Welcome to the course site for History 106! 
This course will investigate the main currents of Western thought and culture since the seventeenth century. While addressing social and political themes, we will more carefully consider responses to these issues by leaders in intellectual and cultural life. Using 
visual arts and music
, as well as 
literary, philosophical and political texts
, we will study the major intellectual trends of the Western tradition and attempt to determine their influence on society. If you are interested, here are the Core Credit Explanations.

Below, please find instructions and links to the required course materials.

  • First, print this whole syllabus in full. [Right-click>print.] 
  • Then, obtain the course materials available below. All required course materials are here
  • The texts, images, and music examples listed below constitute our textbook. 
  • The texts are in Adobe Reader format, so that format and pagination can be retained. In total they amount to around 250 printed pages. 
  • You are required to print the texts and bring them to consult during class
  • You may, of course, print them as the course progresses - but I recommend that you do so as soon as possible, and then put them in a three-ring binder. 
  • Because of their large size, I ask you to print just the music list and thumbnail sheets of the images for off-line reference. 
  • Assignments must be studied before coming to each session. 
  • Additional required sources may be added. 


You will need to complete three ID Quizzes.
  • For Identifications, you will be asked to identify the creator's name [1 pt.], title [1 pt.], and context name - i.e. Romanticism, Cubism, Surrealism [3 pts] of primary examples (including written, visual, and musical works). 


You will be required to complete TWO take home  exams.. 
  • After receiving the exam materials via the Blackboard website, you will fill in your responses by the deadline. You must then submit the completed exams to me as Microsoft Word documents via Turnitin, which I will set up in Blackboard
  • These exams will lead you to analyze one primary source from our course materials, with reference to materials related to its context.. 
  • On these exams, you must show how that example represents the main themes of the relevant era or movement covered in the course. 


Grades will be determined according to the following scheme.

  • Note: once individual grades are entered, x.9 is not rolled up! 
  • Substantial penalties (one half of a grade per day) will accrue on late assignments. 
  • Plagiarism will not be tolerated: be sure to carefully note all sources of information, both primary and secondary. "Copying and Pasting" from electronic resources is a potentially devastating mistake. According to University policy, your papers will be processed through Turnitin.  So, you must be careful about this. 
Here are some sites with information about avoiding plagiarism:
Grades will be conveyed via My Grades in the Blackboard site. 

We will follow this schedule as closely as possible; but in order to cover this material thoroughly, some flexibility is necessary. We will maintain the order of discussion outlined here, so pay attention to where we are in the sequence, regardless of the specified date. Some omissions may be necessary. If you have any questions about this, be sure to ask me! 

  • MODEL ID QUIZ.DOC [PDF] Download and print.
  • ESSAY GUIDELINES [DOC] Download and print. These are very important! Use as a template for essays and papers!
  • COURSE STYLE GUIDE [PDF] Download and print. These are very important!
  • Some files will open in Google, but you will have the option of downloading them to print and use with Adobe Reader or Acrobat.

Your exams will require that you set up the historical background of your movements, themes, and creators (Parts A of your Intro and Body sections).  To do so, you must consult some outside, "secondary" sources.  These should be from books, articles, and websites with "responsible content" developed by professional scholars. 

  • Please note the link to Background Materials. There you will find some links to sources of background material, in text, film, and sound formats.
  • Even better, Loyola University has subscribed to many such sources, accessible through the following links:

Full-Text Article Quick Search

Find full-text articles by searching a select group of databases covering a wide variety of subject areas. » Go...

Get recommendations on where to start your research in a number of subject areas. » Go...

Search or browse this list of over 15,000 journal titles available full-text. » Go...

Alphabetical listing of electronic resources including periodical indexes, e-book collections, electronic journals, and primary text collections. » Go...

  • Another good strategy is to do keyword searches on

[Right-Click to "open in new window" and print. Or, Right-Click to "save target" to your computer, then print.]

ALL-REQUIRED-READINGS.ZIP Click to save all the required texts at once as a "zip" file. (This is a very large file.) Then use WinZip to extract the documents into a directory on your hard disk. Open and print with Adobe Reader.



Music Alternative - Rhapsody

The above links are available to you, if you take time to download them. Alternatively, you can listen to most of the same works through Rhapsody.com. Here is a link to the Playlist.

History 106 Music

More Music Options

For excellent music, don't forget the radio! (Free! No Downloads necessary.) 

WFMT is one of the finest classical music radio stations in the country. Just tune into FM 98.7. 

For program information, go to http://www.wfmt.com 


Here are some Chicago cultural events that include elements related to our course. You may also select other cultural/historical activities that are pertinent, in consultation with me. See Metromix for ideas. Extra-credit can be earned with proof of attendance and a brief essay explaining how the experience related to our work.. (Two extra-credit opportunities maximum, for 1.5 percentage points [on course grade] each.) 


This is an experiment in using Facebook as a tool for the course. Feel free to join and share information about the course and your cultural experiences. It is yours to do with what you will!