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What You Should Already Know

There are no prerequisites for this course. You should have a general knowledge of the world and its major geographic locations.

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to see the influences of the following civilizations and movements and how they have impacted our modern world:

  1. Early Greek and Roman Civilizations
  2. Revolutions
  3. Industrial Revolutions
  4. New Imperialism

Course Materials

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Summary: 5 computer-graded assignments, 5 instructor-graded assignments, 2 Unit Seminars, no-resubmissions.

Each of the lessons ends with a computer-graded Unit Quiz. These test you on the information from that lesson and they count toward your grade. The lowest grade from your five assignments will be dropped.

The course has a Self Check quiz after each objective. These quizzes count for 10 percent of your grade, but you have unlimited resubmissions to be sure that you learn the information as well as you want. Self Checks are your best tool in preparing for the Speedbacks and the Final exam.

There are four application assignments in the course that will require you to apply the principles you are learning. Some of these assignments will require you to schedule an appointment with your instructor and possibly work with other students in the course. Keep these things in mind when you are scheduling out your course work.

This course has an on-going journal assignment. You will save the document and fill it out as you move through the course and submit it at the end.

Since you are not allowed to resubmit assignments, please be sure to read all the requirements and guidelines for each submitted assignment. Incomplete assignments will be given a 0 grade.

Submitting Assignments

To make sure that your assignments can be opened by your instructor, save all your work as Rich Text Format (.rtf). You will submit all your assignments electronically through the course. Please do no email your assignments directly to the instructor.

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This course has a weekly live seminar. These seminars will be led by the instructor and will be attended by other students. Ten percent of your final grade is based on your attending and participating in at least two seminars. If you do not get the grade you want from your first two seminars, you can attend another and try to improve your grade.

Other Resources

There is a course discussion board at the end of the course, as well as a course wiki. The discussion board is designed for students to connect, discuss course-related matters, and share ideas with each other. The wiki is designed for the instructor to post information that may provide enrichment or relevant information for the course to the students.


Summary: 1 computer-graded exam, may retake once, must pass to earn credit for the course.

There is one comprehensive exam which has approximately 38 multiple-choice questions. The final exam is worth 20 percent of your final grade and you must pass with at least 60 percent to receive any credit for this course.

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Your final grade will be broken down as follows:

19 Self Checks (unlimited resubmissions) 10%
5 Speedback Assignments (no resubmissions) 20%
Compare and Contrast Essay (no resubmissions) 10%
Guide to Revolutions (no resubmissions) 10%
Webquest (no resubmissions) 5%
Google Map Assignment (no resubmissions) 5%
Journal Submission 10%
Unit Seminars (attend 2) 10%
Final Exam 20%

The following grading scale will determine your final grade for the course.

Grading Scale
A 100–93%
A− 92–90%
B+ 89–87%
B 86–83%
B− 82–80%
C+ 79–77%
C 76–73%
C− 72–70%
D+ 69–67%
D 66–63%
D− 62–60%
E (fail) 59–0%

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Course Duration

You have 1 year to complete this course. You may purchase one 3-month extension if you need more than a year to complete the course. Some assignments include teacher or peer interaction and may have specific scheduling requirements. Because of the nature of some assignments, you will not be able to complete this course in less than 2 months.

Students: Please remember that if you are trying to complete the course in an allotted amount of time to give yourself at least one day per assignment in order to complete the course. Rushing through the course will not always allow you the time to do your best on assignments, quizzes or your final exam.

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Getting Help

Please use the help menu in this course to contact Independent Study or your instructor. You can find a list of free tutors available to BYU Independent Study students on the Free Tutoring Services website. You can also email the course Teaching Assistants. Their information is listed in the "Contact Information" section.

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Copyright Notice

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment

Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

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University Policy - Title IX Statement

Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.

University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.

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Accessibility Notice

BYU is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates persons with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to participate in BYU's programs and activities. In this spirit, BYU Independent Study aspires to improve web accessibility for users. While not required by law, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Levels A and AA provide a wide range of helpful recommendations to make Web content more accessible. BYU Independent Study strives to apply WCAG 2.0 recommendations where feasible, but may deviate from any recommendations that would result in an undue hardship to BYU Independent Study or alterations to program and course content and objectives. If you have questions about accessibility, or if you need to report problems with any accessibility features please see our Accessibilities and Accommodations Web Page.

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Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is defined as the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one’s own original work. This may also include when a student copies and pastes directly from another source and passes it off as his or her own, copies computer-generated text from a translation tool and uses it as his or her own, or fails to cite a source after loosely summarizing its content in his or her own words.

As determined by your instructor or the BYU administration, if evidence of academic misconduct on assignments or exams is established, one of the two following consequences will apply to each incidence:

First Offense of Plagiarism

You will fail the lesson and be allowed the opportunity to resubmit the lesson (or)
You will fail the lesson and be denied the opportunity to resubmit the lesson

Second Offense of Plagiarism

You will fail the lesson and fail the class (or)
You will fail the lesson, fail the class, and may be ineligible to enroll in a specific course or any of our courses without going through an appeals process which will determine the severity of your plagiarism