James R Felak
Offers introduction to history by examining ten events of great importance for both past and present. The ten events, which vary from quarter to quarter, come from diverse times and places, thereby encouraging a sweeping view of world history. (See department advisor for the current quarterly list of the ten events.)
This course will acquaint students with ten key events in history, events that had significant impact both in their time and after, and in helping to shape the world in which we live today. These are not intended to be the top ten events of all time; indeed, there are dozens of events that could be candidates for a course like this.
Events were chosen based on the following criteria: --their significance for their own time --their impact on later historical developments --their role in shaping the world in which we live today --their connection, wholly or in part, to the major themes of the course, that is: *the relationship between religion and politics, and church and state *war and revolution *democracy and dictatorship
Among the events to be covered are the Conversion of Emperor Constantine to Christianity, the First Crusade, the Protestant Reformation, the American and French Revolutions, Darwin's Origin of Species, the Rise of Communism, Hitler's Coming to Power in Germany, the Abortion Debate in America, and the Fall of Communism in 1989.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading
Two mid-terms and a final examination