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History 101 - Introduction to the History of Western Civilization - Kathleen Hitt

Course:Introduction to the History of Western Civilization
Professor:Kathleen Hitt
Email:kathleen.hitt@canyons.edu
Format:
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 5 Week

Introduction

Picture of your professor who is a caring advocate for your academic success

This is going to be a fun class!

History is stories, and the stories are true. 

Welcome to History 101! This is an exciting time to be exploring history, and historical events. I hope to help you as we explore together!

Although this class is being taught remotely,  you will find me to be regularly available to answer any questions you might have. I genuinely want each of you to succeed in this course!

Therefore, please don’t hesitate to contact me at any point during the semester. I will also be communicating with you through frequent class announcements and it is my hope is that you will not feel as if you are taking this class alone, but rather that you are part of a team all working to succeed and learn more about History.

A little about me: I am Kathleen Hitt, and have been teaching at College of the Canyons since 2006. I have an M.A. in history from Cal State Northridge, with honors, studied French at UCLA, and have my B.A. from Occidental College.  I have been a Film Researcher for the History Channel, 'Washington the Warrior' and 'Washington’s Generals' in 2006.  I gave a paper at Oxford, Women and Education Conference, 2018 published in the Oxford Journal of Public Policy entitled "Concubine or Cougar? Constructing the Creative Female Persona in Early Modern Europe and Transitioning from Indirect to Direct Power in a Man's World." I am a published historian having published extensively.

Course Description

If you ever wanted to learn about

The Trojans and Battle of Thermopylae and the 300, Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, 

or how women moved from indirect to direct power in a man's world, this course will take you there!

Catalog Course Description:

A general survey of the history of western civilization from earliest times to the 16th Century. Emphasis is placed upon the development of economic, socio-political, and cultural institutions from pre-history, riverine cultures of the Near East, the Greco-Roman world, and Medieval and Early Modern Europe.

Additional Course Summary:  This survey course provides a chronological and thematic survey of the social, political, cultural, economic, diplomatic and intellectual developments that have shaped Western Civilization from pre-history to the Sixteenth Century.

The goal of this course is to acquaint students with the discipline of history, and to familiarize them with significant issues and themes which have fashioned Western Civilization.  Students will develop an ability to think critically, analytically, and historically.  Students will be given a sense of chronology and to perceive the interrelated nature of events within a historical context.  The class also includes research, organization, and analysis of historical sources.

What to Expect in this Course

This class will be taught using Zoom. You will need access to Canvas as this is where you will upload your assignments.

Canvas is great because it reminds you when your assignments are due!

 

Canvas

The course can be accessed via Canvas at cv.canyons.edu on the first day of the course. Follow the login instructions at the bottom of the screen to log in. Here, you can also access Canvas user guides with helpful tips for navigating and using Canvas. For any Canvas related issues please call the Canvas Student Support line at (661)362-3344 during college business hours, or (877)889-9052 for 24/7 support.

Just keep taking the quizzes, and at the end of the course you will have your 30 points.

You get to write a research paper on a person or event from history that is your choice! You will have written an upper division paper that you can be proud of, and possibly submit as a writing sample to other universities when you graduate or are ready to transfer.

We will also be seeing the relevance of historical events to today's events by writing a short primary source essay comparing the Black Death Pandemic of 1347-1350 and today's Covid 19 Pandemic.

You will take a midterm exam (essay)  and a final exam (essay).

Film clips, puppet appearances, and more fun are part of this course.

 

 

Types of Assessments

You get to write a research paper on a person or event from history that is your choice! You will have written an upper division paper that you can be proud of, and possibly submit as a writing sample to other universities when you graduate or are ready to transfer.

We will also be seeing the relevance of historical events to today's events by writing a short primary source essay comparing the Black Death Pandemic of 1347-1350 and today's Covid 19 Pandemic.

You will take a midterm exam (essay)  and a final exam (essay).

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

 

Available in College of Canyons Bookstore, and online version is fine!

The required textbook for the course is, The West in the World. Volume 1. 5th ed. ISBN# 9780073316697. However, the Online version, or E book is also acceptable.You will also need to obtain, if you have not already done so, a valid MyCanyons email address through which you can be contacted. If you have not already done this you can do so here: https://my.canyons.edu/

If you have more general questions about online courses, or if you would like to know the technical requirements (recommended software, browser, and other related information), you may find the College of the Canyons Online Education site useful: https://www.canyons.edu/academics/onlineeducation/

Other Relevant Course Information

You will need regular and consistent access to the internet through a computer, Laptop, cell/iphone, accessing Zoom, and Canvas.

 

ou will need complete all coursework by the due date listed in the class schedule portion of the syllabus, and as set forth in Canvas.

Please see the syllabus section in Canvas for more information.

I hope you enjoy this semester, and I look forward to working with you to succeed in this course!

The course can be accessed via Canvas at cv.canyons.edu on the first day of the course. Follow the login instructions at the bottom of the screen to log in. Here, you can also access Canvas user guides with helpful tips for navigating and using Canvas. For any Canvas related issues please call the Canvas Student Support line at (661)362-3344 during college business hours, or (877)889-9052 for 24/7 support.


Additional Resources

Canvas

This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at https://coc.instructure.com. Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex: username@my.canyons.edu)
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

College of the Canyons cares about your emotional and physical health. Learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including free counseling and mental health services available during this time by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center website or by calling them at: 661-362-3259.

The National Suicide Lifeline number is 1-800-273- 8255 (TALK). Please call it if you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress - it could save someone's life.

You can also use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. It's free, available 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email veterans@canyons.edu or phone (661) 362-3469.

Library

The Library provides live online and in-person research help, access to a full range of e-resources and physical materials that support the curriculum, individual and group study areas, and much more!

Last updated: 06/03/2021 Sub#: 184