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Summer 2014

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HIS105 - Western Tradition 2
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Examines the political, social, economic and intellectual development of Western society from 1500 CE to the present. Explores how modern historical and cultural issues shaped the development of contemporary western thought and institutions. Emphasizes developing and implementing the skills of the historian.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
At the conclusion of the course, based upon extended writing, examination questions and classroom activities, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an ability to evaluate and explain the long term changes and continuities of the distinctive features of modern Western civilization (post 1500).*

2. Analyze institutional formation in modern Western civilization and evaluate its influence on political, economic and social organization and control in at least three distinct civilizations.

3. Define the basic elements of culture and discuss at least three examples of the impact of these cultural values on modern Western society.

4. Identify and discuss the influence of global forces on the development of modern Western civilization.*

5. Discuss in three distinct ways the role that geography played on the Post 1500 development of Western civilization.

6. Evaluate the major religions and philosophies of modern Western civilization and analyze their impact on political, economic and cultural change.

7. Analyze at least three current issues in Western society in their historical context.

8. Evaluate history as an interpretive discipline with a diversity of viewpoints through the detection and appraisal for bias and point of view within at least three pieces of historical writing related to post 1500 Western civilization.

9. Read, interpret, and then explain at least three different types of primary evidence in post 1500 Western history in reference to historical perspective and content.

10. Formulate, organize and defend an historical argument appropriate to post 1500 Western Civilization in a written or oral presentation(University of Chicago style guide format) based upon library research involving a minimum of three scholarly references utilizing online full-text databases(information management).


* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the College's Comprehensive Assessment Plan. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data (see Assessing Student Learning Outcomes form) and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Assessment and Special Projects.


Content Outline:
I. The Protestant Reformation
II. Toward a New World View
III. Absolutism and Constitutionalism in Western Europe
IV. Absolutism in Eastern Europe to 1740
V. The Expansion of Europe in the Eighteenth Century
VI. The Everyday Life in Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Europe
VII. The Revolution in Politics, 1775-1814
VIII. The Revolution in Energy and Industry
IX. Ideologies and Upheavals, 1815-1850
X. Life in an Urban Society
XI. The Age of Nationalism, 1850-1914
XII. The West and its relationship to the world in the Nineteenth Century
XIII. World War One and Revolution
XIV. Europe between the wars
XV. Dictatorships and the Second World War
XVI. Cold War and the New Europe
XVII. Contemporary European Society




Effective Term: Fall 2009