This course will focus on western civilization from the Renaissance to the present. Through the use of primary and secondary materials, the course explores the political, social, economic, intellectual, and cultural history of the West to examine the achievements of modern Western Civilization, and their impact throughout the world. Course topics include the Age of Exploration, the Reformation, Absolutism, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution and Napoleon, the Industrial Revolution, Imperialism, World War I, World War II, the Cold War, and the European Union.
- HIS 121: Western Civilization 1
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Identify the significant political, socioeconomic, and cultural developments in modern Western Civilization.
- Comprehend the major themes and concepts in Western Civilization since the Renaissance.
- Develop an understanding of the continued influence of Western achievements in our contemporary global society.
- Gain knowledge of and greater sensitivity towards the ethical, cultural, political, military, economic, historical, and social aspects of life.
- Interpret and synthesize historical information and ideas.
- Effectively use analytical skills of evaluation, cause and effect, and comparison to foster critical thinking.
- Apply historical data from primary and secondary source materials to support generalizations and interpretations.
- Write clearly and communicate effectively.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Course Activities and Grading
Discussions (Weeks 1-15)
Quizzes (Weeks 1-15)
Avatar Blogs (Weeks 3, 4, 6, 8, 11 & 13)
Article Reviews (Weeks 5 & 10)
Final Exam (Week 15)
Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore
- Hunt, Linda, et al. Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures, Volume 2 - with Access Code. 6th ed. Boston and New York: Bedford/St. Martin's Press, 2019. ISBN-13: 978-1-319-10363-7
Readings and Exercises
Topics: A Review of the Renaissance and the Rise of Global Encounters: The West in 1500
Topics: The Shock of the Reformation, Wars of Religion, and Clash of Worldviews (1500s-1648)
Topics: Absolutism, Constitutionalism, and the Search for Order (1640-1700)
Topic: The Atlantic System and Its Consequences (1700- 1750)
Topic: The Promise of Enlightenment (1750-1789)
Topic: The Cataclysm of Revolution (1789-1799)
Topics: Napoleon and the Revolutionary Legacy (1800-1830)
Topics: Industrialization and Social Ferment (1830-1850)
Topics: Politics and Culture of the Nation-State (1850-1870)
Topics: Empire, Industry, and Everyday Life (1870-1890)
Topics: Modernity and the Road to War (1890-1914)
Topics: World War I and Its Aftermath (1914-1929)
Topics: The Great Depression and World War II (1929-1945)
Topics: The Cold War, the Remaking of Europe, and Postindustrial Society (1945-1970s)
Topics: The End of the Cold War and a New Globalism (1970s-Present)
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
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Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.