Course Content and Outcome Guide for HST 103 Effective Fall 2015

Course Number:
HST 103
Course Title:
Western Civilization: Modern Europe
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Course Description

Studies history of nineteenth and twentieth-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.

Addendum to Course Description


Intended Outcomes for the course

· 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:

  • Exams
  • Essays
  • Oral presentations
  • Research projects
  • Service-Learning projects
  • Class participation and discussion
  • Other creative assignments

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Competencies 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:
    • Romanticism
    • Conservatism
    • Liberalism
    • Socialism
    • Marxism
    • Nationalism
  • Evolving role of Science
  • Imperialism
  • World War I
    • Interwar Period
    • Italian Fascism, Stalinism, Nazism
    • Weibmar Republic
    • Economic Depression
  • War II:  European and Pacific Theaters
  • Decolonization
  • Cold War
  • Collapse of Communism
  • Reunification of Germany
  • European Union

Considering such factors as:

  • Geography
  • Social hierarchy
  • Political, legal, and economic structures
  • Cultural contributions
  • Philosophies and religions
  •  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