SRJC Course Outlines

6/25/2024 7:14:43 AMHIST 4.2 Course Outline as of Fall 2015

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  HIST 4.2Title:  WEST CIV FROM 1648 C.E.  
Full Title:  History of Western Civilization from 1648 C.E.
Last Reviewed:10/14/2019

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  HIST 4B

Catalog Description:
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A survey of European history from 1648 C.E. to the present. The course includes the study of the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution and Napoleon, the Industrial Revolution, World War I, Communism and Stalin, Hitler, World War II, the Cold War, and globalism.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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A survey of European history from 1648 C.E. to the present. The course includes the study of the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution and Napoleon, the Industrial Revolution, World War I, Communism and Stalin, Hitler, World War II, the Cold War, and globalism.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1987
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 C2HumanitiesFall 1987
 DSocial ScienceFall 1981Fall 1987
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 3BHumanitiesFall 1981
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 CID Descriptor: HIST 180 Western Civilization II SRJC Equivalent Course(s): HIST4.2

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course


Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1.   Analyze the political, economic, cultural, and social developments in Western Civilization since 1648 C.E.
2.   Evaluate the causes and effects of historical events.
3.  Critically analyze primary and secondary sources as historical evidence.

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Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1.  Locate on maps the geographical centers of historical development since 1648 C.E.
2.  Identify and analyze the interrelationships among major world civilizations and their unique contributions to the Western tradition, and assess their continuing influence today.
3.  Compare and contrast differing opinions on critical historical developments, and distinguish disciplined historical thinking from fable and antiquarianism.
4.  Demonstrate critical, independent thinking through analysis of historical events and concepts using a variety of primary and secondary sources.

Topics and Scope
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I. Absolutism and Constitutionalism
   A. Royal Absolutism in France
   B. English Constitutionalism
   C. Russia and the West
II. The Scientific Revolution & Enlightenment
   A. Galileo
   B. Newton
   C. The Philosophes and the focus on reason
III. Eighteenth-Century Warfare and Society
   A. Military innovations
   B. The Old Regime
   C. European Wars and the American Revolution
IV. French Revolution and Napoleonic Era
   A. The French Revolution
   B.  The Age of Napoleon
V. Industrial Europe
   A. The traditional economy
   B. The Industrial Revolution in Britain
VI. Social Transformations and Political Upheavals
   A. Effects of industrialization on social structures
   B. Ideological divisions: 19th century Liberalism and Conservatism
   C. Protest and revolution: political demands of the working class
   D.  Shaping the New consciousness:  Romanticism and Socialism
VII. Nationalism and State Unification
   A. The Crimean War
   B. Unifications of Italy and German
   C. Sources of political and social progress
VIII. The West and the World, 1850-1914 C.E.
   A. The European Balance of Power
   B. Imperialism
   C. Results of Imperialism
   D. Culture of Progress
IX. War and Revolution, 1914-1920 C.E.
   A. Background and outbreak of WWI
   B. Trench warfare
   C. The Russian Revolution
   D. Consequences of the War
X. Search for Stability, 1920-1932 C.E.
   A. Recovery and transformation
   B. From Lenin to Stalinist Russia
   C. Rise of Fascism
XI. World War II
    A. Ultra-Nationalism and military buildup
   B. German aggression and declaration of war
   C. Axis victories
   D. Japan and war in Asia
   E. The Holocaust
   F. Allied victory and the legacy of war
XII. Global Conflicts, 1945-Present
   A. Geopolitical polarization in the 1950s
   B. The Cold War and the world
   C. Decolonization and modern nationalism
   D. End of the Cold War
    E. The European Union
   F. Challenges of the 21st Century

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1.  Weekly reading assignments of 35-70 pages per week. These readings will include both
      primary and secondary sources.
2.  3,000-5,000 words of out-of-class writing. These may be short reaction papers, analytical
      essays, or research papers. An analytical component of primary and secondary sources
      may be part of these assignments.
3.  Six to ten quizzes and/or group assignments.
4.  One to two midterms and a final examination, these examinations will include essays.
5.  Other assignments may include group presentations.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
30 - 50%
Analytical, expository essays, reviews, research papers including primary and secondary sources
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
40 - 65%
Quizzes, midterms, final
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 10%
Group assignments and presentations

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Representative Textbooks and Primary Sources
Aspects of Western Civilization: Problems and Sources in History (7th edition), vol. II. Rogers, Perry. Pearson: 2011
Candide by Voltaire. Translated by Theo Cuffe. Penguin: 2009 (classic)
The French Revolution: A Document Collection. Edited and Translated by Laura Mason and Tracey Rizzo. Wadsworth: 1999 (classic)
Making Europe, vol. II (2nd edition). Kidner, Frank, et al. Wadsworth: 2013
The Making of the West (4th edition), vol. II. Hunt, Lynn. Bedford, St. Martins: 2012
Slavery, Freedom, and the Law in the Atlantic World: A Brief History with Documents. Edited by Sue Peabody and Keila Grinberg. Bedford: 2007 (Classic)
Sources of the Making of the West (4th edition), vol. II. Lualdi, Katharine, editor. Bedford St. Martins: 2012
The West in the World (5th), vol. II. Sherman, Dennis, et al. McGraw Hill: 2014

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