HIE101 Western Civilization: Late Antiquity to the Renaissance

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HIE 101 Western Civilization: LateAntiquity to the Renaissance


SP 2010 HO


Culp, Courtney Ann


Adjunct Professor of History


M.A., American History/Women's History; Emporia State University
B.A., History; Park University

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Semester Dates

01/11/10 to 05/07/10

Class Days


Class Time

11:00 - 11:50 AM

Credit Hours




--Lynn Hunt, The Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures, 2nd ed.
(Boston: Bedford/St. Martin, 2007). ISBN: 0-312-43937-7
--Saint Augustine, The Confessions (New City Press, 2007). ISBN:
-- Niccolo Machiavelli. The Prince  (Bantam Classics, 2007). ISBN:
--Lewis Thorpe. Two Lives of Charlemagne (London: Penguin Classics,
1969). ISBN: 978-0140442137.
--Amin Maalout. The Crusades Through Arab Eyes (New York: Schocken
Books, 1984). ISBN: 978-0805208986.
--Gene Brucker. Giovanni and Lusanna: Love and Marriage in
Renaissance Florence
(Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005).
ISBN: 0-520-24495-8.


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Course Description:
HIE 101 Western Civilization:MGE- 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:

This survey course explores the history of Western Civilization from the foundations of the Late Antiquity to the Renaissance. Specific events, people and ideas will be discussed. 

            This course is not based on memorization and the regurgitation of material verbatim. You should be able to tell me what occurred in your own words with your own understanding being apparent. I place great value on understanding why events occurred, how they are inter-related to other events, and how they affect the civilizations and foundations of the world. While dates are extremely important to the study of Western Civilization, I want you to understand the “big picture” and be able to explain it to me in your own words.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. 1. Compare and contrast major figures, groups, movements, and concepts from the periods of Western Civilization under study
  2. 2. Recognize, identify, and analyze significant recurring patterns, major trends, and important developments that shaped Western society from Late Antiquity to the Renaissance
  3. 3. Assess the experiences of specific groups of people and evaluate how diversity contributes to the development of Western culture
  4. 4. Explain and demonstrate the historical mode of inquiry
  5. 5. Identify the major concepts leading to the reasons for the colonization of the Western World, the reasons for the conflicts in the these areas, the concepts that led to the Renaissance, and the major political and social movements that shaped Western Civilization
  6. 6. Demonstrate an understanding of how history influences present ideas, tendencies, policies, and developments
Class Assessment:


            I feel that being prepared is one of the greatest keys for success, so here is a description of each assessment component. Please refer back to this throughout the semester for directions on each graded element. These will be discussed in class, but I have put a lot of work into this, so I expect you to retain this syllabus and ask questions when necessary.

            You will have three (3) exams throughout the semester. Your exams are worth 150 points each, and will include fill-in-the-blank questions, short answer questions, and one longer essay question. You will be given a study guide prior to the test, but I will not take an entire class period to discuss it. *Study guides are a privilege, not a right, so keep in mind that if I find you’re not utilizing them, I’ll quit providing them!* You will have one (1) exam early in the semester, one (1) as a midterm, one (1) toward the end of the semester, and the last will be your final exam.

The final exam will NOT be comprehensive—it will only cover the last fourth of the course—and will be worth 200 points. It will also be slightly different because it will have two (2) longer essay questions instead of one.

NOTE—Make-up exams are another privilege, not a God-given, Constitutional right! You have the obligation to contact your instructor about taking one, not the other way around. Your grade is your responsibility! I will only allow make-ups for LEGITIMATE personal, medical, or academic reasons—and this is evaluated on an individual basis. Your instructor reserves the right to refuse make-ups!

            You will have two (2) papers that will be worth 100 points apiece due on two separate dates during the semester. These papers will need to contain both an academic summary and a critical analyzation of two (2) books listed in your syllabus under the “Required Readings” section. I will pass out more detailed instructions during the semester, which will include questions/details I want you to focus on. Heed this warning: DO NOT wait until the last minute to read these books and write the papers! I expect these papers to be well-organized, coherent, and they should be written formally using complete sentences and proper grammar and mechanics. Because you are required to use examples and details from the text to support your thoughts, you are required to cite your information! Papers should be written following either MLA (Modern Language Association) or Chicago Style citation formatting. These papers should be 5 to 7 pages in length. If you have questions about citation formatting or would like someone to help you go over proper grammar and mechanics, you should make an appointment with a tutor in the Academic Support Center. Although this is not an English course, written communication is a vital skill to historians and those in history courses, so understand that your instructor WILL deduct points for poor grammar, mechanics, citation formatting, and content.



            The following is a break-down of the tests and papers you will be responsible for in this course. Also included are the point break-downs for each individual component and the overall break-down for the course itself.


FIRST EXAM                             150 POINTS

MIDTERM                               150 POINTS

FINAL EXAM                            200 POINTS



                        TOTAL             700 POINTS


700-600           A

599-500           B

499-400           C

399-300           D

299 and below F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
NOTE— I place a high premium on getting work in on time, so absolutely NO LATE WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED!! I do not make exceptions to this, so do not ask. If you know you’ll be absent—whether you’re ill, serving jury duty, or are just not attending class—you need to turn your work in BEFORE the missed class. Send it as an attachment electronically, and you can still receive credit.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:


Class will frequently be consumed with lecture and presentations, but attendance and participation are EXPECTED and REQUIRED. Questions and discussions are welcomed, but I may redirect to lecture depending on time limitations. It goes without saying that you should attend EVERY class—nothing annoys me more than a student asking, “Did we do anything important on the day I missed?” Of course we did! All classes are important!

District, State, and Federal policies require that attendance be taken and reported, so I will abide by this.The professor is required to retain attendance records and report absences. In the event of two consecutive weeks of absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F.” An “Incomplete” will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences (defined as more than three total absences) recorded for a course per the semester. 

Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student. Reports of an “F” grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency. Students are expected to arrive to class on time, remain the entire class session, attend each and every scheduled meeting of all class sessions in which they are enrolled, and do not pack up items early. Absenteeism and tardiness, regardless of cause, are threats to academic achievement. 

Be forewarned that class lectures and discussions cover important information not necessarily found in assigned readings. A student absent from a class session is responsible for all material(s) covered during the missed class session(s). The student is also subject to appropriate consequences, as described by the professor in other segments of this syllabus. Classroom attendance is a necessary component of this course. Students are allowed no more than four overall class absences. Starting with the fifth and all subsequently absences, one letter grade reduction will be assessed to each absence. Absences during a class session(s) immediately [defined as two or less days] prior to and/or following Park University sponsored breaks and/or holidays will be reflected as double absences. 

Any student exceeding those absences will be dropped from the course. To ensure this does not happen to you, please let me know of any extenuating circumstances (hospitalization, etc.) you may be facing. I will make judgments on an individual basis. However, I do expect communication on the issue, which is also YOUR responsibility.

You should be aware I get VERY annoyed when students walk into class late, leave early or continually leave the room during class. If you’re going to be late, for whatever reason, be as quiet as possible when you take your seat and do NOT disrupt the lecture. If entering class late becomes a habit (meaning if it happens more than twice!), I will begin counting you as absent each time. This could severely affect your attendance, meaning that you could be dropped from the course. DO NOT let this happen to you—just be on time. If you need to leave early, tell me BEFORE class begins, but again, if this becomes a habit, it will also result in you being counted as absent. Finally, you are adults, so I expect you to come to class prepared for the amount of time you will spend in it. Take care of bathroom breaks, etc., BEFORE class begins. You will disrupt me and the other students if you’re constantly getting up and leaving the room.  

You are an adult and I do understand that things occur unexpectedly which may require you to be absent, be late, leave early, or leave the room. I simply ask that you be as courteous to me and your classmates as possible. Let me know ahead of time if you’ll be absent—and turn in any homework BEFORE the absence!—or if you need to leave early. Follow my policies on being late and leaving the room, and you’ll be fine. However, remember that I make judgments on an individual basis, and just because you tell me you’ll be absent, does NOT mean it is excused. Make good decisions and realize you’ve made a commitment to attend class.

 I will provide a collaborative classroom environment in which I expect you to participate in discussion and debate, as well as critically analyze material and discuss your findings. Basically, if you do the work, meet the deadlines, come to class and ON TIME, ask questions and contribute thoughtful commentary to discussions, you’ll be in fine shape. If you have trouble, get behind or experience extenuating circumstances, come see me to discuss your situation! I make no promises to anyone, but the key is in communication, and I want to help you succeed.

We are all adults and I believe you are all capable of behaving properly, but there are certain regulations I have found that should be addressed early on. All students are expected to:

1.      Arrive in class ON TIME, prepared with all reading and writing assignments (this includes bringing books and other necessary materials to class).

2.      Voluntarily contribute relevant, informed and thoughtful commentary to class discussions.

3.      Show respect for all others in the classroom, including me, by listening actively and remaining quiet until it is your turn to speak. When necessary to disagree, do so in a discourse and a demeanor appropriate to an academic environment. I will NOT tolerate any inappropriate or rude behavior.

4.      KEEP ALL CELL PHONES, iPODS AND ALL OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICES TURNED OFF AND PUT AWAY DURING CLASS!!! (If you have an emergency which requires you to leave your cell phone on, please set it on vibrate and speak to me about this privately before class begins.) Texting during class is not allowed, not to mention rude, so don’t do it. Just keep your electronic devices put away and we won’t have any issues.

5.      Follow instructions for turning in all work.

6.      Honor all guidelines relating to academic dishonesty and plagiarism.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
A Course Calendar containing readings and assignment due dates, exam dates, etc. will be provided to students on the FIRST day of the semester.

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
The following are the policies set forth by Park University and your instructor. Be aware that I abide by these policies completely, and WILL NOT tolerate academic dishonesty of ANY type. Consequences, including, but not limited to, failing an assignment or exam, receiving an “F” for the semester, or expulsion from the course or university, will be strictly enforced.

The following is my policy concerning exams and written assignments:
1. If I observe cheating while an exam is in progress, or detect it while grading tests at a later time, an automatic F (meaning 0 points) will be assigned for that exam.

2. Anyone caught plagiarizing from a written or electronic source on his or her essays will receive an automatic F for the course!

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92
Be aware that I abide by these policies completely, and WILL NOT tolerate academic dishonesty of ANY type. Consequences, including, but not limited to, failing an assignment or exam, receiving an “F” for the semester, or expulsion from the course or university, will be strictly enforced.

Students should be aware the professor regularly submits written assignments to a plagiarism detection software program called “Turnitin.com.”

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

Additional Information:
Office Hours: I am only on campus during certain times on certain days. Due to this, it is REQUIRED that you contact me by phone or e-mail to set up an appointment if you’d like to meet face-to-face. I can meet with you on campus, but will need to set up a specific time to do so, so it is vital that you contact me by e-mail or phone to do this. If you do not need to meet face-to-face, you are more than welcome to call or send e-mails if you have questions.


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