History of Civilization I


  2. A. Course Title: History of Civilization I
    B. Course Number: HI 213 - 30084
    C. Semester: Fall 2017
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Ollinger Riefstahl, Alison
    G. Office: C.M. Burke University Center (UC) 223
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2814
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);12:00:00 PM-1:00:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 9:00:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST);12:30:00 PM-1:30:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    Thursday: 9:00:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST);12:30:00 PM-1:30:00 PM (MST);
    Friday: 10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);12:00:00 PM-1:00:00 PM (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):
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: Virtual

    This course covers the civilizations that have contributed to the shaping of contemporary society. It focuses on prehistoric civilizations and the civilizations of the Near East, Far East, Greece, and Rome. The medieval church, the Renaissance, the Protestant Reformation, and the rise of the monarchies are also discussed. 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, economics, and social/cultural factors have been shaped by Old World forces. This course continues the introduction in history for the associate degree. It establishes a basis for further historical study for 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, i.e., readings, websites,etc. will be suggested by the Instructor throughout 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

    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

    Grades are weighted as follows:

    Daily work = 10%
    Homework = 20%
    Projects = 20%
    Participation = 10%
    Tests = 40%

    Daily work will consist of a review question from the previous lesson; a short quiz; a comprehension question, development of a writing concept for history; as well as, discussion points for the day.
    Homework will be a continuation of the day's lecture/notes, an assignment to further knowledge of the lesson content, or writing exercises.
    Project are directed studies highlighting an important cause and effect in history (the Columbian Exchange). Projects are individual or done in small groups of two to four.
    Tests are used as a learning and assessment tool. There will be 8 Unit Tests that will consist of Multiple Choice and short answer essay questions. Corrections to tests will serve as a learning experience as students look up correct answers.
    Participation grades are a culmination of discussions, note-taking, questions during lectures, informal assessment tools and attendance.

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    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 College’s 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:
    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.


    This course traces the transformation of Western societies from traditional, rural, and agrarian societies into modern, urban and traditional states. Emphasis is placed on the political, intellectual, economic, and social forces that have shaped the modern Western World. Students will investigate the broad themes of intellectual, cultural and political history and will appreciate how those ideas are reflected in trends of philosophy, popular literature and the arts. As events in history can only be understood in terms of their social context, this course will examine demographics and the influences of social classes and gender roles on history. The course will also focus on economic history and the role of industrialization by reviewing the development of commercial practices and changing economic structures to recognize Europe’s influence on the world. In addition to traditional lectures on important themes of history, students are expected to participate online through discussions of primary documents and events, debates of key issues, and students are expected to continually develop their writing skills through regular journal entries and essay exams. We will also improve the basic skills such as writing, critical thinking, verbal communication and small-group problem solving through individual and group activities. A fundamental goal of the class is for each student to become a better and more involved citizen as a result of having a better understanding of history. Students at the end of this course will be able to:
    • Recognize pivotal ideas, persons, and events in Western Civilization
    • Understand that history has been influenced not only by famous men and women, but by individuals of less well known economic status, race, and gender
    • Think critically about and interpret key events and figures
    • Distinguish between a primary and a secondary source.
    • Analyze a primary source within its appropriate historical context.
    • Locate the thesis or argument in a secondary source they are reading and to be able to offer an informed evaluation of that argument. To do that, they also need to be able to read a secondary source within its particular context as part of a larger discussion of the facts, individuals, events, etc., that are its main concern.
    • Construct a thesis/argument of their own, whether in writing or in class discussions, that is informed by what they find in whatever they are reading for the course--a very different skill than repeating back to me what they’ve read and memorized.
    • Understand that history matters – that the events of the past have shaped the present


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    * Please remember, this syllabus is a tentative plan for the semester. Items or assignments may be added or deleted depending on time constraints.


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    Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
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    Online Learning Environment
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    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.

    Withdrawal Policy
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    Notice: This outline is tentative and can be changed at the discretion of the Professor.