HIS 135
History of the Contemporary World
Professor Charles Evans

 
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Contact information
Professor Evans email cevans@nvcc.edu
phone 703.948.7701
college home page www.ctevans.net/College.html
NOVA Online telephone 703.323.3347 (1.888.435.6822)
NOVA Online fax 703.323.3392

This is the HIS 135 course syllabus (home page). On this page, you will find important information about the course and the links to the course assignment schedules.

Required books

The course required books are:

  • Robert J. McMahon, The Cold War: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2003, ISBN 978-0-19-280178-4)
  • Raymond F. Betts, Decolonization, 2nd ed. (Routledge, 2004, ISBN 978-0-415-31821-1).

These are inexpensive books and each focuses on a specific historical process of the post 1945 era. (See my comments on the books.) Each is really well done.

In unit 12, I have an optional assignment based on the book by Lawrence Scott Sheets, 8 Pieces of Empire (Crown Publishers, ISBN 978-0-307-39582-5; any edition is acceptable).

Please check Canvas course syllabus for more information about purchasing your books.

If you are wondering whether you must buy the textbooks, then please watch this short video.

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General course purpose

Surveys the history and culture of the contemporary world since 1945. Students will learn about some of the important political, economic, social, intellectual, cultural and religious changes that have shaped the development of recent world civilization.

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Course objectives

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to::

  1. Establish a chronology of historical events in the world since 1945.
  2. Explain the changing geopolitical structures of world civilization since 1945.
  3. Define the importance of key individuals and developments in the world since 1945.
  4. Identify the social, economic and political forces at work in the evolution of the contemporary world.
  5. Recognize and describe the significance of some of the cultural achievements in the contemporary world since 1945.
  6. Analyze complex historical sources and materials and reach conclusions based on interpretations of those materials.
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Course prerequisites

Although there are no formal prerequisites for this course, please consider:

  • It is expected that students possess college-level reading, writing and technology skills.
  • I would recommend that you allot at least three hours a week of study time for this course.
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Course drop, withdrawal and incomplete policies

  • See the information in the Canvas course syllabus.
  • Check your specific Critical Course Deadlines. These dates can be found on the NOVA Online home page, and they are also indicated on your course schedule. Please make a note of these important dates.
    • You must withdraw before the Last Refund Date to receive a full tuition refund. This is also the last day to change your grade status to audit.
    • In unit 1, you must submit your introduction paragraph by your First Assignment Due Date to avoid being administratively deleted from the course without a refund.
    • Your Last Withdrawal Date is the last date on which you can withdraw yourself from the course without grade penalty.
    • You must complete all course assignments by your official course End Date.
  • For an Incomplete grade in the course, you must earn 500 points, pass the unit 3 and unit 5 exams and explain the extenuating circumstances for the incomplete request. 
  • Take appropriate action now if you will not be able to take your exams at a NVCC campus testing center. You will need to set up proctored examinations. You may also use ProctorU to take your exams on your home computer. See the information about exams on your Canvas syllabus.
  • Please note that your enrollment in this course is subject to NOVA Online policies and procedures. You may wish to review these now.
  • Students are responsible for knowing and following college policies in the Student Handbook.

Course grading

Course grades are based on the following point scale:

  • 1,000-900:  A
  •    899-800:  B
  •    799-700:  C
  •    699-600:  D
  •    599-000:  F

Make sure that you check the very IMPORTANT Explanation of Assignments and Grading, which has information about grading in the course. There are Special Course Grading Requirements that you must meet to successfully pass the course.

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Links to course assignment schedules

For summer 2019, this is the course schedule:

For spring 2019, these are the different schedule versions available:

For fall 2018, 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 course registration to verify the specific section of the course that you signed up for.

You are expected to make regular and steady course progress by completing your assignments and exams on time.  Please check your Canvas gradebook for your grades and feedback.  You can always finish faster than your course schedule. 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 an "F."

Be sure to check out the list of available course aids.

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Submitting assignments

You must submit all of your assignments and extra credit through Canvas. See the Submitting Assignments in Your NOVA Online History Course instructions.  (No more than one item per calendar day will be accepted.) Feedback on your work will be posted to the Canvas gradebook, usually within 24-48 hours. You should follow the same directions if you are resubmitting an assignment.

When you have any questions about the course or your assignments or when you want to send a draft of an assignment for informal feedback, please contact your instructor by email using your student email account.

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Using Canvas

Canvas is used to support the course.

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Contacting your instructor

Find your instructor's name and contact information at the top of this page and also when you log into your course on Canvas. If you have any communication problems, please contact Professor Charles Evans, cevans@nvcc.edu, professor of history at the Loudoun campus.

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Plagiarism, cheating and student conduct

NOVA does not tolerate academic dishonesty. See the information on the Canvas course syllabus (also known as the college's Academic Integrity Policy).

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.

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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.)

All materials on this site are copyright © 2009-19, C. T. Evans.
For information contact cevans@nvcc.edu.
See my college and history projects home pages.