Getting Started With This Course
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Accessing Your Course
Canvas (by Instructure)
Your course is using Canvas. If you are new to Canvas, please visit the
Canvas Basics course space
to become familiar with Canvas prior to the start of your course. No login is required to
access this space.
You will be able to login to Canvas about two weeks prior to the start of your class.
However, your course becomes available as of 1 AM on the official course
Log in to your Canvas course space at
- Username: Your username is the same for every system at Bucks.
- Password: your Bucks Network password (used to log into any Bucks campus computer or to access any Bucks Library online database from off campus.)
If you do not know your Bucks Username, you can retrieve it by using the Find Your Username Form. Enter your Name, Birthday (mm/dd/yyyy) and either your 7 digit student ID number OR your social security number, then click Submit. Your Bucks username will display on the screen.
Note: Students are uploaded to Canvas several times a day. If you registered late, you won't be
able to access Canvas until the next upload takes place.
Purchasing Your Books and Other Course Materials
While you may purchase your books and other course materials from the provider of your choice (using the
ISBN number available through the course's academic department
where applicable to ensure the correct version), both the campus bookstore
and our online bookstore,
guarantee that they stock the correct version for your course.
Approximately 3 weeks prior to the start of the session you can use the link
below to see the list of books that have been selected by your instructor. If you have
any questions about the course materials listed, please contact your instructor or the academic
this link to see the book list for your course.
Other Information about the Course
This course is a historical survey of the development of the Western World from Medieval Europe to the European Renaissance and Reformation (400 B.C.E.-1600 C.E.). In order to arrive at this comprehensive understanding, we will look at art, religion, philosophy, and important figues during the development of Christianity and Buddhism, the Medieval Era, the European Renaissance and the Reformation. We will take a big picture or comprehensive approach to understanding these movements in order to recognize their historical significance as well as the influences these historical moments have had upon contemporary culture in the United States and abroad. Furthermore, though this is an online course, we will be utilizing a variety of methods of interaction in order to reinforce learning and prevent stagnation. For example, I will be posting recorded mini-lectures to begin each unit to ensure that you see and hear me many times throughout the semester. Additionally, you will be required to post within the discussion forum 2-4 times per week, with at least one post being a creation of a new thread OR a response to a question/comment I (your instructor post) and one post being a response to one of your fellow classmates. I will also assign a collaborative art paper/presentation where you will be required to work in a small group either online or in person. Your presentation will be posted online and questions for the presenters will be posed by your classmates. You will also be required to engage in individual work, such as writing a research paper on an important historical figure and answering essay questions. The point of these varied activities is to maintain a lively and interactive atmosphere with the advantage of being able to complete many of the assignments at your own pace, without sacrificing the benefits that come with a face-face learning environment.