Dr. Randall Stephens
Adams Bldg, RM E204
Cameron Center, Room 104
Tues., Thu, 10:00-11:00 or by appt.
course is one of Eastern Nazarene College’s Cultural Perspectives (CP)
classes. CP courses integrate various disciplines in the liberal
arts: history, literature, fine arts, philosophy, and natural science.
The goal is to help you understand and appreciate how Western cultural
heritage has shaped our world. Since Eastern Nazarene College is
a Christian liberal arts school, we will focus much of our attention on
the role of faith in the shaping of western society and culture.
at the ENC bookstore)
P. McKay, Bennett D. Hill, John Buckler, A History of Western Society:
to the Present, II.
Beik, Louis XIV and Absolutism: A Brief Study with Documents
R. Browning, Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final
reading material will be handed out in class or posted on the webpage
will be evaluated on how well they identify and explain
the significance events, terms, ideas, artworks, and individuals of the
era studied. Students will also be graded on the basis of their
reading, writing, and thinking skills. Those enrolled in this course
are expected to read all assignments and come prepared to discuss these
in class. Always be prepared; I may call upon you at any time. Those
who fail to keep up with the reading will do poorly in this course. Participation
and attendance is required of each individual in this class and will figure
into your overall grade. (Obviously, if you don’t attend or read
the assignments, you can’t participate.)
Two major tests
will be administered over the semester involving multiple choice, short
answer, and essay questions. (Study
guide for midterm exam.)
In addition, unannounced pop quizzes may be given occasionally at the beginning
of class. These quizzes will cover the most recent reading assignments
and the lecture material. (Always take good notes. Not all
lecture material will be included in your text.) Those who arrive
late or fail to attend class will not be allowed to retake quizzes or tests,
unless, of course, a written medical excuse can be provided.
to a satisfactory evaluation of this work based on content, you are expected
competence in English composition and grammar. Students will complete
several writing assignments. A set of discussion questions is listed
below for each week. You must answer five sets of questions over
the course of the semester. These will be graded on a pass/fail basis.
Your answers to each must be typed, 1.5 pages, and double-spaced.
I will not accept handwritten responses. Your answers are due in
class on the day that the reading is assigned. Late answers will
not be accepted. Additionally, students will write one major book
review essay and two brief review essays. You may choose to write
a four-page typed essay on any of the three non-textbooks assigned.
You must, however, write the two short, 1.5-2 page, reviews on the books
you do not select for your longer essay. I will provide a weblink
later containing essay questions and pointers on prose and style.
All assignments will absolutely not be accepted via e-mail.
note on proper behavior and academic honesty. Talking with fellow
classmates, eating, doing other work, reading newspapers, leaving cell
phones on, walking out early or arriving late all reflect poorly on you
as a student and will hurt your overall grade. Cheating and plagiarism
are even worse and will not be tolerated. Be advised: ANY instance
of cheating on tests, essays, or other assignments will result in immediate
failure of the course and the evidence will be filed with the Dean of Students
Office for inclusion in the student’s permanent record. For more
on this fascinating topic, please refer to the ENC guidelines concerning
academic honesty: http://www.enc.edu/history/stephens.plagiarism.html.
Those who are guilty will be caught. Incriminating evidence is only
a Google™ search away.
Exams 20% each - 40%
A = 100-94; A-
= 93-90; B+ = 89-87; B = 86-84; B- = 83-80; C+ = 79-77; C = 76-74; C- =
73-70; D = 69-60
5 Short Response
Papers – 15%
2 Short Book
Reviews – 8%
1 Map Quiz
1 Long Book
Review Essay – 20%
Attendance, and Pop Quizzes – 15%
Failure to complete any of the assignments will obviously result in
a significant lowering of your total grade. If this all seems too
daunting, remember that the last day to register for a class is Thurs.,
Feb. 2nd, and the last day to drop/add a class is Thurs., Feb. 9th.
OF LECTURES & READING ASSIGNMENTS
are to be completed on the day they are listed.)
THUR JAN 26
Course intro, syllabus review, guidelines, note cards.
WEEK 2 –
The Protestant Reformation and Catholic Reform
TUES JAN 31
McKay, “Introduction: The Origins of Modern Western Society”; McKay, Chpt.
14, online pdf: McKay, Chpt.
14 – online pdf (9.43mb) (large file, 9.43 mb, download at ENC or through
another high speed connection).
THUR FEB 2
Question set #1: Erasmus, An Age of Gold, McKay, questions 1 and 3, online
pdf and Martin Luther, On Christian Liberty, questions 1 and 2, McKay,
WEEK 3 –
The Reformation and Absolutism
TUES FEB 7
McKay, Chpt. 16 Map quiz now moved to Thurs., Feb 9
FEB 9 Question set #2: “A Foreign Traveler in Russia,” McKay, pgs. 590-591,
question 1, 2, and 4. Last day to drop/add a class. Map quiz
moved from the 7th to the 9th. Map
WEEK 4 –
Absolutism and the Age of Reason
TUES FEB 14 Read William Beik, Louis XIV and Absolutism: A Brief
Study with Documents, and turn in short reaction paper or four-page
review essay. Your paper must be a critical response to the question
posed on the web: http://www.enc.edu/history/west_her_louis.html.
THUR FEB 16 McKay, Chpt. 18; Question set # 3: “Voltaire on Religion,”
McKay, pgs. 626-627, questions 1 and 3.
WEEK 5 –
Culture and Society in the Old and New World
TUES FEB 21 McKay, Chpt. 19.
THUR FEB 23 McKay, Chpt. 20. Question set #4: “Gender Construction
and Education for Girls,” McKay, pgs. 686-687, questions 1 and 2.
Last day to withdraw or take a course as pass/fail or audit 2/24.
6 – The Era of Revolutions
TUES FEB 28 McKay, Chpt. 21 AND question set #5: “Revolution and Women’s
Rights,” McKay, pgs. 722-723, questions 1-3
THUR MARCH 2 McKay, Chpt. 22; Question set #6: “The Testimony of Young
Mine Workers,” McKay, pgs. 752-753, questions 1-4; In-class review for
exam - Study guide
for midterm exam
WEEK 7 –
SPRING BREAK, MARCH 6-10
WEEK 8 – Industrialization of the West
TUES MARCH 14 - McKay, Chpt. 24; Question set #7: “Middle Class Youth
and Sexuality,” McKay, pgs. 820-821, questions 1-3; read
this online selection from Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto for in-class
THUR MARCH 16 MIDTERM EXAM - Study
guide for midterm exam
WEEK 9 –
Social Class Divisions in European Society
MARCH 21 No class
23 Read Jane Austen, Persuasion, and turn in short reaction
four-page review essay. Your paper must be a critical response to the question
posed on the web.
– Nationalism and Empire
28 McKay, Chpt. 23
30 McKay, Chpt. 25. Question set #8: “Faith in Democratic Nationalism,”
pgs. 784-785, questions 1-3.
– The Traumas of the Great War
4 McKay, Chpt. 26
APRIL 6 – ADVISING DAY, NO CLASS
EXTRA CREDIT (5pts added to quiz grade)
Write a critical, two-page, double spaced, typed essay on the similarities
or differences between President Woodrow Wilson's diplomacy and President
George W. Bush's. Use this online article: "Woodrow
Wilson's Burden, Bush's--And Ours" by Robert S. McElvaine. Is
Robert McElvaine right? Is he wrong? Make your case using evidence
from the McKay book and this piece. Due in class on Tues., April
WEEK 12 – The Traumas of the Great War cont. and From Classicism
TUES APRIL 11 McKay, Chpt. 27. Question set #9: “The Experience
of War,” McKay, pgs. 918-919, questions 1, 3, and 4.
THUR APRIL 13 McKay, Chpt. 28
– From Classicism to Modernism cont. and Global Crises and World War II
TUES APRIL 18 Question set #10: “Images in Society,” McKay, pgs. 934-935,
question, last sentence, paragraph 2, pg. 934, and question concerning
“brutality and darkness” in last paragraph, pg. 935.
THUR APRIL 20 TUES NOV 15 McKay, Chpt. 29; Question set #11: “Witness
to the Holocaust,” McKay, pgs. 986-987, questions 1, 3, and 4.
– Global Crises and World War II cont. and the Postwar Era
25 Read Christopher R. Browning, Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion
101 and the Final
Solution in Poland, and turn in short reaction paper or four-page review
essay. Your paper must be a critical response to the question posed
on the web.
27 Chpt. 30 and read the excerpt on the course webpage from a Soviet-era
history text, Early
Russia-the USSR: Historical Sketches. What did the author
of this selection write about the history of the Soviet Union? According
to the author, how did the Soviets compare with the Americans on issues
of justice and equality? What did the author have to say about capitalism?
- Decolonization and the Cold War continued
TUES MAY 2
Question set #12: “A Feminist Critique of Marriage,” questions 2 and 3.
THUR MAY 4
– READING DAY, NO CLASS
WEEK 16 - FINAL EXAM: Wednesday, 5/10/2006, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM,