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History (HIST)

HIST 002 (GH;IL) The Western Heritage II (3) A survey of the Western heritage from the dawn of modern Europe in the seventeenth century to the present.

HIST 002 The Western Heritage II (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

History 002 is an introduction to the history of Europe from the reformation to the present. The course focuses on four broad shifts in European history: the emergence of the powerful states of the ancient regime from the century of religious violence following the reformations; the critique of and attack on major assumptions of ancient regimes before, during, and after the French revolution; the social and economic transformation of Europe in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; and the formation of mass societies during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Although individual versions of the course may vary in emphasis, these changes are recognized as vital to Europe's significance in the modern world. A major teaching goal of the course is the use of historical evidence, in the form of documents, to build interpretations of the past. A book of documents and an additional course packet supply this evidence and serve as the focus of the weekly discussion classes. There are weekly reading quizzes to ensure preparation and to provide questions for the start of discussion. A textbook and lectures supply the overviews and broad themes of the course. The course requirements typically consist of exams, quizzes, and class attendance. (Note that these are the typical, general requirements. Individual instructors may make adjustments that will maintain the intellectual integrity and pedagogic intent of the course.) The course is a basic introduction to modern European history. It is therefore, related to all upper division courses on this subject. It also introduces students to basic cultural and social movements essential to courses in art history and music and to courses in the social sciences. History002 is required for history majors and for others fulfills a humanities requirement in the university's general education/bachelor of arts requirements. HIST 002 is offered twice a year with 50 to 250 seats per offering.

General Education: GH
Diversity: IL
Bachelor of Arts: Humanities
Effective: Spring 2006

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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