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Amanda Jeanne Swain
HIST 113
Seattle Campus

Europe and the Modern World

Political, economic, social, and intellectual history of modern Europe. Cannot be taken for credit toward a history major if HSTEU 302 or 303 previously taken.

Class description

History 113 surveys European culture, thought, and politics over the past three centuries. Beginning with the Age of Absolutism in the mid-17th century and ending with our own era of fracturing nationalisms, this course charts the road to "modernity" in western civilization. Enlightenment thought and French revolutionary practice; the social consequences of industrialization; imperialism and decolonization; and the challenges of communism, fascism, and total war: these world-shaping developments will receive special attention in History 113.

Student learning goals

1) Students will deepen their appreciation of how what it means to be European has changed over time.

2)Students will enrich their understanding of how ideas have "real world" consequences.

3) Students will improve their ability to construct persuasive arguments in writing. NOTE: History 113 is a "W" course.

General method of instruction

Lectures 4 days per week, supplemented by illustrative films and music of the period under consideration. Weekly discussion sections each Friday.

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites.

Class assignments and grading

Taken together, the lectures, reading, weekly discussions, and paper assignments aim to enrich students' appreciation of the European past – as well as hone students’ ability to think and write analytically about that past.

The overall course grade is based on two papers, two exams and participation in discussion sections. Paper #1 (~5 pages) = 15%; paper #2 (~5 pages) = 20%; mid-term exam = 20%; final exam = 30%; and section participation and preparation = 15%


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 Amanda Jeanne Swain
Date: 03/05/2013