History of Civilization II


  2. A. Course Title: History of Civilization II
    B. Course Number: HI 223 - 10324
    C. Semester: Spring 2019
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Ollinger Riefstahl, Alison
    G. Office: Mansur Hall (MH) 129E
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2814
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 8:30:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST);10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);12:00:00 PM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 8:30:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST);11:00:00 AM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 8:30:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST);10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);12:00:00 PM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 8:30:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST);11:00:00 AM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Friday: 8:30:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST);10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    I am also available by appointment. If these days and times do not work for you, please contact me to set up a time that does.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): None
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: Virtual

    This course is a continuation of HI 213. The focus is on early modern times and the genesis of present civilization. The period of the rise of monarchy, individualism, and capitalism in Western Europe; the development of the industrial revolution in England, and the political revolutions in France and the other European countries; the growth of totalitarianism and its struggle with democracy, and recent world developments are examined. This is a three credit hour course.


    This course is designed for the student to gain knowledge in how humankind's contemporary world of politics, economices, and social/cultural factors have been shaped by Old World forces. This course continues the introduction of the history of civilization for the associate degree. It establishes a basis for further historical study as a humanities requirement for a student's degree program and is transferable to other institutions.



    West, The: A Narrative History, Volume Two: Since 1400, 3/E
    A. Daniel Frankforter, The Pennsylvania State University
    William M. Spellman, University of North Carolina at Asheville
    ISBN-10: 0205180914 • ISBN-13: 9780205180912


    Additional materials, books, websites, etc., will be provided and suggested by the professor at various points during the semester.

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    This course is conducted entirely online, which means you do not have to be on campus to complete any portion of it. You will participate in the course using NMJC’s course management system called CANVAS. If you do not have access to a computer off campus, there are many computers available on campus you can use to participate in the course. Most public libraries also have computers with internet access that you can use for free.

    This class will be a mixture of video, lecture, presentations, discussion, and related activities. Each week we will complete the chapters as detailed in the Course Outline. For each chapter there is a module in CANVAS with the assigned materials and assessments as required. Grading is based on the following components:

    Assignments = 30 %
    Quizzes = 20%
    Essays = 30%
    Exams = 20%

    It should be remembered that I can only evaluate you on what you submit to the class. I do not GIVE grades - you EARN them. You have the responsibility for your grade in your hands; I am the facilitator for your educational experience - but you are the driving force.

    All assignments, activities, quizzes and essays are created with the understanding that you will have access to the book when you are completing and submitting work in Canvas. Therefore, everything in this class is an “open-book” exercise. However, because of that understanding, your assessments will go beyond the basic comprehension and identification questions, and will present complex questions that require equally complex explanations and evidence such as in-text citations (AMGOV pg.123) for ALL written work.

    LATE WORK: I know that although I will have due dates assigned in the course that there will be times students for various reasons may have difficulty meeting those deadlines. I will accept your work late under the following conditions: within 24 hours there will be no late penalty assigned, so please just submit your assignment as soon as you can to the due date. If an assignment is submitted more than 48 hours late, but within a week of the original due date, it will automatically have 20% deducted - immediately taken off the top BEFORE it is graded. This is my late policy unless you have made prior arrangements with me regarding your absence or extenuating circumstances can be verified.

    Attendance and Participation: There is no attendance policy. Showing up every day is the expectation, it is not an activity which earns you points. You will be expected to sign-in and attend each class. If excessive absences (over 5 weeks) are noted for a student, it is the right of the instructor to drop the student from the class. HOWEVER - attendance and participation records may be used to justify rounding up or down on an assignment on a case by case basis.

    All quizzes and essays are created with the understanding that you will have access to the book when you are completing work in Canvas. Therefore, everything in this class is an “open-book” exercise. However, because of that understanding, your assessments will go beyond the basic comprehension and identification questions, and will present complex questions that require equally complex explanations and evidence.

    Outside Readings and Videos for Discussion Boards, Reflection Papers, and activities:
    In this course we will read several outside articles and documents related to the chapters as assigned. For some, you will be asked to post to a Discussion Board forum or write a reflection paper, or complete an activity as part of your weekly work.

    In addition to reading outside selections that highlight topics and events in history, you will also view video clips and movies, on your own. These will be available on Canvas under each Module as assigned along with all other readings, documents, rubrics, and links. Instructions, rubrics, and supporting documents will be provided under Modules as these are assigned.

    Discussion Boards will require you to post your own thread which needs to be substantive and academic in tone and vocabulary, and to then reply to five other posts written by your classmates. You also need to follow the rules of common courtesy and reply to those who post to your thread (what I call housekeeping your thread). You should follow the rules of common courtesy and polite conversation, calling others by name and referencing their point before you make your own.


    Quizzes will be assigned and available through the chapter Modules on Canvas. You will have at least 3-7 days to complete a quiz, but they are timed and you only have one attempt to complete and submit the quiz.You may be required to download and use the Respondus Lockdown Browser for these quizzes or to go to the Testing Center for a proctored exam as assigned. Please see the instructions in Canvas for RLB.

    Quizzes can be taken with your book and notes available, but time will not allow you to attempt this without reading the chapter or familiarizing yourself with the material beforehand. A quiz may contain multiple choice, true/false, short answer, or essay questions. All answers should be in complete sentences and proper grammar as instructed. These types of assessments will be timed and monitored. If any Academic Dishonesty is suspected it will be investigated and referred to the Administration (please see the NMJC Academic Honesty policy).

    Essays will also be assigned and submitted through Canvas as assigned. You may be required to utilize TurnItIn or another program for plagiarism checks and assessment. Instructions will be provided in Modules as assigned. The goal of the essays assigned is to learn how to write a short essay, a long essay, and to do a Document Based Question that integrates primary and secondary sources into the answer.

    Movie Review Essays:

    We will watch several movies and write a critical analysis/review essays of each of them for class. I do not want a synopsis of the movie, I want you to pay attention to things like the style, the message, portrayals of stereotypes, and how these elements might reflect or contradict the things we have been studying in class or how it highlights things we may not have looked at. You will be given a handout with questions and topics to cover in the reviews. This should not be a taxing exercise, but one in which you will critically review an cinematic work and see how it relates to history and how we view that period or event in our contemporary culture. What do these films tell us about history and how do they inspire us?

    This is a web-enhanced course, meaning that we utilize traditional classroom time and also assign assessments through our class Canvas site.
    Canvas is the learning management system and is where most of information that you need to be successful in this course "lives". You must learn to check Canvas each day for messages, announcements, changes to our schedule, and to contact me about class.

    Class Format, Netiquette, and Communication:

    I will be lecturing for part of the class, which will support the text. The class will also consist of question and answer and discussion periods. Please come to class prepared to discuss the current chapter and the additional readings for assigned for reflection and discussion. It is not possible to cover all the assigned material in class. You are responsible for the assigned material not covered, YOU MUST READ YOUR TEXTBOOK and expected to be able to discuss all material assigned.

    As many of our assignments will be completed via computer and the internet, it is important you understand the proper internet/online etiquette standards of our coursework. You need to put your professional and academic self forward at all times, however this doesn't mean we cannot have a good time and a humorous tone.


    For ALL collaborative communication please follow the basic guidelines below:
    • Use descriptive subject lines to make threads easy to follow and scan.
    • Keep posts to the correct format for length and content.
    • Back up your statements when you agree or disagree with others.
    • Use professional language, including proper grammar, in academic-related posts. No slang, emoticons, or chat acronyms allowed.
    • Use attachments or links to websites for long, detailed information.
    • Stay on topic or start a new thread if it is allowed.
    • Be respectful of others’ opinions and remember the golden rule—to treat others as you want to be treated, EVEN WHEN WE DISAGREE.

    Retrieving Grades from T-BirdWeb Portal
    Go to the New Mexico Junior College T-BirdWeb Portal login page. Please enter your User Identification Number (ID), which is your Banner ID, and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). When finished, click Login.

    Tips for Success in Online Courses:
    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    New Mexico Junior Colleges Social/Behavioral Sciences Department endorses the Core Competencies as established by the State of New Mexico. In compliance with the State Matrix, all histories have been placed in Area V Courses under Humanities and Fine Arts.

    Within our respective fields, as appropriate, students should be able to:

    A. analyze and critically interpret significant and primary texts
    and/or works of art (this includes fine art, literature, music,
    theatre, and film.)

    B. compare art forms, modes of thought and expression, and
    processes across a range of historical periods and/or structures
    (such as political, geographic, economic, social, cultural,
    religious, and intellectual.)

    C. recognize and articulate the diversity of human experience
    across a range of historical periods and/or cultural perspectives.

    D. draw on historical and/or cultural perspectives to evaluate any
    or all of the following: contemporary problems/issues,
    contemporary modes of expression, and contemporary thought.

    Selected Specific Competencies will be used to demonstrate mastery
    of the above.


    After completing this course, the successful student should be able to:

    • Recognize pivotal ideas, persons, and events in Western Civilization
    • Articulate the influence of less well-known people based on economic status, race, and gender.
    • Interpret key events and figures.
    • Distinguish between a primary and a secondary source.
    • Analyze a primary source within its appropriate historical context.
    • Recognize causal relationships between the past and present.


    Student Requirements
    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.

    Check first-time login page for instructions at

    Canvas Assistance

    You must have access, on a regular basis, to a computer that supports the Canvas minimum specifications and has an active connection to the Internet. See the minimum computer specification requirements at


    Additional Assignment details will be posted in Canvas, along with all Rubrics used for assessment.


    I reserve the right to edit this syllabus at any time, or to make changes to the class format if adjustments need to be made. If made, these changes will be communicated in writing using the CANVAS system.

    I will not tolerate cheating, plagiarism, disrespect of anyone in this class, and consider these to be grave offenses.

    I am always available for outside help or instruction, and I hope you will find me to be a very tolerant and fair person, albeit one with a dry sense of humor. This is a learning experience for us all, and it is my hope that we can make it an enjoyable one. I look forward to the semester - and hope you do as well.


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
    If you experience difficulty with Canvas you may reach the Canvas Helpdesk at, or by calling the 24 hour helpdesk phone at (575) 399-2199.

    The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.

    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2019. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    NOTE: This is a tentative outline and can be modified at the discretion of the Professor.

    Course Outline:

    Week One: Getting Started, Course Introduction, Module Zero, Historical Thinking and Reading Skills

    Week Two: Reformation and Religious Warfare in the Sixteenth Century

    Week Three: Europe and the World: New Encounters, 1500-1800 and State Building and the Search for Order in the Seventeenth Century

    Week 4: Toward a New Heaven and a New Earth: The Scientific Revolution and the Emergence of Modern Science

    Week 5: The Eighteenth Century: An Age of Enlightenment

    Week 6: The Eighteenth Century: European States, International Wars, and Social Change

    Week 7: A Revolution in Politics: The Era of the French Revolution and Napoleon

    Week 8: The Industrial Revolution and its Impact on European Society and Reaction,Revolution, and Romanticism, 1815-1850

    Week 9: An Age of Nationalism and Realism, 1850-1871

    Week 10: Mass Society in an "Age of Progress," 1871-1894

    Week 11: An Age of Modernity, Anxiety, and Imperialism, 1894-1914

    Week 12: The Beginning of the Twentieth-Century Crisis: War and Revolution and The Futile Search For Stability: Europe Between the Wars, 1919-1939

    Week 13 & 14: The Deepening European Crisis: World War II

    Week 15: Cold War and a New Western World, 1945-1965

    Week 16: Protest and Stagnation: The Western World, 1965-1985; After the Fall: The Western World in a Global Age (Since 1985)

    Final Exam will be delivered, completed, and submitted online by tba