Reading & Viewing Schedule

 
Spring 2018

NOTE: All required reading, viewing, and browsing must be completed in advance of the corresponding unit’s due date listed below.

Introduction & Orientation

17 Jan: Course Welcome and Introduction

22 Jan: College 101: How to Read & Take Notes

Begin viewing Civilization: The West and the Rest

UNIT I — Western Civilization: Contexts & Concepts

24 Jan: Foundations of the West

29 Jan: Early Modern Europe

31 Jan: Discussion: The West and the Rest (Documentary Response Sheet due)

UNIT II — The Age of Discoveries

5 Feb: Commerce, Navigation & Science

7 Feb: A Society of Orders (Critical Précis #1 OR Reading Quiz #1 due)

12 Feb: Discussion: Sobol, Longitude

UNIT III — The Industrial Revolution

14 Feb: Origins of the Industrial Revolution

19 Feb: Take-Off and Expansion (Critical Précis OR Reading Quiz due)

21 Feb: Discussion: Marsden, Watt’s Perfect Engine

26 Feb: Exam #1

  • Short-answer & Essay questions
  • Blue Book Required (can be purchased at book store)
  • Blue or Black Ink
UNIT IV — The Enlightenment & Its Legacy

28 Feb: Birth of the Modern Mindset

5 Mar: The Crisis of the Old Order (Critical Précis OR Reading Quiz due)

NOTE: Last opportunity to submit second critical précis

7 Mar: Discussion: Doyle, The French Revolution: A Very Short History 

12 & 14 Mar: Spring Break! (Class does not meet)

UNIT V — Triumph of the West

19 Mar: Europe at Mid-Century

21 Mar: The “New Imperialism”

UNIT VI: The Great War

26 Mar: To Arms

28 Mar: The World at War

2 Apr: Exam #2

  • Short-answer & Essay questions
  • Blue Book Required (can be purchased at book store)
  • Blue or Black Ink
UNIT VII — Russia’s Revolution(s)

4 Apr: Slack Day/TBD

9 Apr: The Dilemmas of Russian Modernization (Critical Précis OR Reading Quiz due)

11 Apr: Discussion: Fitzpatrick, The Russian Revolution

UNIT VIII — Camps

16 Apr:  The Soviet GULag

18 Apr: Europe’s Bloodlands (Critical Précis OR Reading Quiz due)

23 Apr: Discussion: Borowski, This Way for the Gas Ladies and Gentlemen 

UNIT VIII — Post-Modern Europe

25 Apr: The Cold War

30 Apr: Slack Day/TBD

2 May: Discussion: Ash, The Magic Lantern (Critical Précis OR Reading Quiz due)

NOTE: Last opportunity to submit final critical précis

Final Exam: Monday, 7 May 11:00 am – 1:30 pm