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Western Civilization: Modern Europe

Course Number: HST 103
Transcript Title: Western Civ: Modern Europe
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: August 4, 2015
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: Yes
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0
Approved delivery mode:


MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121.

Course Description

Studies history of 19th and 20th century Europe, including the Industrial Revolution, nationalism, imperialism, socialism, the Russian Revolution, Nazism, world wars and their aftermath. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

  1. Articulate an understanding of key events in the nineteenth and twentieth-century history of Europe and use critical thinking in order to evaluate historical changes and their impact on western civilization.
  2. Recognize the different groups that interacted in and with Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in order to evaluate and appreciate their historical contributions to modern western civilization.
  3. Identify the influence of culturally-based practices, values, and beliefs to assess how historically-defined meanings of difference affect human behavior.
  4. Communicate effectively using historical analysis.
  5. Connect the past with present-day events to enhance contemporary understanding and encourage civic activities.

Alignment with Institutional Core Learning Outcomes

1. Communicate effectively using appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. (Communication)
2. Creatively solve problems by using relevant methods of research, personal reflection, reasoning, and evaluation of information. (Critical thinking and Problem-Solving)
3. Apply the knowledge, skills and abilities to enter and succeed in a defined profession or advanced academic program. (Professional Competence)
4. Appreciate cultural diversity and constructively address issues that arise out of cultural differences in the workplace and community. (Cultural Awareness)
5. Recognize the consequences of human activity upon our social and natural world. (Community and Environmental Responsibility)

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assess by using any combination of the following:

  • Exams
  • Essays
  • Oral presentations
  • Research projects
  • Service-Learning projects
  • Class participation and discussion
  • Other creative assignments

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts, Issues

This course will cover aspects of:

  • Industrial Revolution
  • Congress of Vienna
  • Revolutions of 1848
  • Italian and German Unification
  • Nineteenth and Twentieth social and political movements such as:
    • Romanticism
    • Conservatism
    • Liberalism
    • Socialism
    • Marxism
    • Nationalism
  • Evolving role of Science
  • Imperialism
  • World War I
    • Interwar Period
    • Italian Fascism, Stalinism, Nazism
    • Weibmar Republic
    • Economic Depression
  • War II: European and Pacific Theaters
  • Decolonization
  • Cold War
  • Collapse of Communism
  • Reunification of Germany
  • European Union

Considering such factors as:

  • Geography
  • Social hierarchy
  • Political, legal, and economic structures
  • Cultural contributions
  • Philosophies and religions

Competencies and Skills

  • Analyze and evaluate primary and secondary sources.
  • Identify a historian's thesis and supporting evidence.
  • Develop your own interpretation, using evidence to support it.
  • Think critically about the relationships between past and present events and issues.
  • Compare and contrast the experience of diverse groups in Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
  • Demonstrate college-level communication skills.