Indiana University Northwest

HIST H114 Syllabus


Indiana University Northwest

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of History



H114: History of Western Civilization II

Instructor: Dr. Jonathyne Briggs


Phone:  (219) 980-6658

Virtual Office Hours via Forums: Tuesday/ Thursday 4-5

Physical Office: Hawthorn Hall 207/ Tuesday-Thursday 2-3


Course Description: This course acts as an introduction to the history of Europe from the seventeenth century to the present. As such, it emphasizes broad themes and long-term political, social, and cultural trends of Europe. It does not pretend to be an exhaustive treatment. With this goal in mind, the course combines virtual lecture and textual readings in order to discuss crucial episodes in modern European history within the global context.

Objectives: In this course, you will learn:

  1.  The broad political, social, and cultural history of Europe and the World in the modern period
  2. The continued influence of Western ideas in contemporary society
  3. How to read and interpret primary historical documents
  4. How to make a historical argument based on evidence
  5. How to present argument and evidence in a clear manner



Required Texts:

Lynn Hunt, et al., Making of the West, 3rd Edition, Concise Vol. II (03123554605)

Voltaire, Candide

Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto (0451527100)

Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart (0679406417)

Art Speigelman, Maus (0679406417)

Other daily readings can be accessed from the Internet History Sourcebook ]via the syllabus on Oncourse.  The textbooks are available for the first half of the semester at the IUN bookstore so make sure to get them before the bookstore returns them or you can order them from online retailers but make sure to order the correct editions (refer to the isbn provided above).

Additionally, as an online course, you will need the current Microsoft Office suite installed on the computer you will be using.  This is available free for IU students via 

Videocast lectures will be delivered through Oncourse and may require students to use particular browsers or have the most recent updates.  It is the student’s responsibility to test her hardware for any compatibility problems.



of Grade


Weekly Response Papers


Midterm examination


Textbook Quizzes


Discussion Forums


Final examination






Further Information on Grading/ Assignments


Weekly Responses (40%): Ten one-page (300-word maximum) responses to the course readings that answer a question that the instructor poses: these will be due each Thursday at 5pm and will be turned in through Oncourse. You must complete the first assignment but you can then choose which of the other nine to complete, making a grand total of ten. Any assignment containing more than seven errors will not be accepted and returned to the student. Students who choose to write more than the required number of responses can drop the lower grade for each submitted over the required ten responses. Assignments not turned in before the Oncourse due date cannot be transmitted by e-mail attachment. Students are expected to adhere to Indiana University’s policy on plagiarism, and any work used in the essays (outside of the required works) should be cited accordingly. All plagiarized work will receive a zero and cannot be dropped. 

One mid-term and one final examination (10% and 15%): Each of these exams will consist of short essay questions that deal with the course readings. No make-up exams will be given for either the mid-term or the final, except in cases of a documented emergency.  These will be administered via Oncourse.

Textbook Chapter Exams (15%): Students must complete all of chapter quiz exercises (five total) at the textbook website ( for each week’s chapter reading. When students register, make certain to include the instructor’s email address so that scores are reported for credit.  Each week’s assignment is worth one and a half points towards the overall grade. These must be completed weekly by 5pm, Friday afternoon.

Participation (20%): Discussion constitutes an important element of this class and as such counts for two letter grades.  Discussion consists of participation in the Oncourse forums at least twice a week. Your participation requires that you answer the questions posed in the forum in a clear and concise manner, using the specific readings assigned for that week as the basis for your answer.  You are expected to recognize rules of decorum in discussion threads, even when you disagree with other students’ answers and should not use your own opinion as the basis for your answer.  All answers must be backed with evidence from the readings. 

All grades will be delivered via the Oncourse gradebook.

Course Schedule:

The weekly schedule of readings and assignments is contained in the modules section of Oncourse.  Important dates are listed on the course calendar.  The modules are broken down into weekly sections.  Please refer to these tabs to make sure that you are keeping up with the work for each week.

Additional Information:

Late work: With the flexible nature of the course, keeping deadlines is important.  However, there often arise unforeseen circumstances.  Please make sure to keep the instructor informed of any problems completing assignments.  Late work is not generally accepted except in cases of medical emergencies.

Students with disabilities: Students with disabilities who require special accommodations to participate fully in course activities or meet class requirements are encouraged to promptly contact Davetta Haywood, Disabilities Coordinator and Counselor at Student Support Services.  The professor must be notified, in writing, of any agreed-upon arrangements within two weeks of the start of class.

The Course Evaluation

Many students disregard course evaluations as an optional part of taking a course. At IUN, and especially for online classes, completing the course evaluations is not optional.  Your input, suggestions, opinions matter and are taken seriously. We cannot continue to promote online course offerings if students do not complete their course evaluations because departments are held accountable for having adequate response rates and instructors are also affected by low response rates. Please do your part in understanding that it is part of your duty as a student to complete every course evaluation, regardless of how you personally feel about the course or the instructor. They are that important.

IU Northwest Attendance and Course Commitment Policy

This course has been approved to enforce the IU Northwest Attendance and Course Commitment Policy and the full text of this policy is available at

As a student in this course, you are expected to attend scheduled class meetings and actively participate in all class activities. Students who miss the first week of the semester or who do not attend 50% of the scheduled class meetings before the end of the fourth week of the semester may be subject to administrative withdrawal. Regardless of attendance, students who do not actively participate in this class by not submitting a majority of their assignments by the posted due date are subject to administrative withdrawal. Students who are administratively withdrawn from this class after the fourth week will not be eligible for a tuition refund. Administrative withdrawals may have an impact on the student’s financial aid awards and visa status. 

IU FLAGS (Student Performance Early Alert System)


This semester I will be using IU’s Early Alert System to provide real-time feedback on your performance in this course. I will be entering data on factors such as your class attendance, participation, and success with coursework, among other things. This information will provide feedback on how you are faring in the course and offer you suggestions on how you might be able to improve your performance. You will be able to access this information in the student center: OneStart > Student Services page > Student Center > My Academics and Grades > My Grades. If there is no entry, then no concerns have been reported about your academic performance.


IU Academic Policies 

This course is governed by IU academic policies in the following areas:

  • Grading Guidelines
  • Writing Standards
  • Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
  • Course Evaluations
  • Students With Disabilities


A (90-100) = Excellent
B (80-89) = Good
C (70-79) = Below standards
F (69 or below) = Failure
FN = Failure for nonattendance
I = Incomplete
W = Withdrew

The grade of Incomplete (I) for students unable to complete the course may be available in extenuating circumstances at the discretion of the instructor (if the student has completed at least 75% of the coursework).