Fall 2018 Syllabi

HIS 131 Western Civ to 1555

HIS 131 Western Civ to 1555

by Patrick Hays -
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Western Civilization to 1555

HIS 131-50

Fall 2018

Instructor: Patrick J. Hays

Email: HayspatrickJ@jccmi.edu

Credit Hrs: ?


Course Description :  

This, together with History 131, constitutes the basic history course, as well as an introduction to the humanities. History 132 is a continuation of History 131 emphasizing the development of new political areas, economic and social theories, the evolution of the modern states, and efforts to control international tensions. 



Western Civilization: A Brief History, Volume I: To 1789 11th Edition by Perry, Marvin 



Text Book Zero - The textbook is available in a digital format and may be purchased in the bookstore. 


Course Goal: 

History 132 is a study of the development of Western institutions, ideas and cultures from about 1555 to the present. The future is inescapably tied to the past and questions our society faces and will face in the future are rooted in our past. Our attitudes on such issues as political democracy, social justice, economic opportunity, equality and the environment have all been shaped by our society's previous experiences. In this course we will study how these attitudes and beliefs evolved in the last 400 years. 


Student Requirements:

  1. Read the “Learning Goals” at the beginning of each Chapter.  This can provide key points in the chapter and can be a basis of examination questions.

  2. Read the chapters.  If it is in the book it can be on a test!!!!

  3. Watch JetNet for videos that might be posted can be related to the subject materials in a particular chapter.

  4.  Participate in class discussion.  This benefits everyone. 

  5. Ask Questions!  This also benefits everyone.



Course Structure:

We are covering a period that spans 6,555 years.  We are not going to try and cover every event and person.  We are going to hit the most important aspects and persons.  When we finish this course in December the hope for you as students is that you have at least started to be able to understand the evolution of human political, social and scientific development.

This is a lot of information but this is not a survey class. We will not try and cover everything in this book. Yet, as I said in class if it is in the book it can be on the test.




The General Education Outcome for this course is: 


GEO 5: Understanding human behavior and social systems, and the principles which govern them.  


To achieve this outcome, students will learn to: 


  • Recognize factors that determine and govern human behavior. Acknowledge the interaction of personal and social factors. 

  • Articulate the methods of analysis and interpretation used by behavioral sciences. 

  • Begin to use appropriate terms and concepts. 

  • When prompted, engage in discussion of the relevant issues, reflecting knowledge of behavior and systems. 

  • Identify the critical assumptions involved in behavioral science research and the limitations of each research method. 

  • Identify at least two social systems designed to regulate human behavior and the limitations of each. 





  • There will be four exams and possibly a final.  Exams will take place after each of the four units of our text book.  I will make decide on a comprehensive final exam sometime after the second unit test based on your performance.

  • Exams may a combination of multiply-choice, maybe true/false and five short answers were you would pick three to answer.   

  • The exams will be 60% of your grade.  The assignment below will be worth 20% each.

  • Test will be given at the end of each unit.



    There will be a book review.  2 to 3.5 pages long.  It can be on any subject from this time frame. You will show me the text, either hard copy or online for my approval.  This is to make sure that the text is appropriate and you are able to complete it on time. Due date to be determined.


    Beginning in the second week I provide a list of 5 to 10 items weekly.  These will include but not be limited to the names of people, places, events or terms.

    Examples of these are the following: Charles V,  Rasion d’ Etate(reason of the state), Saxony.  This will follow the pattern of the short answer question on the exams and could be extended into small essays. These will be due the day of the exam.  They can be typed, hand written or emailed to me but they must be in before the test.    They will be 5 points each. 


    Final grades are assigned grading scale according to Jackson College’s standards.  I will not deviate from this.  Total points earned out of total points possible using the following scale:  












    Final exam to be determined and given on day Jackson College assigns for this.



    Student Responsibilities: 

    Course Class Behavior:  

  • Be considerate.  

  • Be respectful of the comments and thoughts of your colleagues.   


    Academic Dishonesty:  

    In accordance JCC guidelines on academic dishonesty, plagiarism, cheating, or any other form of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated in this course. Students found to have committed academic dishonesty will be referred to the Dean of Humanities and Social Science for disciplinary action.  

    **Academic dishonesty (plagiarism or cheating) will result in an assignment grade of zero.   



I decided not to assign any additional reading materials.  However, any outside reading you might want to engage in has my wholehearted support and encouragement.





Subject for the book review must be submitted to me by October 25, 2018.

A rough draft or outline must be submitted to me by October 30, 2018.

There is no class from November 21 – 25, 2018

Book reviews are due November 29, 2018. These are to be submitted to me by either email of hard copy.  No later than 11:59pm if by email.  If you submit a hard copy, it is due not later than end of class on 11/29.