HIST 1030: The Rise of Early Modern Europe
Updated 30 April 2015
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Syllabus and Digital Course Packet
Download the syllabus – HIST 1030 – Spring 2015 – Martinez R – V3
Digital Course Packet – Scroll down to the class schedule. Download items there.
This course investigates Europe’s massive societal changes during the Renaissance, and the continent’s war of religion. Students explore the social, familial, and economic transformations generated from new manners of accumulating wealth and status. We will study the revolution of personal identity and Europeans’ formulation of a vision of themselves as “individuals”. Students will also explore 21st century “digital” selves. Lastly, using the Reacting to the Past method, students reenact (1) crucial scientific and theological events that transpired during the 17th century papal trial of Galileo Galilee and (2) the English Reformation Parliament’s actions during the 17th century reign of English King Henry VIII.
My Teaching Approach
My approach focuses on three elements: personal best efforts, improvement, and engagement. Although I must evaluate your work in relationship to your peers,
I am most interested in your personal effort to do your best. I absolutely take into consideration your improvement over time and the level of effort you dedicate to your work.
- Attend all class meetings and participate regularly. Two or more unexcused absences are grounds for an automatically failure in the course. Always attempt to contact me via email if you will be missing class.
- Complete all assignments on time and per instructions. Always ask questions if you are unclear about an assignment. Late work is not accepted.
- Abide by the university’s Student Code of Conduct. For specifics see: http://www.uccs.edu/dos/student-code-of-conduct.html
- If you have a disability for which you are requesting an accommodation, you are encouraged to contact Disability Services (DS) within the first week of classes. DS is located in Main Hall 105.
People, Places, Times
Class Meetings: Tue, 1:40-4:20 pm, Columbine Hall 324
Dr. Roger L. Martínez-Dávila,
Dept. of History, Columbine Hall 2053,
ph 719.255.4070, firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: Thu and Fri 2-3:30 pm
Mr. Jeni Broderick, Graduate Student and Teaching Assistant
Dept. of History, Columbine Hall 2053,
Office Hours: Thu 3:30-5 pm
- Follow class updates at Twitter @rogerlmartinez #HIST1030
- Course syllabus, materials, and handouts at http://bit.ly/1sDe1Fk
- Grades posted on UCCS Blackboard – login in now.
Text and Readings
- Smoller, Laura Ackerman. The Saint and the Chopped-Up Baby: The Cult of Vincent Ferrer in Medieval and Early Modern Europe. Cornell University Press (2014), ISBN-13: 978-0-8014-5217-8
- Petterson, Michael S. et. al. The Trial of Galileo: Aristotelianism, The “New Cosmology,” and the Catholic Church, 1616-1633. W.W. Norton (2014) ISBN-13: 978-0-393-93734-3
- Coby, Patrick J. Henry VIII and the Reformation Parliament: Reacting to the Past. W.W. Norton (2014) ISBN-13: 978-0-393-93729-9
- Adams, Julia. The Familial State: Ruling Families and Merchant Capitalism in Early Modern Europe. Cornell University Press (2005), ISBN-13: 978-0-8014-7404-0
- Digital Course Packet – Scroll down to the class schedule. Download items there.
Assignments and Grades
- “Digital” Selves Response Paper: Two-page paper or digital project communicating your digital identity in relationship to early modern identities. Presentations are encouraged (bonus points). Paper due in class on Feb. 3.
10% of total course grade. Download the Guidelines.
- Thought Essay on The Saint and the Chopped-Up Baby: Three-page paper on “lived religion”. Partial draft due on Feb. 17 and final revised essay due on Feb. 24. 20% of total course grade. Download the Guidelines.
- Reacting to the Past: The Trial of Galileo. Two-thirds of your grade will be based on your writing assignments (5-7 pages) and one-third on class participation (2 speeches + debate). See additional RTTP schedule for deadlines. 30% of total course grade.
- Reacting to the Past: Henry VIII and the Reformation Parliament. Two-thirds of your grade will be based on your writing assignments (7-10 pages) and one-third on class participation (2 speeches + debate). See additional RTTP schedule for deadlines. 30% of total course grade.
- Class Participation and Engagement. 10% of total grade.
- Familial Power Response Page: Extra Credit. Book Review on early modern families’ impact on society and the nature of 21st century elite family power. Due by May 12, 2015, at 5pm via electronic submission on UCCS Blackboard.
- Download Guidellines: Book Review Assignment – Familial Power
- Writing Resources for Students — Check it out!
Introduction and Digital Selves
Jan 20 – What is the Early Modern Period?
Read in class: Handout
Jan 27 – Early Modern Identity and “Digital” Selves
Reading Packet. Selections from “European Scholarship on Identity: Burckhardt, Greenblatt, Martin, and Ruggiero”, Jacob Burckhardt’s The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy, Stephen Greenblatt’s Renaissance Self-Fashioning and John J. Martin’s Myths of Renaissance Individuality. Download PDF: Readings on Identity
Read: “European Scholarship on Identity: Burckhardt, Greenblatt, Martin, and Ruggiero” and only two of the other selections (Burckhardt, Greenblatt, OR Martin).
For Class: Be prepared to present a contemporary example of identity. Your example should highlight why and how you believe contemporary “individuals” are similar (or not) to early modern European. (Please have an Internet hyperlink for us to browse or email your document/image/music example to Dr. M.)
Assignment Distribution: “Digital” Selves Response Paper Guidelines. Download the Guidelines.
Feb 3 – Self Presentations, Brief Lecture, Reading Like a Historian, Small Groups
Read: Prologue and C1. Situation, pp.1-48.
Submit: “Digital” Selves Response Paper
Assignment Distribution: Thought Essay on The Saint and the Chopped-Up Baby. Assignment Guidelines. Download the Guidelines.
Feb 10 -Small Group Work and Discussion of Thought Essay Assignment
Read: C2. Process, C3. Shaping, OR C4. Creating, pp. 49-159. (Please only read two of the three chapters.)
Feb 17 – Discussion, Small Group Work on Partial Drafts
Read: C5. Competing OR C6. Afterlife, pp. 160-273. (Please only read one of the two chapters.)
Submit: Partial Draft of Thought Essay
For Class: We will continue with five small group discussions of those chapters we have not completed (C.2-C.6). Afterward, we will peer-review each other’s draft papers.
The Trial of Galileo —
(Download: HIST 1030 – Trial of Galileo Assignments Spr 2015)
This includes the schedule and your roles.
Feb 24 -RTTP (Setup 1 – Discussion, Setup 2 – Discussion and Roles Assigned)
Submit: Revised Final Thought Essay
- Read from the Trial of Galileo Game Manual. Main Section and including Aristotle’s, On the Heavens (Appendix B) and Galileo’s Starry Messenger. Suggested Reading: Trial of Galileo – Game Setup Questions
Mar 3 – RTTP (Setup 3: Faction Meetings and Quiz, Game Session 1 – Lectures)
- Student Papers from Game Session 1 – Download – Trial of Galileo – Student Papers – Bundle 1
Mar 10 – RTTP (Game Session 2 – Trial, Game Session 3 – Prince Cesi’s Party)
Mar 17 – RTTP (Game Session 4 – Trial, Game Session 5 – Papal Election)
Mar 24 – Spring Break
Schedule and Roles: Spr 2015 – Revised – Reacting to the Past – Game Schedule
Supplemental Readings: J Patrick Coby – Thomas Cromwell – Selections
Apr 7 – RTTP (Setup 1 – Discussion, Setup 2 – Discussion and Roles Assigned)
Apr 14 – RTTP (Session #1 – 1529, Session #2 – 1531)
Apr 21 – RTTP (Session #3 – 1532, Session #4 – 1533)
Apr 28 – RTTP (Session #5 – 1534, Session #6 – 1534)
May 5 – RTTP (Session #7 – 1536, Post Mortem) and Last Class
This book can be read for extra credit. Please submitted short two-page paper.
May 12 – Final Exams Week – No Class
Submit: Familial Power Response Paper.