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History 15
Early Europe: 500-1648 CE
University of Vermont, Summer 2009
Prof. Sean Field
Office: 213 Wheeler House
Phone: 656-4408
E-mail:sea n. fie ld @u vm. edu
Course Description:This course traces the emergence of a distinctive European
civilization from the last days of the disintegrating Roman Empire to the cusp of the
Scientific Revolution.

Beginning with a look at the late Roman Empire and its Byzantine, Islamic and \u201cLatin\u201d heirs, we will then more closely examine the early Carolingian period of proto-European unity, the development of nascent nation states and the rise of papal power in the high Middle Ages, the challenges of the disastrous fourteenth century, and the renewals and reformations of the early modern era. Major themes of the class will include developments in the ways Europeans ruled and rebelled; thought and fought; believed and dissented; worked and played, wrote and painted; and imagined themselves in relation to the rest of the world.

Course Objectives:Every student who takes this course should emerge with a strong
foundation of knowledge about the most important people, events, ideas, writings, and
concepts central to this period.
Course Format:Lectures will provide context, consider case studies, and introduce new

ideas and perspectives. They will pose questionsto students as well as allow time for questionsf rom students. We will also break up lectures with short discussions of primary sources.

Text Book (Available for purchase at the UVM Bookstore)
Judith G. Coffin and Robert C. Stacey, Western Civilizations, vol. 1, 16th edition
(W. W. Norton, 2008). ISBN 13: 978-0-393-93097-9 (paperback).
Course Policies:

Attendance: Attendance at this class is crucial if you wish to pass. You should be aware that missing a significant number of classes will adversely affect your grade. If you have a valid reason for missing class, such as illness or religious observance, let me know in advance. Documentation of your reason for absence may be necessary.

Course Web-Page: There is a course home page set up through Blackboard. To access the webpage, just go tohtt ps:/ /bb. u vm. edu. Type in your regular UVM net ID and Password, log in, and then click on \u201cHST015A Early Europe.\u201d I will use this page to post announcements, assignments, readings, the syllabus, grades, and other important information.


E-mail: I promise to answer e-mails promptly, but this does not always mean within five minutes or even five hours.You, in turn, should be sure to use your UVM e-mail address or have it forwarded to an address you check regularly.

Class Notes: I will not give out lecture notes. I will make my Powerpoint slides available on the course web page, and you can always stop by our office hours to discuss the contents of a lecture that you might have missed.

Make Ups: Make up exams will not be given, except in the event of an absolutely
unavoidable absence, such as debilitating illness or extraordinary personal emergency.

Disabilities: Reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities will be provided. If you need specific accommodations to participate fully in this course, please contact Academic Support Programs (physical and learning disabilities) at 656- 7753, the Counseling Center (psychological disabilities) at 656-3340, or the Student Health Clinic (severe ongoing medical problems) at 656-3350 to document your disability. Then see me as soon as possible.

Office Hours and Questions on Grades: Please do not hesitate to come to my office hours with any concerns or questions you have. If my posted hours are not convenient for you, we will make other arrangements. Indeed, you should feel free to stop by with anything that is on your mind. Please note, however, that I will require a 24 hour moratorium on discussing exam grades. Use this time to read the comments written on your exam. If you would then like to discuss your grade after 24 hours, please feel free to speak with me.

Academic Integrity: Your work in this coursemu st be your own! I presume that you are all honest, but you are also responsible for knowing the university\u2019s definition of what constitutes academic dishonesty. The University\u2019s \u201cCode of Academic Integrity\u201d can be read athtt p://www. uvm. edu/~cses/ ?P age=a h. ht ml&SM= a hme nu. ht ml. Please be aware that I will be forced to apply the most stringent penalties for any instances of academic misconduct. These penalties may include failure of the course, and/or disciplinary action at the university level.

Course Conduct: All students must be respectful and courteous in dealing with other students, not to mention the Professor. The freedom to express one's self without fear of recrimination or ridicule is an essential part of university life, and you are expected to treat other people's ideas and opinions with respect,especial ly when you do not agree with them.

NOTE ON READING: Please read assigned texts before coming to lecture. Links to
the \u201cPrimary Sources for Discussion\u201d can easily be accessed by going to the course

Blackboard page, opening up the electronic copy of the syllabus there, and clicking on the live links. Please print these readings out and bring them with you to class the day they are assigned.

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