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2022-2023 Course Catalog 
2022-2023 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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HIS 111 - Western Civilization: Early..

Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 0
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Core
This course is a survey of the evolution of Western Civilization from the rise of the nation-state to the present. Major topics include the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon; 19th century developments such as liberalism, the Industrial Revolution, socialism, nationalism, and imperialism; and the great wars and upheavals of the 20th and 21st centuries.

  1. Critique the effects of the Enlightenment upon European society
    1. Identify key figures in the Enlightenment
    2. Evaluate the intellectual impact of the Enlightenment upon Europe
    3. Outline the effect of the Enlightenment outside of Europe
    4. Analyze the impact of Enlightened monarchs on Europe
  2. Appraise the importance of the French Revolution and future revolutions it inspired
    1. Discuss the transformation of French society
    2. Summarize the wars that spread across Europe and Latin America in the wake of the French Revolution
    3. Identify the rise of Napoleon and his impact on society, law, and the military
    4. Contrast the revolutions of 1848
  3. Evaluate the concepts of modernity and modern society
    1. Discuss the process of technological and cultural modernization
    2. Examine the rise and varieties of economic transformations
    3. Review the agricultural revolution
    4. Interpret the changes brought on by the industrial revolution
  4. Evaluate the origins and varieties of ideologies that developed during the 18th and 19th centuries
    1. Examine the interactions among ideologies such as conservatism, liberalism, religious fundamentalism, and nationalism
    2. Chart the emergence of socialism, communism, modern capitalism, and fascism
    3. Identify the impact that these ideologies had on women, people of color, and other historically marginalized groups within Europe
  5. Evaluate the impact that the political, economic, and social actions of Europe during the late 18th and early 19th centuries had within Europe
    1. Describe the development of societal reforms throughout European states, including feminism, labor movements, prison and justice reform, and changes in approach to mental health and disability
    2. Contrast the wars of unification in both Italy and Germany
  6. Evaluate the impact that the political, economic, and social actions of Europe during the late 18th and early 19th centuries had throughout global society
    1. Critique the ideas underlying imperialism and colonialism, including ideologies of racial hierarchy and cultural superiority
    2. Distinguish between the different European attempts at global imperialism
    3. Identify the major impacts that imperialism had on a variety of cultures in Africa and Asia
  7. Characterize the origins of the First World War
    1. Identify the tensions in Europe and its imperial holdings that led to the First World War
    2. Outline the different fronts of the First World War
    3. Record the aftermath of the First World War’s effects on Europe and the rest of the world
  8. Evaluate the turmoil of the inter-war period
    1. Assess the Russian Revolution and development of communism in Europe
    2. Discuss the geographical reorganization of Europe after the First World War
    3. Describe the impact on colonies around the globe
    4. Critique the rise of extremist ideologies (dictatorships, fascism, Nazism)
    5. Appraise the effects of the Great Depression
  9. Analyze the Second World War
    1. Discuss the origins of the Second World War
    2. Highlight key fronts and battles of the Second World War
    3. Contrast the end of the Second World War to the First World War
  10. Critique the worldwide confrontation of the Cold War
    1. Discuss the origins of the Cold War
    2. Interpret the many impacts of the Cold War, including those that impacted historically marginalized groups
    3. Describe the factors that contributed to the demise of the Cold War
  11. Illustrate the issues facing Europe after the Second World War
    1. Articulate the impact of decolonization on both colonizer and colonized
    2. Describe the origins of the European Union
    3. Discuss Europe’s relationship with the non-western world and the impacts of globalization
  12. Demonstrate effective communication and critical thinking skills through writing.
    1. Define and interpret primary and secondary sources
    2. Create formal historical writing that presents a coherent argument

Competencies Revised Date: AY2022

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