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North Idaho College • Coeur d'Alene • Social & Behavioral Sciences • History

History of Civilization to 1500 HIST-101

  • Fall 2012
  • Section 01
  • 3.0 Credits
  • 08/27/2012 to 12/20/2012
  • Modified 08/17/2012

Contact Information

Ross A. Messer

[email protected]

Meeting Times

Sections 01,

IVC Reiving   Aug. 27-Dec.20
Monday and Wednesday
8:00 AM to 8:50 AM
Coeur d'Alene 241 LKH


History 101 explores important chapters of the human past from the earliest civilizations through the 15th century. The course considers how people, environment, social movements, religion, political ideologies, and philosophical ideas have shaped human society. This course is recommended for students seeking a broad background of general knowledge, whether as the foundation of a liberal arts education, out of curiosity, or to be well informed. It develops critical thinking skills essential in every career. It meets a social science requirement for A.A. and A.S. degrees. Lecture: 3 hours per week Recommended: ENGL 101 and good reading skills


  1. Adler      & Pouwells, World Civilizations, Vol.I (to 1700) 6th ed.
  2. Access      to a computer with internet connection.
  3. Notebook      for taking notes.



North Idaho College has identified certain general education abilities necessary to foster student success upon completion of the A.A. and A.S. degrees. Listed below are those abilities that this particular course addresses, along with the specific objectives of HIST 101 that are pertinent to those abilities.


• Demonstrate a basic understanding of key ideas, diverse cultural views, and events associated with World History.
• Demonstrate an understanding that the behaviors of people reflect the options that a particular society allows for satisfying their basic physical and psychological needs.
• Demonstrate the ability to evaluate the relative strength of a generality concerning World History in terms of the amount of evidence substantiating the statement.
• Indicate some of the important ways in which World History has influenced and changed American society, politics, and culture.
• Predict the possible consequences of cross-cultural encounters between Americans and members of other cultures around the world based on historical and cultural differences.
• Analyze and evaluate information and arguments, and construct a well-supported argument with regard to World History.


• Recognize and appreciate the many different forms of cultural expression throughout the world as it relates to the historical circumstances that caused such expression to evolve.
• Recognize the contributions of prominent historical figures and their impact on the society in which they lived.


• Understand that the diversity of religious, environmental, philosophical and social beliefs of all cultures is a reflection of their cultural and historical complexity.
• Be familiar with the religious and philosophical trends throughout early World History and the amount of influence they have had on contemporary society and lifestyles.
• Examine historical customs and recognize how they reflect each culture's belief system.


• Demonstrate skills needed to locate and organize historical information from texts, mass media, people and personal observation.


• Show awareness of and respect for the great impact history has had on social, private, and public institutions throughout the world.




Quizzes    =   20%

Mid-Term =   20%

Online postings =   20%

Final Exam   = 40%

There will be 4 quizzes.  Each quiz will cover 3 or 4 chapters and will count 5%.  If a quiz is not made up, it will count as a zero.  If a student misses a quiz without a legal excuse, the make-up may be without the word bank.  It is the student’s responsibility to arrange for a make-up quiz and it must be done at the next class after it was originally given unless the student’s legal absence continues. 

The mid-term and the final exams must be taken at the assigned time unless other arrangements are made or in case of unavoidable emergency (e.g., personal illness, family emergency, etc.)  Make-up exams will be scheduled at the instructor’s convenience and the format may be different.

The mid-term will include fill-ins with a word bank covering 4 chapters and 2 essay2.  The final  exam will include a word bank covering 5 chapters and 2 essays.


 95 +                                                     =          A
90-94                                                   =          A-
87-89                                                   =          B+
83-86                                                   =          B
80-82                                                   =          B-
77-79                                                   =          C+
73-76                                                   =          C
70-72                                                   =          C-
65-69                                                   =          D+
60-64                                                   =          D
0-59                                                     =          F         


Students may receive extra credit for class attendance and participation.  Consistent attendance and participation in classroom activities will result in points being added to the student’s final average.

Extra credit may also be earned for online postings.  Students must post a response and a reply to another student's response for each discussion thread.  There will be 13 discussion threads.  If a student posts an acceptable response and reply to 10 of the threads, s/he will earn 20% for this part.  Posting an acceptable response and reply to more than 10 discussion threads will earn extra credit points.


Extra credit will be limited to 10%.


There will be 4 quizzes each covering 3 or 4 chapters.  Each quiz is worth 5%.  Quizzes are always scheduled in advance.  They will consist of 20 - 40 fill-ins with a word bank and will come from the textbook.  Potential items are shown in the text in bold faced and listed at the end of the chapter.  They also appear in the Glossary at the end of the book.  Not all potential items will appear on the quiz but all items on the quiz will come from the potential items.


 There will be a mid-term and a final exam.  The mid-term will cover chapters 1-11 and the final will cover chapters 12-22.  Each exam will contain a fill-in section and an essay section.  Essays must be well-written, factual, responsive to the question, with a strong introduction and conclusion.  The mid-term will be during class time. Part I (the fill-ins) will be during one class and Part II (one essay) will be during the next class. The final will be during the block time for exams and students will have 2 hours to complete the exam which will include 2 essay questions.

Course Policies


Additional Items

Division Policies

For a complete explanation of the North Idaho College Statement on Academic Honesty & Academic Integrity please ferfer to Policy 5.06 & Procedure 5.06.01: 

Academic Dishonesty
Violations of academic integrity involve using or attempting to use any method that enables an individual to misrepresent the quality or integrity of his or her work at North Idaho College. These violations include the following:

Cheating: using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study in any academic exercise.
Fabrication: falsifying or inventing any information or citation in an academic exercise.
Plagiarism: knowingly representing the words or ideas of another as one’s own in an academic exercise.
Violation of Intellectual Property: stealing, altering, or destroying the academic work of other members of the community or the educational resources,materials, or official documents of the college. Facilitating Academic Dishonesty: knowingly helping another to attempt to violate any provisions of this policy.

Student Responsibility
As outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, all North Idaho College students have both rights and responsibilities: Please access www.nic.ferpa.StudentCode/index.htm for complete information that pertains to this subject.

North Idaho College, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, provides both services and accommodations to students who meet the guidelines provided in these acts.  For a complete description, please see:

Please contact the North Idaho College Center for Educational Access in Seiter Hall, Room 100 for assistance.  Phone:  208-769-5947

To withdraw from all courses a student must obtain a college withdrawal form from the Registrar's Office, secure the signatures of those persons indicated on the form, and return the form to the Registrar's office. No student may withdraw from the college after the final date of withdrawal from courses except for compelling and extraordinary reasons. In such circumstances a student must petition the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee for late withdrawal from college using the college withdrawal form available in the Registrar's Office.


For complete information regarding student withdrawals, please see the North Idaho College Policy 5.04.01: 

Institutional Policies

Student Code of Conduct

The Student Code of Conduct applies to any student enrolled at North Idaho College.  This includes, but is not limited to, face-to-face classes and Internet classes.

Student Responsibilities

As students undertake to fulfill the obligations and duties outlined in this document, the college community of which they are a part undertakes to respect the basic freedoms of students. In recognition of students’ rights and dignity as members of the college, North Idaho College is committed to the principles found in the NIC Student Handbook.

Center for Educational Access/Disability Support Services

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, North Idaho College provides accommodations to eligible students who experience barriers in the educational setting due to learning, emotional / mental, physical, visual, or hearing disabilities.  Instructors will provide accommodations to students only after having received a Letter of Accommodation from the Center for Educational Access. 

If a student would like to request accommodations, he or she must contact the Center for Educational Access so that a Letter of Accommodation may be sent to the instructor.  Students requesting accommodations must contact the Center for Educational Access at the beginning of each semester.


By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You also understand that collection costs and legal fees will be added if the services of a collection agency are utilized.

If you are registered for a class and do not attend, you will still be liable for the tuition unless you drop the class.


Last day for students to withdraw from semester-length classes:

Instructor-Initiated Withdrawal: Instructors have the right to withdraw students for academic reasons up until the same date; in doing so, instructors must notify students through NIC e-mail within 48 hours of submitting documentation to the Registrar's office, and students have the right to appeal the instructor's decision. For more information, see the NIC Procedure:

Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy: All withdrawals, whether for individual classes, total withdrawal from school, or instructor-initiated are not considered to be satisfactory progress for financial aid.  See the Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy:

Additional withdrawal information:


An incomplete is assigned only if the student has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work to within three weeks of the end of the semester (or proportional length of time for a course of less than a semester in length).  Incompletes are issued only in cases of extenuating circumstances, such as severe illness or injury.  Incompletes are not issued in cases in which the student is simply unable to complete his/her work within the specified semester or session.  If a final grade of "I" is recorded, the instructor will indicate in writing to the Registrar what the student must do to make up the deficiency.  The instructor will indicate in the written statement what permanent grade should be entered if the Incomplete is not removed by the deadline.

All incomplete grades must be removed within six weeks after the first class day of the following term, excluding the summer session.  If the Incomplete is not removed by that date, the grade reverts to the grade indicated by the instructor's written statement authorizing the incomplete.

Discrimination and Harassment

North Idaho College has a zero tolerance policy for any acts of discrimination or harassment of any kind.  For more information, please see the NIC Student Handbook, Code of Conduct Article III and Article VIII. Compliance efforts with respect to these laws and regulations are the responsibility of each member of the campus community and are under the direction of the Dean of Students Office for Student Issues (2nd floor, Edminster Student Union Building, (208) 676-7156) and the Human Resources Office (Sherman Administration Building, (208) 769-3304) for employee issues.

Institutional Statement

DROP FOR NON-PAYMENT:  By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You will be dropped from classes if payment is not received by  5 p.m. Pacific Time on the third day of the semester. Students on the waitlist will be given the option to register for classes after students are dropped for non-payment.

REMOVAL FROM CLASS FOR NON-ATTENDANCE:  Attendance is based on your participation in this class. Failure to attend may result in your being removed from this class and may result in your financial aid award being reduced. You are responsible for confirming the accuracy of your attendance record.