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History 002: Western Civilization
Spring Semester 2001 Marquette University
Dr. Phillip C. Naylor

"History is a struggle of the mind, an adventure."
Henri-Irenée Marrou, The Meaning of History

Final Exam Study Sheet | Study Suggestions and Prohibitions | Assigned Readings
Western Civ Series Program | Syllabus

For your reference, the historic moment in early January 2001: Record cumulative snowfall for Milwaukee in December (almost 50 inches); US economy slowing; President-Elect Bush completes cabinet choices; Marquette men's basketball team upsets touted DePaul team; Oakland Raiders, Baltimore Ravens, Minnesota Vikings, and New York Giants in NFL conference championship games

The objective of this course is to appreciate the importance of history in breadth and depth. Western Civilization, as taught in the Varsity program, is called the Wider West. It is a unique approach to Western Civilization and offers students a broader perspective to the traditional Western Civilization course. This packet provides you with lecture topics, reading and study guides, examination and paper explanations, "Civ Series" descriptions, and suggestions to assist you in this course. It offers you a general frame of reference and should be consulted throughout the semester.

Please bear in mind that the lecturer and instructors will work on the assumption that the material to be covered on a given date has been read by the student prior to her or his attendance of the particular lecture or discussion section. You should undertake to read ahead; failure to do so before such class meetings will only serve to your detriment. You are responsible.

In this course you will attend two lectures a week (Mondays and Wednesdays) given by Dr. Naylor and one discussion section (either Thursday or Friday) led by a graduate teaching assistant (TA). Discussion sections are not intended for lecture purposes. Your TA may on occasion amplify or qualify a lecture topic by way of placing it in perspective for class discussion; s/he may also give a brief supplementary presentation. The discussion sections are designed primarily to provide the student with an opportunity to discuss and clarify information from the week's lectures. Other topics legitimately related to the lectures may also serve as subjects for discussion. Your TAs will advise you each week of the next subject for consideration and you should be prepared, following your readings and the lecture, to participate actively in class discussions.

It is expected that Western Civilization students will attend all lectures and discussion sections. You are responsible for lecture/discussion section material and announcements made during your absence from a class. Absences from discussion sections should be explained to your instructor; s/he should also be apprised of the reasons for your failure to be present for a lecture (see below concerning missed examinations). If you miss several lectures, your College will be contacted. If your TA is concerned about unexcused absences in discussion section, s/he will also communicate directly or indirectly (via the Advisement Center of the College of Arts and Sciences) with your College.

From the College of Arts and Sciences class attendance policy:

In the case of unavoidable absence (defined below), a student may make up missed examinations, assignments and exercises within reason at the discretion of the instructor according to conditions set forth in the course syllabus. It is the student's responsibility to make arrangements with the instructor to complete missed work in a timely fashion. In all other cases of absence, instructors are not required to allow students to make up missed work. The final course grade may be reduced to a degree commensurate with any incomplete material.

In the case of absences (regardless of cause) greater than the equivalent of two weeks of class and/or lab, as defined in the syllabus, final grades can be lowered up to a maximum of a half letter grade per additional absence.

In the case of absences (regardless of cause) greater than the equivalent of three weeks of class…as defined in the syllabus, the student may be dropped from the course, earning a grade of WA. After the WA grade has been issued, the student may not apply for a grade of W.

The College of Arts and Sciences defines unavoidable absences as those due to debilitating illness, personal emergency, and, with prior approval, participation in university-sanctioned athletic competitions. Students must inform their instructors and the Arts and Sciences office, in a timely fashion and with supporting evidence, of the reasons for their unavoidable absence.

Given this policy, it is imperative that you attend this course for manifold reasons.

Please note that acts of dishonesty (e.g., "the illegitimate use of materials in any form during a quiz or examination"; "copying answers from the quiz or examination paper of another student"; "plagiarizing or falsifying materials or information") as stipulated in the Faculty Guide to Procedures (College of Arts and Sciences) will result in severe penalties (e.g., an F for that mark). Review or acquire a copy of the student "Ethos Statement"(August 1993) from the Office of Student Affairs. Section B discusses examples of "unacceptable behavior" that will not be tolerated. See also the Undergraduate Bulletin concerning expected student behavior.

There will be two major exams (Midterm [20%]; Final [30%]); two quizzes [20%]; two short papers [20%]; and 2 map quizzes [10%]). The two major examinations will be subjective (essays). Written quizzes will be objective and subjective. and will last for a portion of the discussion section period. The papers will be exercises in historical methodology -- reception/perception -- and will be explained by your TA. On each map quiz you will have 10 out of 12 sites to find. You will match numbers/letters to the information given. Some of the questions will be "identification-like --"Capital of the Habsburgs"; "Nelson defeated Napoleon's navy at this site." Sites will be provided in Lecture. Practice maps are included in the packet.

Class participation and attendance will also be taken into account concerning the course grade. If you cannot attend an examination, notify your TA at least a day before the administration of the quiz/exam. Documentable proof must be provided explaining your absence. Failure to provide this evidence will result in an "F" for that particular examination.

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