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HIS 101 The History of Europe to 1648 v1

 University of Mississippi
Department of History
3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Michael V. Namorato

Wendy Smith, PhD.

Wendy Smith earned a MA degree in Classics in 2002 and a PhD in history in 2012. She earned both degrees from the University of Mississippi. She has taught undergraduate courses for the university for a number of years. Her research and teaching interests focus on 20th century US history with an emphasis on Labor, Women and the South as well as ancient and early modern history.

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Course Description

This course will introduce students to important political, social, cultural and intellectual developments in European history from the prehistoric era to the mid-seventh century. Any complete understanding of today's world must take into account the meaning of Western civilization and the role it has played in history. Despite modern progress, we still greatly reflect our religious traditions, our political systems and theories, our economic and social structures, and our cultural heritage. The study of Western civilization assists you in learning more about the past as well as the world in which you live. You will have the opportunity to learn the practice of history as you analyze primary sources and move beyond the basics of who, what and when to look at the why of history.

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Textbook Information:


MindTap® History, 2 terms (12 months) Instant Access for Spielvogel's Western Civilization, 9th Edition

ISBN-13: 9781285843117
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You do not need a hard copy of the text unless you want one. The ISBN for the hard copy is 978-1-285-43640-1 (This ISBN is for the book only. You will still have to purchase access to MindTap in order to complete the homework assignments.)

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Course Objectives:

Objectives include (but are not limited to):


To gain a command of important specific phenomena - names, dates, events - in the history of Western civilization


To develop an awareness of the broader trends, themes, and patterns in which those phenomena occurred


To understand why specific phenomena and broader patterns matter, both historically and in our daily lives


To improve the capacity for critical thinking


To use technology and a variety of multi-media tools to enhance our exploration and understanding of the past

Course Outline:

This course consists of 14 instructional modules (or lessons).



Due for Grades

You MUST take the syllabus quiz within 2 weeks of enrolling or you will be dropped from the course. NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.

Syllabus Quiz

Introduction to the course and MindTap

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Doing History


Chapter 1: The Ancient Near East: The First Civilizations

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Chapter 2: The Ancient Near East: Peoples and Empires

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Writing Assignment
Extra Credit: Pyramids video and video assignment

Chapter 3: The Civilizations of the Greeks

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Writing Assignment

Extra Credit: Marathon video and video assignment

Chapter 4: The Hellenistic World
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Mid Course Exam 1

Covering chapters 1-4 (lessons 2-5)

To be scheduled and completed before proceeding

Chapter 5: The Roman Republic

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Writing Assignment
Extra Credit: Nero video and video assignment

Chapter 6: The Roman Empire

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Writing Assignment
Chapter 7: Late Antiquity and the Emergence of the Medieval World
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Extra Credit: the Franks video and video assignment
9 Chapter 8: Early Middle Ages
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Mid Course Exam 2

Covering chapters 5-8 (lessons 6-9)

To be scheduled and completed before proceeding
Chapter 9: High Middle Ages
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Writing Assignment
Chapter 10: The Rise of Kingdoms and the Growth of Church Power
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Extra Credit: Vikings video and video assignment
Chapter 11: The Later Middle Ages: Crisis and Disintegration in the 14th Century
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Chapter 12: The Renaissance
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Chapter 13: The Reformation and Religious Wars
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Writing Assignment
Extra Credit: Renaissance video and video assignment

Final Exam

Covering chapters 9-13 (lessons 10-14)

To be scheduled and completed to finalize credit



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