What is the meaning of the term “Dark Ages”? Is it an appropriate description of Europe in the period from 500 – 800 A.D.? Why or why not?

 

 

The Rise of Europe

What is the meaning of the term “Dark Ages”? Is it an appropriate description of Europe in the period from 500 – 800 A.D.? Why or why not?

When does it become meaningful to speak of “Europe” as a distinctive civilization? What were some of its main characteristics (one clue: throughout most of the Middle Ages, the terms “Europe” and “Christendom” were more or less interchangeable).

What economic and social changes took place in western Europe during the period from 300 – 800 A.D. ?

The Birth of Islam

What was the basic message of Islam?  What are the Five Pillars of the faith?

Who was Muhammad and how is he seen in Islam?

Why did Islam expand so successfully throughout the Middle East, North Africa and beyond?

The Western Church

Discuss the origins of the monasteries in Europe.  What role did they play in the religious life of the period?  Note in particular the Benedictine reforms.

What did Augustine mean by “the city of God”?  How did he contrast it with the “the earthly city”?  What was his aim in writing The City of God?

Discuss the rise of heresies in the early church.  What is a heresy?  Note in particular the Arian heresy and the importance of the Council of Nicea and the Nicene Creed (refined by subsequent councils).

When does it become meaningful to speak of “Europe” as a distinctive civilization? What were some of its main characteristics

 

 

The Rise of Europe

What is the meaning of the term “Dark Ages”? Is it an appropriate description of Europe in the period from 500 – 800 A.D.? Why or why not?

When does it become meaningful to speak of “Europe” as a distinctive civilization? What were some of its main characteristics (one clue: throughout most of the Middle Ages, the terms “Europe” and “Christendom” were more or less interchangeable).

What economic and social changes took place in western Europe during the period from 300 – 800 A.D. ?

The Birth of Islam

What was the basic message of Islam?  What are the Five Pillars of the faith?

Who was Muhammad and how is he seen in Islam?

Why did Islam expand so successfully throughout the Middle East, North Africa and beyond?

The Western Church

Discuss the origins of the monasteries in Europe.  What role did they play in the religious life of the period?  Note in particular the Benedictine reforms.

What did Augustine mean by “the city of God”?  How did he contrast it with the “the earthly city”?  What was his aim in writing The City of God?

Discuss the rise of heresies in the early church.  What is a heresy?  Note in particular the Arian heresy and the importance of the Council of Nicea and the Nicene Creed (refined by subsequent councils).

Discuss Why did Islam expand so successfully throughout the Middle East, North Africa and beyond?

 

 

The Rise of Europe

What is the meaning of the term “Dark Ages”? Is it an appropriate description of Europe in the period from 500 – 800 A.D.? Why or why not?

When does it become meaningful to speak of “Europe” as a distinctive civilization? What were some of its main characteristics (one clue: throughout most of the Middle Ages, the terms “Europe” and “Christendom” were more or less interchangeable).

What economic and social changes took place in western Europe during the period from 300 – 800 A.D. ?

The Birth of Islam

What was the basic message of Islam?  What are the Five Pillars of the faith?

Who was Muhammad and how is he seen in Islam?

Why did Islam expand so successfully throughout the Middle East, North Africa and beyond?

The Western Church

Discuss the origins of the monasteries in Europe.  What role did they play in the religious life of the period?  Note in particular the Benedictine reforms.

What did Augustine mean by “the city of God”?  How did he contrast it with the “the earthly city”?  What was his aim in writing The City of God?

Discuss the rise of heresies in the early church.  What is a heresy?  Note in particular the Arian heresy and the importance of the Council of Nicea and the Nicene Creed (refined by subsequent councils).

Discuss the origins of the monasteries in Europe.  What role did they play in the religious life of the period?  Note in particular the Benedictine reforms.

Discuss the origins of the monasteries in Europe.  What role did they play in the religious life of the period?  Note in particular the Benedictine reforms.

 

The Rise of Europe

What is the meaning of the term “Dark Ages”? Is it an appropriate description of Europe in the period from 500 – 800 A.D.? Why or why not?

When does it become meaningful to speak of “Europe” as a distinctive civilization? What were some of its main characteristics (one clue: throughout most of the Middle Ages, the terms “Europe” and “Christendom” were more or less interchangeable).

What economic and social changes took place in western Europe during the period from 300 – 800 A.D. ?

The Birth of Islam

What was the basic message of Islam?  What are the Five Pillars of the faith?

Who was Muhammad and how is he seen in Islam?

Why did Islam expand so successfully throughout the Middle East, North Africa and beyond?

The Western Church

Discuss the origins of the monasteries in Europe.  What role did they play in the religious life of the period?  Note in particular the Benedictine reforms.

What did Augustine mean by “the city of God”?  How did he contrast it with the “the earthly city”?  What was his aim in writing The City of God?

Discuss the rise of heresies in the early church.  What is a heresy?  Note in particular the Arian heresy and the importance of the Council of Nicea and the Nicene Creed (refined by subsequent councils).

Discuss the rise of heresies in the early church.  What is a heresy?  Note in particular the Arian heresy and the importance of the Council of Nicea and the Nicene Creed (refined by subsequent councils).

Discuss the rise of heresies in the early church.  What is a heresy?  Note in particular the Arian heresy and the importance of the Council of Nicea and the Nicene Creed (refined by subsequent councils).

 

The Rise of Europe

What is the meaning of the term “Dark Ages”? Is it an appropriate description of Europe in the period from 500 – 800 A.D.? Why or why not?

When does it become meaningful to speak of “Europe” as a distinctive civilization? What were some of its main characteristics (one clue: throughout most of the Middle Ages, the terms “Europe” and “Christendom” were more or less interchangeable).

What economic and social changes took place in western Europe during the period from 300 – 800 A.D. ?

The Birth of Islam

What was the basic message of Islam?  What are the Five Pillars of the faith?

Who was Muhammad and how is he seen in Islam?

Why did Islam expand so successfully throughout the Middle East, North Africa and beyond?

The Western Church

Discuss the origins of the monasteries in Europe.  What role did they play in the religious life of the period?  Note in particular the Benedictine reforms.

What did Augustine mean by “the city of God”?  How did he contrast it with the “the earthly city”?  What was his aim in writing The City of God?

Discuss the rise of heresies in the early church.  What is a heresy?  Note in particular the Arian heresy and the importance of the Council of Nicea and the Nicene Creed (refined by subsequent councils).

Explore why the Abrahamic Religions have been at war in one way or another throughout their history.

Research Paper

One 1500 Word Research Paper (20%): Please read The MLA Handbook and Dr. Norris Tips for Excellent Papers on Blackboard for everything you need to write a solid research paper. You must provide a minimum of five references (books, journal articles, interviews, etc.) of which only one may come from the Internet (except for full e-books and e- articles). The Internet source must be a scholarly, professional expert source. You may not use the Hopfe and Woodward textbook or other course textbooks as one of your references. You may not use encyclopedias or dictionaries as one of your references. You may not use original sources, such as the Bible, the Torah or the Quran as one of your references. Choose one of the four topics below:

  •   Matriarchy Versus Patriarchy—The Treatment of Women within Religion throughout History: Do not focus on just one religion or just one individual within a religion. Instead, compare ancient versus modern religions, or compare across modern religions, but show the similarities and differences in the treatment of women (beliefs, practices, symbols, rituals, patterns and themes).
  •   Indigenous Versus Colonial—The Differences between the God of the Native Americans and the God of the White European Settlers: Do not just provide a listing of similarities and differences, but compare and contrast by exploring underlying themes, beliefs, rituals, symbols and practices.
  •   Moral Versus Immoral—The Moral Teachings of Religion: Compare and contrast the moral teachings of various religions (ancient, indigenous, and/or modern), particularly with regard to their history, cross-cultural connections, similarities and differences. Make sure that you include a scholarly discussion of what are morals vs ethics.
  •   The Historical and Modern Reasons for Hostility between the Religions of the People of the Book: Explore why the Abrahamic Religions have been at war in one way or another throughout their history. Is this hostility primarily based upon religion or does it have socio-economic and socio-political roots as well?

Discuss The Differences between the God of the Native Americans and the God of the White European Settlers

Research Paper

One 1500 Word Research Paper (20%): Please read The MLA Handbook and Dr. Norris Tips for Excellent Papers on Blackboard for everything you need to write a solid research paper. You must provide a minimum of five references (books, journal articles, interviews, etc.) of which only one may come from the Internet (except for full e-books and e- articles). The Internet source must be a scholarly, professional expert source. You may not use the Hopfe and Woodward textbook or other course textbooks as one of your references. You may not use encyclopedias or dictionaries as one of your references. You may not use original sources, such as the Bible, the Torah or the Quran as one of your references. Choose one of the four topics below:

  •   Matriarchy Versus Patriarchy—The Treatment of Women within Religion throughout History: Do not focus on just one religion or just one individual within a religion. Instead, compare ancient versus modern religions, or compare across modern religions, but show the similarities and differences in the treatment of women (beliefs, practices, symbols, rituals, patterns and themes).
  •   Indigenous Versus Colonial—The Differences between the God of the Native Americans and the God of the White European Settlers: Do not just provide a listing of similarities and differences, but compare and contrast by exploring underlying themes, beliefs, rituals, symbols and practices.
  •   Moral Versus Immoral—The Moral Teachings of Religion: Compare and contrast the moral teachings of various religions (ancient, indigenous, and/or modern), particularly with regard to their history, cross-cultural connections, similarities and differences. Make sure that you include a scholarly discussion of what are morals vs ethics.
  •   The Historical and Modern Reasons for Hostility between the Religions of the People of the Book: Explore why the Abramic Religions have been at war in one way or another throughout their history. Is this hostility primarily based upon religion or does it have socio-economic and socio-political roots as well?

Compare and contrast the moral teachings of various religions (ancient, indigenous, and/or modern), particularly with regard to their history, cross-cultural connections, similarities and differences.

Research Paper

One 1500 Word Research Paper (20%): Please read The MLA Handbook and Dr. Norris Tips for Excellent Papers on Blackboard for everything you need to write a solid research paper. You must provide a minimum of five references (books, journal articles, interviews, etc.) of which only one may come from the Internet (except for full e-books and e- articles). The Internet source must be a scholarly, professional expert source. You may not use the Hopfe and Woodward textbook or other course textbooks as one of your references. You may not use encyclopedias or dictionaries as one of your references. You may not use original sources, such as the Bible, the Torah or the Quran as one of your references. Choose one of the four topics below:

  •   Matriarchy Versus Patriarchy—The Treatment of Women within Religion throughout History: Do not focus on just one religion or just one individual within a religion. Instead, compare ancient versus modern religions, or compare across modern religions, but show the similarities and differences in the treatment of women (beliefs, practices, symbols, rituals, patterns and themes).
  •   Indigenous Versus Colonial—The Differences between the God of the Native Americans and the God of the White European Settlers: Do not just provide a listing of similarities and differences, but compare and contrast by exploring underlying themes, beliefs, rituals, symbols and practices.
  •   Moral Versus Immoral—The Moral Teachings of Religion: Compare and contrast the moral teachings of various religions (ancient, indigenous, and/or modern), particularly with regard to their history, cross-cultural connections, similarities and differences. Make sure that you include a scholarly discussion of what are morals vs ethics.
  •   The Historical and Modern Reasons for Hostility between the Religions of the People of the Book: Explore why the Abramic Religions have been at war in one way or another throughout their history. Is this hostility primarily based upon religion or does it have socio-economic and socio-political roots as well?

Discuss LOCAL HISTORY RESEARCH PROJECT

LOCAL HISTORY RESEARCH PROJECT

 

 

Many areas of the U.S. can claim a rich history with respect to media organizations, personalities, content, and developments.  But southwest Ohio’s claim is especially rich, given the pioneering work of a number of inventors, entrepreneurs, and innovators.

 

The Assignment

 

In this project, you will choose a particular individual, organization, innovation, or piece of media content based in southwest Ohio (we’ll loosely define the region as an area within 100 miles of Oxford) and prepare a multimedia research presentation designed to illuminate that subject.

 

There are dozens of possibilities in the region, including several very good ones in Oxford, believe it or not.  Not having access to a car will not be a problem.

 

The requirements of the project are purposely inexact, given all of the possibilities for completing it.  However, it must have the following elements:

 

1.         The subject individual, program, organization, practice, etc. must have been primarily

sited locally.

 

2.         Something about your subject must have been significant or noteworthy beyond the local

area.

 

3.         It must concern the media in some way:  newspapers, magazines, books, film, radio,

television, online, etc.

 

4.         Your report must be researched using credible sources.  These are traditionally vetted

publications such as newspapers, magazines, journals, books, etc.  You will be limited to

at most one online source and one personal communication as sources.

 

5.         Statements of fact outside of general knowledge must be documented.

 

6.         Your written report should be around five pages, double-spaced, and must include at least

one other form of media (sound, video, still photo.)

 

7.         You should prepare a formal presentation of approximately five to seven minutes to the

class summarizing your report.

 

 

Evaluation

 

Your project will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

1.         Research:  quality, credibility, and variety of sources.

 

2.         Originality:  extent to which project demonstrated novelty and has a new and unexpected

story to tell.

 

3.         Technical Quality:  word choice, grammar, syntax, punctuation.

 

4.         Organization:  the degree to which the project makes a cogent argument and does so

efficiently, without repetition.

 

5.         Presentation:  Relevance of accompanying media; evidence of forethought and

 

preparation in written and in-class delivery.

How did slaves demonstrate resistance? What do you believe would be the most effective form of resistance? Why?

Part IV: Chapter 10 Discussion OR

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  1. Should the Star Spangled Banner be the National Anthem for the United States?  If so, why?  If not, why not and what should be the National Anthem instead?
  2. Explain the benefits of a barter economy over a cash economy and why a barter economy cannot exist for the United States today.
  3. How did slaves demonstrate resistance? What do you believe would be the most effective form of resistance? Why?

Part IV: Chapter 11 Discussion OR

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  1. Was the Missouri Compromise the best solution?
  2. The Cherokee are considered part of the Five Civilized Tribes. What did they do that demonstrated that they were “civilized”?
  3. The idea of separate spheres said that men belonged in the world of work and politics. Women belonged in the home, cleaning house and raising the children.  In other words, men were the bread-earners and women were the bread-bakers.  How did women’s actions in the early nineteenth century prove this false?  And true?

Part IV: Chapter 12 Discussion

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  1. Immigration (from another country into the United States) and migration (movement within the North American continent) were both done voluntarily and involuntarily. What were the motivating factors for the movement?
  2. Why type of reform (from Early Republic/Antebellum Era) was the most necessary? Why?
  3. During the War with Mexico, General Winfield Scott’s invasion reached Mexico City. Should the United States have acquired all of Mexico at that time?  Why or why not?