Course Descriptions & Syllabi

Course Descriptions & Syllabi

Search Course IDs and descriptions for:

Find complete words only

Note: some or all of the courses in the subjects marked as "Transfer" can be used towards a transfer degree: Associate of Science and Arts or Associate of Engineering Science at DACC. Transferability for specific institutions and majors varies. Consult a counselor for this information.

Areas of Study | | HIST112 syllabus

COURSE TITLE:Western Civilization II
DIVISION:Liberal Arts
IAI CODE(S): S2 903 H2 902

Examination of national states to international society including globalism, planned societies, and nuclear technology.

Place into ENGL101.


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. The student will examine Western History from different cultural and historiographic perspectives, and demonstrate understanding through his writing.
  2. The student will identify key actors, concepts, and events in Western History and demonstrate this through writing.
  3. The student will analyze the forces shaping Western history, use the internet to explore and evaluate sources in Western history and use texts to evaluate primary and secondary sources in Western history, and demonstrate the knowledge of these through writing.

Module 1- A Concise Survey of Western Civilization
  • Study Guide for Chapter Nine
  • For module one, we will start with chapter nine of your text. You should read starting with "God, Greed, and Glory" until the end of the chapter. In my printed copy, this starts on page 211.
  • Writing Assignment Number One
    • In "God, Greed, and Glory" focus on the reasons for western colonial imperialism. Use the reasons, the "Columbus" and "Las Casas" documents to write a 500 word essay on the reasons for and the impact of expansion. Use specific quotes from the two documents. As you might imagine, their views will differ. (Hint, the book lists three specific reasons.)
    • Note how Columbus explains his own motivations, with a focus on religion. Las Casas, a priest visiting decades later, has quite a different view of what the Spanish did in the new world.
  • Selections from the journals of Columbus.
  • La Casas critiques the Spanish impact.
  • If you find the "Witch Hunt" exercise frustrating, you are supposed to. Stay with it. The main point will be obvious as you click through it.
  • Writing Assignment Number Two
    • For your second essay, read "Primary Source Project Nine: A Witch Hunter v. Montaigne" and use this link. Link to "German Witch Hunt" exercise After you do the readings and visit the link, answer the questions asked at the end of the chapter with a 500 word essay. "Which values do these sources present and how do they illustrate the virtues or vices of Western Civilization?" Be sure to share your experience in the "Witch Hunt" in your essay.
Module 2 A Concise Survey of Western Civilization
  • Study Guide for Chapter 10
  • In this chapter, we study 4 major themes. The growth of science, the Enlightenment, Absolutism, and revolution. It would be helpful to create a chronology, especially in the revolutions section to keep track of all the changes. Also note the connections made by the author between ideological developments and changes in government.
  • Writing Assignment Number Three
    • Read the "Lost in the Stars" portion of the chapter, and this link on the trial of Galileo. Then write 500 words answering the following questions:
      • Content Question: To what specifically does Galileo plead guilty?
      • Analysis Question: How would his promises about future behavior satisfy the Church authorities?
      • Evaluative Question: How should the maintenance of authority be balanced against the pursuit of knowledge?
  • Writing Assignment Number Four
    • Also write 500 words on "Primary Source Project 10" at the end of the chapter. Write 500 words on the following:
      • Content Question: What are the main propositions of these declarations?
      • Analysis Question: How are these rules similar to the American Bill of Rights?
      • Evaluative Question: How do these laws reflect the ideals of the Enlightenment ("From Salon to the Streets" section of the chapter.)
  • Video-Prof. John Merriman at Yale on the French Revolution and responses to it.
Module 3 A Concise Survey of Western Civilization
  • In this module, we explore the industrial revolution and the response of workers, collective security, and developments in understanding “the machinery of nature.” You have your usual writing assignment, your first exam, and a very interesting video available to you.
  • Writing Assignment Number Five
    • Carlsbad Decrees: conservatives pass resolutions to stop freedom of the press and freedom of ideas at universities.
    • Describe the creation of "conservatism" in the context of the Congress of Vienna (1815.) This is in the "Cleaning Up the Mess" section of the chapter.
      • Content Question: What are the main prohibitions?
      • Analysis Question: How could students or writers get around these restrictions?
      • Evaluative Question: How dangerous are student unrest or a free press to the established order today?
  • Writing Assignment Number Six / Examination Number One- 1000 Words.
    • Submit a copy to me via email, and a copy to You should answer the questions using the two primary sources below and your reading in the “For the Workers” section of the chapter. Use direct quotes in your answer, and just provide a citation by document. For example, “quote” (Marx.)
  • Scientific Socialism Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels (1848)
  • The Communist Manifesto
  • Christian Socialism Pope Leo XIII Rerum Novarum (Of New Things, 1891)
    • Rerum Novarum What does each say about private property? Is their concern over the plight of workers? How does it compare to Ricardo’s “iron law of wages?” How do the documents compare to “utopian” and “democratic” socialism? How should we address the conditions of the workers? What role should the workers play?
  • This lecture from Yale is very interesting on the Industrial Revolution.
Module 4 A Concise Survey of Western Civilization
  • This is a link to the Chapter 12 Study Guide.
  • This chapter will primarily cover imperialism, nationalism, the Balkan Crisis, and World War I. As you can see, these are all clearly linked, and Pavel does a nice job of making connections for us. I found it is best to make sure I jot down the definitions for all of our "isms" and tracking on key dates is very important. Write 500 words on the prompts below. As always, please write with any questions.
  • Writing Assignment Number Seven
    • "New and Improved” Imperialism"
    • The Crime of the Congo by Arthur Conan Doyle: The author of the Sherlock Holmes stories indicts the King of Belgium for cruelty against the people of his colony, the Congo Free State.
      • Content Question: What does the quoted missionary say about how the rubber collection system works?
      • Analysis Question: How does Conan Doyle's commentary highlight certain criticisms of the colonial system?
      • Evaluative Questions: How could a less violent system work?
  • Writing Assignment Number Eight
    • The Great War
    • Account of the Struggle for Fort Douaumont, Verdun, 20-23 May 1916: A French Staff officer reviews the efforts to retake the fort from the Germans.
      • Content Question: What tactics and weapons cause casualties?
      • Analysis Question: How effective is the language of metaphor and comparison in describing the degree of destruction?
      • Evaluative Question: Why do soldiers continue to fight under these conditions?
Module 5 Controlled Research Paper/ Exam 2 50 Points. Send a copy here and a copy to
  • Writing Assignment Number Nine- Paper
    • After reading and studying this material, students should be able to:
      1. Compare and contrast Fascist and Communist totalitarian dictatorships.
      2. Trace how Stalin and the Communist Party built a totalitarian state in the Soviet Union.
      3. Describe the kind of government Mussolini established in Italy.
      4. Discuss the policies Nazi Germany pursued, and explain how they led to World War II.
      5. Explain how Germany and Japan conquered enormous empires in World War II and how the Allies defeated them.
    • Your controlled research paper is due. No Learning Curve. Write 1250 words describing the rise of totalitarianism. Make sure you reference at least 5 of the documents from our "Rise of the Totalitarians" file. If you are stuck for ideas, I have specific thoughts on each document in the file below.
    • Here are some things to think about as you write your paper.pdf
    • Rise of the Totalitarians.pdf
    • You also need to read all of the information found below on the BBC History site. Allow plenty of time, think of it as a short book. You will be asked to click again once it does not go through on the first click. Do so.
  • Churchill: The Gathering Storm
Module 6 A Concise Survey of Western Civilization
  • Study guide for Chapter 13
  • Revolution and war. in this chapter watch the world plunge into chaos. Bad actors exploit the worst in people and countries go to war. This 18 minute video is well worth your time and places the deaths in a visual perspective.
  • Writing Assignment Number 10- "Losing Their Grip"
    • On The Eve Of Historic Dandi March: The spiritual leader explains how his call for "Swaraj" (self-rule for India) can continue even after his predicted arrest for the march to protest the British monopoly on salt production and commerce.
      • Content Question: What measures does Gandhi suggest Indians undertake to resist British colonial rule in India?
      • Analysis Question: How does Gandhi place his suggestions in a religious context?
      • Evaluative Question: How realistic were his suggestions to his fellow Indians?
  • Writing Assignment Number 11-Churchill on the War With Germany
    • A member of the new British government, although not yet Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, offers his explanation for going to war.
      • Content Question: For what does Churchill say the British are fighting?
      • Analysis Question: How does Churchill explain British readiness for the conflict?
      • Evaluative Questions: How does society balance striving for peace and going to war?
Module 7. Writing Assignment 12. See the top of the page.

Module 8 A Concise Survey of Western Civilization
  • As you can see, we have quite a span of time in chapter 14. Examine how the Americans and the Soviets both use their power in the world, and think about how this battle influence countries all over the globe.
  • Writing Assignment Number Thirteen
  • Writing Assignment Number Fourteen
    • Many "proxy" wars broke out during the Cold War, with the United States and the Soviet Union supporting opposing sides. A main area of conflict was in Vietnam. Your essay is based on a design provided by our publisher. I hope you enjoy the reading and the writing. 500 words.
    • President’s Message to Congress about the Gulf of Tonkin Incident (2-4 August 1964): Johnson justifies American commitment to South Vietnam.
      • Content Question: What reasons does Johnson state for increased American intervention?
      • Analysis Question: How does Johnson connect to larger issues of the Cold War and the Truman Doctrine (above)?
      • Evaluative Questions: What realistic options did America have to deal with communist expansion in Southeast Asia? How does this definition of American goals compare with those asserted by other presidents. (Pick two.)
    • See also: transcripts of phone discussions, video of LBJ on televsion, and the resolution.
Module 9 A Concise History of Western Civilization
  • Study guide for Chapter 15
  • In our final chapter, we go right up to present day issues, including globalization. Many thought the West had "won" after the collapse of the Soviet Union. 9/11, wars in the Middle East, and the rise of China have all combined to again create a level of anxiety in the West that may surpass the tensions of the Cold War. Look at the alteration of domestic politics, for example. Enjoy our final chapter.
  • Writing Assignment Number Fifteen.
    • 500 words please.
    • Remarks at the Brandenburg Gate: Ronald Reagan defines the issues of the Cold War.
      • Content Question: What are the differences Reagan points out between the “West” and the Soviets?
      • Analysis Question: How does Reagan frame the issue as if the “West” had already won the Cold War?
      • Evaluative Questions: Did qualities of “faith,” “truth,” or “freedom” bring down the wall or other more definable actions? How does this definition of American goals compare with those asserted by other presidents? (Pick 2)
  • Writing Assignment Sixteen
    • 500 words
    • Assignment Three: Describe at least two of the positive and negative impacts of globalization.(Found in the "Haves and Cannots" section of the chapter.) Be sure to refer to the links below in your post. 250 words. Globalization, Brexit
Final Examination

Brian A. Pavlac. A Concise Survey of Western Civilization. Rowman and Littlefield. 2nd Edition. ISBN/9781442237681

The book is the combined edition. If you purchase it, you will have the book for HIST 111 as well. Other options, from the publisher: Volume 2 -

See bookstore website for current book(s) at

  • Essay Assignments
    • Essay assignments will be based upon your reading of the chapter, and the assigned primary sources with each chapter. Essays should total 500 words each module. You should refer to the primary and secondary sources in your writing. Grades will be based upon the rubric found at the end of this syllabus. (2 pages per assignment, a total of 26 pages.)
  • Tests
    • You will take at least two essay exams. The exams will be worth at least 50 points each. You will be expected to write 4 pages for each exam. All exams should use our readings, both in terms of secondary and primary sources. (Total, 8 pages))
  • Primary Source Research Paper
    • You will write a five page paper based upon the set of primary sources identified as “The Rise of Totalitarianism” on our course assignment page. You will use the sources for an analysis of the rise of the totalitarians in Europe in the 1930’s. (5 pages.)
  • Critical Book Review
    • 5 pages(Described on your outline.) Writing- As you can see, at least 44 pages of writing will be expected in this course.
  • Class Projects
    • Graded class projects may also be assigned at the option of the instructor.
  • Note
    • I reserve the right to change any and all assignments as we get into the semester. This would include adding exams and papers.
Course Point Totals:
Exams  100
Book Review50


This point total is not exact. It exists to give you an idea of how you will earn your grade. The point total may be higher or lower by the end of the year. Your grade will be lowered if you consistently offer off the subject opinions, or behave in a way that negatively impacts our learning environment. You should read your Student Handbook to find out the DACC policies on student conduct and cheating.

Membership in the DACC community brings both rights and responsibility. As a student at DACC, you are expected to exhibit conduct compatible with the educational mission of the College. Academic dishonesty, including but not limited to, cheating and plagiarism, is not tolerated. A DACC student is also required to abide by the acceptable use policies of copyright and peer-to-peer file sharing. It is the student’s responsibility to become familiar with and adhere to the Student Code of Conduct as contained in the DACC Student Handbook. The Student Handbook is available in the Information Office in Vermilion Hall and online at:

Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Testing & Academic Services Center at 217-443-8708 (TTY 217-443-8701) or stop by Cannon Hall Room 103. Please speak with your instructor privately to discuss your specific accommodation needs in this course.

Fall 2018

Upcoming Events