Western Civilization: Modern Europe
Course Number: HST 103
Transcript Title: Western Civ: Modern Europe
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: September 25, 2013
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
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: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
- 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.
- 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.
- Identify the influence of culturally-based practices, values, and beliefs to assess how historically-defined meanings of difference affect human behavior.
- Communicate effectively using historical analysis.
- Connect the past with present-day events to enhance contemporary understanding and encourage civic activities.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
Assess by using any combination of the following:
- 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:
- Evolving role of Science
- World War I
- Interwar Period
- Italian Fascism, Stalinism, Nazism
- Weibmar Republic
- Economic Depression
- War II: European and Pacific Theaters
- Cold War
- Collapse of Communism
- Reunification of Germany
- European Union
Considering such factors as:
- 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.