Western Civilization II Syllabus

Hist 002: The Growth of Western Civilization II
Dr. Daniel Meissner
Coughlin Hall 324    (288-3553)

Course Goals:
    To develop a general understanding of European and American history, society and culture from 1700 to the present.
    To acquire basic knowledge of major political systems, artistic themes, economic trends, and philosophical developments in western civilization.
    To acquire specific knowledge of significant people, places and events in modern western history.
    To familiarize students with historical resources and primary documents.
    To introduce students to internet search engines, website evaluation, and web page construction.
    To integrate this information in rational discussion and analysis of modern state building in Europe and America.

Mark Kishlansky, ed.,  Civilization in the West, Vol. 2
Mark Kishlansky, ed.,  Sources of the West, Vol. 2

There will be weekly quizzes, a midterm exam and a final exam.  Quizzes will require short answers to questions related to lectures and weekly reading assignments.  The midterm and final will consist of short identifications and essay questions.  The final will not be cumulative.  No make quizzes or make-up exams will be given.

In order to adequately prepare for lectures and discussions, the assigned readings for each week should be completed prior to class.  The amount of reading required for this course is substantial.  Be careful not to fall behind.

Several short (one-page) writing assignments pertaining to class readings and discussions will be required.  In addition, students will create a web page on a selected topic related to modern European or American history.

Web Page Research Report:
Students will research a selected topic related to modern European or American history, and create a web page presentation of this material using an internet editor.

Regular attendance is required, and active participation in class discussion and projects is expected.  Excessive absence will lower your grade.

Class participation
Class assignments
Web page report
Weekly quizzes
Midterm exam
Final exam

Students are expected to stay current in their readings, complete projects on time, participate in discussions, and abide by Marquette University academic rules and regulations.

Individual Situations:
Students who need special accommodations in order to meet the requirements of this course should inform the instructor at the beginning of the semester.