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 Course Title:   Western Civilization II: D

 Title Abbreviation:   WESTERN CIVILIZATN II: D

 Department:    HIST&

 Course #:    117

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    540801

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2014


 Course Description  

Survey of the origins of Western civilization from the end of the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Reformation through the end of the French revolution.

 Prerequisite  

None

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0


Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Social Sciences  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
U of W HIST111
WSU HIST101
WWU HIST112

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Become familiar with the facts of the development of the civilizations, which had a major influence on Western development from 1450 to 1815.
  2. Analyze how Europe came to spread, influence, and dominate much of the world.
  3. Understand the elements that provide continuity within and between the major movements and events of Western history.
  4. Understand the elements that changed significantly in Western history over time.
  5. Understand the roots of contemporary American culture in the history of Western civilization.
  6. Become better-informed, critical readers of historical sources.
  7. Appreciate the diversity of cultural arrangements and institutions in Western Civilization.
  8. Appreciate the impact of foreign culture and indigenous cultures.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.
2.2 Analyze issues and develop questions within a discipline.

4. Community & Cultural Diversity

Definition: Recognizing the value of human communities and cultures from multiple perspectives through a critical understanding of their similarities and differences.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
4.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and issues associated with the diverse perspectives of race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, and culture.
4.2 Understand, value and respect human differences and commonalities as they relate to issues of race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities and culture.
4.3 Understand the historically and socially constructed nature of—and the meanings attributed to—human differences.

7. Aesthetics & Creativity

Definition: Interpreting human experience through engagement with creative processes and aesthetic principles.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
7.4 Demonstrate an understanding of the role of arts and creative expression in societies.

Course Contents

  1. The evaluation of historical sources
  2. The forces that contribute to the dominations of one culture over others
  3. The end of the Middle Ages in Western Europe
  4. The Renaissance
  5. The Reformation
  6. The rise of monarchism in Europe
  7. The Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment
  8. Europe??s old Regime, 18th century
  9. Liberalism and Revolution in Europe
  10. The roots of contemporary American culture in the Western past