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James R Felak
HSTEU 490
Seattle Campus

Topics in European History

Examines special topics in European history.

Class description

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.

Recommended preparation

Some familiarity with modern European history, or with the history of the Catholic Church.

Class assignments and grading

Exams, short papers, and in-class discussions.

Two exams--40% Two short papers (4 to 5 pages in length)--40% Participation in class discussions--20%


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 James R Felak
Date: 01/24/2012