Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
HST 103H
Course Title:
History of Western Civilization: Modern Europe - Honors
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Course Description

Honors version of HST 103. Studies history of nineteenth and twentieth-century Europe, including the Industrial Revolution, nationalism, imperialism, socialism, the Russian Revolution, Nazism, world wars and their aftermath. GPA 3.25 minimum. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

? 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.
Honors outcomes
? Evaluate and critique historical scholarship
? Assess the historiography of a selected subject by evaluating the relevant historical context and by utilizing primary and secondary sources

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:
? Analyze and evaluate primary and secondary sources
? Identify an historian€™s thesis and supporting evidence
? Develop your own thesis and historical 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 the ancient world and early medieval Europe
? Demonstrate college?level communications 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:
o Romanticism
o Conservatism
o Liberalism
o Socialism
o Marxism
o Nationalism
? Evolving role of Science
? Imperialism
? World War I
o Interwar Period
o Italian Fascism, Stalinism, Nazism
o Weibmar Republic
o 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