Beginnings to 1500






Pasco-Hernando Community College



Pasco-Hernando Community College

Division of Arts and Sciences- SPRING 2009

EUH 1000 - The History of Western Civilization - Part I


Convener of Class:      Tamm, David J., Adjunct

M.A.                  International Studies            University of Krakow, Poland

B.A.                    Political Philosophy             Michigan State University, E. Lansing, MI

Other Work:                                                  Corvinus University, Budapest, Hungary

                                                                      Marie Curie University, Lublin, Poland

                                                                      Univ. of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Class / Time:           G-111, Tuesday / Thursday 530-645

Office Hours:           In the room before and after class, other by appointment

Telephone:              (727) 243-2034

Email:         (faster), (slower)


Required Text:  The West: Encounters and Transformations, Vol. I: To 1715

                       (2nd Ed.) by Levack, Muir, Veldman, Maas.

                       Publisher: Pearson, Longman, New York, 2007.


Description:            Our Class reads about and discusses the generations and

                       iterations that have gone into the building of our

                       current Western Civilization- from the beginnings to the

                       Age of Exploration. Emphasis falls on the social, cultural,

                       humanistic and economic trends during each period. This

                       course satisfies the Gordon Rule writing requirement. A grade

                       of 'C' or better must be attained. 45 Class hours.


Objectives:             Because PHCC is a learning-centered institution with a

                       mission that involves 'developing its students as individuals

                       [and as] citizens of the world,' let us, then, adopt these objectives:


*That the student may demonstrate a knowledge of the continuities and

discontinuities in Western historical, political and economic

development from the emergence of ancient civilizations in the Near

East through the Age of Exploration.


*That the student may recognize the diversity of the Western cultural,

social, intellectual and religious heritage from the emergence of

civilization to the Age of Discovery and Exploration.


*That the student may further their understanding of history through

the study and use of primary source documents, professional historical

journals and artifacts of the periods covered.


*That our projects of synthesis be based upon assigned readings, and

that our class integrate essays, a writing project and comprehensive

examinations into the process of the student's historical analysis.

That writing assignments require the student to be able to write

accurately, clearly and effectively, using proper grammar, punctuation

and mechanics.



Lively and informed discussions are essential to the success of the

course. Students should make every effort to keep up with the assigned

readings. It is assumed by the instructor that students have read from

the textbook in advance.




Two exams occur during the session. Each is worth 25% of the final

grade. Dates are noted on the syllabus. Each test contains multiple

choice and short response essay questions. Students may answer an

extra short answer in order to obtain extra credit. The grading scale

for exams are as follows:  91-100% A, 81-90% B, 71-80% C, 61-70% D,

0-60% F.


The student will compile three short biographies of great figures in

the history of Western Civ. In addition, the student will prepare

three 'reader response essays' on historical, political, economic or

cultural aspects of Western Civilization, as they appear in the

course. The topics are chosen by the instructor and comprise 25% of

the class. These may be submitted hard-copy or by email.


A Gordon Rule Writing Project will be assigned on a topic given in

Class. The student's paper will be an essay of five-seven pages,

double spaced, in the 12 pt. Times New Roman font. The paper will be

organized around the MLA Style (findable in the MLA Style Manual). The

paper will be the last 25% of the final grade.


Roll will be taken at each session. More than four unexcused absences

will result in your withdrawal, regardless of your GPA. There are no

make-up tests as a rule, however, emergencies do arise and are

evaluated on a case-by-case basis. In any case, the grade for a

make-up is reduced by one full letter.



Most students are self-motivated and seek academic success. Yet, not

every student will earn an A. The likelihood that you will increases

dramatically when you do the following:

1) Read, read, read. Read the assigned sections of the book before every Class.

2) Attend each Class.

3) Take care about your writing.  Make sure it follows the MLA style

properly, is free from grammatical and spelling errors, and

demonstrates your thorough understanding of the subject.



Plagiarism, lying, cheating, stealing, and other forms of academic

dishonesty are, as might be expected, not allowed.


EUH 1000 CALENDAR 2009

Class 1         Jan 12                  Orientation

                                       Syllabus overview

                                       Current issues in western civ

Class 2         Jan 14          Forward: What is the West

                                       Chapter 1: The Beginnings of Civilization

Class 3         Jan 19                  Chapter 1: Continued

Class 4         Jan 21                  Chapter 2: The International Bronze Age

Class 5         Jan 26          Chapter 2: Continued

Class 6         jan 28          Chapter 3: Persians, Hebrews and Greeks

Class 7         feb 2                   Chapter 3: Continued

Class 8:        feb 4                   Chapter 4: Persians, Hebrews and Greeks

Class 9         feb 9                   Chapter 4: Continued

Class 10        feb 11                  Chapter 5: Hellenistic World & Rome

Class 11        feb 16                  Chapter 5: Continued

Class 12        feb 18                  Chapter 6: The Early Roman Empire

Class 13        feb 23                  Chapter 6: Continued

Class 14        feb 25                  Chapter 7: Byzantium and Islam

Class 15        mar 1           Chapter 7: Continued

Class 16        mar 3           Midterm Exam

Class 17        mar     8               Chapter 8: Late Antiquity

Class 18        mar 10          Chapter 8: Continued

Class 19        mar 15          Chapter 9: The Early Middle Ages

Class 20        mar 17          Chapter 9: Continued

Class 21        mar 21          Chapter 10: Medieval Civilization

Class 22        mar 23          Chapter 10: Continued

Class 23        mar 28          Chapter 11: The Medieval West in Crisis

Class 24        mar 30          Chapter 12: the Renaissance

Class 28        apr                     Final Exam Review

Class 29        apr                     Final Exam / writing project final due

Class 30        apr                     Papers Back

                                                Final Grades