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James R Felak
HIST 200
Seattle Campus

Ten Events that shook the World

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.)

Class description

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

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites.

Class assignments and grading

Two mid-terms and a final examination


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Stefanie M Starkovich
Date: 03/03/2005