HST 120 The History of Europe to 1648

HST 120 IS Sec 2, University of Mississippi
[See UM Catalog for Description]

3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Wendy Smith, PhD.

Instructor name:
Wendy Smith, PhD.

wdsmith@olemiss.edu

Dr. Smith received her PhD in 2012 with an emphasis in US history. She holds a Master's Degree in Classical Studies, however, and continues to enjoy teaching ancient and early modern history as well as courses in US history.

Contact Information:

If you have questions concerning the content of the course, you may contact the instructor directly using the Email Your Instructor link in the Lessons or Content page. NOTE: Whenever sending email, please be sure to indicate your course title and number in the subject line. You can expect a response within 72 hours, although it may be longer on weekends. Many instructors reply within 24 hours.

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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-seventeenth century.  Any complete understanding of today’s world must take into account the meaning of Western civilization and the role Western civilization 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.  Western civilization assists students in learning more about the past as well as the world in which they live.  Students will have the opportunity to learn the practice of history as they analyze primary sources and move beyond the basics of who, what and when to look at the why of history.  Students will be asked to communicate their thoughts and opinions in both formal writing assignments and less formal posts to the discussion board

NOTE:  A grade of “C” or better is required for this course to be applied to either a history major or minor.

There is no prerequisite for this course.

Textbook Information:

Textbook information will be provided upon enrollment in your iStudy course.

Course Objectives:

Objectives include (but are not limited to):

  1. To obtain knowledge of important specific phenomena – names, dates, people, and events – in the history of Europe
  2. To develop an awareness of the broader trends, themes, and patterns in which those phenomena occurred
  3. To develop critical thinking as students come to understand why specific phenomena and broader patterns matter, both historically and in the modern world
  4. To improve the capacity for precise and articulate communication while analyzing primary historical sources
  5. 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 15 instructional modules (or lessons). Please note that the suggested Pacing Guide to complete the course in a traditional semester is written for Fall and Spring. Full summer students need to make adjustments due to the significantly shorter time period involved.

Chapter 12: The Renaissance, Chapter 13: The Reformation and Religious Wars

Lesson Reading Assignments Due for Grades
Start Here *You MUST complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance.*NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page. Syllabus Quiz
0 Introduction
  • Introduce Yourself discussion board
  • MindTap Tutorials 
  • Doing History exercise
1 Chapter 1: The Ancient Near East: The First Civilizations
  • MindTap chapter assignments
  • Chapter quiz in Blackboard
  • Extra credit video quiz
2 Chapter 2: The Ancient Near East: Peoples and Empires
  • MindTap chapter assignments
  • Writing Assignment #1
  • Chapter quiz in Blackboard
3 Chapter 3: The Civilizations of the Greeks
  • MindTap chapter assignments
  • Writing Assignment #2
  • Chapter quiz in Blackboard
  • Extra credit video quiz
4 Chapter 4: The Hellenistic World
  • MindTap chapter assignments
  • Chapter quiz in Blackboard
Course Exam 1 Proctored 75-minute exam that covers chapters 1-4. A study guide and practice exam are in the exam folder.  To be scheduled and completed before proceeding
5 Chapter 5: The Roman Republic
  • MindTap chapter assignments
  • Chapter quiz in Blackboard
MIDPOINT OF COURSE If you are a semester student, you must reach the midpoint of your course by the date specified in your information.

If you are a Flex UM student, you CANNOT WITHDRAW from this course after the lesson has been submitted.
All lesson assignments or exams needed to reach the midpoint of the course
6 Chapter 6: The Roman Empire
  • MindTap chapter assignments
  • Writing Assignment #3
  • Chapter quiz in Blackboard
  • Extra credit video quiz
7 Chapter 7: Late Antiquity and the Emergence of the Medieval World
  • MindTap chapter assignments
  • Chapter quiz in Blackboard
8 Chapter 8: The Early Middle Ages
  • MindTap chapter assignments
  • Chapter quiz in Blackboard
9 Chapter 9: The High Middle Ages
  • MindTap chapter assignments
  • Writing Assignment #4
  • Chapter quiz in Blackboard
Course Exam 2 Proctored 75-minute exam that covers chapters 5-9. A study guide and practice exam are in the exam folder. To be scheduled and completed before proceeding
10 Chapter 10: The Rise of Kingdoms and the Growth of Church Power
  • MindTap chapter assignments
  • Chapter quiz in Blackboard
11 Chapter 11: The Renaissance
  • MindTap chapter assignments
  • Writing Assignment #5
  • Chapter quiz in Blackboard
12 Chapter 12: The Reformation and Religious Wars
  • MindTap chapter assignments
  • Chapter quiz in Blackboard
  • Extra credit video quiz
13 Chapter 13: The Later Middle Ages: Crisis and Disintegration in the 14th Century
  • MindTap chapter assignments
  • Writing Assignment #6
  • Chapter quiz in Blackboard
Final Exam Non-comprehensive exam: Proctored 120-minute exam that covers chapters 10-14 (ensure all work is completed and graded prior to scheduling this exam)

A study guide and practice exam are in the exam folder.
To be scheduled and completed to finalize credit

Grading:

GRADING SCALE:
94-100 A
90-93 A-
87-89 B+
84-86 B
80-83 B-
77-79 C+
74-76 C
70-73 C-
60-69 D
59 & below F

FAILURE TO TAKE THE FINAL EXAM WILL RESULT IN FAILURE OF THE COURSE.

You must submit the lessons required to take the course exam(s). Lessons required but not submitted will receive a grade of zero. For the final exam, all coursework must be submitted and graded.