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HIS 102 - Introduction to Western Civilization II

3 Credits, 3 Contact Hours
3 lecture periods 0 lab periods

History of the origins and development of the modern Western world. Includes Wars of Religion, the Enlightenment, the Eighteenth century, the Nineteenth century, and the Twentieth century.

Prerequisite(s): With a C or better: WRT 101 WRT 101HC WRT 101S  or WRT 101SE   
Gen-Ed: Meets AGEC - HUM or SBS and I, G; Meets CTE - A&H or SBS and G.

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Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Examine the causes and results of the Wars of Religion
  2. State the developments and characteristics of the Enlightenment and the Eighteenth century.
  3. Describe the aspects of the Nineteenth century.
  4. Examine the era of the Twentieth century.
  5. Engage in historical inquiry utilizing methods appropriate for the Discipline of History (e.g. source selection and evaluation, written historical analysis, qualitative and quantitative data collection, artifact analysis and interpretation, etc.).

  1. Intensive Writing and Critical Inquiry.
    1. This course will involve the production of written discourse in more than one assignment through papers, reports, quizzes, tests, etc., which include a minimum word standard of 3,000 words.
    2. It will include written assignments that emphasize critical inquiry, which includes the gathering, interpreting, and evaluation of evidence.
    3. It will include a formal out-of-class paper of at least 1,500 words, which requires critical inquiry and where the writer develops and supports the main idea.
    4. It will also include explicit writing instruction with timely feedback to help students improve their writing and critical inquiry skills as part of the course content.
    5. The evaluation of written assignments must include the overall quality of written work and critical inquiry, as measured by a rubric.
    6. At least 50% of the student’s grade must be based upon the written work and critical inquiry assignments.
  2. Wars of Religion
    1. Causes
      1. Catholic and Protestant
        1. Martin Luther
        2. Council of Trent
      2. English Reformation
      3. Thirty Years War
    2. Results
      1. Rise of Absolutism
        1. French “divine right” absolutism
        2. Russian absolutism under Peter I
        3. English Revolution
        4. Hapsburg Spain and Austria
      2. Development of anti-absolutist political ideology
  3. Enlightenment and the Eighteenth Century
    1. Scientific Revolution
    2. Economic Practices
      1. Mercantilism
      2. Beginnings of mechanized industry
      3. Slave trade
    3. French “Philosophes”
    4. Enlightenment and Statecraft
    5. Revolution
      1. American Revolution
      2. French Revolution
    6. Napoleonic era
  4. Nineteenth Century
    1. Industrial Revolution
    2. Nationalism
      1. Unification of Italy
      2. Creation of Germany
    3. Romanticism and realism in art and literature
    4. Development of a mass consumer society
    5. Imperialism
      1. Social Darwinism
      2. European conquest and Asia
      3. European conquest and Africa
      4. Revolt in Latin America
    6. Women’s Suffrage movement
  5. Twentieth Century
    1. Russo-Japanese War
    2. War in the Balkans
    3. Great War
    4. Russian Revolution
    5. Inter-War years
      1. Economic depression
      2. Rise of fascism
      3. Armenian genocide
      4. Spanish influenza
    6. World War II
      1. European theatre
      2. Pacific theatre
      3. The Holocaust
    7. Atomic age
      1. Marshall Plan
      2. Zionist movement
      3. Development of the Cold War
    8. Politics of revolt
      1. War in Southeast Asia
      2. Global student protests
      3. Civil rights movement
    9. Demise of the Soviet Bloc

Effective Term:
Full Academic Year 2021/2022

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