Effective: Late Fall 8-Week, 2018/2019

HIST 102: Western Civilization II

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  Course Description

European history since 1715. G.E.

Prerequisite: none

Proctored Exams: Final


As part of TruitionSM, students will receive their course materials automatically as described below.


  •  Donald Kagan, Steven Ozment, Frank Turner and Alison Frank. The Western Heritage: Volume 2. 11th ed, Boston: Pearson , 2013.  eText
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  •  Rampolla, Mary Lynn. A Pocket Guide to Writing in History. 9th ed, Bedford/St. Martin's, 2017.  eText

Bookstore Information

Visit https://www.ccis.edu/bookstore.aspx for details.

eText Information

If a course uses an eText, (see Textbook information above) the book will be available directly in Desire2Learn (D2L) and through the VitalSource eText reader the Friday before the session begins, if registered for courses prior to that date.  Students will have a VitalSource account created for them using their CougarMail email address. Upon first login to VitalSource, students may need to verify their account and update their VitalSource password.  More information about how to use the VitalSource platform, including offline access to eTexts, can be found in D2L.  Students that would like to order an optional print-on-demand copy of eligible eTexts can do so through the VitalSource bookshelf at an additional cost.  Once orders are placed, it can take approximately five to seven business days for students to receive their print-on-demand books.

Physical Course Materials Information

Students enrolled in courses that require physical materials will receive these materials automatically at the address on file with Columbia College.  Delivery date of physical materials is dependent on registration date and shipping location.  Please refer to confirmation emails sent from Ed Map for more details on shipping status.

Returns: Students who drop a course with physical course materials will be responsible for returning those items to Ed Map within 30 days of receipt of the order.  More specific information on how to do so will be included in the package received from Ed Map.  See here for Ed Map's return policy. Failure to return physical items from a dropped course will result in a charge to the student account for all unreturned items.

Note: Students who opt-out of having their books provided as part of TruitionSM are responsible for purchasing their own course materials.

  Course Overview

History and historical awareness have been a major component of human knowledge since ancient times. This course examines modern history, the most recent 400-year period of history. Thus, we begin our study with the seventeenth-century. Then, kings and nobles held enormous power, but economic changes slowly undermined their domination. The Enlightenment in the eighteenth-century challenged all sorts of traditions, and the French Revolution that erupted at that time made republican forms of government an exciting option for Europeans. The nineteenth-century brought the twin challenges of industrialization and intense nationalism. The tensions generated by those forces contributed to two devastating wars that shook Europe from 1914 to 1945. Europe is still dealing with the consequences of those wars. Although the future remains uncertain, knowledge of the past is a great tool for grasping the fundamentals of human nature and civilized society.

  Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.

  Course Objectives

  • To understand the major events, people, ideas, and basic evolutionary structure of western civilization from 1715 to the present.
  • To understand the development of political, social, economic, cultural, and intellectual aspects of each civilization with “historical-mindedness” in a critical evaluation of how present civilization in the West has evolved

  Measurable Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the role of the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment in the reshaping of political, social, and religious beliefs.
  • Identify the characteristics of the French Revolution and Napoleon and the impact on European power
  • Explain how industrialization and urbanization represented revolutionary change.
  • Evaluate the rise of the nation state and describe how this impacted political, social, economic, cultural, and intellectual aspects of western civilization.
  • Identify the economic, political, and social contributions to the emergence of Nazi Germany and the USSR.
  • Describe World War I and World War II and their contributions to an interconnected world.
  • Identify and discuss the ideas of the Cold War and the evolving political and economic developments.
  • Explain globalization and its impact on decolonization, migration, and reconfiguration of the nation-state and the diffusion of culture.


Grading Scale

Grade Points Percent
A 900-1000 90-100%
B 800-899 80-89%
C 700-799 70-79%
D 600-699 60-69%
F 0-599 0-59%

Grade Weights

Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions (8) 160 16%
Essays (3) 300 30%
Quizzes (2) 160 16%
Pre and Post-Tests (2) 50 5%
Primary Document Analysis (1) 120 12%
Introduction Discussion (1) 10 1%
Final Exam (1) 200 20%
Total 1000 100%

  Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1

Assignment Points Due
Introduction Discussion 10 Sunday
Discussion 1 20 Thursday/Sunday

Week 2

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 2 20 Thursday/Sunday
Essay 1 100 Sunday
Pre-test --
Proctor Information N/A

Week 3

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3 20 Thursday/Sunday
Quiz 1 80 Sunday

Week 4

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 4 20 Thursday/Sunday
Essay 2 100 Sunday

Week 5

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5 20 Thursday/Sunday
Quiz 2 80 Sunday

Week 6

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 6 20 Thursday/Sunday
Essay 3 100 Sunday

Week 7

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7 20 Thursday/Sunday
Primary Document Analysis 120 Sunday

Week 8

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 8 20 Thursday/Saturday
Post-test 50 Saturday
Final Exam 200
Total Points: 1000

  Assignment Overview


Each week you will participate in an online discussion to deepen your understanding of the course topics. Each numbered discussion has two topics, Part A and Part B. You must post answers to both parts in a single discussion post. In addition, at least two responses to either your classmates or instructor are required per discussion (not per Part). Your initial posts are due on Thursdays by 11:59 pm. All responses are due by 11:59 pm Sunday with the exception of Week 8’s which is due on Saturday. Discussion settings will not allow you to read other’s posts before you have submitted your initial post. Discussions are worth 20 points.

In Week 1, there is also an Introduction Discussion worth 10 points. Both the initial post and responses are due by 11:59 pm Sunday.


You will write three essays in this course, selecting from a short list of topics provided in the course. Each essay should be a minimum of 750 words and is worth 100 points. Use the Chicago Manual of Style formatting including Times New Roman 12 pt. font. All assignments must be your own original work and not one that you have used previously for another course. You are expected to write professionally with correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar, providing solid examples from our readings, or your own research, to back up your statements. All essays are due by 11:59 PM CT on Sunday of the week they have been assigned. See the Content area for complete details and grading criteria.

Primary Document Analysis

This assignment requires you to read and respond to three primary documents, enhancing your skills at interpreting the raw materials of history. It will provide you with experience in the work of a historian, looking for meaning in a document that is often difficult to sort through and analyze. For each document you will answer a series of questions and write a brief 250-word essay that may explore its historical background, meaning, purpose or its historical impact. Each document analysis is worth 40 points, for a total of 120 points for the assignment. Full instructions and grading criteria are located in the course Content area.

Pre and Post-Tests

There is a short required pre-test of your history knowledge requested by the history department. It becomes available in week 1 but must be completed by 11:59 pm on Sunday of Week 2. You will receive your score after completion, but this will not be directly reflected in your grade. In Week 7, a similar post-test becomes available. It must be completed by 11:59 pm Saturday of Week 8. If you complete both it and the pre-test you will receive 50 points, regardless of your scores on either test.


There are two quizzes in the course to test your comprehension of course materials and prepare you for the Final Exam. Quiz 1 is in week 3 and Quiz 2 is in week 5. Quizzes will be available on Monday and must be completed by 11:59 pm Sunday. Each quiz will have 3 short essay questions at 15 points each and 35 multiple-choice questions at 1 point each for a total of 80 points. The short essays should be one paragraph of 75-100 words that respond to the topic in a thorough and thoughtful response. You will have one attempt to take each quiz. Quizzes are timed at 75 minutes. If you exceed the time limit plus a 5 minute grace period you will receive a score of zero.

Final Exam

You will take a proctored final exam during Week 8 which will primarily cover material studied during weeks 6, 7, and 8. This section will contain 3 short essay questions (about 100-word responses) at 15 points each and 50 multiple choice questions at 2 points each. In addition, there will be one comprehensive essay question (about 250 words) worth 55 points. You will have 2 hours (120 minutes) to take the exam and will be given only one attempt. If you exceed the time limit plus a 5 minute grace period you will receive a score of zero. The exam will open Monday of Week 8 at 12:01 AM CT and is due by 11:59 PM Saturday.

  Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Learning Resources
  • The Western Heritage: Chapters 15 & 16
  • Video: Palace of Versailles
  • Video: What was the Agricultural Revolution?
Introduction Discussion
Introduce yourself to your classmates and instructor. State your name, profession, hobbies, interest in history, and any other information that may help us get to know you. The introduction discussion is graded.
Discussion 1

A) Discuss some examples of how the nobility dominated European society. Contrast this traditional role with the changes brought about by the agricultural revolution, and the industrial revolution and urban growth. In your post, be sure to mention at least two changes prompted by the agricultural revolution that are mentioned in the video, “What Was the Agricultural Revolution?” Your answer should be two to three paragraphs in length. Be sure to give detailed consideration to each topic in the question. The answer is not stated explicitly in the chapter. You have to sift through the facts and come up with your own original conclusion.

B) Several nations set up mercantile empires in the eighteenth century. Discuss how those empires differed. After viewing the “Palace of Versailles” video, discuss whether there was a probable connection between the transatlantic economy and the construction of that grand palace.

Learning Resources
  • The Western Heritage: Chapter 17
  • Video: The Age of Enlightenment
  • Video: Giants of the Scottish Enlightenment Part 3: David Hume
  • Article: "The Three Parts of a History Paper"
Discussion 2

A) Choose two of the following writers: Hume, Rousseau, Locke, Voltaire, Mary Wollstonecraft, Adam Smith or Beccaria. Summarize their writing and state whether you think the topics they took on are still relevant issues today. Support your stance with examples.

B) Discuss the achievements of two of the following leaders: Catherine the Great of Russia, Frederick the Great of Prussia, or Joseph II of Austria. Conclude by stating your opinion about whether they were dedicated reformers or power hungry and cynical manipulators of trends of that time.

Essay 1

Choose one of the following topics:
1. Discuss in detail three of the enlightenment writers covered in Chapter 17; show how they promoted either rationalism, individualism or relativism.

2. Discuss in detail the achievements of Frederick the Great, Catherine the Great, and Joseph II of Austria. How did their approach to authority and reform differ from the values of modern democracy?

The Bowdoin College history paper guide offers guidelines for writing a history essay. Rompolla also has relevant sections if you’ve purchased it. Direct any questions to the General Course Questions topic.

There is a short required pre-test of your history knowledge requested by the history department. It becomes available in week 1 but must be completed by 11:59 pm this Sunday. You will receive your score after completion, but this will not be directly reflected in your grade. In Week 7, a post-test becomes available. If you complete both it and the pre-test you will receive 50 points, regardless of your scores on either test.
Proctor Information
Submit your proctor form to the appropriate Dropbox folder by the end of the week. Remember to “Save” the form before placing it in Dropbox. See the Content area for more information.
Learning Resources
  • The Western Heritage: Chapters 18 & 19
  • Web site: Imaging the French Revolution
  • Article: "Women and the Code Napoléon"
Discussion 3

A) Discuss the major causes of the French Revolution and the escalation of violence from 1789 to 1794. Explain why women, who had hoped to gain status during the Revolution, found their expectations stifled.

B) Describe in detail three domestic policies and two military policies that Napoleon accomplished while in power from 1799 to 1815. Was his ultimate goal glory for France, or establishing himself as an all powerful ruler?

Quiz 1
This quiz covers materials covered in Weeks 1-3. It is worth 80 points. The format of the quiz is a combination of 35 multiple choice questions worth 1 point each and 3 short-essay questions worth 15 points each. You will have one attempt and it is timed at 75 minutes.
Learning Resources
  • The Western Heritage: Chapters 20, 21, and pp. 685-700 of chapter 22
  • Video: Crash Course: The Industrial Revolution
  • Video: German Unification (Part II: Bismarck's Realpolitik)
Discussion 4

A) Discuss three revolutions of 1848. What were their causes and outcomes? Did they fail because their opponents were too powerful, or because their goals were flawed from the start?

B) Describe three changes to European society unleashed by the industrial revolution. Why do you think children were used for child labor at that time?

Essay 2

Select one of the following topics for a 750-1000 word essay:

1. Contrast the goals and policies of Nineteenth-century liberals and conservatives. Conclude by remarking on the repressive methods used by regimes 1815-1848 to stay in power.

2. Describe in detail the origin and consequences of the industrial revolution. Refer to the video, Crash Course: The Industrial Revolution, and the link it makes between demand and innovation. Why do you think the human impact of the industrial Revolution is often overlooked?

3. Describe the efforts to unify Germany from 1848 to 1871. Refer to the video,
German Unification (Part II: Bismarck’s Realpolitik), for an explanation of why Bismarck was the perfect person for this task. How did unified Germany change Europe after 1871?

Learning Resources
  • The Western Heritage: Chapters 23, 25, & 26
  • Media: Trench Warfare in WWI
Discussion 5

A) Discuss in detail three of the European empires established in Africa in the nineteenth century. Why did Europeans see their role as bringing civilization to Africans? How did the empires impact Africans?

B) Discuss in detail three policies established by the treaty of Versailles in 1919. Show how these policies guaranteed future European insecurity.

Quiz 2
This quiz covers materials covered in Weeks 4-5. It is worth 80 points. The format of the quiz is a combination of 35 multiple choice questions worth 1 point each and 3 short-essay questions worth 15 points each. You will have one attempt and it is timed at 75 minutes. 
Learning Resources
  • The Western Heritage: Chapters 27 & 28
  • Media: Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union
Discussion 6

A) Referencing the multimedia timeline in the course, select and compare three domestic policies in the Soviet Union and three domestic policies in Nazi Germany. Conclude with your opinion of how these two dictatorships managed to remain in power as long as they did.

B) Discuss the wartime leadership styles of the men leading three of these countries during WW II--Germany, the Soviet Union, Britain, the United States, and Japan. Do you think these leaders' actions shortened the war or prolonged the war?

Essay 3

Select one of the following topics for this essay:
1) Describe in detail Nazi economic and social policies from 1933 to 1945. What were the major flaws in the Nazi economy? How did those flaws contribute to the defeat of Germany in 1945?

2) Describe what made WW II so deadly and destructive. Conclude by contrasting the conditions and outlook in Europe in 1918 and 1945.

Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
Learning Resources
  • The Western Heritage: Chapter 29 up to page 969
  • Article: "Reading and Writing about Primary Sources"
  • Media: The Berlin Blockade and Airlift
Discussion 7

A) Describe in detail two Cold War crises and two Cold war policies from 1945 to 1956 that are covered in the book. What missteps did the Soviet Union make during this time?

B) Describe in detail the impact of decolonization on Britain and France from 1954 to 1965. Was decolonization the result of European initiatives, or Africans and Asians seizing independence?

Primary Document Analysis
You will read and respond to 3 primary documents by answering several questions and writing a brief essay on each. For complete instructions see the Week 7 Content area.
Learning Resources
  • The Western Heritage: Chapter 30 pp. 969-1020
Discussion 8

A) Describe in detail political developments in Russia from 1991 to present. Conclude with your opinion whether democracy is likely in Russia in the near future.

B) You read about the changing work patterns and expectations of women this week. Do you believe there have been substantial changes or are those perceptions more of a reaction to changes that got underway at least 100 years ago?

The history post-test became available last week and must be completed  by 11:59 pm this Saturday. You will see your score after taking it but it is not directly associated with your grade. If you complete both the pre-test and post-test you will receive a score of 50 points, regardless of your scores on the individual tests.
Final Exam
This proctored exam has one comprehensive essay question worth 55 points. The remainder of the exam covers material from weeks 6, 7, and 8. There are 3 short essay questions (15 pts each) and 50 M/C questions (2 pts each).
The comprehensive question may be on one of the following topics:
• Status of women
• Political change
• Economic change

You have one attempt and the exam is timed at 120 minutes.

  Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

Plagiarism and Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a cumulative process that begins with the first college learning opportunity. Students are responsible for knowing the Academic Integrity policy and procedures and may not use ignorance of either as an excuse for academic misconduct. Columbia College recognizes that the vast majority of students at Columbia College maintain high ethical academic standards; however, failure to abide by the prohibitions listed herein is considered academic misconduct and may result in disciplinary action, a failing grade on the assignment, and/or a grade of "F" for the course.

Additionally, all required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.


There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

Columbia College is committed to creating a learning environment that meets the needs of its diverse student body. If you anticipate or experience any barriers to learning, communicate your concerns with the instructor. In addition to speaking with the instructor, the following resources are available to ensure an opportunity to learn in an inclusive environment that values mutual respect.

  • For students with disabilities/conditions who are experiencing barriers to learning or assessment, contact the Student Accessibility Resources office at (573) 875-7626 or sar@ccis.edu to discuss a range of options to removing barriers in the course, including accommodations.
  • For students who are experiencing conflict which is impacting their educational environment, contact the Office of Student Conduct at studentconduct@ccis.edu or (573) 875-7877.
  • For students who have concerns related to discrimination or harassment based on sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy or parental status, please contact the Title IX Office at titleixcoordinator@ccis.edu. More information can be found at http://www.ccis.edu/policies/notice-of-non-discrimination-and-equal-opportunity.aspx

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

No late discussion posts will be accepted. Late dropbox assignments will be accepted until the end of the course for up to 50% of the original points possible. Late Quizzes or Exams will receive a deduction of 25% for late completion.

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.

Proctor Policy

Students taking courses that require proctored exams must submit their completed proctor request forms to their instructors by the end of the second week of the session. Proctors located at Columbia College campuses are automatically approved. The use of ProctorU services is also automatically approved. The instructor of each course will consider any other choice of proctor for approval or denial. Additional proctor choices the instructor will consider include: public librarians, high school or college instructors, high school or college counseling services, commanding officers, education service officers, and other proctoring services. Personal friends, family members, athletic coaches and direct supervisors are not acceptable.

  Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Technology Solutions Center, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. If you have technical problems with the VitalSource eText reader, please contact VitalSource. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.