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Course description[edit]

Course Description:[edit]

Survey of world history since the French Revolution. Topics may include: industrialization, nationalism and imperialism, the two World Wars, the Russian Revolution, the Cold War, and the march towards globalization. 2.66 contact hours per week (3 credits). No prerequisites.

Course Objectives:[edit]

This course encompasses two interrelated sets of objectives: some are related to the discipline of History, others to information literacy skills. At the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Identify most major turning points that shaped world history over the period of study;
  • Explain the rise of European hegemony and its later decline in the political, if not the cultural, realm;
  • Correlate the influences of social, economic, political, religious, and scientific factors in shaping the modern world;
  • Discuss historical topics related to the course in an informed manner;
  • Critically assess the value of various sources of information (primary and secondary) for historical research;
  • Contribute to the sharing of reliable historical information about the period with classmates and with others;
  • Share their passion for world history with anyone willing to listen!

Instructor and Ambassadors[edit]

Dr. Stéphane-D. Perreault (S.perreault) (talk)
Campus Ambassadors
Paul Boultbee (Pgboultbee) (talk)
Online Ambassadors
maclean (talk)


Week 1 (September 6): Wikipedia Essentials[edit]

In class
  • Overview of the course
  • Introduction to how Wikipedia will be used in the course
  • Handout: Welcome to Wikipedia (available in print or online from the Wikimedia Foundation)
Assignment (due week 2)
  • Read Five pillars, an explanation of Wikipedia's basic rules and principles

Week 2 (September 11-13): Editing basics[edit]

In class
Assignments (due week 3)
(See this and this for example assignments.)
  • Create a Wikipedia account, create a user page, and sign up on the list of students on the course page.
  • To practice editing and communicating on Wikipedia, introduce yourself to one of the class's Online Ambassadors (via talk page), and leave a message for a classmate on their user talk page.
  • All students have Wikipedia user accounts and are listed on the course page.

Week 3 (September 18-20): Exploring the topic area[edit]

In class
Assignments (due week 4)
  • Critically evaluate an existing Wikipedia article related to the class, and leave suggestions for improving it on the article's discussion page (to be submitted September 27; see course outline).
  • Research and list 3–5 articles on your Wikipedia user page that you will consider working on as your main project. Ask your class's Online Ambassadors for comments.

Week 4 (September 25-27): Using sources[edit]

In class
Assignment (due week 5)
  • Add 1–2 sentences of new information, backed up with a citation to an appropriate source, to a Wikipedia article related to the class.
For next week
  • Instructor evaluates student's article selections, by week 5.

Week 5 (October 2-4): Choosing articles[edit]

In class
  • Discuss the range of topics students will be working on and strategies for researching and writing about them.
Assignments (due week 6)
  • Select an article to work on, removing the rest from the course page.
  • Compile a bibliography of relevant research and post it to the talk page of the article you are working on (Research Proposal due October 11). Begin reading the sources.

Week 6 (October 9-11): Drafting starter articles[edit]

In class
  • Instructor and/or Campus Ambassadors talk about Wikipedia culture and etiquette, and [optionally] introduce the concept of sandboxes and how to use them.
  • Q&A session with instructor and/or Campus Ambassadors about interacting on Wikipedia and getting started with writing
  • Video resource: Sandbox tutorial
Assignments (due week 7)
  • If you are starting a new article, write a 3–4 paragraph summary version of your article (with citations) in your Wikipedia sandbox. If you are improving an existing article, write a summary version reflecting the content the article will have after it's been improved, and post this along with a brief description of your plans on the article's talk page.
  • Begin working with classmates and Online Ambassadors to polish your short starter article and fix any major transgressions of Wikipedia norms.
  • Continue research in preparation for expanding your article.
  • All students have started editing articles or drafts on Wikipedia.

Week 7 (October 9-11): Did you know[edit]

In class
Wiki assignments (due week 8)
  • Move sandbox articles into main space.
  • For new articles or qualifying expansions of stubs, compose a one-sentence "hook," nominate it for "Did you know," and monitor the nomination for any issues identified by other editors.
  • Begin expanding your article into a comprehensive treatment of the topic.

Week 8 (October 23-25): Building articles[edit]

In class or outside of class
Wiki assignments (due week 9)
  • Expand your article into an initial draft of a comprehensive treatment of the topic.
  • Select two classmates' articles that you will peer review and copy-edit. (You don't need to start reviewing yet.)

Week 9 (October 30 - November 1): Getting and giving feedback[edit]

In class
  • Campus Ambassadors lead Wikipedia lab/workshop (Thursday, November 1 at Library Computer Lab), covering:
    • Article ratings on Wikipedia & how to get there
    • Uploading images, and adding images to articles
  • As a group, have the students offer suggestions for improving one or two of the students' articles, setting the example for what is expected from a solid encyclopedia article.

Week 10 (November 6-8): Information Literacy[edit]

In class
  • Open discussion of the concepts of neutrality, media literacy, and the impact and limits of Wikipedia
Wiki assignments (due week 11, November 15)
  • Peer review two of your classmates' articles. Leave suggestions on the article talk pages (Due Thursday, November 22).
  • Copy-edit the two reviewed articles.

Week 11 (November 13-15): Responding to feedback[edit]

In class
  • Make edits to your article based on peers' feedback.
Wiki assignments (due week 12)
  • Nominate your article for Good Article status.
  • All articles have been reviewed by others. All students have reviewed articles by their classmates.

Week 12 (November 20-22): Self-Reflection[edit]

In class
  • Prepare for an in-class presentation about your Wikipedia editing experience.
Wiki assignments (due week 13)
  • Write a self-reflective essay to accompany your final assignment and to prepare for in-class presentation.

Week 13 (November 27-29): Class presentations[edit]

In class
  • Students give in-class presentations about their experiences editing Wikipedia.
Wiki assignments (due week 14)
  • Add final touches to you Wikipedia article. Try to address issues from Good Article reviews.
  • Write a reflective essay (2-5 pages) on your Wikipedia contributions.

Week 14 (December 4): Due date[edit]

You made it!

  • Students have finished all their work on Wikipedia that will be considered for grading, and have submitted reflective essays.


This table will list each article that a student is working on, and which other students will be peer reviewers for the article.

Article banners

To mark each article the subject of a student project, add the following code at the top of the talk page for each article: {{ WAP assignment | course = Wikipedia:Canada Education Program/Courses/The World since 1789 (Stéphane-D. Perreault) | university = Red Deer College | term = 2012 Q3 | project = }} That will result in the following banner (and make the articles easy to track):

User Article 1st reviewer 2nd reviewer
User:LingYao12 Joseph Dodge User:Roseice8 User:Vanstraiten
User:Pgboultbee Nassau Public Library Closed Closed
User:Vanstraiten Surzhyk User:LingYao12 User:jvzee
User:Halfpak Battle of Hyderabad User:Markbreth User:Molenchuk
User:nanner888 Women's roles in the World Wars User: Rcoutts12 User:StAnMc18
User:Roseice8 Tenpo User:LingYao12 User:Vanstraiten
User:allleague1 Quartering Acts User:JedJaren User:LFriesen
User:ddabell History of smallpox User: Rcoutts12 User:Krcountrygirl
User:Smbourne forced labor in the Soviet Union user:nsteblin User:JedJaren
User:mckayaa Chateau de Navarre User:Skeletonfish User:Roseice8
User:Tanissteinbach Great Sheffield Flood User:LFriesen User:cmeyer8
User:Michaela.constant Johann Kremer mckayaa user: nsteblin
User:Krcountrygirl Chilkoot Pass mckayaa User:Tanissteinbach
User:CallyLee Rwandan Revolution User:open User:Molenchuk
User:JedJaren Art of The Third Reich User:Markbreth User:StAnMc18
User:LFriesen History of Social Work User:Tanissteinbach User:cmeyer8
User:Molenchuk User:Skeletonfish Battle of Moon Sound allleague1 User:Michaela.constant
User:nsteblin Alfred von Schlieffen User:SemperInvictus johnrdc
User:rpmcintyre Korean War User:SemperInvictus open
User:Rcoutts12 The Famous Five (Canada) User: Smbourne User:Michaela.constant
User:bmodin Example article open open
User:jvzee Socialist realism User:ddabell User:nanner888
User:SemperInvictus Second Boer War User:ddabell User:Halfpak
User:johnrdc Dominion Land Survey allleague1 User:jvzee
User:JessicaAshG The Red Army Smbourne
User:Example User Boer War open open
User:Markbreth William Cathcart (Royal Navy officer) johnrdc User:Halfpak
User:cmeyer8 Quartering Acts Skeletonfish nanner888
User:StAnMc18 Piracy in the Caribbean User:Krcountrygirl User:JessicaAshG
Wikipedia-Ambassador-Program-Logo.png This article is the subject of an educational assignment at Red Deer College supported by the Wikipedia Ambassador Program during the 2012 Q3 term. Further details are available on the course page.


Wikipedia contributions will be graded as follows:

  • 5% each (x3): Participation grade for early Wikipedia exercises (weeks 2, 3, and 4)
  • 10%: Participation in Wikipedia discussions in class
  • 10%: Peer reviews and collaboration with classmates
  • 15%: Presentation and reflective essay
  • 50%: Quality of main Wikipedia contributions, evaluated in light of reflective essay


Add your username to the list here using the format for Example User below: