HIST13921GD
Modern Europe: From the French Revolution to World War Two
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  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
 
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 42.0
Credit Value: 3.0
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Winter 2016
Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Equivalents:
N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): Degree Breadth
Program Coordinator(s): Morgan Dennis
Course Leader or Contact: Mauro Marsella
Version:
8.0
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: N/A

 
 
Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
Students examine the political, social, and cultural forces that have shaped European history from the French Revolution to the end of World War Two. They identify how and why the Modern era developed and evolved, and how it has contributed to the contemporary world. Students explore the nature and development of the French Revolution and its impact on the development of modern Western civilization. In addition to the French Revolution, they analyze the major themes and events of the Restoration, Industrial Revolution, Revolutions of 1848, European Imperialism, and the Era of the World Wars. Through a combination of group activities, discussions and debates, individual and collaborative research, and interactive lectures, students also examine the roots and development of modern statehood, representative government, nationalism, liberalism, and industrialism.

Program Context

 
Degree Breadth Program Coordinator: Morgan Dennis
This is a Baccalaureate elective for students in the Applied Degree programs. Electives make students aware of the distinctive assumptions and analysis of at least one discipline outside their main field of study and of the society and culture in which they live and work.


Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

 
 By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the 
ability to analyze the basic evolutionary structure and the major 
themes, events and forces that have shaped European history from the 
start of the French Revolution to the end of World War Two.

To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated 
the ability to:

1.  Analyze the basic evolutionary structure and the major themes,
    events, and figures of the history of Europe from the French
    Revolution to World War Two.
2.  Critically compare the major themes, concepts, events, and figures
    of the French Revolution, Restoration, Industrial Revolution, 
    Revolutions of 1848, European Imperialism, and the Era of the
    World Wars.
3.  Evaluate the political, social, and cultural forces that have
    shaped European history from the start of the French Revolution
    to the end of World War Two.
4.  Explain the nature and development of the French Revolution and
    its impact on the evolution of modern Western civilization.
5.  Assess the relevance of Modern European history to contemporary
    society, especially with regard to the roots and development of
    modern statehood, representative government, nationalism, 
    liberalism, and industrialism.
6.  Conduct research to inform detailed critical analyses regarding
    one or more major aspects of the history of Modern Europe.
7.  Collaborate with peers using professional interpersonal 
    communication and organizational strategies.
Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

 
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

Mid-Term Test                           25%
Group Presentation                      25%
Final Research Project:
Part I. Preliminary Report               5%
Part II. Research Paper                 20%
Final Exam                              25%
Total                                  100%


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Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development requirements:

 

Essential Employability Skills
Essential Employability Skills emphasized in the course:

  Communication   Critical Thinking & Problem Solving   Interpersonal
  Numeracy   Information Management   Personal

Notes: N/A

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact: Registrar’s Office

Students may apply to receive credit by demonstrating achievement of the course learning outcomes through previous life and work experiences. This course is eligible for challenge through the following method(s):

Challenge Exam Portfolio Interview Other Not Eligible for PLAR
  X X    

Notes: Notes: Both a Portfolio and Interview are required to demonstrate the course learning outcomes.

 
 
Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Effective term: Winter 2016
Professor: Mauro Marsella
Textbook(s):
Noble, Thomas, et al. (2014).  Western Civilization:  Beyond 
Boundaries. Volume II 7th Ed. Wadsworth

Applicable student group(s): Degree Breadth
Course Details:
Module One

Unit 1 - Introduction

Topics:
-Introduction to Course and Instructor

Reading:
-Reading Selections

Unit 2 - Europe on the Threshold of Modernity (1715-1789)

Topics:
-The Age of Enlightenment
-The Widening World of Trade, Production & Warfare

Reading:
-Noble, ch. 18 


Unit 3 - The French Revolution (1789-1815)

Topics:
-Causes and Phases of the French Revolution
-The Rise and Fall of Napoleon┐s Empire
-The Legacy of the French Revolution

Reading:
-Noble, ch. 19



Module Two

Unit 4 - The Industrial Transformation of Europe (1750-1850)

Topics:
-The Preconditions for Industrialization
-The Industrial Revolution and its Impact

Reading:
-Noble, ch. 20

Group Presentations Begin (25%)


Unit 5 - Restoration, Reform & Revolution (1814-1848)

Topics:
-The Congress of Vienna
-Ideological Confrontations
-Political Reforms and Reaction
-The Revolutions of 1848

Reading:
-Noble, ch. 21

Group Presentations Continue (25%)
Preliminary Report Due (5%)


Unit 6 - Nationalism & Political Reform (1850-1880)

Topics:
-Nationalism and Changing International Relations
-Italian and German Unification
-The Development of Western Democracies

Reading:
-Noble, ch. 22

Group Presentations Continue (25%)
Mid-Term Test (25%)  


Module Three

Unit 7 - The Age of Optimism (1850-1880)  

Topics:
-The `Second Industrial Revolution┐
-The Social and Political Impact of Economic Growth
-Cultural Transformations

Reading:
-Noble, ch. 23

Group Presentations Continue (25%)


Unit 8 - Imperialism & Escalating Tensions (1880-1914)

Topics:
-The `New Imperialism'
-The Erosion of Liberalism
-Rising International Tensions

Reading:
-Noble, ch. 24

Group Presentations Continue (25%)


Unit 9 - World War One (1914-1919)

Topics:
-The Military Confrontation
-The Experience of Total War
-The Outcome and Impact of WWI

Reading:
-Noble, p. 730-42, 747-63

Group Presentations Continue (25%)


Module Four

Unit 10 - From Revolution to Precarious Stability (1917-1930)

Topics: 
-The Russian Revolution
-The Post-War Order
-The Rise of Fascism

Reading:
-Noble, p. 742-47, ch. 26

Group Presentations Conclude (25%)
Research Paper Due (20%)


Unit 11 - The Tortured Decade (1930-1939)

Topics:
-The Great Depression
-The Stalinist Revolution
-The Nazi Regime
-The Fascist Challenge to Democracy

Reading:
-Noble, ch. 27


Unit 12 - The Era of the Second World War (1939-1949)

Topics:
-The Rise and Fall of the Nazi Empire
-The Nazi `New Order'
-The Outcome and Impact of WWII
 
Reading:
-Noble, ch. 28


Final Exam (25%)


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