: 978-0140442137
       Amin Maalout. The Crusades Through Arab Eyes - ISBM: 978-0805208986
       Gene Brucker. Giovanni and Lusanna: Love and Marriage in Renaissance Florence- ISBM: 0-052- 24495-8

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Course Description:
HIE 101 Western Civilization: Late Antiquity to the Renaissance This course surveys the social, cultural and political development of western Europe between 500 and 1500. The course investigates inter alia the collapse of the Roman Empire, conflict between secular and ecclesiastical government, and feudalism; international relations between Christianity and Islam as well as the Old and New Worlds; changes in religion, economics and intellectual life. The survey shall comprise and inquiry of period literature. (European/Classical Concentration) Offered as required. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

     Learning is greatly enhanced when the students participate in the aspects of history being discussed. Utilizing Bloom's Taxonomy, it is imperative to reach the highest stages of the critical thinking levels in this taxonomy. Being a Greek-American, I was always impressed by Socrates whose moto was "Know thyself." He also encouraged his students to ask questions in order to discover the truth.
     As you realize, history is a never-ending saga.New developments occur in history every day. In order to fully understand historical events, we must be able to apply the history of the past to the present scenarios. Also, we must keep up with the important historical events that are occurring today and truly learn from historical aspects. 

Class Assessment:
     It is important to read assignments prior to class. Also, class participation and discussion are encouraged to engage in the critical thinking processes.Writing is an essential aspect, therefore; a 1000 word paper on any revelant topic regarding the course will be required. The mid-final will cover the first four weeks, while the final exam will cover the last four weeks.


    Class participation- 50 points
    Mid-Term Exam- 150 points
    Historical Paper-  100 points
    Final Exam-          150 points
    Total Points-         450 points
    405-450 Points=  A
    360-404 Points=  B
    315-359 Points=  C
    270-314 Points=  D
    Below 270 Points= F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
     Late work will not be accepted by the instructor unless arrangements were made prior. Also, exams are to be completed on the assigned date unless prior arrangements have been made.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students will always be required to conduct themselves in a worthy manner. As I have always been taught, respect is an essential quality in education.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

** Week One:
     Chapters 1/2
** Week Two:
      Chapters 3/4
      Two Lives of Charlemagne
** Week Three:
      Chapter 5
      The Crusades Through Arab Eyes
**Week Four:
     Chapter 6/ Mid-Final Exam
     Giovanni and Lusanna: Love and Marriage in Renaissance Florence
** Week Five:
     Chapters 7/8
** Week Six:
     Chapter 9
     The Prince
** Week 7:
     Chapter 10
     The Confessions
** Week 8:
      Chapter 11
      Historical Paper
      Final Exam

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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