Course Summary
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14 weeks (75 hours)
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Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 western civilization II


The course objective is to provide the student with a comprehensive overview of the main themes of European history from the age of the Enlightenment through modern times. The evolution and development of cultural, intellectual, scientific, economic and political institutions are outlined, and overall trends are traced.

Learning Outcomes:

  • identify the major concepts, persons, and events that contributed to nation-building and the war for order in the eighteenth century
  • compare and contrast the rise of eastern and western Europe
  • describe the change in European and world culture resulting from Enlightenment-era philosophies
  • describe the impact of the French revolution on the political, economic, and social world order
  • describe the rise and fall of Napoleon Bonaparte and explain his legacy
  • compare and contrast the benefits and burdens of industrialization
  • examine the effects of the industrial revolution in England on western society and describe the causes for its rapid growth
  • identify and describe the people, ideas, and technologies that radically changed the traditional social, economic, and political environment of the early nineteenth century
  • explain the change in Western culture resulting from unification era politics
  • summarize the evolution of imperialism and compare and contrast the various methods of imperial indoctrination
  • compare and contrast the major political, economic, and social reforms that ignited a mass emigration of European peoples to the US during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century
  • define evolution and explain the conflict between evolutionary theory and religious theology
  • identify the root causes and explain how World War I changed the world order
  • describe the struggles of the Western world during postwar recovery
  • compare and contrast the various technologies, battles, and strategies that affected the outcome of World War II
  • examine the social, economic, and political changes that have occurred in the twentieth century, and describe the role of the United States, China, and the Soviet Union as world superpowers.

General Topics:

  • The emergence of the modern European state
  • The Enlightenment and the Scientific Revolution
  • The French revolutionary and Napoleonic periods
  • The evolutionary 19th century
  • Progress and competition
  • The Great War and its results
  • The Second World War and its outcomes and results
  • The post-Cold War world
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Computer Based Training

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Quizzes

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