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.
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
|General Arts and Science
||Program Coordinator: Sherri Steele
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%
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
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.
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.
Intellectual Property: Sheridan's Intellectual Property Policy generally applies such that students own their own work. Please be advised that students working with external research and/or industry collaborators may be asked to sign agreements that waive or modify their IP rights. Please refer to Sheridan's IP Policy and Procedure.
Respectful Behaviour: Sheridan is committed to provide a learning environment that supports academic achievement by respecting the dignity, self-esteem and fair treatment of every person engaged in the learning process. Behaviour which is inconsistent with this principle will not be tolerated. Details of Sheridan's policy on Harassment and Discrimination, Academic Integrity and other academic policies are available on the Sheridan policy website.
Accessible Learning: Accessible Learning coordinates academic accommodations for students with disabilities. For more information or to register, please see the Accessible Learning website (Statement added September 2016)
Course Outline Changes: The information contained in this Course Outline including but not limited to faculty and program information and course description is subject to change without notice. Any changes to course curriculum and/or assessment shall adhere to approved Sheridan protocol. Nothing in this Course Outline should be viewed as a representation, offer and/or warranty. Students are responsible for reading the Important Notice and Disclaimer which applies to Programs and Courses.