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HIS 102 - Western Civilization Since 1500

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

This course is designed as a survey of the political, economic and social developments of European Civilization from the Renaissance to the end of the twentieth century.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Identify the trends and forces that led to the development of a modern world-view.
  2. Compare and contrast the political and constitutional development of Britain and continental Europe.
  3. Explain the intellectual concepts of the Enlightenment.
  4. Describe the causes and results of the French Revolution.
  5. Explain the rise of industrialism and capitalism and the challenges of and responses to liberalism, socialism and Marxism.
  6. Explain the role of nationalism in the formation of major nations in the late 19th century.
  7. Describe the causes and results of World War I.
  8. Identify the causes and results of the Russian Revolution.
  9. Explain the causes of World War II and the issues of the Cold War.
Listed Topics
  1. The Renaissance and Reformation
  2. The Age of Exploration
  3. Absolutism and Constitutionalism
  4. The Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment
  5. The French Revolution
  6. The Industrial Revolution
  7. Nineteenth and early twentieth century political ideologies
  8. Imperialism and colonialism
  9. Unification movements in Italy and Germany
  10. World War I and World War II
  11. The Cold War
  12. Decolonization
  13. The collapse of the Soviet Union
  14. Globalization
Reference Materials
Textbook, scholarly readings, films, maps and electronic resources as assigned.
Approved By: Bullock, Quintin Date Approved: 05/15/2015

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