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CH 202 - Domitrovich: Syllabus

Syllabus - Spring 2019

CH 202 The Modern World Spring 2019

The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary   (Vince Lombardi)

Instructor                    Joseph Domitrovich
Phone                          673-7000
Office hours                By appointment
Class Meetings           CH 202 - 1006 12:30 -1:45 P.M.  T-Th Red Mountain 312
Textbook:                    Cultures of the West: A History Volume 2 Clifford R. Backman
                                   Sources for Culture of the West: A History volume 2 Backman and Axen




Qualified, self-identified students with documented disabilities have the right to free accommodations to ensure equal access to educational opportunities at Truckee Meadows Community College.  For assistance, contact TMCC’s Disabled Resource Center at 775-673-7277.  TTY   775-673-7888.  Come by the office at Red Mountain Building room 114.

Course Description:

Analyzes Europe's legacy in shaping world ideas, institutions and cultures. Includes Enlightenment; Romanticism; development of science and industry; political revolutions; colonialism; post-colonialism; globalization.

Course Objectives:

Successful students will demonstrate the ability to:
1. Introduce the effect of European traditions on American identities.
2. Identify significant historical highlights of European civilization after 1690.
3. Synthesize the legacy of recent Western behaviors, beliefs, ideas, and values.
4. Contextualize the original sources of worldviews and ideologies still evident in western culture.
5. Analyze the sources of conflict and differences among diverse cultures.
6. Appreciate the work of translators and understand modern strategies of language interpretation.
7. Listen to a selection of music by European performers and learn to appreciate the musical diversity of the Western world.


Grading Policy:            Grades will be based on the following

  1. You Are There Paper                                                  50 pts.
  2. Dinner Conversation Papers (3 @ 50 pts each)      150 pts.
  3. Questions from the Sources  (2 @ 50 each)           100 pts.
  4. Exams   (3 @ 100 pts. Each)                                     300 pts.
                                                         Total points            600 pts.


Do not ask if you can do extra credit because you need an A for financial aid or for your GPA.  Do not ask if I “round up” or grade on a curve.   The fact that the exams are online and, therefore, take-home and open book is quite a curve in itself.  “Trying hard” is not a reason “Trying hard” is not a reason to get a grade raised.  I have no idea who is “trying hard” and who is not.   Your grade will be what it is.

Grades will be figured on a percentage of points earned compared to the total possible points.

The following grading scale will be used

            A          93-100             B-         80-81               D+        68-69  

            A-         90-92               C+        78-70               D          62-67

            B+        88-89               C          72-77               D-        61-62

            B          82-87               C-         70-71               F          below 60


Attendance:  Since half of each exam is from lecture, attendance is important.   I want to reward you for coming to class rather than punish you for not coming to class.  For each class fully attended, each student will receive one point added to their total points earned at the end of the semester.    In addition, anyone having perfect attendance, meaning coming every day, on time, and not leaving early, will receive an additional 12 points added to their total points earned at the end of the semester.

This will start on Tuesday, February 5.  There will be 28 class days from then until the last day of class.  Also, if you attend EVERY class on time and stay until the end, you will receive an additional 12 points.  That means, if you come to every class on time and sty until dismissal, you will gain 40 points added to your total points possible. That means, if you come to every class on time and stay until the end of class, your average will increase by about 7%!

IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO SIGN THE ATTENDANCE SHEET!  “I was in class.  I don’t understand why I am not marked.” Will NOT get you marked if you are not signed in.  There will be NO exceptions to this.


Deadlines:  Deadlines are non-negotiable.  Being absent does not change due dates for assignments. Assignments may be turned in up to 48 hours late for one full letter grade reduction.   Assignments turned in between 48 and 96 hours late will receive a MAXIMUM of 50%. Papers turned in more than 72 hours late will receive a zero.

All Assignments are due ON CANVAS by 11:55 P.M. on the due date.

Make-up Exams: I know that sometimes things happen.  Therefore, you have until 48 hours after the exam is due to turn it in on Canvas.  Please, make every effort to get it in on time.  

In accordance with TMCC policy, I may issue a plus or minus grade.  You may fail the class in the event that you turn in work that is unsatisfactory or incomplete or you do not withdraw by the deadline for the term (June 20 for first summer session).

Exams:  There will be three exams: two mid-terms and a final. 

The exams will consist of multiple choice, matching, short answer and chronological order questions.

The exams will consist of two parts.  One part will be from the recorded lectures and one will be from the textbook.  Each part will be worth 50 points.

Lecture videos are on Canvas.  You will need to watch them to do well on the lecture part of the exams.

Truckee Meadows offers a student academic support program that includes study skills, tutoring services and help in writing papers.  Tutoring is now located in the TMCC Library.   See section 4 in the Student Handbook.  Also, the reference librarians are great at helping with your papers.  Please use them.

Important dates:

Make certain you are aware of these dates, especially the last one.  If you do not withdraw by then, we MUST give you whatever your grade is at the end of the semester.)

Last day to withdraw for 100% refund           Feb. 3 (This is a Sunday.  You can withdraw online by this day.  If you do it in person, it must be by the preceding Friday.)

Last day to withdraw for 50% refund             Feb. 17   (This is a Sunday.  You can withdraw online by this day.  If you do it in person, it must be by the preceding Friday.

Last day to withdraw from the class              April 4 

­PLEASE do not drop this class without talking to me.  Most problems can be worked out.  Let me help you if problems arise.



Statement of Academic Integrity:

In writing assignments, the use of an author’s ideas or words without proper citation (whether quoted directly or paraphrased, intentionally or not) constitutes plagiarism & will result in a failing grade for that assignment & possible expulsion from the college.


College conduct:  (I know this does not really apply since this is an online class, but I wanted to share it because I think it tells you a lot about me) Students are expected to exhibit the highest standards of social conduct in the classroom.  This includes not just during the time of the class but from the time the student enters the classroom until he/she leaves.  Talking out of turn, interrupting others, sleeping in class, making disrespectful comments, using profanity, texting, talking on the phone, being on the internet, coming to class late, leaving early, showing intolerance toward others, attempting to influence the agenda of the class & other such behaviors will not be tolerated and are grounds for administrative withdrawal from the class.

Be courteous and treat others as you would like them to treat you.  If you are in doubt as to whether something is appropriate or not, it is best to err on the side of caution.

Cell phones must be turned off AND put away during class.  If you have an emergency that might require your getting a phone call. Let me know before class and then sit as close to the door as you can.