James R Felak
Introduction to research into European topics and to the analysis of problems.
This course will examine the Catholic Church in the context of European history since the First World War. Along with politics and diplomacy, some attention will be paid to theological questions, and to Catholic culture in Europe, above all literature and film. Because the Catholic Church intersects with practically every major event and development in contemporary European history, from the rise of Fascism, through the Second World War, the Holocaust, and the Cold War, right up to the current challenges of European identity, secularization, and Islamic immigration, it provides an exceptionally rich field for examining the major issues and developments in Europe over the past century.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lectures and in-class discussions of the course readings and films.
Some familiarity with modern European history, or with the history of the Catholic Church.
Class assignments and grading
Essay exams, one short paper (4 to 5 pages), one long paper (12 to 15 pages), and participation in class discussions.
midterm examination--20% final examination--20% participation in class discussions--20% short paper (4 to 5 pages)--10% long paper (12 to 15 pages)--30%