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2012-2013 Official General Catalog 
2012-2013 Official General Catalog [Archived Catalog]

HIS 117 - The West and the World Since 1500

A course on modern Western civilization in relation to other civilizations and societies.  Early modern societies of Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas.  Age of discovery and the first colonial empires.  Early development of world trade and cultural exchange.  Renaissance and reformation, scientific, technological, and industrial revolutions.  Age of the Atlantic revolutions in Europe and the Americas.  Evolution of modern social and political life.  Age of imperialism.  Era of the two world wars and political changes in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.  The Cold War and the collapse of the colonial empires.  The contemporary world.

Credits: 3
3 Class Hours
Course Profile
Learning Outcomes of the Course:

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

1.  Distinguish primary and secondary sources in history.
2.  Read primary sources in history and formulate pertinent inferences and interpretations.
3.  Identify some of the methods used by historians and social scientists to study the past.
4.  Describe the general conditions that existed in the Old and New Worlds on the eve of modernity, circa 1500 CE.
5.  Identify the major changes in Europe and its relations with the rest of the world in the period 1500-1800.
6.  Describe some of the major developments in Asia, Africa, and the Americas in the period 1500-1800.
7.  Explain the origins and consequences of the Industrial Revolution.
8.  Identify the major political developments of the period 1800-1914.
9.  Describe the general crisis of the first half of the twentieth century and identify its global consequences.
10.  Identify some of the main themes in global history since 1950.