August 8, 2012 at 2:17 pm #16438
. I recently enrolled in Liberty classroom and have been enjoying it immensely. I graduated recently from Western Connecticut State University where I had the pleasure of studying with Kevin Gutzman. I was just offered a part time teaching position at a local community college Western civilization to 1648. I will be given a text book to use but can supplement with anything I choose My familiarity is mainly with early American constitution. I have noted some of the sources used here in Liberty classroom. Could you suggest more sources that I can utilize? I value your expertise and want to make sure my students get good information.August 8, 2012 at 3:24 pm #16439lrcammarosanoMember
Congratulations on the appointment.
Where does the text book start its western civilization overview?August 8, 2012 at 4:24 pm #16440
Thank you. I will get the text book tomorrow. Any pointers or suggestions would be greatly appreciatedAugust 8, 2012 at 10:23 pm #16441
The Text books are: Western Civilization, the continuing Experiment Noble, Strauss, Osheim, Neuschel, Cohen & Roberts Vol. 1 2005
Spartacus by Howard Fast
Spartacus and the Slave Revolt by Brent ShawAugust 9, 2012 at 11:55 am #16442
The textbook’s title is revealing . . . the reference to a civilization as an “experiment” is a sign that it is probably written from a left/progressive viewpoint. Two books on Spartacus (assigned to you for a survey?) seem like overkill as well.
In my experience many survey texts shortchange the Hebrews, so you may need to supplement a bit there.
If you could give the main text a quick skimming upon arrival and let me know your impressions, it would help me figure out what supplemental material to recommend.August 9, 2012 at 8:08 pm #16443
The book does not seem to bad at first glance. Here is the required syllabus:
week 1-2: Introduction Theories of History, Rome and its Relation to the World
week 3: Early Middle Ages
week 4: Feudalism
week 5-6: Towns, trade ,Universities
week 7: The turbulent 14th Century
week 8:-9: The Renaissance
week 10-11: The Reformation
week 12: Proto industrialization as a step to a global world.
week 13: Absolutism and the nation state in contrast to other systems of governance
week 14-15: Limited monarchy and the origins of liberal democracy.
It seems like it glosses over many important aspects ie.The Greek’s, Hebrews Crusades etc.. Any suggestions on supplemental readings, movies, articles?
I appreciate the suggestions. I want to give a first rate course.August 14, 2012 at 12:25 am #16444
I’m very surprised this text doesn’t devote any significant space to the Greeks. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Western Civ text that ignores them. You can do without a lot of attention to the Crusades if your time is limited.
Give me another day or two and I’ll throw some ideas at you. Extremely hectic schedule at the moment.August 14, 2012 at 11:28 am #16445
Thank you, I appreciate it. The book does cover the Greeks but the syllabus I was given skips them and much more. I did purchase the Sumer First’s book and intend on using it as well as the Phillip of Macedon
book.August 21, 2012 at 8:52 pm #16446
Is there any good material that would explain the difference between Western and Eastern Civilizations?August 31, 2012 at 7:41 pm #16447
Rick, I haven’t forgotten about you (see my “Back in the Saddle” post from earlier today). I will do my best to give you a substantive reply this weekend. Thanks so much for your patience.September 2, 2012 at 10:59 pm #16448
No problem. I just got the bad news that the class I was going to teach got canceled for lack of enrollment. I am very disappointed. Oh well, I am sure God has another plan for me. Anyway, I will study Western Civilization so I can be ready when the next opportunity comes along. I look forward to your reply.September 4, 2012 at 8:57 am #16449
I’m sorry to hear that, Rick. I had two online classes canceled this summer after spending my entire Memorial Day weekend working on my course shells. It’s very frustrating, I know. I hope you get another opportunity very soon, and if so, we’ll be here to help.
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