Humanities and Western Civilization
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Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 42.0
Credit Value: 3.0
Credit Value Notes: n/a
Effective: Spring/Summer 2016
Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: n/a

Program(s): General Arts and Science
Program Coordinator(s): Sherri Steele
Course Leader or Contact: Christian Knudsen
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: N/A

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
Students examine the political, social, and cultural forces that have governed Western Civilization from the earliest societies to the end of the Second World War. They analyze the significance of key themes and events of the Ancient Greek and Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, Reformation, Enlightenment, and Modern periods of Western history. Students identify how and why Western Civilization developed and evolved, and how it continues to shape contemporary society. They explore the roots and development of modern statehood, liberal democracy, nationalism, capitalism and industrialism. Through a combination of group activities, discussion and debate, individual and collaborative research, and interactive lectures, students also examine the origins and evolution of humanities disciplines such as history, art, literature, philosophy, and religion. This knowledge provides students with insights into the complexities of the human experience and forms the foundation for further study-and success-in post-secondary humanities courses.

Program Context

General Arts and Science Program Coordinator: Sherri Steele
Humanities and Western Civilization is a compulsory course of the General Arts and Science University Profile since it introduces students to a wide range of topics and issues in the Liberal Arts. Students will have a greater understanding of the origins, significance and evolution of Western culture and society. To prepare students for degree level studies, this course is also designed to enhance critical thinking,, written and oral communication, and interpersonal skills.

Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

 By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the 
ability to analyze the basic evolutionary structure and the major 
themes, events and forces that have shaped Western Civilization and 
humanities disciplines from the earliest societies to the end of the 
Second World War.

To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated 
the ability to:

1. Analyze the political, social, and cultural forces that have   
   shaped Western Civilization from the earliest societies to the end 
   of the Second World War. 
2. Evaluate the basic evolutionary structure and the major themes, 
   events, and figures of the Ancient Greek and Roman, Medieval, 
   Renaissance, Reformation, Enlightenment, and Modern periods of 
   Western history.
3. Identify the origins, evolution and nature of humanities 
   disciplines such as history, art, literature, philosophy, and   
4. Explain the nature, development and impact of ancient Greece and 
   Rome on the development of Western Civilization.
5. Compare the key themes, concepts, events, and figures of various 
   periods of Western Civilization.
6. Describe the relevance of Western civilization to contemporary 
   society, especially with regard to the roots and development of 
   modern statehood, liberal democracy, nationalism, capitalism,and   
7. Conduct research to inform detailed critical analyses regarding 
   one or more major aspects of Western Civilization. 
8. Collaborate with peers using professional interpersonal 
   communication and organizational strategies.

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

Test 1.............................  10%
Test 2.............................  15%
Group Presentation Project:
Part I. Peer Evaluation Report....... 5%
Part II. Presentation............... 20%
Research Project:
Part I. Proposal....................  5%
Part II. Research Essay............  20%
Final Exam.........................  25%

To encourage behaviours that will help students to be successful in 
the workplace and to ensure that students receive credit for their 
individual work, the following rules apply to every course offered 
within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.  

1.Students are responsible for staying abreast of test dates and 
times, as well as due dates and any special instructions for 
submitting assignments and projects as supplied to the class by the 

2.Students must write all tests at the specified times. Missed tests, 
in-class activities, assignments and presentations are awarded a mark 
of zero. If an extension or make-up opportunity is approved by the 
professor as outlined below, the mark of zero may be revised by 
subsequent performance.  The penalty for late submission of written 
assignments is a loss of 10% per day for up to five business days 
(excluding weekends and statutory holidays), after which, a grade of 
zero is assigned.  Business days include any day that the college is 
open for business, whether the student has scheduled classes that day 
or not.  

3.Students, who miss a test or in-class activity or assignment or 
fail to submit an assignment on time due to exceptional 
circumstances, are required to notify their professor in advance of 
the class whenever possible.  A make-up test may be supplied for 
students who provide an acceptable explanation of their absence 
and/or acceptable documentation explaining their absence (e.g., a 
medical certificate).  All make-up tests are to be written at a time 
and place specified by the professor upon the student's return.  
Alternately, students may be given an opportunity to earn the 
associated marks by having a subsequent   test count for the 
additional marks.  Similarly, exceptional circumstances may result in 
a modification of the due dates for assignments.

4.Unless otherwise specified, assignments and projects must be 
submitted at the beginning of class. 

5.Students must complete every assignment as an individual effort 
unless, the professor specifies otherwise.

6.Since there may be instances of grade appeal or questions regarding 
the timely completion of assignments and/or extent of individual 
effort, etc., students are strongly advised to keep, and make 
available to their professor, if requested, a copy of all assignments 
and working notes until the course grade has been finalized.
7.There will be no resubmission of work unless this has been 
previously agreed to or suggested by the professor. 

8.Students must submit all assignments in courses with practical lab 
and field components in order to pass the course.
Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities requirements:


Essential Employability Skills
Essential Employability Skills emphasized in the course:

X Communication X Critical Thinking & Problem Solving X Interpersonal
  Numeracy X Information Management   Personal

Notes: N/A

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) : Office of the Registrar

Students may apply to receive credit by demonstrating achievement of the course learning outcomes through previous relevant work/life experience, service, self-study and training on the job. This course is eligible for challenge through the following method(s):

Challenge Exam Portfolio Interview Other Not Eligible for PLAR

Notes:  N/A

Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Effective term: Spring/Summer 2016
Professor: Multiple Professors
Noble, Thomas, et al. (2014). Western Civilization: Beyond 
Boundaries. Complete, 7th Ed. Wadsworth

Applicable student group(s): This course is intended for students in the University profile of the General Arts & Science program.
Course Details:
Unit 1 - Introduction

-Introduction to Course and Instructor
-The Origins of Human Civilization
-The Ancient Civilizations of the Middle East

-Noble, Thomas, et al. Western Civilization., ch. 1-2

Unit 2 - Ancient Greece (3000-30 B.C.)

-Early Greek Civilizations
-Archaic and Classical Greece
-Alexander and the Hellenistic Era

-Noble, ch. 3-4

Unit 3 - From Ancient Rome to Late Antiquity (509 B.C.-600 A.D.)

-Republican Rome
-The Rise, Fall and Legacy of the Roman Empire
-Early Christianity

-Noble, ch. 5-6, p. 177-84, 191-97

Unit 4 - The Middle Ages (600-1500)

-The Carolingian Empire
-The High Middle Ages

-Noble, p. 222-38, 272-82, 286-327

Test #1 (10%)

Unit 5 - The Renaissance (1300-1500)

-Humanism, Art and Culture in Italy
-The Northern Renaissance

-Noble, ch. 12

Group Presentations Begin 

Unit 6 - The Reformation & Religious Warfare (1500-1648)

-The Protestant Reformation
-The Catholic Reformation
-The Age of Religious Wars

-Noble, ch. 14-15

Essay Proposal Due (5%)
Group Presentations Continue

Unit 7 - The Scientific Revolution & Enlightenment (1543-1789)

-The Revolution in Astronomy
-The Scientific Revolution
-The Enlightenment

-Noble, ch. 17, p. 529-40

Test #2 (15%)

Unit 8 - From Royal Absolutism to the Revolutionary Age (1640-1815)

-The Age of Absolutism
-The European State System in the 18th Century
-The French Revolution and its Legacy
-The Napoleonic Period

-Noble, p. 468-82, 540-61, ch. 19

Group Presentations Continue

Unit 9 - The Industrial Revolution; Restoration, Reform & Revolution 

-The Industrial Transformation and its Impact
-The Ideological Confrontations of the 19th Century
-The Post-Napoleonic Restoration
-The Revolutions of 1848

-Noble, ch. 20-21

Group Presentations Continue

Unit 10 - The Age of Nationalism, Political Reform & Optimism (1850-

-Italian and German Unification
-Liberal and Democratic Reforms
-Industrial Growth and its Impact
-Culture in the Age of Optimism

-Noble, ch. 22-23

Group Presentations Continue

Unit 11 - The New Imperialism to World War One (1880-1919)

-The New Imperialism and International Tensions
-Irrationalism and Extremism in Politics and Culture
-The Great War
-The Russian Revolution

-Noble, ch. 24-25

Research Essay Due (20%)
Group Presentations Continue

Unit 12 - The Interwar Period (1919-1939)

-Communism, Fascism and the New Political Spectrum
-Mass Politics and Society
-The Great Depression
-The Road to War

-Noble, ch. 26-27

Group Presentations Continue

Unit 13 - The Era of the Second World War (1939-1949)

-The War at the Front and at Home
-The Holocaust
-The Birth of the Cold War

-Noble, ch. 28

Unit 14 - Final Exam (25%)

Sheridan Policies

All Sheridan policies can be viewed on the Sheridan policy website.

Academic Integrity: The principle of academic integrity requires that all work submitted for evaluation and course credit be the original, unassisted work of the student. Cheating or plagiarism including borrowing, copying, purchasing or collaborating on work, except for group projects arranged and approved by the professor, or otherwise submitting work that is not the student's own, violates this principle and will not be tolerated. Students who have any questions regarding whether or not specific circumstances involve a breach of academic integrity are advised to review the Academic Integrity Policy and procedure and/or discuss them with the professor.

Copyright: A majority of the course lectures and materials provided in class and posted in SLATE are protected by copyright. Use of these materials must comply with the Acceptable Use Policy, Use of Copyright Protected Work Policy and Student Code of Conduct. Students may use, copy and share these materials for learning and/or research purposes provided that the use complies with fair dealing or an exception in the Copyright Act. Permission from the rights holder would be necessary otherwise. Please note that it is prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote. It is also prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own or your own work with the intent to assist others in cheating on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote.

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