This is the HIS 101 course syllabus (home page). On this page, you will find important information about the course and the links to the course assignment schedules.
Course Policies and Procedures
Please check the ELI bookstore website for information on purchasing/renting your textbooks (new or used). If you wish to purchase your books in person, then you will have to travel to the Alexandria bookstore.
General course purpose
Surveys the general history of the Western world from about 3000 BCE to 1600 CE and allows students to reach a basic understanding of the characteristic features of the Western world's early historical development in that span of time. Students will learn about some of the important political, economic, social, intellectual, cultural and religious changes that shaped the development of the West from earliest times.
Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:
Although there are no formal prerequisites for this course, please consider:
Course grades are based on the following point scale:
Make sure that you check the very, very IMPORTANT Explanation of Assignments and Grading, which has information about the grading rubrics used in the course, and the list of course aids. IMPORTANT: To earn a grade of A, B, C or D, you must complete all required assignments and the two exams and earn the required number of points in the course.
Plagiarism, Cheating and Student Conduct
Please make sure that you read the course policy on plagiarism and cheating. You are expected to abide by the student conduct provisions of the college's student handbook, and it is expected that you will be courteous in all conversations and assignments in this course.
Submitting Assignments and Contacting Your Instructor
You must submit all of your assignments and extra credit through Blackboard according to the Submitting Assignments and Using Email in Your ELI History Course instructions. (No more than one item per calendar day will be accepted.) Feedback on your work will be posted to the Blackboard gradebook, usually within 24-48 hours. When you have any questions about the course or your assignments, contact your instructor by email using your student email account.
Blackboard is used to support the course. Please review the information on Using Blackboard for instructions on assignment submission, online discussions, exams and your gradebook.
There are specific assignment deadlines in this course, and these are listed on the course schedule. You may submit any of the course required assignments, or the midterm exam, late, but the maximum point value will then be reduced by one-half. You may not take a required final exam late.
Any student with a documented disability needing academic adjustments or accommodation is encouraged to contact a counselor for disability services. Contact information can be found online on the college web page. For additional information, please contact an ELI counselor at email@example.com or 703.323.2425. If you have a MoA, then it must be presented to your instructor during unit 1 of the course so that any accommodations can be worked out. All information is kept confidential.
Links to Course Assignment Schedules
For summer 2017, these are the different schedule versions available:
For spring 2017, these are the different schedule versions available:
For fall 2016, these are the different schedule versions available:
Each week of your schedule will list the course units and assignments that you are required to complete that week. Each course unit will list what you are required to read and submit for that unit. Each unit will also usually have some extra material that you may look at and some possible extra credit work that you can complete. Please make sure that you check out all the linked information for each course unit.
Please make sure that you double-check your official registration to verify the specific section of the course that you signed up for. You can always finish faster than your course schedule.
You are expected to make regular and steady progress completing your assignments and exams on time. Please check your Blackboard gradebook for your grades. Once you begin this course, it is your responsibility to withdraw. If you do not withdraw and if you do not finish your course assignments, then you will receive a grade based upon the work that you have submitted. Usually that is an "F."
Writing in the course
Proper grammar, spelling and style are an inherent part of each assignment in this course, and please check Charlie's History Writing Center for more information about specific writing style expectations. (You can also watch the short YouTube video about the center.)
The Cap of Monomakh (Шапка Мономаха in Russian) was one of the traditional symbols of the medieval Russian monarchy. There is no agreed-upon certainty about the cap's origin, although it probably dates to the fourteenth century, or how the cap became one of the important symbols of the Russian autocracy, but all kingships/monarchies had their specific symbols, which always included a crown of some sort. The Russians were no exception to that. According to Russian legend, the Byzantine emperor sent this crown to Vladimir Monomakh, Grand Prince of Kiev, sometime in the early twelfth century, and it was used during the coronation ceremonies of the Russian tsars in the sixteenth century--a small gap in time. Peter the Great replaced the "cap" with a more formal, imperial crown in the early eighteenth century.
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