Course Abstract Details

HIST-102, Western Civilization 2

Credits: 3

This is a General Education Course

Course Description

HIST 102, Western Civilization 2, introduces the major political, economic, and cultural developments in the history of the "western world" from the late sixteenth-century to the present, including World War I, the rise of Nazi power, World War II, the atomic age, and the Cold War. It focuses upon the development of political ideologies, the changing shape of violence, and the possible meanings of modernity, with particular emphasis upon the social and intellectual values of the time. Prerequisite: exemption/completion of READ-A-F (Please note: It is not necessary to complete HIST-101 before taking this course.) Credit by exam available. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours. GENERAL EDUCATION Offered Fall, Spring, Summer terms.

Course Objectives and Grading Information

MAJOR COURSE OBJECTIVES:    Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:   

1. Summarize and explain the major events, people, and ideas in western civilization, from 1600 to the present, in order to show a clear, concise understanding of their various effects on today s world (GE1, GE2, PG1, PG2, PG4) 

2. communicate orally, by discussing original documents and key issues in western civilization from 1600 to the present (GE1, GE2, PG1, PG2, PG4) 

3. demonstrate informational literacy; i.e. know when there is a need for information, and to be able to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively use that information for the issue or problem at hand (GE2, GE4, PG1, PG4) 

4. express themselves in formal writing, by authoring papers such as essays, analyses, book reviews, or bibliographies that offer a clear and supported position on a complex historical subject or event (GE1, GE2, GE4, PG1, PG2, PG4, PG5) 

5. think critically, from analyzing the successes and failures of the past and explaining and predicting how people with values and mindsets different from our own handle similar circumstances (GE2, GE6, GE7, PG1, PG2, PG3, PG4) 

6. make historical connections by recognizing contemporary behaviors, actions, and policies that demonstrate how people fail to learn lessons from those past successes and failures (GE2, GE7, PG1)

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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