North Island College Fall 2023

Delivery Format: Digital Learning Unscheduled (We will not meet regularly as a full group via videoconferencing, though we will have occasional optional on-line discussions and one-on-one check-ins.)

Dates:  September 5 - December 5

Instructor Dan Hinman-Smith

Office Hours:  W: Noon - 3 pm (Via BlueJeans or at my Trades Building 112 office)  [See Calendly for sign-up or contact me for a separate appointment]

Office Phone:  334-5000, Extension 4024

Web- Site for Course:  https://www.misterdann.com/contentsmoderneuropeii.htm and https://mycourses.nic.bc.ca/ 

E-Mail:  dan.hinmansmith@nic.bc.ca

North Island College is honoured to acknowledge the traditional territories of the combined 35 First Nations of the Nuu-chah-nulth, Kwakwaka'wakw and Coast Salish traditions, on whose traditional and unceded territories the college's campuses are situated.  The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's final report calls for 94 actions toward restoring a balanced relationship between indigenous peoples and settler communities in this country.

Course Description

History 216 is offered as an introduction to the most significant trends in European history from the end of the French Revolution to the present.  It is not meant to be a comprehensive survey in which you are taught "all you need to know" but is designed to highlight several important issues loosely organized within a chronological framework.  We will be dealing with broad themes: the development of the concept of nationalism and the emergence of new nation-states; the rise of Europe to a position of global dominance; the connections between ideologies and social forces; revolution; explanations for the "total war" that so influenced the last century and the world we live in today; the relationship between past events and collective memories of those events.  But we will also try to bring history down to the personal level.  How did people create meaning in their own lives?  How did they shape their world, and how, in turn, were they shaped by events, by social structure, and by other people?  We will approach such questions through a mixture of reading, video, student research, and on-line discussion forums.

By the end of this course you should be able to:

1.  Describe the major events in European History from 1789 to 1950.

2.  Identify and evaluate the main intellectual trends of the period.

3.  Explain the development of industry in 19th century Britain and the spread of industrial technology to the continent.

4.  Identify the causes and consequences of Imperial Competition.

5.  Explain the causes, course and consequences of the Great War.

6.  Identify the main social and economic trends of the period.

7.  Explain the causes, course and consequences of the Second World War.

8.  Explain the genesis of the Cold War.


**It is important that you acquire the Alexievich book in paper or e-book form.  It will serve as the source material for one of your assignments.  I have placed a couple of copies on Reserve and have included an e-text link ($10) below.

I am classifying Tim Parks's book about the Italian adventurer Giuseppe Garibaldi as an optional reading.  There is no expectation on my part that you purchase this volume.

Required Book: Svetlana Alexievich, Last Witnesses: An Oral History Of The Children Of World War II, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky (New York: Random House, 2019).

Optional Book: Tim Parks, Hero's Way: Walking With Garibaldi From Rome To Ravenna (New York: W. W. Norton, 2021).

Optional Textbook:  I have decided not to include a textbook as one of the required HIS 216 readings.  Those who would like a systematic survey of modern European history as an extra reference may find the following volume helpful, though there is certainly no expectation that you acquire this text:

John Merriman, A History Of Modern Europe From The French Revolution To The Present, 2nd rev. ed.  New York: W.W. Norton, 2004.  Another place to find a used copy is through AbeBooks.

Tentative Class Schedule

Week 1  (September 5-10)

Orientation For Week 1

Discussion Forum Contributions

Napoleon And The Napoleonic Wars In The News

Core Curriculum

  "History Vs. Napoleon Bonaparte, Alex Gendler," History On Trial, TedEd, February 4, 2016.  [5 mins]

Nicole Cochrane and Emma Butcher, "Napoleon: A Life In Objects," BBC History Magazine (May 2021): 42-49.

Browse extensively in the Napoleon And The Napoleonic Wars In The News  Discussion Topic.

Deluxe Curriculum Additions

  Napoleon, BBC, 2015:  Watch at least one hour of the following 3-hour BBC paean to Napoleon.

Episode 1:  Watch through Films On Demand in the NIC Library Database or through a Public Access Website. [59 mins]

Episode 2:  Watch through Films On Demand in the NIC Library Database or through a Public Access Website. [59 mins]

Episode 3:  Watch through Films On Demand in the NIC Library Database or through a Public Access Website. [59 mins]

More Optional Extras

Clare Siviter, "Napoleon Two Centuries Of Life After Death," History Today, 71 (May 2021): 28-41.

Erica Munkwitz and James L. Swanson, "A Journey To St. Helena, Home Of Napoleon's Last Days," Smithsonian (April 2019).

"Napoleon In Russia," Epic History TV, 2020.  [63 mins]

"'Diary Of A Napoleonic Footsoldier,' Jakob Walter (1788-1864)," Voices Of The Past, January 16, 2021.  [17 mins]

Robert Darnton, "What Was Revolutionary About The French Revolution?," New York Review Of Books (January 19, 1989):  A brilliant article written at the time of the Bicentennial of the French Revolution that assesses its transformative impact.

"Permanent Revolution," Episode 4, Gilbert Reid's France, Ideas, CBC, May 29, 2009.  [54 mins]  An episode from an older multi-part CBC radio documentary that suggests that the French Revolution, in some ways, is still ongoing in France.

"Eugene Delacroix: Liberty Leading The People," Private Life Of A Masterpiece, BBC, 2005.  [48 mins]:  A superb video documentary from the series that explores the history behind individual famous paintings.

Living The French Revolution And The Age Of Napoleon Course, Great Courses (48 episodes):  An in-depth course from Princeton historian Suzanne Desan.  This is an option I only include for true keeners.  And you will need a Vancouver Island Public Library card to gain access to this video course.  But anyone who samples the course substantially will learn a great deal about Napoleon and his relationship to the French Revolution.

Week 2  (September 11-17)

Orientation For Week 2

Discussion Forum Contributions

Karl Marx And History

Core Curriculum

Browse extensively in the Karl Marx At 200 Discussion Topic.

  "Europe Ablaze: The 1848 Revolutions," Epic History TV, August 5, 2022.  [33 mins]

"Italian And German Unification," Episode 27, Crash Course European History, November 26, 2019.  [14 mins]  An episode from John Green's fast-paced and informative series about European History.

Deluxe Curriculum Additions

Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, "Manifesto of the Communist Party," 1848. [Note that there is an introduction and four separate sections]  -- This is not easy reading.  But it is more accessible than Das Kapital, and really is the place to begin for a from-the-philosopher's-pen introduction to Marxism.  For some prompts and questions to help you better understand this primary document, see Communist Manifesto .

"Marx: Marx And His Heirs," DW Documentary, May 5, 2018.  [43 mins] -- An excellent overview of Marx and his legacies produced by the German broadcaster on the 200th anniversary of his birth.

  "1848: The People's Flag And Karl Marx," Episode 15, Germany Memories Of A Nation, BBC Radio 4, October 18, 2014 [15 mins]:  Neil MacGregor discusses the contested place of 1848 in German history and memory.  Part of a brilliant overview of German history from the former director of the British Museum.

  "Garibaldi And The Risorgimento," In Our Time, BBC Radio 4, December 1, 2016.  [45 mins]  -- A fascinating discussion about the international revolutionary and Italian nationalist Giuseppe Garibaldi.

More Optional Extras

  "Karl Marx," Episode 3, Masters Of Money, BBC, 2012.  [59 mins]

Michael Rowe, "The War That Plunged Europe Into A Nightmare," BBC History Magazine (October 2020): 51-57.

Ilyas Benabdeljalil, "The Paris Commune: A Major Socialist Uprising," The Collector (October 30, 2021).

"Otto Von Bismarck," Extra Credits, 2017:

Part 1 -- The Wildman Bismarck.

Part 2 -- A Man Of Great Ideas:

Part 3 -- Iron And Blood:

Part 4 -- The Iron Chancellor:

Part 5 -- Prussia Ascendant:

Part 6 -- Germany!:

The Invention Of Italy, Episode 2, BBC Radio 4, September 1, 2015.

Week 3  (September 18-24)

Orientation For Week 3

Discussion Forum Contributions

Cecil Rhodes In Marble

King Leopold's Ghost

Core Curriculum

Browse extensively in the Cecil Rhodes, King Leopold And Historical Memory Discussion Topic.

  Episode 4, The Scramble For Africa, Queen Victoria's Empire, PBS, 2001.  [55 mins]

Deluxe Curriculum Additions

Listen to at least one episode from the ABC/CBC audio series Stuff The British Stole.  This is also available on most podcast platforms:

"A Tiger And A Scream," November 21, 2020.  [32 mins]  The first episode in the series explains how the wooden tiger of Tipu Sultan of Mysore ended up in London's Victoria and Albert Museum.

"Blood Art," November 28, 2020.  [30 mins]  Tells the story of the Benin Bronzes.

"Best. Named. Dog. Ever," December 5, 2020.  [28 mins]  This episode connects Queen Victoria's Pekingse dog "Looty" to the mid-19th century storming of the Summer Palace outside Beijing.

"Shots Fired," December 19, 2020.  [32 mins]  Captain Cook, the landing in Australia, and the British Museum.s shield of the Gweagal people.

"The Abductions," October 19, 2021.  [35 mins]  Explains how carved indigenous panels hidden in a New Zealand swamp ended up as ransom in a kidnapping case.

"Not Your Venus," November 9, 2021.  [35 mins]  This episode from Season 2 tells the story of Sarah "Saartjie" Baartman, the so-called "Hottentot Venus."

"The Unfinished Prince," July 11, 2023.  [44 mins]  Explains how the body of the young Ethiopian prince Alamayu ended up buried on the grounds of Windsor Castle.

More Optional Extras

Browse in the New Imperialism Discussion Topic.

  "Postcolonial Europe: the Significance Of Memory," DW Documentary, January 19, 2022.  (26 mins)

"The Forgotten Story Of Human Zoos: Crimes Of The Colonial Era," DW, November 29, 2020.  [42 mins]

Jocelyn C. Zuckerman, "The Youngest Victims Of Belgium's African Rule Are Still Seeking Justice, Decades Later," Smithsonian (April/May 2023).

The East India Company, Episode 2, BBC, 2014. [49 mins]

"The Crescent And The Cross, Part 4," [The Mahdi And General Gordon], BBC World Service, November 30, 2009.  [24 mins]  An audio documentary on late-nineteenth-century Sudan that nicely complements Episode 4 of Queen Victoria's Empire.

Greg Beyer, "The Second Anglo-Boer War: Britain's First Taste Of Modern Warfare," The Collector (April 10, 2022).

"Scorched Earth," Throughline, NPR, August 8, 2019.  The American public radio history program tells the story of the Second Boer War.

***Sunday, September 24:  First Half Journal Due for an Ungraded Check-In.  Please submit as a single file through Brightspace.

Week 4  (September 25 - October 1)

Orientation For Week 4

Discussion Forum Contributions

Sophia Duleep Singh and Maharajah Duleep Singh

Core Curriculum

Browse extensively in the Sophia Duleep Singh And Maharajah Duleep Singh Discussion Topic.

"Jewel Of Denial," Stuff The British Stole, CBC Gem, 2022.  [22 mins]  If you have trouble accessing the program on CBC Gem, you can watch it on YouTube.

  "Sophia: Suffragette Princess," BBC, 2015.  [30 mins]  A 30-minute documentary that tells the remarkable story of Princess Sophia Duleep Singh, a prominent British suffragette and daughter of Maharajah Duleep Singh, the last emperor of an independent Sikh kingdom who was exiled by the British from the Punjab to England.

Deluxe Curriculum Additions

 "The Stolen Maharajah -- Britain's Indian Royal," BBC, 2018.  [59 mins]

"Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary," Empire, October 10, 2022.  [66 mins]  An episode from Anita Anand and William Dalrymple's brilliant Empire podcast series.  Anand is Sophia Duleep Singh's biographer.

More Optional Extras

"Interview: Sathnam Sanghera," BBC History Magazine (March 2021): 78-81.

Week 5  (October 2-8)

Orientation For Week 5

Discussion Forum Contributions

Romanov's Bones And Lenin's Body

Suffragettes In The News

Core Curriculum

Browse extensively in the Romanovs' Bones And Lenin's Body Discussion Topic.

Browse extensively in the Suffragettes In The News  Discussion Topic.

  "The Russian Revolution, 1917," Epic History TV, August 4, 2016.  (14 mins)

"The Most Notorious Act Of Protest For Women's Suffrage," Vox Darkroom, July 24, 2020.  [8 mins]

Deluxe Curriculum Additions

  "1917 -- Red Flag," Episode 3, People's Century, PBS.  [53 mins]

Ian Frazier, "What Ever Happened To The Russian Revolution?," Smithsonian (October 2017).

More Optional Extras

Browse in the Russian Revolution At 100 Discussion Topic.

Daniel Beer, "Russia's War On Terror," History Today, 66 (June 2016): 36-44.

Paula Erizanu, "The Revolutionary Sex," Aeon (May 31, 2018).

***Sunday, October 8:  First Half Journal Due.  Please submit as a single Word or PDF through Brightspace.  (25% of course grade)

Week 6  (October 9-15)

Orientation For Week 6

Discussion Forum Contributions

The Great War As World History

Core Curriculum

Andy Walker, "1913: When Hitler, Trotsky, Tito, Freud And Stalin All Lived In The Same Place," BBC News, April 18, 2013.

  "1914: Killing Fields," Episode 2, People's Century, PBS.  [54 mins]

Browse extensively in Great War As World History Discussion Topic.

Deluxe Curriculum Additions

Long Shadow, BBC, 2014 -- Watch at least one episode from this three-part documentary that attempts to assess the legacies of World War I.

Episode 1, Remembering And Understanding:  Watch through Films On Demand in the NIC Library Database of through a Public Access Website.  [50 mins]

Episode 2, Ballots And Bullets:  Watch through Films On Demand in the NIC Library Database of through a Public Access Website.  [48 mins]

Episode 3, Us And Them:  Watch through Films On Demand in the NIC Library Database of through a Public Access Website.  [50 mins]

More Optional Extras

Browse in the Gavrilo Princip And Franz Ferdinand Discussion Topic.

Browse in the Christmas Truce Discussion Topic.

"India: The Forgotten Army," Episode 1, Season 1, Asia In The Great War, Channel News Asia, November 14, 2018.  [48 mins]

Week 7  (October 16-22)

Orientation For Week 7

Discussion Forum Contributions

Last Witnesses

Reading Assignment

Svetlana Alexievich, Last Witnesses: An Oral History Of The Children Of World War II.  New York: Random House, 2019.

Svetlana Alexievich during the Summer 2020 Belarus protests against the rule of authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko

***Discussion Forum Check-in

Week (October 23-29)

Orientation For Week 8

Discussion Forum Contributions

Nazi Propaganda And Toadstool

Core Curriculum

"1933: Master Race," People's Century, PBS, 1995.  [55 mins]

Toadstool --  Browse carefully in Toadstool.  This was a Nazi-sponsored book that taught German children how to recognize the characteristics of the "poisonous mushroom" (ie. the Jew).  Click on individual frames for enlarged images.  Note also that many of the captions include links to stories from the book.

Nazi Propaganda  --  Research in the 1933-1945 Section of the German Propaganda Archive Select  one interesting item for analysis.  Analyze that document and use it as the basis for a Discussion Forum Contribution.  You should also write at least one Journal entry about Nazi Propaganda.

Combine your browsing in the Propaganda Archive with a careful reading of Toadstool to begin to dissect the place of anti-Semitism within Nazi ideology.  Here are some Questions To Consider.  You should include your analysis of Toadstool and your other piece or pieces of Nazi Propaganda in a Journal Entry.

Deluxe Curriculum Additions

Browse in Mussolini In The News Discussion Topic.

  Nazis -- A Warning From History, BBC, 1997  -- Watch at least one episode from this excellent six-part series.

Helped Into Power, Episode 1.  [49 mins]

Chaos And Consent, Episode 2.  [48 mins]

The Wrong War, Episode 3.  [48 mins]

The Wild East, Episode 4.  [48 mins]

The Road To Treblinka, Episode 5.  [49 mins]

Fighting To The End, Episode 6.  [48 mins]

More Optional Extras

R. J. B. Bosworth, "A Century Of Fascism," History Today, 72 (October 2022): 54-65.

Browse in Spanish Civil War And Historical Memory Discussion Topic.

Browse in Weimar Germany In The News Discussion Topic.

*** Sunday, October 29, Last Witnesses Reading Notes and Mini-Essay Due through Brightspace  [20% of course grade]

Week 9  (October 30 - November 5)

Orientation For Week 9

Discussion Forum Contributions

Auschwitz In The News

Core Curriculum

Browse extensively in the Auschwitz In The News Discussion Topic

  War Of The Century: When Hitler Fought Stalin, BBC, 1999 -- Watch at least one episode from the following major BBC World War II documentary series.

Episode 1.  [48 mins]

Episode 2.  [47 mins]

Episode 3.  [49 mins]

Episode 4.  [21 mins]

Deluxe Curriculum Additions

  Auschwitz -- Nazis And The Final Solution, BBC, 2005 -- Watch at least one episode from the following major BBC documentary series.

Episode 1: "Surprising Beginnings"  [47 mins]

Episode 2: "Orders And Initiatives"  [48 mins]

Episode 3: "Factories Of Death"  [48 mins]

Episode 4"Corruption"  [47 mins]

Episode 5:  "Frenzied Killing"  [48 mins]

Episode 6 "Liberation And Revenge"  [47 mins]

Week 10  (November 6-12)

Orientation For Week 10

Discussion Forum Contributions

The Lost World Of Communism

Cold War In The News

Core Curriculum

Browse extensively in the Cold War In The News Discussion Topic

Tsira Shvangiradze, "Gorbachev's Moscow Spring And The Fall Of Communism In Eastern Europe," The Collector (March 12, 2022).

Deluxe Curriculum Additions

  ***Watch at least one of the hour-long episodes from the BBC's The Lost World Of Communism documentary series --

"A Socialist Paradise [East Germany]," Part 1, The Lost World Of Communism, BBC, 2009.  [59 mins]

"The Kingdom Of Forgetting [Czechoslovakia]," Part 2, The Lost World Of Communism, BBC, 2009.  [59 mins]

"Socialism In One Family [Romania]," Part 3, The Lost World Of Communism, BBC, 2009.  [59 mins]

More Optional Extras

"East Germany: Life Behind The Iron Curtain," Episode 322, The Rest Is History, BBC, April 16, 2023.  [69 mins]  An episode from the superb history podcast hosted by Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook.

"1989: People Power," People's Century, BBC.  [53 mins]

***Sunday, November 12:  Second Half Journal Due for an Ungraded Check-In.  Please submit as a single file through Brightspace.  This is an ungraded but compulsory submission.  Those students who do not submit a journal installment at this time may incur an academic penalty.  You should include all the Journal work you have completed since the First Half Journal submission.

Week 11  (November 13-19)

Orientation For Week 11

Discussion Forum Contributions

Brexit: The Battle For Britain

Core Curriculum

Browse extensively in the German Reunification At 30 Discussion Topic

"Brexit: The Battle For Britain," BBC, 2016 (52 mins.):

Deluxe Curriculum Additions

"2 + 4 + X: A Short History Of German Reunification," DW, January 3, 2017.  [43 mins]

More Optional Extras

Fintan O'Toole, "The Paranoid Fantasy Behind Brexit," Guardian, November 16, 2018.

"Germany: Justice And Memory," The Documentary, BBC World Service, January 15, 2020.  [50 mins]

"Europe's Challenges," Compass, BBC World Service

"The Road To Rome," May 19, 2016.  [23 mins]

"Expanding The Union," May 29, 2016.  [23 mins]

"The Union In Crisis," June 5, 2016.  [23 mins]

Week 12  (November 20-26)

Orientation For Week 12

Discussion Forum Contributions

A Riddle Wrapped In A Mystery Inside An Enigma?

Core Curriculum

Browse extensively in the Stalin And Historical Memory Discussion Topic.

Browse extensively in the Post-Soviet Russia In The News Discussion Topic

Richard Cohen, "Vladimir Putin's Rewriting Of History Draws On A Long Tradition Of Soviet Myth-Making," Smithsonian (March 18, 2022).

Deluxe Curriculum Additions

Vladimir Putin, "On The Historical Unity Of Russians And Ukrainians," July 12, 2021.

Browse in the Collapse Of The Soviet Union 30 Years Later Discussion Topic

More Optional Extras

"Russia's Millennium Children," DW, August 23, 2020.  [42 mins]

"Homo Sovieticus: A USSR Of The Mind," DW, December 19, 2021.  [42 mins]

Week 13  (November 27 - December 3)

Orientation For Week 13

Discussion Forum Contributions

The War In Ukraine In Historical Perspective

Core Curriculum

Browse extensively in Ukrainian History In The News Discussion Topic

"Toppling Soviet Statues -- How Should History Be Remembered?," DW Documentary, May 16, 2023.

Robert P. Baird," "Putin, Trump, Ukraine: How Timothy Snyder Became The Leading Interpreter Of Our Dark Times," Guardian, March 30, 2023.

***Sunday, December 3:  Second Half Journal Due  [30% of course grade].  Please submit everything you have completed on your Journal from the beginning of Week 6 at this time through Brightspace as a single file.


Letter Of Introduction


First Half Journal


Last Witnesses Reading Notes And Mini-Essay


Second Half Journal


Discussion Forum Contributions And Professionalism Self-Assessment



a)  Letter Of Introduction (1%)

Write a short letter of introduction to me at the beginning of the semester.  This should be at least 100 words in length and is designed to give me a beginning idea of who you are and how I might best serve you as a teacher, and to provide me with an opening snapshot of the class as a whole.  You need not use the following questions as cues but they may be helpful.  Who are you?  Where are you from?  How might you begin to describe your community and what life is like there if you've come to NIC from far way?  What do you miss and what do you think would most surprise me if I were to visit your hometown?  What are your interests?  Why are you taking this course?  What are your thoughts and reflections as you begin HIS 216?  How familiar are you already with European History?  Are there topics associated with the course that you know will be of potential interest?  Do you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions?  This is an assignment I ask of students in each of my classes.  Although this is not a graded assignment, I would appreciate it if you took several minutes writing a thoughtful introduction.  If you are enrolled in more than one class with me this semester, a single letter of introduction will suffice, but mention something about each of the courses.  If you have taken a class with me before, please update what you sent me before and send me a new letter of introduction.  Submit your Letter of Introduction to me through Brightspace.

b)  The Journal (25% + 30%) = 55%

The student Journal will be the most substantial assignment in this course.  It will represent your on-going engagement with the core class curriculum.  The focus of the Journal should be on analysis, interpretation, and commentary.  It should consist of a series of short writings of varying lengths about the course material.  I refer to these short writings as entries.  The purpose of the journal is to provide you with the opportunity for frequent thoughtful and analytical commentary upon course-related material.

This assignment is designed to be coordinated with the on-line Discussions.  Your Journal entries will overlap with many of the Discussion Forum topics.  It is fully appropriate to share commentary from your Journal with classmates in the relevant Pandemic Playhouse or Discussion Topic Forums.

It is expected that you work regularly on the Journal throughout the semester, writing in it on a weekly basis.  You will need to hand in the Journal to me four times.

You will submit your First Half Journal to me through Brightspace at the end of the third week of the semester on Sunday, September 24th for an ungraded check-in.  I want to check to ensure that you are off to a good start and that we share a mutual understanding as to the nature of the assignment.  You will then hand in your completed First Half Journal two weeks later on Sunday, October 8th for your first formal evaluation..

Your Second-Half Journal will be due at the ten-week mark of the semester (November 12).  This check-in is ungraded but mandatory.  I want to review what progress you are making.  Although you do not necessarily need to be caught up through Week Nine at this time, I do expect to see that you have made substantial progress on your Journal since Week Four.  The Journal assignment includes the expectation that you work regularly upon it throughout the semester and this check-in will provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate that.  Those students who do not submit a Journal installment at this time may incur an academic penalty.  You should include all the Journal work you have completed since the First Half submission in a single file through BrightSpace at this time. 

You will then hand in your completed Second Half Journal at the end of the semester, on Sunday, December 3rd.  This submission will be graded and is worth 30% of your course grade.

c)  Last Witnesses  Reading Notes And Mini-Essay (20%)

This assignment will be combine detailed Reading Notes with your own written analysis (approximately 700+ words) of Nobel Literature Prize Winner Svetlana Alexievich's oral history of children's experiences in World War II Russia.

d)  Discussion Forum Contributions (24%)

The Brightspace Discussions are meant to facilitate the sharing of ideas and to engage you with your classmates.  You should try to offer commentary upon a weekly basis.  Evaluation will be based not just upon the number of contributions but rather more on the level of their thoughtfulness, with added appreciation for genuine engagement with fellow students.  My expectation is that you will do your best to stay current with the scheduled Discussions.  Although I will provide some grace period, the Discussions will be closed a week or two after the completion of that portion of the course.  Those students who do not regularly contribute to the forums will see this reflected in their grades and evaluation.

As mentioned above, it is fine to have considerable overlap between your Discussion Forum Contributions and your Journal entries.  But it is expected that you will put considerable time and thought into each Discussion Forum Contribution and that each contribution will represent your original ideas.

There is an average of two Discussion Topics a week.  You certainly are not expected to contribute to each of these.  I hesitate to suggest a quantitative target, but would estimate that engaged students will have contributed to ten or more Discussions by the end of the term.

We will be holding some optional BlueJeans discussions.  Although there is no expectation that you attend these sessions, I hope that they will foster a sense of group learning.  Those students who do participate regularly in this aspect of the course will receive credit here towards their Discussion Forum grade.

I will be asking you to assess your own approach to the course and the degree to which you demonstrated self-discipline and put forth strong and consistent effort.

The Discussion Forum Contributions and your demonstrated professionalism will combine with this portion of the grade.

As long as you approach these responsibilities with strong diligence, this portion of your formal evaluation will in no instance lower your overall course grade.

Time Commitment

Although the time it takes individual students to complete course responsibilities varies individually, I have set up the course with the expectation that you will probably need to devote five hours a week to this course on a regular basis right from the start of the semester to gain full value from it.  It is important that you not fall behind on your assignments.  Please stay in close communication with me and let me know if you are experiencing challenges in keeping up with the curriculum.

Late Policy

The curriculum for this course is organized on a week-by-week basis, in which most assignments are cumulative and on-going.  Discussion amongst students is also dependent upon classmates keeping current with their studies.  Late assignments are also often an extra burden from an instructor standpoint.  Due dates should be noted and met.

However, I appreciate that there may be occasions where a very few extra days to polish an assignment in the midst of competing deadlines can be helpful, and thus I deliberately assume a good-faith effort on the part of students to meet the due dates and provide a small cushion of flexibility without any academic penalty.   That does not mean the due dates are unimportant or that extensions are automatically granted.  You must discuss possible extensions with me directly and I reserve the right to refuse to accept any late assignment if you do not check in with me before the due date.  As a general rule, no assignment will be accepted more than two weeks late and no end-of-the-semester assignment will be accepted more than one week late.

Discussion Forum contributions should ideally be made the week of the discussion itself so that you are able to engage actively with your classmates.

Writing Support And Peer Tutoring

Writing Support is available to all students at no additional cost.  Go to Writing Support for any or all of your assignments.  Every visit is a step toward becoming a better writer.  Use Writing Support as many times as you like, and at any point in your writing process.  The writing support faculty can help you understand the assignment, develop your ideas, outlines, thesis, and revision -- and anything else in-between.  Book your appointment through the library website, or visit the library desk to inquire about drop-ins.  There's also WriteAway, an online tutoring platform that allows you to upload your papers and assignments for detailed written feedback.  Both services may be found at https://library.nic.bc.ca/WritingSupport .

Student Technical Services

Our Student Technical Service team is available to help you with any technical issues that you may be experiencing as a student.  Please go to https://library.nic.bc.ca/studenttech for more information.

Learn Anywhere

NIC's Learn Anywhere website is geared to provide a collection of information that will help you be successful learning digitally by covering area such as: What is digital learning? How to be a digital learner while using NIC-supported technologies during your studies? A list of key skills and knowledge all students should have for successful learning in today's world, knowing your rights and responsibilities and Technology Readiness Checklists. More details at: https://learnanywhere.opened.ca/

Community Supports (24/7)

There are several supports available to help any student in distress. If you are in distress, please reach out for support.

Vancouver Island Crisis Line:  24/7 1-888-494-3888 (Available to students located on Vancouver Island only)

Crisis Suicide helpline:  24/7 1-800-784-2433 (Available to students located in Canada only)

BC 211:  Full list of community services available across BC.  Dial 2-1-1 on BC cellphone (Available to students located in BC only).

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A Note On Plagiarism And Academic Dishonesty

Everything that you hand in should be your original work unless otherwise indicated.  Violations of this policy may result in being reported to the Academic Integrity Committee and in failing an assignment or the course in its entirety.  Please talk to me if you have any uncertainty about what is permitted here.  I want to help you to get as much out of this course as possible but, for this to happen, you need to put forth strong and honest effort.  Some students in the past have used contracted outsiders to complete their work.  There now also is the possibility of using Chat GTP or other Artificial Intelligence resources in an entirely inappropriate way.  Please do not do either.  What may seem like a dishonest but private choice is actually one with ripple effects that not only disheartens your instructor but which also very negatively impacts upon the education of your classmates.  Thank you.

Related Policy

Community Code of Academic, Personal and Professional Conduct (3-06)

Instructional Accommodation and Access Services for Students with Disabilities (3-17)

Student Appeals Policy (3-30)

Student Complaint Resolution Policy (3-31)

Evaluation of Student Performance Policy (3-33)

Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy (3-34)

Course Outline Policy (3-35)

Academic Standing and Progression (3-37)

Grading System (4-14)



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