History 106: Western Civilization from the Reformation
Palomar College- Spring Semester 2011
Meeting time: Tuesday-Thursday 9:30 am- 10:50am (Room MD 306)
Professor Matthew Estes (760) 744-1150 Ext. 2422 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Email Communication: In the subject line of your email, you MUST state your first and last name, the title of your
class and the day and time it meets. If this information is NOT in the subject line, your email will be deleted.
Office hours: MD-337 Monday and Wednesday: 11:00-12:00
Tuesday and Thursday 8:00-9:00 and 11:00-12:00
Other times by appointment If you are having difficulty in this class, it is YOUR responsibility to make an
appointment with the instructor to remedy the situation.
Text: The Making of the West (Third edition) by Hunt, Martin, Rosenwein, Hsia and Smith. You may purchase a
traditional book OR you may choose to purchase the e-book for approximately $45 (You may purchase the e-book by
chapter if you wish). You may purchase the e-book directly at http://ebooks.bfwpub.com/hunt3v2.php. The e-book will
give you access to ALL the material available in the hard copy of the book plus supplemental review material.
All other material is located on the class Blackboard website. It is your responsibility to have this material in class at
the time required by the class schedule or announcements by the instructor.
Goals of the class: This course will introduce the student to a selected body of theories, facts, and concepts that related to
a general survey of western history. Over the course of this class we will examine the major political, legal, military,
economic, and social events that shaped early western civilization.
Attendance: You are expected to maintain an attendance rate of 80%. This means that you may not miss more than
seven (7) class sessions for any reason. Once you miss seven class sessions, including exam days, you will be
dropped from this class. If the drop date has passed, you will receive an “F” for the class unless you choose to
initiate a withdrawal from the class and receive an “FW.”
If you arrive to class after roll has been taken, come in quietly and have a seat without disturbing the class or walking in
front of the professor. It is YOUR responsibility to inform the instructor that you were present at the end of the class
Attendance will account for 5% of your overall grade. It is your responsibility to show up on time for class. Excessive
lateness will have a negative impact on your attendance and class participation scores.
If you must leave a class session early, please inform the instructor at the beginning of class. Repeated early departure
will have a negative impact on your attendance and class participation scores.
Behavior: Personal behavior and deportment consistent with the smooth operation of the instructional program is
expected. Disruption of the learning environment, including the distraction of the instructor, will not be tolerated.
Audio recording of the class is permissible with the prior approval of the instructor.
Electronic devices: In order to maintain the learning environment, you are asked to turn off and put away ALL
electronic devices before entering the classroom.
Electronic devices are to remain stowed throughout the entire class period.
Students may expect one public warning relative to electronic and other devices impacting the classroom
On the second occurrence, the offending student may expect to be asked to leave the classroom for the next two class
periods. The class sessions will be counted as absences and the offender will receive a ZERO on any in class work
that is missed.
Any subsequent occurrence may result in the student being referred to the dean for appropriate disciplinary measures.
Plagiarism: Plagiarism or any form of cheating will be cause for a zero on the assignment. This applies to ALL
assignments. Every assignment is to be done individually unless the instructor specifically states that it is a group project,
including homework. In addition, the student will be reported to the Dean for appropriate disciplinary and academic
Grades: All of your grades will be posted on BlackBoard. It is YOUR responsibility to monitor your status and make
arrangements to see the instructor if you are having difficulty.
Homework: There will be one homework reading quiz for each chapter in the text. These assignments are multiple-choice
in format and are located under the Homework folder on the class Blackboard web site.
You MUST complete the assignment by the deadline stated in the class schedule. After that time the assignment will
no longer be available and you will receive a ZERO for the assignment.
Homework is due BY Saturday at midnight, not ON Saturday at midnight. You are highly encouraged to complete
the homework assignments well before the deadline.
You will be allowed to complete each homework reading assignment TWICE. The computer will record the higher of
your scores in the class grade book.
Once you have begun working on the assignment, do not stop, close the window or try to log out of Blackboard.
The computer will record the grade as a zero and will count it as one of your attempts.
You will have an unlimited amount of time to answer the twenty-five multiple-choice questions.
Technical problems with BlackBoard: The instructor has no control over the quirks and vagaries of the BlackBoard
program. If your computer continually freezes, logs out of BlackBoard unexpectedly or in any other way prevents
you from completing the on line assignments, it is your responsibility to contact the college technical support staff
to remedy this situation.
The Document Based Questions (DBQs) and Class Discussion Documents are located under their respective folders on
the class BlackBoard web site.
Download and complete the assignment to the best of your ability.
Bring the printed assignment to class on the day stipulated in the class schedule.
Be prepared to discuss your answers in class.
You are encouraged to annotate your assignment during the class discussion. However, the bulk of this assignment
must be completed before you come to class.
Participation: Since this class is taught in a lecture-discussion format, your participation is expected.
When we review the Document Based Questions (DBQ) or Class Discussion Documents in class, I will randomly
select specific individuals to answer the discussion questions.
The selected individuals must make an effort to answer the question by analyzing the material in the document as well
as material from the reading and class discussion. Their response (or lack) will receive between zero and three points
for the document analysis and the essay outline.
If your are absent and your name is called, you will receive a ZERO. There are no make-ups.
Exams: There will be a total of three exams and a cumulative final in this course. There will be two portions to the exams,
each of which is weighted equally.
The first portion will consist of a 100 question on-line multiple-choice exam located on the class Blackboard web
o It will be taken in a manner similar to the homework assignments.
o The Exam will only be available for the week corresponding to the Exam date given in the class schedule.
o You will have three hours to complete the on-line portion of the Exam.
o You will have only one attempt.
o This is to be an individual, open-note, open-book assignment.
Technical problems with BlackBoard: As stated above, it is your responsibility to resolve any technological
conflicts with the BlackBoard system BEFORE you are required to take the exam.
The second portion of the exam will consist of an in-class five-paragraph essay.
o Five to seven potential essay topics will be posted on line approximately one week before the exam.
o On the day of the exam, one or two of these questions will be selected and you will then answer one of the
o You will be allowed to bring ONE (1) 8 ½” x 11” page of notes to refer to during the exam.
The notes may be hand written or word processed, with no limitation on content, font size or margins
and may have writing on both sides.
Students may work together to prepare the notes page however, ALL the notes on the page must be
written by YOU.
If I even suspect my generosity has been abused, I will confiscate all the note pages and all the
students will take the exam without notes.
You MUST turn in your notes page when you complete the exam.
Make-up Exams: Each student will be allowed ONE make-up exam. Make-up exams must be taken within one week of
the in-class exam. No make-up exams will be given after that time. If the exam is not made up at this time it automatically
becomes a ZERO. On any subsequent missed exams, the student will receive a ZERO for the exam grade.
The make-up exams will be taken in the Tutoring Center located on the ground floor of the Library. The make-up exam
may be taken at any time during the regular Tutoring Center hours until the deadline. Be sure to bring your note page and
a photo ID. Make-up exams will be graded and returned at the convenience of the instructor.
Final Exam: The final exam will be given during final exams week in May and will be cumulative in nature. It will consist
of one essay question and a series of multiple-choice questions. The format of the final will be the same as the semester
exams. There will be no Make-ups for the final exam.
Component Percent of Semester Grade Overall Course Grades
Attendance 5% 100 – 90% A
Participation 15% 89 – 80% B
Homework 15% (total) 79 – 70% C
Exams 40% (total) 69 – 65% D
Final Exam 25% 64% & below F
The Final grade: All of your grades will be available through the course BlackBoard web site. This includes individual
assignments and your overall course grade. The instructor does NOT “round-up” the grades. The grade calculated by
Blackboard is the final grade. However, extra points may be awarded if the instructor determines that student learning
has occurred that is not reflected in the formal assignment and exam scores. For example:
An overall course score of 77.35% might equal a “B” if: the student actively participates in class discussions, asks
thoughtful and analytical questions, arrives to class on time and prepared and has a good attendance record.
An overall course score of 69.99% will equal a “D” if: the student does not participate in the class discussion unless
directly called upon, is habitually late, has a poor attendance record, sleeps during class, works on assignments for
other courses during the class or continually disrupts the learning environment by excessive talking or using electronic
devices. In other words, they do NOT show that there is any learning going on that might not be reflected in exam or
Special Needs: Students with special needs that require accommodation should discuss their individual situation with the
instructor within the first week of the class.
Your continued attendance in this class indicates that you have read and agree to abide by the conditions laid out
in this syllabus AND the assignment schedule that is laid out below.
History 106, Spring 2011: READ THIS BEFORE EACH CLASS!
Below is the approximate schedule of lectures and classroom discussions. I will make every effort to keep to this
schedule but I reserve the right to alter the schedule as needed. The tests and homework, however, will be due or given
on the days assigned in this schedule.
Download and review the Class Syllabus Interpreting Visual Sources
Download and begin to work on the Interpreting Documents: Quick Reference
Interpreting Documents activity. View the Online Video: In the Light of the
Before Class Begins Download and review the handouts on: Above
Guidelines for Evaluating Historical Read Chapter 14 in the text
Sources Complete the online homework assignment
Evaluating Primary Written Documents dealing with the Class Syllabus
Week and Tuesday Thursday Weekly Assignments
1 Introduction: European Exploration and View Online Video: Point of View
Interpreting Documents: Conquest Bring a printed copy of your
January 18 Bring activity worksheets to Be prepared to discuss: completed Class Syllabus
class Columbus Describes His Homework Assignment to class
January 20 Basic essay skills First Voyage (1493) for extra credit on Thursday,
Quick overview of the Cortés and the January 20
Northern Renaissance Requerimiento Chapter 14 Homework is due
Bernal Díaz del Castillo, before midnight on Saturday,
The True History of the January 22
Conquest of New Spain
Bartolomé de Las Casas,
In Defense of the Indians
2 DBQ #1: The Colombian DBQ #2: The Causes of the Be prepared to discuss DBQ #1,
Exchange Reformation both the document analysis and
January 25 Review terms at the beginning Review terms at the your essay outline, in class
of the DBQ beginning of the DBQ Online Video: A Matter of Fact
January 27 View Online Video: Point of View Online Video: A Chapter 15 Homework is due
View BEFORE completing Matter of Fact BEFORE before midnight on Saturday,
the DBQ completing the DBQ January 29
3 French Wars of Religion Wars of Religion Be prepared to discuss DBQ #2,
English Reformation and Scientific Revolution both the document analysis and
February 1 Elizabeth I Be prepared to discuss: your essay outline, in class
Be prepared to discuss: The Horror of the 30 Online Video: Infinitely
February 3 The St. Bartholomew's Day Years' War Reasonable
Massacre (1638) The Starry Messenger Chapter 16 Homework is due
Henry IV, Edict of Nantes Galileo, Letter to the before midnight on Saturday,
Acts of Supremacy (1534 and Grand Duchess Christina February 5
1559) Sentence against Galileo
The 39 Articles of Religion Trial of Suzanne Gaudry
Week and Tuesday Thursday Weekly Assignments
4 Louis XIII and Richelieu English Civil War Download and read handouts
Louis XIV Be prepared to discuss: Be prepared to answer the
February 8 Be prepared to discuss: Petition of Right document questions
Michel de Montaigne, Of Contrasting Views: The Chapter 17 Homework is due
February Cannibals (1580s) English Civil War before midnight on Saturday,
10 Marie de Sévigné, Letter English Bill of Rights February 12
Describing the French Court Two Treaties on
Louis XIV: Functions of a Government
The Regulation of Industry
Under Louis XIV
5 Class Discussion of your 1. Be prepared to discuss DBQ #4,
responses to: both the document analysis and
February DBQ #4: The Enlightenment your essay outline, in class
15 No Class 2. Chapter 18 Homework due
before midnight on Saturday,
February February 19
6 Class Discussion of your Exam #1 Thursday, 2/24 Prepare note page for Exam
responses to: Essay portion taken in class. (Optional).
February DBQ #5: Absolutism or Chapters 14-18, DBQs #1-#5, all
22 Democracy? Multiple-choice is taken on documents, Online videos and
line BEFORE midnight on Discussion Documents
February The online portion of the exam Saturday, February 26 Chapter 19 Homework is due
24 will be available about 5:00 pm before NOON on SUNDAY,
EXAM #1 February 27
7 DBQ #6: The Causes of the The Course of the French Be prepared to discuss DBQ #4,
French Revolution Revolution both the document analysis and
March 1 Handout: Historiography of Be prepared to discuss: your essay outline, in class
the French Revolution What Is the Third Estate? Online Video: What the Doctor
March 3 Review terms at the beginning The Rights of Man Ordered
of the DBQ Robespierre, Principles of Chapter 20 Homework is due
Review Online Video: What Political Morality before midnight on Saturday,
the Doctor Ordered Olympe de Gouges, March 5
Letters on the Trial
8 Napoleon DBQ #7: Response to the Online Video: Credit Where It’s
The Congress of Vienna Industrial Revolution Due
March 8 Be prepared to discuss: Review terms at the Chapter 21 Homework is due
The Chronicle of Abd al- beginning of the DBQ before midnight on Saturday,
March 10 Rahman al-Jabartî (1798) Review Online Video: March 12
An Ordinary Soldier on Credit Where It’s Due
Campaign with Napoleon
Klemens von Metternich,
Results of the Congress at
Week and Tuesday Thursday Weekly Assignments
9 The New Nationalism: Italy The New Nationalism: Be prepared to discuss DBQ #5,
Be prepared to discuss: Germany both the document analysis and
March 15 Camillo di Cavour, Letter to Be prepared to discuss: your essay outline, in class
King Victor Emmanuel Bismarck’s Editing Skills View Online Video: Fit to Rule
March 17 Rudolf von Ihering, Two Chapter 22 Homework is due
Letters (1866) before midnight on Saturday,
Spring Break: No Classes March 21-25
#10 DBQ #8: Causes of New The New Imperialism Online Videos: Fit to Rule and
Imperialism Imperialism in Africa War of the World: Episode 1
March 29 Review terms at the beginning Be prepared to discuss: “The Clash of Empires
of the DBQ Herbert Spencer, Survival of Chapter 23 Homework is due
March 29 Review Online Videos: the Fittest before midnight on Saturday,
Fit to Rule West African Produce April 2
March 31 War of the World: Episode 1
“The Clash of Empires
11 Imperialism in Africa and Asia Exam #2 Thursday, April 7 Be prepared to discuss DBQ
Be prepared to discuss: Essay portion taken in class. #6 in class
April 5 Commissioner Lin, Letter to Prepare note page for Exam
Queen Victoria Multiple-choice is taken on line (Optional).
April 7 BEFORE midnight on Chapters 19-23, DBQs #6-#8,
EXAM #2 The multiple choice portion of the Saturday, April 9 Online videos, and Discussion
exam will be available on line Documents
around 5:00 pm Chapter 24 Homework is due
before NOON on SUNDAY,
12 Class Discussion of your The Peace of Versailles Be prepared to discuss DBQ
responses to: #8, both the document analysis
April 12 DBQ #9: The Causes of World Be prepared to discuss: and your essay outline, in class
War I Treaty of Versailles Packet Chapter 25 Homework due
April 14 Review terms at the beginning before midnight on
of the DBQ Review Online Video: War of the Saturday, April 16
World: Episode 2 “Tainted
13 Inter-war Years: Democracies Inter-war Years: Dictatorships Chapter 26 Homework is due
Be prepared to discuss: before midnight on Saturday,
April 19 Fascism Packet April 23
14 DBQ #10: The Road to World The Japanese American Chapter 27 Homework is due
War II Internment before midnight on Saturday,
April 26 Review terms at the beginning Be prepared to discuss: April 30
of the DBQ Internment Packet
Week and Tuesday Thursday Weekly Assignments
15 The Course of World War II Exam #3 Thursday, May 5 Prepare note page for Exam
Essay portion taken in class. (Optional).
May 3 The multiple choice portion of the Chapters 24-27, DBQs #9-#10,
exam will be available on line Multiple-choice is taken on line Online videos, and Discussion
May 5 around 5:00 pm BEFORE midnight on Documents
EXAM #3 Saturday, May 7 Chapter 28 Homework is due
before NOON on SUNDAY,
16 DBQ #11: The Cold War Begins The Cold War world Chapter 29 Homework is due
Review terms at the beginning De-colonialism before midnight on Saturday,
May10 of the DBQ May 14
Review the online Video: War The Online Final Exam will be
May 12 of the World: Episode 3 “The available on Friday, May 13
Final Essay Final Exam No Class Online Final Exam due
Exams Tuesday, May 17 at 8:00 am BEFORE midnight on Tuesday,