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.
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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 drop, withdrawal and incomplete policies
Course grades are based on the following point scale:
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.
Links to course assignment schedules
For spring 2020, these are the different schedule versions available:
For fall 2019, these are the different schedule versions available:
For summer 2019, 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.
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.
Canvas is used to support the course.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, professor of history at the Loudoun campus.
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.
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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