Western Civilizations: 1500 to the Present
Instructor: Krister Swanson - firstname.lastname@example.org
TR: 2:30-3:50, Room HSS - 203
The Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures, A Concise History (Second Edition)
By Lynn Hunt, Thomas Martin, et al
Key Course Assignments:
Midterm Reviews: PPT or Text
Midterm Essay: Discuss the convergence of 2 or more of the following themes during 3-4 moments in European History. The themes are Economics, Politics, Religion, Culture, Philosophy/Science, Social Trends.
Final Exam (75 points, or 25%): A traditional in class exam scheduled for December 13th, which is the week prior to finals week for classes being held on the traditional schedule. Please make sure you bring a 50 question scantron form and a bluebook (both available in the Moorpark College bookstore) with you.
Final Exam Reviews: PPT or Text
Final Essay: Discuss the respective roles of 3-4 ISMs over the course of the 19th and 20th centuries in Europe (liberalism, nationalism, conservatism, romanticism, socialism, Marxism, fascism, communism, etc.)
Short Research Paper (60 points, or 20%): This 5-7 page paper based entirely on primary source documents related to a particular topic. We will discuss the specific requirements of this paper in class on September 13th, in the meantime you need to begin developing a paper proposal that outlines your proposed topic and the documents you plan to use, this proposal is due September 25th.
PowerPoint Presentation (30 points, or 10%): This is intended to be a fun and informative activity for you and the whole class. Pick a topic of interest related to one of the lecture topics and develop a PowerPoint presentation, complete with well-organized text and helpful images, for presentation to the class. The goal is an interesting and informative 10-15 minute presentation that strengthens our understanding of your topic. Your topic is due on September 11th; please feel free to start discussing possible topics with me as soon as possible. Please note that your PPT must be on a different topic than your paper. Click Here for guidelines for writing the research paper.
Attendance and Class Participation (75 points, or 25%): This category is fairly self-explanatory. I will break this grade down into three 25-point assignments. Attendance is absolutely critical to your success in this class, please note that you will lose 7 points for each missed class session. These grades will be recorded on 10/2, 11/6, and 12/11.
10/11: Melissa - Robespierre
10/16: Tyliese - Classical Music
10/23: Rachel - The Impressionists
11/20: Chris - Nazi Terrorism
11/29: Jay - Sputnik and the Space Race
12/4: Jose - Uprisings of 1968
12/6: Johnny - Cold War Olympics
Class Schedule can be
found on the syllabus