HIST& 117: Western Civilization II

Class Program
Social Science
Credits 5 Lecture Hours 55
From early modern Europe to the Napoleonic Wars in the nineteenth century, this course examines Western civilization in transition: The Renaissance and Reformation, commercial expansion into the Americas, Africa and Asia, absolutism, science, the enlightenment, and French Revolution.
Quarters Offered
Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to demonstrate the following knowledge or skills:

  1. Identify and discuss the development of the major nation-states in Europe
  2. Identify and describe the development of sovereignty
  3. Define the significant terms used in telling the story of western civilization from 1300 to 1800
  4. Discuss the impact of European discovery of the Americas
  5. Describe the effects of the Reformation at all its various stages across western Europe and the contrasting achievements of the Counter-Reformation as well
  6. Identify the major scientists and their discoveries
  7. Discuss the rise of absolutism and constitutionalism
  8. Discuss the philosophic arguments to come out of the French Enlightenment
  9. Describe Napoleon’s rise, fall, and accomplishments
  10. Discuss the reasons for, course of, and results of the Thirty Years War
  11. Describe the divergence in the political evolution of Eastern and Western Europe
  12. Describe the rise of nationalism
Institutional Outcomes
IO1 Communication: Students will be able to communicate clearly and effectively.
Course Content Outline
  1. Renaissance
  2. Exploration and Discovery
  3. Reformation
  4. Counter-Reformation
  5. The Age of Religious Wars
  6. Absolutism
  7. Constitutionalism
  8. The Scientific Revolution
  9. Living in the 17th & 18th Centuries
  10. Growth of Mercantilism & Adam Smith
  11. The Enlightenment in France
  12. The Enlightenment outside of France
  13. The American Revolution & its Impact in Western Europe
  14. French Revolution
  15. Napoleon’s & fall
Department Guidelines

PO4 should be assessed: Students will be able to recognize or articulate personal/interpersonal aspects of, or connections between, diverse cultural, social, or political contexts.

PO5 should be assessed: Students will be able to solve problems by gathering, interpreting, combining and/or applying information from multiple sources.