This course is a survey of social, cultural, economic, and political developments which have molded the modern Western world. It covers the development of the modern Western world from the era of the Renaissance and Reformation to the present.
Kishlansky, Mark, et al. A Brief History of Western Civilization: The Unfinished Legacy. 5th Edition. New York: Pearson Education, Inc., 2007.
Course Learning Outcomes
The student will be able to analyze the major causes, accomplishments, and significance of the Renaissance.
The student will be able to explain the causes and impact of the Protestant Reformation, the Reformation in England, and the Catholic and Counter Reformations.
The student will be able to explain the factors which led to the rise of the Age of Exploration, to identify the major explorers of the period, and to explain the significance of each explorer’s accomplishment(s).
The student will be able to describe the background and outcomes of the Glorious Revolution and to compare it to the growth of absolutism in France.
The student will be able to describe the growth of absolute monarchy in Austria, Prussia, and Russia.
The student will be able to identify the main ideas and individuals of the Scientific Revolution and the Age of Reason or the Enlightenment.
The student will be able to describe the changes in European society in the 18th century.
The student will be able to discuss the background to the American Revolution, the Declaration of Independence, the War for Independence, the peace, the drafting of the U. S. Constitution, and the individuals associated with these events.
The student will be able to discuss the background to the French Revolution, the various phases of the French Revolution, the principal individuals associated with each phase, and the effects of the French Revolution.
Companion website for students (www.ablongman.com/kishlansky)
Evaluation and Assessment
Procedures for the Assessment of Student Learning
Written book reviews
Oral presentations (individual and/or group)
Grades will be given based upon A = 90 – 100%, B = 80 – 89%, C = 70 – 79%, D = 60 – 69%, and F = below 60%.
Students are expected to attend all classes for which they are registered. Students who are unable to attend class regularly, regardless of the reason or circumstance, should withdraw from that class before poor attendance interferes with the student’s ability to achieve the objectives required in the course. Withdrawal from class can affect eligibility for federal financial aid.
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