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Course Syllabus

Oikos University: FALL 2018 HIS 101


The mission of Oikos University is to educate men and women to be leaders to serve the church, local communities, and the world by using their learned skills and professions in the areas of Biblical studies.

Course Number and Title: HIS 101 Introduction to Western Civilization I

Semester: Fall, 2018

Professor: William C. Belew, PhD, MFA

E-mail address/Phone: wcbelew@gmail.com  —  408-712-3268

Office Hours (Students may meet with their professor by appointment or during the following regularly scheduled office hours or during or after the class):

Day and Time: Tuesday 15:20 pm-17:50 pm.                           

Place: C102


Students will understand the cultural context and historical background to the rise of Christianity as the dominant religious system in Europe before the Enlightenment in the 18th century.  Provide broad foundation for understanding main currents in the world and the church as it changed systems of beliefs and influenced historical development.


A broad survey of world history from the earliest times to 1700s.

Emphasis will be placed on the development of the Christian Church before the Reformation.

Some important questions that students will examine in this course is:

What worldview are we to have to understand the flow of history?

What is the difference between civilization and barbarism?

How do civilizations emerge from or lapse back into barbarism?

Addressing these questions will form the context for studying key historical periods and underlying values in the development of European culture, including the beginnings in classical Greece, the Greek conquests under Alexander, the rise of Roman power, the spread of the medieval Christian Church and the emergence of the Renaissance.




 After completing this course, students will have achieved the following:

Student Learning Outcomes Assignments for Assessment
1) Learn basic periods, events and key people in Western historical development. Demonstrate knowledge by preparing presentations for class discussion.
2) Identify the role of your worldview in finding your place in history. Participate in class discussion and presentations.
3) Improve English vocabulary and reading abilities – historical subjects. Study of English vocabulary and grammar from the readings.





  1. Required texts
  1. Wikipedia original sources


  1. COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND TIME ESTIMATES (at least 15 hours/credit):
Requirements Time Estimate
Reading and posting 20
Presentation preparation 20
Projects 5
Total Hours 45 (3 credits)



  • Grading Scale


Letter Grade Numerical Grade Grade Points Quality of Performance
A 95-100 4.0 Outstanding
A- 90-94 3.7 Excellent
B+ 87-89 3.3 Good +
B 84-86 3.0 Good
B- 80-83 2.7 Good –
C+ 77-79 2.3 Satisfactory +
C 74-76 2.0 Satisfactory
C- 70-73 1.7 Satisfactory –
D+ 67-69 1.3 Poor
D 64-66 1.0 Very Poor
D- 60-63 0.7 Extremely Poor
F 59 or lower 0 Failure



  • Grading Rubric


Requirements Points
Reading and posting 40
Presentations 50
Final Project 10
Total 100



All coursework is due on the dates assigned. No work is accepted late.  In all cases and unless otherwise stated by the instructor, all course work is due by beginning of class.

A grade of incomplete will only be awarded to students who cannot physically complete their course work by the last day of the semester due to an unavoidable situation such as a serious illness. In such cases, students must provide valid evidence of their condition. After a semester has ended it is no longer possible to request an incomplete. Incompletes will not be granted simply because of poor time management.  Students who assume that an incomplete will be issued because they failed to finish their course work by the end of the semester will automatically receive a grade of F. Incompletes must first be approved by the Academic Affairs office. To apply for an incomplete, students must fill out an incomplete-grade-request form and submit it to the office by December 2, 2018. After receiving approval from the office, the student must then obtain approval from his or her instructor.

  1. ATTENDANCE POLICY:  Students must attend all classes. If necessary, there may be a total of TWO EXCUSED classes during the semester if they contact the professor or the school BEFORE class begins and are excused from attending. Final grade will be reduced half level if student misses 3 classes, a full level for 4 classes. Students will receive an F for failure with 5 or more missed classes. (This means, if a student misses 3 classes and is doing B work, the grade will be B-. If a student misses 4 classes and is doing B work, the grade will be C.) Student with continuous emergency situations must discuss it with school officials and professor before the end of the semester.
  2. ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: Plagiarism and cheating are unacceptable. Plagiarism is defined as the use of someone else’s ideas, arguments or other original material without acknowledging the source, including any material from Wikipedia, public websites or educational materials on the Internet. All materials from sources must be correctly noted, with author, title and page numbers, in footnotes or end notes. If student is found to have violated academic integrity standards, student will be given an F. No recourse is given.




1) The grace to understand God’s presence in the words we use daily – spoken and written.

2) The grace for those touched by the Christian Church to learn from Jesus and remain faithful in all actions to the gospel preached by Jesus Christ.

3) The grace to practice the virtues and avoid the vices as taught through Jesus Christ

Date Class Topic Assignments
8/28/18 Introduction None
9/4 In the Beginning Genesis 1 – 11
9/11 Start with End in Mind Revelation
9/18 Ancient History of Israel Prepare presentations
9/25 Key Players of Old Prepare presentations
10/2 Classical Greece  Prepare presentations
10/9 Classical Rome   Prepare presentations
10/16 Fullness of Time Prepare Presentations
10/23 Ancient catholic church Prepare Presentations
10/30 Roman Catholic church Prepare Presentations
11/6 Early and Middle Ages Prepare Presentations
11/13 Late Middle Ages Prepare Presentations
11/20 Renaissance Prepare Presentations
11/27 Reformation Prepare Presentations
12/4 Exploration Prepare Presentations
12/11        FINAL EXAM PRESENTATIONS Presentation Preparation