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HIST: 3740
Renaissance and Reformation Europe

Dr. Nancy Turner Office hours: MW 12-1, 2-3PM

Office: 152 Gardner Hall T 3-4PM
Office phone: 342-1789 Th 1-5PM
E-mail: F 12-1PM
and by appt.

The purpose of the study of history is to challenge students to understand and assess the human
past in order to form a clearer perception of the present and to deal more effectively with current
public issues. As an historical perspectives course, this course will enable students to:
demonstrate knowledge of the past; explore the multitude of circumstances and events that have
helped to shape historical judgments, actions, and visions; and interpret the sources of historical
change in a variety of contexts. Furthermore, as an upper-level history course, one designed
primarily for students who are history majors, the purpose of this course is to help create
individuals who are able to analyze and evaluate historical narratives and who understand the
complexity of the factors and forces that cause communities and nations to arise, decline, and
change. Students in upper-level history courses also learn to do research, to assess arguments,
and to interpret economic, social, political, cultural, and technological change in a variety of

TEXTS: There are four books which will be used for the course, all of which can be acquired at
the Textbook Center in Doudna Hall. The books are:

Jonathan W. Zophy, A Short History of Renaissance and Reformation Europe, 4th

edition, 2009.
Gene Brucker, Giovanni and Lusanna.
Hans J. Hillerbrand, ed. The Protestant Reformation.
Steven Ozment, Magdalena & Balthasar.

EXAMS: There will be two exams, one which will take place at approximately the middle of
the term, and one that will take place during finals weeks. Both will be essay exams that will
cover the material presented in lectures as well as in the various textbooks and handouts. There
will also be two announced identification quizzes and two announced map quizzes. A portion of
many class periods will be devoted to a discussion of the assigned readings or issues raised by
the instructor. Each student is expected to participate actively in the discussions and to ask and
answer questions. Obviously this requires each student to do the readings assigned for each class
period and to pay attention in class.

ATTENDANCE POLICY: Attendance will not be officially taken, but attendance at all
scheduled class periods is necessary and expected. If a student must miss a class, s/he is
responsible for finding out what material was covered and what assignments or handouts were
distributed during the missed class period.


GRADING: Map Quizzes (2 @ 20 points each) = 40 pts

I.D. Quizzes (2 @ 30 points each) = 60 pts
First Paper = 100 pts
First Exam = 100 pts
Second Paper = 100 pts
Second Exam = 100 pts
Total 500 pts

Schedule of Assignments:

September 2 Introduction
4 Zophy, chapters 1&2

7 No Classes
9 Zophy, chap. 3
11 Zophy, chap. 4

14 Zophy, chap. 5
18 Handout #1—Humanism

23 Map Quiz #1

October 2 I.D. Quiz #1

5 Handout #2—Machiavelli
7 Handout #3—Women, Marriage, and Family
9 Zophy, chap. 6

12 Zophy, chap. 7
14 Giovanni and Lusanna
16 No Classes

21 Handout #4—Art and Architecture

26 This week shows up TWICE!! Zophy, chap. 8

28 Zophy, chap. 9; Handout #5—Erasmus “Inns”

November 2
4 Zophy, chap. 10
6 Zophy, chap. 11

11 Map Quiz #2
13 Hillerbrand, pp. 1-28

16 I.D. Quiz #2
18 Zophy, chap. 12

23 Handout # 6—Erasmus “Shipwreck”

25 Zophy, chap. 13
27 No Classes

30 Magdalena and Balthasar

December 2 Zophy, chap. 14
4 Zophy, chap. 16

7 Zophy, chap. 17
11 Zophy, chap. 18

Final Exam–Wednesday, December 16, 1-3PM