Course Summary
Credit Type:
ACE Course Number:
Organization Course Number:
S1 - 128860910; S2 - 130578345
4 weeks (120 hours)
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 Western Civilization II


The course objective is to provide knowledge of the monumental changes that occurred from the Industrial Revolution through modern times. Students will start by exploring how society changed as people moved from the farms to the city, then they will examine the causes and effects of imperialism, and how nations sought more money and more control leading to World War I. They will also evaluate causes and effects of World War II, the Cold War, and research a contemporary global issue.

Learning Outcomes:

  • compare and contrast the origins, characteristics, and consequences of industrialization
  • review the history of imperialism and discuss the connection between racism and imperialism
  • identify colonies of Asia, Africa, and Latin America
  • examine causes and effects of World War including the political, economic, military, and social consequences
  • describe the impact of the Great Depression across the globe
  • outline the causes of World War II, discuss the main turning points of the war, and review the immediate consequences of the war's end
  • describe the global reconfigurations and restructuring of political and economic relationships in the Post-World War II era
  • discuss perspectives on the causes of conflict in the Middle East
  • outline past and present global issues
  • discuss economic systems and economic liberty

General Course Topics:

  • The Industrial Revolution
  • Imperialism
  • World War I
  • The Great Depression
  • Shifting global powers
  • World War II
  • International conflicts
  • The Cold War
  • Globalization
  • Economic systems
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Case Studies
  • Computer Based Training
  • Discussion
  • Learner Presentations
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Case Studies
  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)
  • Presentations
  • Quizzes
  • Written Papers
  • Facilitated Discussions

Minimum Passing Score:

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