World History/Western Civ II

From: $88.00 / month for 8 months

Grades: 9th–12th grade

Live class: Monday 12:15–1:30 p.m. EST

Course dates: August 27th–May 5th

(Please note that class will not meet April 15th–April 22nd. Mrs. Hawkins does not follow the standard Aim Academy spring break week.)

Price: $625

Instructor: Lisa Hawkins 

Instructor email:

Note: Parents of interested 8th graders should contact instructor before registering.


Course Description

Description: This course will trace the social, economic, and political development of world civilizations and the growth of important ideas from the middle of the seventeenth century, through recent times.  While class time will be focused on European developments, students will have plenty of exposure to non-Western historical developments.  This course addresses the needs of students who are looking for either a World History course or a Western Civilization course.   Not only will students be mastering much historical content, they will also be learning how to ask questions, seek answers, and make arguments like historians   Students will engage in a variety of learning methods, including textbook study, primary document exploration, literature exploration, group discussions, and other projects.    Dozens of additional, optional practice quizzes will be uploaded for students who want extra preparation towards a standardized exam.    My choices for assignments are well-considered and my classes are very lively.  I do everything I can to overcome the limitations of the ‘virtual divide.’

This course will be run on the learning platform called Canvas.  Canvas is a user-friendly, powerful platform where parents can be linked to their students and access student material, see grades, and contact the instructor at any time. In addition, families can visit my website,, for more information.

Want to get a sense of one of our live class sessions?  Watch a recording!
Live Sessions: Weekly class meetings will be conducted on Mondays 12:30-1:30, EST almost every week the course is in session for discussion and reviewing of material.   We spend between an hour and the full hour and fifteen minutes in each week’s class session.   When we do not have a live class scheduled, students will usually be directed to view a related presentation or video. Attendance at the live sessions is not required, but highly recommended!  We really enjoy our live sessions together.   Just about every class involves student interaction with the material and each other in a way that they have always found engaging and beneficial.   I like to ask my students a lot of questions, and build on their answers as I keep teaching them new material.   If a student cannot make the live session, he or she will need to view the recorded class sometime in the course of the week because material in the classes will be tested in biweekly exams.

Course Structure: The course is divided into eight “Units,” with each Unit divided into Weeks A, B, C, and D.  Our live meeting begins a week, and certain repeated assignment types are due at the end of the week.  The typical  student will spend 5-8 hours per week on this class. This includes time for reading the assigned texts, completing weekly homework, and participating in weekly class sessions (via live session or archived recording).

In addition to learning the content of Western and non-Western history from the mid 17th century through recent times,  students can be opted in to complete a  major project each semester.  These major projects are optional, but if opted in, during the first semester each student can choose a literature-based project option or research the historical development of a non-Western country.  For the first semester, the literature-based option involves reading Oliver Twist and either writing a paper on the book or answering a series of questions about it.  For the second semester, the literature-based option involves reading Cry, the Beloved Country and either writing a paper on the book or answering a series of questions about it.  For either or both semesters, the student may instead opt to develop a detailed lesson on the historical development of a non-Western country.  Students who choose to do this may conduct their lesson during a live session.  More instructions will be provided in the class. 

Course Outline: We will cover material from chapters 16 through 30 of Spielvogel’s Western Civilization, using the first few weeks to review earlier history.

Below is our schedule (subject to change as necessary):


World History II Date of beginning the week (Class meeting) Textbook Chapters and Potential Topics to Cover in Class
Unit 1 Week A Aug 27 Review of earlier Western Historical Development
Unit 1 Week B Sept 3 The Thirty Years’ War
Unit 1 Week C



Sept 10 Chapter 16: Toward a New Heaven and a New Earth: The Scientific Revolution and the Emergence of Modern Science.

Development of Science in Early Modern Europe

Unit 1 Week D Sept 17 Chapter 16, continued

Diderot. Leeuwenhoek, and the Enlightenment

Unit 2 Week A


Sept 24 Chapter 17: The Eighteenth Century: An Age of Enlightenment.

Shaping Modern Europe I – The Big Picture

Unit 2 Week B Oct 1 Chapter 17, continued

Shaping Modern Europe II – France

Unit 2 Week C


Oct 8 Chapter 18: The Eighteenth Century: European States, International Wars, and Social  Change
Shaping Modern Europe II – England
Unit 2 Week D Oct 15 Chapter 18, continued
Introduction to the Causes of the French Revolution
Unit 3 Week A


Oct 22 Chapter 19: A Revolution in Politics: The Era of the French Revolution and Napoleon.
The Course of the Revolution and the Set Up for Napoleon
Unit 3 Week B Oct 31 Chapter 19, continued
Student Project Presentation, if applicable or documentary (possible no live meeting this week)
Unit 3 Week C


Nov 5 Chapter 20: The Industrial Revolution and Its Impact on European Society.
French Revolutionary Wars and the Congress of Vienna
Unit 3 Week D Nov 12 Chapter 20, continued
The Industrial Revolution, Part One
Unit 4 Week A


Nov 19

(this is Thanksgiving week, but we will meet)

Chapter 21: Reaction, Revolution, and Romanticism, 1815-1850.
The Industrial Revolution, Part Two
Unit 4 Week B Nov 26 Chapter 21, continued
The Revolutions of 1848
Unit 4 Week C


Dec 3 Chapter 22: An Age of Nationalism and Realism, 1850-1871.
Otto von Bismarck and German Unification
Unit 4 Week D Dec 10 Chapter 22, continued
Semester Review
Unit 5 Week A


Dec 18 Chapter 23: Mass Society in an “Age of Progress“, 1871-1894.
Economic Issues and Ideas  End of Nineteenth Century
Unit 5 Week B Jan 7 Chapter 23, continued
Anti-Semitism and the Dreyfus Affair
Unit 5 Week C


Jan 14 Chapter 24: An Age of Modernity, Anxiety, and Imperialism, 1894-1914.
The New Imperialism
Unit 5 Week D Jan 21 Chapter 24, continued
Rise of the Irrational and the Uncertain – Changes in Art, Psychology, and Physics
Unit 6 Week A


Jan 28 Chapter 25: The Beginning of the Twentieth-Century Crisis: War and Revolution
Long Term Causes of WWI
Unit 6 Week B Feb 4 Chapter 25, continued
The Course of WWI
Unit 6 Week C


Feb 11 Chapter 26: The Futile Search for a New Stability: Europe between the Wars, 1919-1939
The Russian Revolution
Unit 6 Week D Feb 18 Chapter 26, continued
Totalitarianism in Europe Between the Wars: The Soviet Union and Germany, Part One
Unit 7 Week A


Feb 25 Chapter 27: The Deepening of the European Crisis: World War II.
Totalitarianism in Europe Between the Wars: The Soviet Union and Germany, Part Two
Unit 7 Week B March 4 Chapter 27, continued
Totalitarianism in Europe Between the Wars: The Soviet Union and Germany, Part Three
Unit 7 Week C


March 11 Chapter 28: Cold War and a New Western World, 1945-1965.
Unit 7 Week D March 18 Chapter 28, continued
The Cold War
Unit 8 Week A


March 25 Chapter 29: Protest and Stagnation: The Western World, 1965-1985.
Crises in the Middle East – The Balfour Declaration and Beyond
Unit 8 Week B April 1 Chapter 29, continued
Crises in the Middle East – The Suez Canal
Unit 8 Week C


April 8



Chapter 30: After The Fall: The Western World In A Global Age (Since 1985)
The End of the Cold War and The Beginning of Other Conflicts
Spring Break April  15 NO MEETING
Unit 8 Week D April 22 Chapter 30, continued
Semester Review



Required Texts

Required Texts:

• To purchase: Jackson Spielvogel: Western Civilization, volume 2, eighth edition. ISBN: 978-1111342135 OR ISBN: 978-0495913283 You can also get the seventh edition, ISBN: 978-0495502876, although homework and quizzes are specifically based on the eighth edition. Used, cheap copies are widely available on,, or similar websites.

• To purchase: Perry, et. al., The Humanities in the Western Tradition: Readings in Literature and Thought, Volume II. ISBN: 978-0395848159 (Be sure you’re buying the correct title and volume. This has a light blue cover. Don’t stress over the price of new copies. Buy used!!)

• To purchase, borrow, or stream: Students will also need to acquire a copy of the movie, Gandhi. It is typically available through interlibrary loan systems or through streaming services.

• For families who choose add-on projects: For students who choose one or both of the literature options, the book for the first semester is Oliver Twist. The book for the second semester is Cry, the Beloved Country.





  1. Georgia Reichard

    This is my third history class with Mrs. Hawkins and I loved it! The lectures are interesting, engaging, and very interactive. We have all kinds of discussions in the class about history and how it play into current events. The homework is (dare I say) FUN! I personally enjoy the quizzes and essay questions, as they help us to explore the reading more thoroughly. There is no busy work, so you never feel bogged down with homework. I highly recommend this course to anyone interested, as well as any of Mrs. Hawkins other courses. She is a wonderful teacher and will help you fall in love with history!!!

  2. Becca Michaels

    Mrs. Hawkins is a phenomenal teacher and this was hands down my favorite class this year! Classes involve lots of student participation and a fun but content-filled lesson! It helps nurture a love of history, and the homework is very low-stress but helps you gain a better mastery of the content. Overall a superb class!

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Lisa Hawkins

I love history, I love teaching, and I love students. I put a great deal of thought and time into constructing courses that are engaging, challenging, and well-organized. I also care a great deal about humanizing the on-line experience, and you will see that priority woven into many aspects of my course. I majored in history at Swarthmore College, where I also earned my high-school teaching certification. I also did graduate work at Widener University with a focus on English and education. I worked for four years at an inner-city classical high school, where I taught American History and American Literature and served as Dean of Students. In 1997, I earned my Masters in History at Temple University, and soon began teaching college courses for Drexel University and Peirce College for adults returning to school. In 2005, I began teaching online, and to date have independently created nine different online college courses, ranging from survey American History courses, to the History of American Business, Colonial History, Revolutionary History, and Western Humanities surveys. I have been awarded “Outstanding Adjunct Faculty” by one of the universities I currently teach for. I am also an official grader of AP US History exams, receiving extensive training in the process and participating in College Board and ETS seminars. Despite all my experiences at the high school and college level, and despite my appreciation for the more profound academic and cultural expressions, I am nevertheless a shameless fan of English Premier League soccer, The Simpsons, Napoleon Dynamite, and MST3K.

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