Early Modern Europe: From the Renaissance to the French Revolution
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Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 42.0
Credit Value: 3.0
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Fall 2013
Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): Degree Breadth
Program Coordinator(s): Sean McNabney
Course Leader or Contact: Mauro Marsella
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 Renaissance to the outbreak of the French Revolution. They identify how and why the Early Modern era developed and evolved, and how it has shaped the modern world. Students explore how the Renaissance departed from the culture and worldview of the Middle Ages and initiated the development of modern Western civilization. In addition to the Renaissance, they analyze the major themes and events of the Reformation, Age of Exploration, Scientific Revolution, Enlightenment, and French Revolution. Through a combination of group activities, discussions and debates, individual and collaborative research, and interactive lectures, students examine the roots and development of modern statehood, representative government, secularism, science, free market capitalism and industrialism.

Program Context

Degree Breadth Program Coordinator: Sean McNabney
This is an elective course for students registered in Sheridan baccalaureate programs. Electives make students aware of the distinctive assumptions and modes of 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

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

1.Identify the basic evolutionary structure and the major themes,  
  events, and figures of the history of Early Modern Europe.
2.Critically compare the major themes, concepts, events, and figures 
  of the Renaissance, Reformation, Age of Exploration, Scientific 
  Revolution, Enlightenment, and French Revolution.
3.Evaluate the political, social, and cultural forces that have 
  shaped European history from the end of the Middle Ages to the 
  outbreak of the French Revolution.
4.Explain the nature and development of the Renaissance and its 
  impact on the evolution of modern Western civilization.
5.Assess the relevance of Early Modern European history to modern 
  society, especially with regard to the roots and development of 
  modern statehood, representative government, free market 
  capitalism, industrialism, secularism, and science. 
6.Conduct research to inform detailed critical analyses regarding one 
  or more major aspects of the history of Early 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:

In-Class Activities (2@5%)           10%
Mid Term Test                        20%      
Group Presentation                   20%
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 Training, Colleges and Universities requirements:


Essential Employability Skills
Essential Employability Skills emphasized in the course:

  Communication   Critical Thinking & Problem Solving   Interpersonal
  Numeracy   Information Management   Personal

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Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) : Office of the Registrar

Students may apply to receive credit by demonstrating achievement of the course learning outcomes through previous relevant work/life experience, service, self-study and training on the job. This course is eligible for challenge through the following method(s):

Challenge Exam Portfolio Interview Other Not Eligible for PLAR
  X X    

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: Fall 2013
Professor: Mauro Marsella
Noble, Thomas, et al. (2014).  Western civilization:  Beyond 
Boundaries. Complete, 7th Ed. Wadsworth.

Applicable student group(s): Degree Breadth
Course Details:
Unit 1 - Introduction
Introduction to Course and Instructor

- Reading Selections

Unit 2 - The Middle Ages (1300 - 1500)

Crisis & Recovery in Late Medieval Europe

- Noble, Ch. 11

Unit 3 - The Renaissance (1300-1550)

Humanism, Art and Culture in Italy
The Spread of the Renaissance

- Noble, ch. 12

Unit 4 - European Overseas Expansion to 1600

Portuguese Exploration
Spanish Exploration & Empire
Columbus & America

- Noble, ch. 13

In-Class Activity #1 (5%)

Unit 5 - The Reformations (1517-1600)

The Protestant Reformation
The Catholic Reformation

- Noble, ch. 14


Unit 6 - Europe at War (1560-1648)

The Decline of Imperial Spain
Domestic Conflict in France & Britain
The Thirty Years War
Economic Change & Social Tensions

- Noble, ch. 15


Unit 7 - MID-TERM TEST (20%)

Unit 8 - State Making (1640-1715)

Royal Absolutism in France
Constitutionalism in England

- Noble, p. 468-82


Unit 9 - The Scientific Revolution (1543-1632)

The Revolution in Astronomy
The Scientific Revolution

- Noble, ch. 17

In-Class Activity #2 (5%)

Unit 10 - The Balance of European Power (1648-1789)

The Rise of New Powers: Austria, Prussia, Russia & the Netherlands
The Widening World of Trade, Settlement, Production & Warfare

- Noble, p. 482-99, 548-61


Unit 11 - The Age on Enlightenment (1715-1789)

The Enlightenment
European States in the Eighteenth Century

- Noble, p. 529-48


Unit 12 - The Revolutionary Age (1789-1815)

The Causes and Impact of the French Revolution

- Noble, ch. 19

Unit 13 - FINAL EXAM (25%)

Week 14 - Course Recap

Return of Assignments

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