W0RLD CIVILIZATION II (HS263)
Three Semester Hours
NU28/LC3/FM205 MWF 2:00-2:50 am (CT)
people of all faiths,
Office Hours: C333 Office Hours: M-F 7:00-9:45; 1:00-1:45 CT
TR 7:00-11:00 am; 1:00-1:45 pm CT (or by appointment).
(605) 229-8577 or 1-800-437-6060 ext. 577
Text: Western Civilization by Jackson J. Spielvogel (West Publishing Company)
Sixth Edition. (Copies are on RESERVE at each campus)
Supplementary Readings (links are also found on the HS263 Blackboard page):
Leviathan (1651) by Thomas Hobbes.
Manifesto of the Communist Party (1848) by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.
WORLD CIVILIZATION II (HS263) is a survey of the historical, cultural, and political highlights of the modern world (ca 1500 to the present). Particular emphasis is placed on the development of modern political, social, and economic ideologies of the west and their impact on world history. World Civilization II fulfills the requirements for a social science/human culture core course elective.
Although the course will be mainly lecture-based, student participation is encouraged. Supplemental materials will be posted via Blackboard. Please feel free to ask questions and make comments.
Presentation College is committed to ensuring equal learning opportunities for all students and provides reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities in accordance with the College’s procedures. If you are a student requiring accommodations or services, please contact the Office of Disability Services at 1-800-437-6060, Ext. 581.
Applicable Presentation College General Education Course
Goal and Outcomes for HS263:
3. Culture and Social Heritage -
Graduates will develop a critical understanding of human cultures and their creative achievements.
Analyze historical events, ideas, and societies from a multi-cultural
Understand interrelationships of individuals and societies in their
Demonstrate understanding of the concepts and conversation common to a
particular humanities discipline.
3d. Critically analyze creative ideas and works in the humanities from a contextual perspective.
1) To gain a broad understanding of the people and events that shaped the course of world history.
2) To learn more about the social, political, and economic factors that have contributed to the development of modern civilization.
3) To gain a better understanding of the complex diversity of human experiences that make up the history of today's interdependent world.
Assessment and Grading:
Students should be familiar with
Student assessment will be based on the following:
Four exams (50 points each) = 200
Two quizzes (20 points each) = 40
EXAMS will consist of ten identifications and one essay question. You will be given your choice of ten out of fifteen identifications and one of three essays.
10 IDs (4 points each) = 40 points
1 essay (10 points) = 10 points
QUIZZES will consist of two essay questions over each of the outside readings. There will be one quiz over Leviathan and one over The Communist Manifesto. There will be NO make-up quizzes.
The following grading scale will be used based on the highest total number of points earned by a student in the class.
96% and above = A
90-95% = A-
87-89% = B+
83-86% = B
80-82% = B-
70-79% = C
60-69% = D
59% and below = Failing
The following rubric will be used for assessing the examinations and quizzes.
· Advanced: Student includes accurate and specific information in the appropriate historical context with virtually no significant mistakes.
· Above Average: Student uses relevant and accurate information but either has minor mistakes or lacks specifics.
· Average: Student provides a general understanding of the topic but is limited in specifics or contains a significant mistake.
· Below Average: Student demonstrates a vague or poorly developed understanding of the topic with several significant mistakes.
· Unsatisfactory: Student does not demonstrate any accurate or specific information in the appropriate historical context.
As stated in the
--- Topics covered will include a great deal of information NOT necessarily found in the text.
--- Students are expected to contact the instructor AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if an absence will result in missing an exam. Students should take exams ahead of time if they know that they will be absent. Make-up tests are not guaranteed.
--- Attendance can be a consideration for raising borderline grades.
--- All weather-related closings are the decision of the administration. Local radio and television stations will announce these.
WORLD CIVILIZATION II (HS263)
NU28/LC3/FM205 MWF 2:00-2:50 am (CT)
Jan. 11/13 - Course introduction. Changes of the Late Middle Ages.
Jan. 16/18/20 - Jan. 16 – ML King, Jr. Day – No Class;
Renaissance and Reformation (Ch. 12/13)
Jan. 23/25/27 - Discovery, Exploration, & European Imperialism in the Americas
(Ch. 14); Test #1
Feb. 30/1/3 - Crises of the 16th/17th Centuries (Ch. 14);
Feb. 6/8/10 - Leviathan; Quiz – Leviathan
Feb. 13/15/17 - The Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment (Ch.16/17)
20/22/24 - Feb. 20 – Presidents’ Day - No Class; 18th
Century Changes (Ch. 18);
Feb. 27/29/1 - Age of Revolution; Revolution in the Americas (Ch. 19)
Mar. 5/7/9 - SPRING BREAK – NO CLASSES
Mar. 12/14/16 - The French Revolution to Napoleon (Ch. 19)
Mar. 19/21/23 - The Industrial Revolution (Ch. 20); The Communist Manifesto;
Mar. 26/28/30 - Quiz – Communist
Manifesto; March 28 – Assessment Day – No Class;
2/4/6 - European Nationalism (Ch. 22); World War I (Ch. 25);
April 6 – Good Friday – No Class
9/11/13 - April 9 – Easter
Monday – No Class; World War II (Ch. 27);
April 13 – SDSHS Conference - No Class
Ap. 16/18/20 - World War II; The Cold War (Ch. 28);
23/25/27 - The End of the Cold War and Future Challenges;
April 27 – Dakota Conference – No Class
Ap. 30-May 3 - Finals Week - Test #4 TBA