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HIST 1 - Western Civilization to 1600

Instructor: Anne M. Breedlove
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Course Description

Origin and development of civilization in the Mediterranean and its expansion into Europe - the Near East, Greece, Rome and the Middle Ages, Renaissance and the Reformation.

To take this class, you must have daily access to a computer with an Internet connection and experience using a web browser. You will also need to utilize your college Zonemail account. Learn more about Zonemail.

Check the college catalog for CSU/UC transferability and to see if this course meets AA/AS degree requirements.

This class begins June 15 and ends Aug. 7.

On-Campus Meetings

There are no required on-campus meetings for this class. You can attend an OPTIONAL, on-campus orientation to Online Learning on either June 10 from 1-2:30 p.m., June 11 from 6:30-8 p.m., or June 17 from 6:30-8 p.m. All optional orientations will be held in Room 2420. Learn more about these orientations, which are NOT course-specific.

How This Class Operates

This is not a self-paced class; there are due dates throughout the semester that you are expected to meet, just like in a traditional, face-to-face class. Some assignments will be done on your own, others will be done in groups. Active participation is required.

Communications will take place primarily via email, the class discussion board and chatrooms. Other possible forms of communication include telephone and face-to-face meetings during on-campus office hours.

This class is divided into Modules, and each Module contains various activities. All the Modules will be accessible from the Course Materials area, but students will only be able to access currently active and open Modules. All Modules open at 12:05 a.m. on a Monday and close at 11:55 p.m. on a Sunday.

Module 1 is designed to help you become familiar with the technological aspects of taking an online course. You have 8 days to complete Module 1 (worth 30 points). Modules 2-9 cover course content from the required textbook. Modules 2-8 cover two chapters each from your text (chapters 16-29). You have 15 days to complete work in these modules. Module 9 covers one chapter (chapter 30). You have 8 days to complete Module 9.

Class Activities

Modules 2-9 have content activities to supplement your readings. Module Activities are one of three types: primary source/document work with your primary source text (Weisner), periodical (current events) reviews, and class discussions. Each module has a link to its Module Activity. Students earn a maximum of 140 points for Module Activities.

Class Project(s)

The 2 Major Questions Reports are meant to give students a creative way (without being a major research paper) to learn about key events in modern European history through the primary sources in the supplementary chapters in Wiesner. Students are expected to use the evidence from the text, but also to supplement it with the Hunt textbook and at least 3 outside academic sources. This is a history class, so remember to keep your analysis grounded in a historical and academic perspective. Each Major Issues Report will be 4 pages maximum and must be sent to me as a Microsoft Word attachment in a private email.

How Students Are Graded

All of your assignments will be graded according to criteria established and published in the course. In addition, each Module will contain a quiz that is open-book. Module 1 has its own quiz with 10 questions about the course syllabus worth 1 point each. Unlike all other Modules, students have multiple attempts to take Module 1's quiz while the Module is open. Modules 2-8 each have a multiple-choice quiz that covers the content of 2 chapters from the textbook, Hunt (worth 20 points each). Module 9 covers 1 chapter (worth 10 points).

Succeeding in an Online Course

Students who succeed in online courses tend to be independent, self-motivated learners with good computer skills. If you are a procrastinator who relies heavily on the instructor for motivation, can't use a computer too well, have taken less than 21 units of college credit in your lifetime, and/or have a grade-point-average under 2.0, you should probably consider enrolling in a face-to-face course instead.

Also, don't enroll in this class if believe the myth that learning online requires less effort than learning face-to-face. This course covers the same content and has similar activities as the face-to-face version of the course; only the method of delivery changes.

LPC offers a tutorial called "Succeeding in an online course" that will not only tell you if you are a good fit for online learning, but it also offers many strategies -- among other pertinent information -- that will help you succeed online. Please complete the tutorial.


This course will use the Blackboard course management system as its virtual classroom. To learn how to log in to Blackboard, go to the Blackboard Login Procedures page. Once you enroll, you will not be able to log in until the first day of class.

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Page last modified: March 23, 2010