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EUH 2030 (Sections U01-U06)—Western Civilization: Europe in the Modern Era

Florida International University
Spring Semester, 2010

Dr. Jeremy Rowan

Office: DM 399
Office Phone: (305) 348-4791
Office Hours: 2:00-3:00 MW; 11:00-12:00 T
E-mail: rowanj@fiu.edu

Teaching Assistants:

Mr. Alberto Hernandez

E-mail: ahern093@fiu.edu
Office: DM 390
Office Hours: 1:00-3:00 F

Ms. Monica Lynn Crowe

E-mail: mpott002@fiu.edu
Office: DM 390
Office Hours: 9:00-10:00 MF

Course Description:
This course examines key developments in the origins and nature of Modern Europe, including
political, social, cultural, and economic developments from the 18th century to the present.
Written work meets the state Gordon Rule requirement.

Course Objectives:
The primary objective of this course is to familiarize students with the historical events and
movements that constitute the development of Modern Europe. The course will also focus on the
impact these events and movements had on society and how ordinary people have played
significant roles in shaping history. Secondary objectives are to introduce students to historical
criticism, to develop writing skills, and to encourage critical thinking.

Course Methods:
The course is primarily conducted through lectures, class discussion, collaborative activities, and
power-point/internet presentations. Students must keep well-organized notes from the lectures,
have all written assignments handed in on time, and complete all reading assignments by the due
dates. Students will be held responsible for both the lecture material and all reading

All students must register for this course on Turnitin.com. It is mandatory. The class number is
3045738 and the password is napoleon. We use Turnitin for multiple reasons: as an anti-
plagiarism device, a gradebook, and finally as an efficient method for contacting the class via e-

Discussion Sections:

All students will attend the lectures every Monday and Friday in PCA 135
between 11:00-11:50 PM. Each Wednesday, students will attend a discussion group session led
by your section TA. It is imperative that you attend the section that you registered for. The
discussion sections will primarily be used for answering (and asking) questions from the primary
source readings. But, the session will also be an opportunity for students to discuss the lectures,
prepare for exams, and peer review each others’ drafts. Remember, discussion/in-class
assignments constitute 20% of the course grade.

Here are the list of sections, times, and room numbers for the discussion sections:

Section 01—10:00-10:50 Room DM 144 Hernandez

Section 02—10:00-10:50 Room RB 120 Crowe
Section 03—11:00-11:50 Room GC 275B Hernandez
Section 04—11:00-11:50 Room RB120 Crowe
Section 05—1200-12:50 Room GC 275B Hernandez
Section 06—12:00-12:50 Room RB 120 Crowe

Required Readings:
The West: Encounters and Transformations 2nd Edition (Single Volume or Volume C) by Brian
Levack, Edward Muir, Meredith Veldman, and Michael Maas. Longman.

Sources of the West: Readings in Western Civilization 7th Edition (Volume 2) Edited by Mark
Kishlansky. Longman.

Candide by Voltaire. Penguin.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. Penguin.

Criteria for Evaluation:

2 Exams—each worth 20% of the final course grade
2 Papers—each worth 20% of the course grade
In-class writing assignments, quizzes, rough draft and peer response, and class participation—
worth 20% of the final grade

Each exam will cover the material since the previous exam. STUDENTS ARE TO BRING A

Writing and critical thinking are primary components of this class.

Frequently, we will talk about the expectations for writing in the field of
history. We will analyze, for example, the style and form of writing
presented in your texts and in articles we read. Even if you do not plan to be
an historian, such awareness of disciplinary communication will be useful to
you, no matter your major or career.

To meet the state of Florida’s Gordon Rule writing requirements, you will
complete a sequence of writing assignments, ranging from informal in-class
writings to essay exams and formal essays. You will frequently be asked to

write reading responses and in-class collaborative writing assignments.

These assignments provide evidence of your reading and comprehension of
the material; they prepare you to participate in class discussion, and they
also facilitate your understanding of the readings. You will also complete
essay exam questions on your two major exams, and write two thesis-driven
essays that synthesize main ideas from the course. I will provide you with
detailed assignment sheets for these essays. A week before their due date,
you’ll be asked to bring a rough draft of your essay to class for peer review.
You are required to upload your final paper to Turnitin.com on the due date. Late writing
assignments will be penalized a letter grade for every class period that the paper is late.

Make-up Exams:
No make-up exams will be given except in cases of illness and/or emergency. A doctor’s note
must be presented upon the instructor’s request for a make-up exam to be given. If no note is
forthcoming, the instructor retains the right to refuse to administer a make-up exam. A doctor’s
or dental appointment which is a non-emergency, and which, therefore, can be reasonably
rescheduled, is not a valid excuse. Unexcused missed exams will receive an automatic grade of

In the course, grading will follow the scale below:
A = 100-94 %
A- = 93-90%
B+ = 89–86%
B = 85-83%
B- = 82-80%
C+ = 79–76%
C = 75-73%
C- = 72-70%
D+ = 69-66%
D = 65-63%
D+ = 62-60
F = 59% and below

Attendance Policy:
Students are expected to attend both the lectures and the discussion group
sessions. Listening to the lectures and participating in class discussion and
the in-class writing assignments are essential to success in this course.

Academic Dishonesty Policy:

Cheating and Plagiarism
a. Cheating is defined as the attempt, successful or not, to give or obtain
information by illicit means in meeting any academic requirements including,
but not limited to, examinations;
b. Plagiarism is defined as the use, without proper acknowledgement, of the
ideas, phrases, sentences, or larger units of discourse from another writer or

Students are expected to know and abide by the academic dishonesty policy as
outlined in the university handbook and catalogue.

Students are therefore warned: Cheating and/or plagiarism in are grounds for an
automatic grade of “F”.

Student Behavior:
All FIU University students are expected to behave according to the accepted norms that ensure
a climate wherein all can exercise their right to learn. Such norms are set forth in the
undergraduate catalogue. Please be sure that you have read and understood the section. No
faculty member will tolerate classroom behavior that violates these norms. Such behavior will
be grounds for withdrawal from the class, judicial proceedings, and/or failure of the course.

Class Schedule:

Week 1:
Monday, Jan 4—Course Introduction and Syllabus
Reading: Levack “What is the West?” (pp. 3-9)

Wednesday, Jan 6—Discussion Session on Levack

Reading: Candide

Friday, Jan 8—18th Century Society and Culture

Week 2:
Monday, Jan 11—The Spread and Influence of the Enlightenment

Wednesday, Jan 13—Discussion Session: Candide

Reading: Levack Ch. 19

Friday, Jan 15— The French Revolution

Week 3:
Monday, Jan 18—NO CLASS (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)

Wednesday, Jan 20— Discussion Session: “Writing a Research Paper”

Friday, Jan 22— The French Revolution

Week 4:
Monday, Jan 25—Napoleonic Era

Wednesday, Jan 27—Discussion Session: Essay 1 Rough Draft Due (Peer Review)

Friday, Jan 29— Napoleonic Era; Congress of Vienna

Reading: Levack Chapter 20 and Kishlansky # 103, 104, 105

Week 5:
Monday, Feb 1—Industrial Revolution; Essay 1 Due (upload to Turnitin)

Wednesday, Feb 3— Discussion Session: Kishlansky

Friday, Feb 5—Industrial Revolution (cont.)

Reading: Kishlansky #106, 108, 110, 111