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.
ONLINE COURSE MATERIALS
You will need to complete three ID Quizzes.
You will be required to complete TWO take home exams..
Grades will be determined according to the following scheme.
TENTATIVE COURSE SCHEDULE
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!
IMPORTANT COURSE DOCUMENTS
SECONDARY SOURCES AND BACKGROUND MATERIALS
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.
REQUIRED COURSE READINGS
[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.
REQUIRED VISUAL EXAMPLES
Because of their large size, you should just open and print the "thumbnail" pages of the images below. You will have to study specific images in color while online.
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.)
COURSE FACEBOOK GROUP
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!