HIST 122: Western Civilization II

Spring 2008
Course Description and Schedule

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9:30-10:45 TTh
  Mr Lehmann
Office Hours: 2-3 TTh
East Hall 210, 677-5573,clehmann@usd.edu

Catalog description: SURVEYS THE DEVELOPMENT OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION FROM THE REFORMATION ERA TO THE PRESENT. No prerequisites; no unusual technology skills required.

This is the second of a two-part survey of Western Civilization and introduces students to some of the leading figures, ideas, and events of the modern world. It also exposes students to the concerns and methods of historical inquiry through lectures, analysis and discussion of selected texts, and writing of short papers.  The goal of this course is for the student not only to acquire historical information but also to learn through example (lectures, textbook) and practice (discussions, essay examinations, papers) a historical/critical method of thought and expression.

Students must read all assignments, attend every lecture, take notes, participate in discussions, and secure this syllabus and all handouts--which contain chronological and geographical background to the lectures and readings--from the instructor's web page. In addition, each student writes five mini-themes of one to two pages. Students who expect to miss more than three meetings should see the instructor within the first week. A set of study questions, also available on-line, will assist the student preparing for examinations.  Finally, each student must maintain a portfolio containing all written work.  The portfolio will be a simple green two-pocket folder containing the minithemes and exams as they are complete.

There will be a midterm exam covering parts seven and eight of the course; another covering parts tnine and ten, and a final exam, covering part eleven. Exams consist of one long and a choice of two out of three short essay questions; the final exam includes a comprehensive essay question. Each student will write a mini-theme on a choice of suggested topics for each reading, due on the assigned date during discussion of the topics.  The first and second midterms count 50 points each, the final 75, and the mini-themes 100 points (20 points each), for a total of 275 possible points.











Students who wish to arrange another method of evaluation should see the instructor within the first two weeks. By all means consult the Top 10 Ways to Lower Your Grade in Humanities.

See the end of the syllabus for additional information concerning cheating, ADA policy, and outcomes of learning.

Required Books

Recommended Book

Kate L Turabian. A Manual for Writers. 7th ed. Chicago: Univ of Chicago Press, 2007.  0226823377

 The Mini-themes

Each mini-theme should be between 250 and 500 words long (one to two pages), typewritten or carefully handwritten. It can earn up to 20 points as follows: 10 points for content (clarity of argument, familiarity with the work), 5 points for style (grammar, spelling, use of words), and 5 points for care in presentation. The instructors will return essays with special problems for rewriting.  Try to work a week in advance; your instructors will gladly evaluate and mark up your first clean draft and return it to you for rewriting in time for the final submission.

Unless you make special arrangements in advance or have a medical or family emergency, you must participate in the discussion in order to receive credit for a given paper.  Submit the paper inside your green binder.

As you read the assignments keep all the suggested topics in mind, and take notes. Then pick one topic and answer it carefully and concisely. Feel free to consult with fellow students and with your instructor as you prepare the assignments, but the result must be entirely your own. Be particularly careful to avoid plagiarism; you must give references for every idea or quotation you borrow as you construct your argument. See Turabian, Manual for Writers, for the proper way to indicate references. At the head of your paper write the title and your name and staple your sheets together.  You do not need a bibliographic citation unless you use an edition other than that specified in the book list.

A. Voltaire's Candide (31 Jan)

B. Büchner's Death of Danton (12 Feb)

C. Marx and Engels' Communist Manifesto (6 Mar)
Marxism as developed by Marx and Engels and their many admirers and critics is much more complex and problematic than this one text would indicate–you all know this; it is therefore especially important that you take this text on its own terms and construct your essays solely on the basis of what you actually find here.

D.  Lampedusa's The Leopard

E. Satrapi, Persepolis

  1. "Born to be a Prophet."  Describe the difference between Satrapi's world as she and the revolutionaries think it should be and as it really is.  Think about religion and politics, gender and class relations.
  2. "History in the Comics."  Evaluate the effectiveness of treating issues of great human moment in a (seeming?) superficial way.
  3. "The Weight of History."  How does the great antiquity of Persia continue to affect life in modern Iran?  Think about religion, politics, class, and gender relations.


Click here for chronology sheet.

Click here for study guides.


15 Jan No class

Part 7: Absolutism and Enlightenment [Spielvogel chs 15-18]

20 Jan

Introduction and Chronology (bring chronology sheet)

22 Jan

Absolutism in France and Germany

27 Jan

The English Exception

29 Jan

The Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment
Voltaire's Candide

Part 8: The Age of Revolutions [Spielvogel chs 19-20]

3 Feb

Introduction and Chronology (bring chronology sheet)

5 Feb

The French Revolution and Its Consequences
Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen

10 Feb

Discussion: Büchner's Death of Danton
The Industrial Revolution and Its Consequences

12 Feb

Nineteenth Century Economics

17 Feb

Slides: Early Modern Art and Architecture

19 Feb

First Midterm Examination

Part 9: A Century of Ideas [Spielvogel chs 21-23]

24 Feb

Introduction and Chronology (bring chronology sheet)

26 Feb

Liberalism and Nationalism

3 Mar

Socialism and Democracy

5 Mar

Discussion: Marx and Engels' Communist Manifesto
New Directions in Thought and Science

17 Mar


Part 10: Turn of the Century [Spielvogel chs 24-25]

19 Mar

Introduction and Chronology (bring chronology sheet)

24 Mar Bismarck's Germany

26 Mar

World War I
Márai's The Rebels

31 Mar

The Russian Revolution; Slides: Modern Art

2 Apr

Second Midterm Examination

Part 11: The Twentieth Century [Spielvogel chs 26-29]

7 Apr

Introduction and Chronology (bring chronology sheet)

14 Apr Totalitarianism

16 Apr

World War II

21 Apr

Postwar Tensions: The Cold War

23 Apr

No Class: Student History Conference

28 Apr

The Third World
Disc: Satrapri's Persepolis

30 Apr

Slides: Postmodern Art and Architecture

Tues 5 May 7:30-9:30 AM:  Final Examination

Statement of Compliance with the ADA: 

If you have a disability for which you are or may be requesting an accommodation, you are encouraged to contact both your instructor and Dr. Elaine Pearson, Director of the Office of Disability Serves (Service Center 119, 677-6389) as early as possible in the semester.  I will abide by the standards for compliance outlined on p23 of the student handbook as well as make every effort to provide a fair opportunity for involvement and success in this class.  Please see me if you require accommodation for a recognized disability while enrolled in this course.


 Because the entire educational process rests upon an atmosphere of academic honesty and trust, the College community must promote and protect the sanctity of such an environment at the University.  To that end, the College of Arts and Sciences considers the following infractions as being inimical to the objectives of higher education:

 Cheating is defined as intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise. (Student Conduct Code) 

 Plagiarism is defined as intentionally or knowingly representing the words or ideas of another as one's own in any academic exercise. (Student Conduct Code)

 At the discretion of the instructor, a student caught cheating or plagiarizing may be:
          a.         Given a zero for that assignment.
          b.         Allowed to rewrite and resubmit the assignment for credit.
          c.         Assigned a reduced grade for the course.
          d.         Dropped from the course.
          e.         Failed in the course

This class fulfills the following Goals of the South Dakota System General Education Requirements: 

GOAL #4: Students will understand the diversity and complexity of the human experience through study of the arts and humanities

Student Learning Outcomes: As a result of taking courses meeting this goal, students will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the diversity of values, beliefs, and ideas embodied in the human experience
    1. Essay exams treating cultural and historical problems raised in class and readings
    2. Mini-themes treating specific historical problems relevant to assigned works with historical and cultural content..
    3. In-class discussion of assigned works.
  2. Identify and explain basic concepts of the selected disciplines within the arts and humanities.
    1. Exam essays demonstrating historical analysis.
    2. Mini-themes demonstrating historical analysis.

In addition, as a result of taking courses meeting this goal, students will be able to do at least one of the following:

  1. Identify and explain the contributions of other cultures from the perspective of the selected disciplines within the arts and humanities
    1. Exams, mini-themes, class discussion
  2. Demonstrate creative and aesthetic understanding
    1. Exams, mini-themes, class discussion
  3. Explain and interpret formal and stylistic elements of the literary or fine arts
    1. Exam questions and discussion concerning works of literature and art; mini-themes on literary texts.
  4. Demonstrate foundational competency in reading, writing, and speaking a non-English language.
    1. NA

Each course meeting this goal includes the following student learning outcomes: Required: #1, #2 At least one of the following: #3, #4, #5, or #6 (Credit Hours: 6 hours (in 2 disciplines or a sequence of foreign language courses))