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HIST 1421 Greek and Roman Civilization

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HIST 1421 GREEK AND ROMAN CIVILIZATION


Syllabus


Prerequisites: None.


Course Description:
The course will include views on the rise of democracy and a brief description of the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. Students will address the question: In what ways did Greek and Roman civilizations provide the foundations for the development of Western culture?


Required Textbook and Materials:


See each unit for required readings (links to download material provided in each unit).


Software Requirements/Installation


No special requirements.


Learning Objectives and Outcomes:


By the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. Define the growth and development of democracy in ancient Greece and Rome.
  2. Relate how much of Roman society was directly influenced by Greece.
  3. Compare and contrast the results and purposes of Greek wars and Roman wars.


Course Schedule and Topics


This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, one unit per week.


Unit 1 - Origins of Democracy.
Unit 2 - 
Greek City-States
Unit 3 - 
Persian Wars, Peloponnesian Wars, and Greek Philosophers.
Unit 4 - 
Early Roman Republic and the conquest of Italy.
Unit5 - 
Punic Wars; Roman Revolution.
Unit 6 - 
Brief social history of the Roman Empire.
Unit 7 - 
Art and Architecture.
Unit 8 - 
Economies
Unit 9 - 
Review and Final Examination


Learning Guide


How this course is being conducted and suggested best practices for students to follow


Unit 1: Origins of Democracy.

  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
  • Participate in the Discussion Forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
  • Complete and submit Written Assignment
  • Make entries to the Learning Journal

Reading Assignment

Unit 2: Greek City-States

  • Assess Unit 1 Assignments
  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
  • Participate in the Discussion Forum
  • Complete and submit Written Assignment
  • Make entries to the Learning Journal

Reading Assignment

Unit 3: Persian Wars, Peloponnesian Wars, and Greek Philosophers.

  • Assess Unit 2 Assignments
  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
  • Participate in the Discussion Forum 
  • Make entries to the Learning Journal
  • Take the Quiz

Reading Assignment

Unit 4: Early Roman Republic and the conquest of Italy.

  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
  • Participate in the Discussion Forum
  • Complete and submit Written Assignment
  • Make entries to the Learning Journal

Reading Assignment

Morey, W. C. (1901). Outlines of Roman history. New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: American Book Company. http://www.forumromanum.org/history/index.html 

Read Chapters 6 through 13

Unit 5: Punic Wars; Roman Revolution.

  • Assess Unit 4 assignments
  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
  • Participate in the Discussion Forum
  • Complete and submit Written Assignment
  • Make entries to the Learning Journal

Reading Assignment

Morey, W. C. (1901). Outlines of Roman history. New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: American Book Company. http://www.forumromanum.org/history/index.html 

Read Chapters 14 through 17

Unit 6: Brief social history of the Roman Empire.

  • Assess Unit 5 Assignment
  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
  • Participate in the Discussion Forum
  • Make entries to the Learning Journal
  • Take the Quiz

Reading Assignment

Morey, W. C. (1901). Outlines of Roman history. New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: American Book Company. http://www.forumromanum.org/history/index.html 

Read Chapters 18 through 23

Unit 7: Art and Architecture.

  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
  • Participate in the Discussion Forum
  • Complete and submit Written Assignment
  • Make entries to the Learning Journal

Reading Assignment

Kamm, A. (2009). The Romans. The Classics Pages. http://www.the-romans.co.uk/ 

Read all sections of the Art tab.

Unit 8: Economies

  • Assess Unit 7 assignments
  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
  • Participate in the Discussion Forum
  • Make entries to the Learning Journal
  • Review weeks 1-8.

Reading Assignment

Kamm, A. (2009). The Romans. The Classics Pages. http://www.the-romans.co.uk/ 

Click the Life tab. Read both the Economy and Work sections.

Unit 9: Review and Final Examination

  • Prepare for and submit the final examination.
  • The final exam will take place during Week 9. (Exact date and other details will be announced.)


Course Requirements


Assignments
There is an assignment to be completed for some units in this course. You will be required to upload your assignments by the indicated deadline and, in addition, to assess three of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions provided. Failure to submit assignments may result in failure of the course. You are also expected to provide details in the feedback section of the assignment assessment forms as to why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer.

Discussion Forum
All units include a discussion question that will be posted in the Discussion Forum. In each unit, you are required to post a substantive response to the question. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor.

In addition, you must extend the conversation by responding to at least three of your peers’ postings.

Discussion Forums are only active for the relevant learning week and it is not possible to contribute to a discussion forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Forums may result in failure of the course

Course Forum
The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is monitored by the instructors. It is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in this forum, it is highly recommended.

Learning Journal
The Learning Journal is a tool for self-reflection on the learning process. In addition to completing directed tasks, you should use the Learning Journal to document your activities, record problems you may have encountered and to draft answers for Discussion Forums and Assignments. The Learning Journal should be updated regularly (on a weekly basis), as the learning journals will be assessed by your instructor as part of your final grade.

Quizzes
There are two types of quizzes, Self-Quiz and Graded Quiz. This course does not have Self-Quizzes. The results of the Graded Quiz form a part of the final grade while the results of the Self-Quiz do not count towards your grade.
If the course contains Self-Quizzes, you will have multiple attempts to take the Self-Quiz and improve your results. It is recommended you take the Self-Quiz to ensure adequate understanding of the learning materials.


Final Exam
The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9, following the completion of eight units of work. The format of the Final Exam is similar to that of the quizzes and may contain a combination of different question types. You will have one attempt to take the exam, and it will be graded electronically. Specific instructions on how to prepare for and take the Final Exam will be provided during Week 8 (located inside the Unit 9 Learning Guide). Final Exams must be taken without the use of course learning materials (both those inside and outside the course). If particular materials are allowed for use during the exam, these will be noted in the exam’s instructions.


Classroom Forum
The Classroom Forum is available only to students in the same classroom or group. The Classroom Forum is only activated when there are many groups of students taking the course at the same time. Participation in this forum is an excellent way to get to know your classmates and is also a platform for raising issues and questions relating to the course. While it is not required to participate in this forum, it is highly recommended.


Policies


Grading
The University has established the following grading scale. All faculty members are expected to comply with this scale:

Grade Scale Grade Points
A+ 98-100 4.00
A 93-97 4.00
A- 90-92 3.67
B+ 88-89 3.33
B 83-87 3.0
B- 80-82 2.67
C+ 78-79 2.33
C 73-77 2.00
C- 70-72 1.67
D+ 68-69 1.33
D 63-67 1.00
D- 60-62 0.67
F Under 60 0.00


Grades will be based on a standard 100-point scale with the following values and ranges:

Grading Components and Weights

Learning Journal 10%
Graded Quizzes 40% (20% each)
Discussion Forums 10%
Written Assignments 10%
Final Exam 30%


Grade Appeal
If you believe that the grade you have received for a course is erroneous, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the grade posting, for more information on the Grade appeal procedure please refers to the UoPeople Catalog.

Participation
Non-participation is characterized by lack of assignment submission and/or inadequate contribution in discussion forum postings.

  • Assignments must be submitted on or before the deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule. The instructor will specify the deadline for each assignment.
  • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time late assignments will not be accepted, and there will be no make-up assignments.

Any student showing non-participation for 2 weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

Academic Honesty and Integrity

When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

Unless otherwise stated, any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several style and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html


Code of Conduct
University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted.
Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal.