• Academy Park High School

    Course Syllabus

    Western Civilization



    Course Information

    Teacher Information

    Credit Hour: One Credit

    Name: Mrs. Sibbett

    Marking Period:

    Phone: 610-522-4300 ext. 6143

    Class Location: Portable 2

    Office Location: Portable 2


    Office Hours:

    Teacher Website: http://websites.pdesas.org/gsibbett/default.aspx

    E-Mail: gsibbett@sedelco.org

    School Attributes

    The manner in which we prepare students at Academy Park High School is informed by four attributes: (1) Dedicated faculty who will hold themselves to, at minimum, to the same standards as the students we teach; (2) Positive relationships developed and nurtured between and among adults and students; (3) A high level of rigor included in instructional practices via standards aligned and contextually driven instruction; and (4) Connecting positive relationships with effective instruction for positive academy RESULTS!


    Course Description:

    Western Civilization surveys the history of Europe beginning with the Ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome and ending with the international affairs and domestic changes in European society since WWII.  Students will analyze, interpret, and evaluate historical events, figures, ideas, and documents from European history.  They will develop knowledge and appreciation for the significant themes throughout Western Civilization that have led to the turbulent times of the present.  These include economic transformations, diversity and identity, development of distinct cultures, reform movements, politics and citizenship, and conflict and diplomacy.


    Course Competencies/ Learning Objectives

    Students who successfully complete Western Civilization will be competent in the following areas:

    • Students will be able to analyze how conflict and cooperation among groups and organizations have influenced the history and development of the world. (Reference History Standards 8.3.9.D.)
    • Students will be able to analyze the role groups and individuals played in the social, political, cultural, and economic development throughout world history. (Reference History Standards 8.3.9.A.)
    • Students will be able to analyze and evaluate primary and secondary sources and historical themes and events.


    Student Evaluation

    The grading system for the History Department at Academy Park High School is as follows:


    Tests, Projects, & Major Papers





    Quizzes, Classwork, & Minor Assignments



    Attendance & Class Participation


    20% (school wide)



    10% (school wide)




    The above areas will be used as the basis for 80% of your grade per semester. The midterm and/or final exam will constitute the remaining 20% of your grade per semester.

    Attendance Policy

    Regular and prompt class attendance is an essential part of the educational experience. Academy Park High School expects students to exercise good judgment regarding attendance and absences. Students will accept full responsibility for ensuring their work does not suffer because of absences. All students are expected to attend every scheduled class on time. Exceptions may be made for illness and valid emergencies.


    Classroom Expectations

    ·       Respect

    ·       Prepared

    ·       Participation

    ·       Collaboration


    Class Requirements

    ·       Spiral Notebook: 200-300 pages

    ·       Pens, pencils, colored pencils, markers

    ·       Email address



    Plagiarism, Cheating, and Academic Integrity

    Plagiarism is the practice of copying words, sentences, images, or ideas for use in written or oral assessments without giving proper credit to the source. Cheating is defined as the giving or receiving of illegal help on anything that has been determined by the teacher to be an individual effort. Both are considered serious offenses and will significantly affect your course grade. Please refer to the Student Code of Conduct booklet for additional information.



    A combination of lecture, class discussion, presentations, videos, cooperative learning, and problem-based learning will be used in this course. Grades will be determined by the satisfactory and timely completion of assignments. The grade of each assignment is based on the prerequisite given for each assignment. Below is an overview of topic/ units and major assessments/assignments for this course. Please note dates/timeframes are subject to change and are an estimate.


    Unit/ Topic

    Course Activities


    Month/ Timeframe

    All course unit topics

    Cooperative Learning



    Ancient Rome

    Multi-media Learning  



    The Rise of Europe

    Class discussions





    Class Activities/Homework