Course: Western Heritage, H104-7; H104-8
Autumn 2016, meets in LANE 233
Professor Bradley J. Birzer; office: Delp 403; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hillsdale College History Department, ed., Western Heritage Reader (provided)
- Secondary text (available in HC Bookstore)
Grading: There will be three papers, a number of pop (that is, temporally random) quizzes, two midterms, and a blistering final. Each of the exams will be based on lectures, discussions, and readings.
Grading structure in sum: Participation: 15%; papers (3 total): 30%; midterms (2 total): 30%; final: 25%
Papers. Each paper should be roughly 700 to 1,000 words in length. Please double-space your paper and use one-inch margins on each side. At the end of the paper, please state the word count. No source page or bibliography required unless you go beyond the Western Heritage Reader.
- Paper 1. Using the various writings from the Old Testament in the Western Heritage Reader, define the Hebraic understanding of the human person and his relation to God.
- Paper 2. “What Has Athens to Do with Jerusalem?”: Explore the ways in which Christianity is Hellenic and (especially) Hellenistic.
- Paper 3. What is the best leader? Compare the political views of Thomas Aquinas and John Calvin.
Significant dates for the semester
Week 1: August 31-September 2
Week 2: September 5-9
Week 3: September 12-16
Week 4: September 26-30 (Paper 1 due: September 30, 6pm)
Week 5: October 3-7 (Midterm 1: October 5)
Week 6: October 10-12
Fall Break: October 13-16
Week 7: October 17-21
Parents: October 22
Week 8: October 24-28 (Paper 2 due: October 28, 6pm)
Week 9: October 31-November 4 (Midterm 2: November 4)
Week 10: November 7-11
Week 11: November 14-18
Week 12: November 21-22
Week 13: November 28-December 2
Week 14: December 5-9 (Paper 3 due: December 9, 6pm)
- H104-7: December 15, 1-3pm
- H104-8: December 13, 8-10am