The Witch Hunts 1400-1800

Syllabus Fall 2011
(For more courses on the witch hunts, click here).

Prof. Pavlac
U.S. Mail Address:
History Department
King's College
131 North River Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711

Tel: (570) 208-5900, ext. # 5748
Fax: (570) 208-5988 
Office: Hafey-Marian 307
Office Hours:  by appointment

 Witch Hunt Main Page | Witch Hunt Simulation | Timeline | Topics 

  Academic Honesty | Grading Policy | Presentation Guidelines | Internet Source Evaluations

Annotation Practice

I. Description

From the fifteenth to the eighteenth the centuries, many Europeans developed a heightened concern with the phenomenon of witchcraft, seeing a new sect hostile to humanity.  The end of the Middle Ages and the religious Reformation increased the intensity of the "Witch Craze."  Finally, the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment brought an end to the hunt for powers that did not empirically exist.  Through reading and discussion of primary and secondary sources, you will learn how these Europeans defined and treated their alleged witches, within the context of other economic, social, and cultural relationships. Included in this study will be the examination of new technologies and methods of rule in the rise of the modern state, and the roles of class and gender in focusing hostility on certain people, especially women. 

II. Purpose

This is a History Major, European course.

Objectives for the student:

Goals for the student:

General Learning Outcomes for the student:

In addition to the more content related objectives described above, this course has some general liberal learning goals. Successful completion of this course is expected to help improve your ability

III. General Requirements

1. Readings:

The books are intended both to provide you with important factual and background information before class and to be used as a review and reference work afterwards. Before class, you will read in the textbooks the chapters or pages according to the class schedule. Not all topics in this textbooks will be covered in class, but you are responsible for them on the exam and in class discussion.  You should prudently take notes on, mark up, highlight and otherwise annotate your books as you study
The instructor may give quizzes and/or assign questions and brief writing assignments to test your reading and comprehension.

2. Class Participation & Attendance:

Participation and attendance are necessary because lecture and discussion provide the essentials for achieving class goals and objectives. Thus a portion of your grade (about 25%) will depend on your in-class performance. You are required to attend each class, arrive on time, remain attentive, respond to questions, ask questions and participate in any in-class projects.  As part of your source commentary, you will have to give a brief report and lead class discussion.

The instructor will regularly take attendance.  Absences due to college activities, emergency or extended illness may be excused by the appropriate College official. Other absences are unexcused and will lower the class participation portion of your grade. After any absence, you are responsible for making up missed work, requesting hand-outs, picking up already returned assignments, and/or borrowing notes from other students. Whether absences are excused or not, you cannot get a higher grade than the percentage of classes attended.  

All students who have a learning disability, physical handicap and/or any other possible impediment to class participation and requirements should schedule an appointment with the instructor as soon as possible to discuss available accommodations. If at some point during the semester you must discontinue the course, due to poor performance illness or some other cause, be sure to follow proper procedures for withdrawal.  

No magic, witchcraft or sorcery of any kind may be used in conjunction with this class, upon penalty of expulsion from and failure of this course.  

For general information about expected academic honesty, click here.

3. Exams:

You will take one midterm exam and one final exam, which is comprehensive, as assigned during finals week.

Both exams will consist of short identifications quizzing knowledge of detail and significance, and essays testing your understanding of the course material through logical presentation of facts and explanation of historical trends.

You may take a missed exam at the discretion of the instructor.

Be sure to note the concerns about cheating.

4. Written Assignments:

You will have regular in-class writing assignments.  These will consist of short quizzes and writing exercises dealing with the texts or other class material.  Outside of class you will have to write a source analysis, one book annotation, an article commentary & presentation, and evaluations of several websites (Internet Source Evaluations).  Some work will be used to help build and expand upon the Women's History Research site, and its Witch Hunt pages.  
More instructions are on the printed syllabus.  

You will also take a witch hunt simulation: 

Meeting deadlines is an important aspect of assignments.  Papers should be handed in to the instructor, by you yourself, at the beginning of class on the due dates assigned or e-mailed by the proper time.

The grade of any assignment you turn in late will lose at least 10% after the beginning of the first class, 20% after the second, and 35% after the third.

No late papers will be accepted after the last day of class. For general information about presentation and writing of papers click here.

Be sure to note the concerns about plagiarism.

IV. Grades:

For general grading policy, click here.

Your final grade will be based on a percentage (above 90%=A, 89%- 80%=B, etc.) of the sum of the following points: 10-20 for each quiz or in-class project; 25 for your book annotation; 100 for the website evaluations; 100 for the article commentary; 100 for the midterm exam, 150 for the final exam; and 160 for your overall class performance and attendance.

For your protection, in case of errors of recording, you should keep copies of all exams and assignments until you have received official notice of your final grade.  Any and all materials done for this course may become the property of the professor, who may use them for assessment, evaluative, scholarly, or research purposes.  Although the syllabus presents the basic content and requirements of the course the professor reserves the right to change anything (e.g. assignments, and topics, due dates) at his discretion.  

V. Class Topics:

 Witch Hunt Main Page | Witch Hunt Simulation | Timeline | Topics 

  Academic Honesty | Grading Policy | Presentation Guidelines | Internet Source Evaluations


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