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Administrative Unit: History and Political Science Department
Course Prefix and Number: HIST 102
Course Title: Western Civilization II
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

European history since 1715. G.E.

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Fall and Spring.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

- Choose a MAIN TEXT from Texts 1-2 below.
- Consider choosing a supplementary reading from the recommended texts (Texts 3-14 below) including a primary source reader keyed to the main required textbook.

The Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures: A Concise Hitory, Volume 2
By Lynn Hunt, et al. (Bedford St. Martins)
Category/Comments - MAIN TEXT
Western Civilization, Vol. II, Since 1550
By Jackson Spielvogel (Cengage)
Category/Comments - MAIN TEXT
A Woman in Berlin: Eight Weeks in a Conquered City
By Anonymous (Picador)
Category/Comments - SUPPLEMENTARY
By Barker, Pat (Penguin)
Category/Comments - SUPPLEMENTARY
Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland
By Browning, Christopher (Harper Perennial)
Category/Comments - SUPPLEMENTARY
The Interesting Narrative and Other Writings
By Equiano, Olaudah (Penguin)
Category/Comments - SUPPLEMENTARY
Mary Barton: A Tale of Manchester Life
By Gaskell, Elizabeth (Multiple Publishers)
Category/Comments - SUPPLEMENTARY
King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa
By Hochschild, Adam (Mariner)
Category/Comments - SUPPLEMENTARY
Under a Cruel Star: A Life in Prague, 1941-1968
By Kovaly, Heda Margolius (Holmes and Meier)
Category/Comments - SUPPLEMENTARY
Survival in Auschwitz
By Levi, Primo (Touchstone)
Category/Comments - SUPPLEMENTARY
Burmese Days
By Orwell, George (Mariner)
Category/Comments - SUPPLEMENTARY
By Shelley, Mary (multiple publishers)
Category/Comments - SUPPLEMENTARY
Candide; L'Ingenu; or Zadig
By Voltaire (Multiple Publishers)
Category/Comments - SUPPLEMENTARY
A Vindication of the Rights of Women
By Wollstonecraft, Mary (Multiple Publishers)
Category/Comments - SUPPLEMENTARY
Course Objectives

  • To understand the major events, people, ideas and basic evolutionary structure of western civilization from 1715 to the present.
  • To understand the development of political, social, economic, cultural, and intellectual aspects of each civilization with “historical-mindedness” in a critical evaluation of how the present civilization in the West has evolved.

    Measurable Learning

  • Describe the role of the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment in the reshaping of political, social, and religious beliefs.
  • Identify the characteristics of the French Revolution and Napoleon and the impact on European power.
  • Explain how industrialization and urbanization represented revolutionary change.
  • Evaluate the rise of the nation state and describe how this impacted political, social, economic, cultural, and intellectual aspects of western civilization.
  • Identify the economic, political, and social contributions to the emergence of Nazi Germany and the USSR.
  • Describe World War I and World War II and their contributions to an interconnected world.
  • Identify and discuss the ideas of the Cold War and the evolving political and economic developments.
  • Explain globalization and its impact on decolonization, migration, and reconfiguration of the nation state and the diffusion of culture.

    Topical Outline:

    Faculty in Missouri should review these DESE Standards before teaching the class:

  • Social Studies as a Field of Study (CR 1-6)
  • Principles Expressed in Documents Shaping Constitutional Democracy in the United States (SS 1, CR 1, 3; NCSS 1.3)
  • Continuity and Change in the History of Missouri, the United States and the World (SS 2, CR 1, 2; NCSS 1.1, 1.2)
  • Principles and Processes of Governance Systems (SS 3; CR 3; NCSS 1.3)
  • Relationships of Individuals and Groups to Institutions and Cultural Traditions (SS 6; CR 6; NCSS 1.6)
  • Social Science Tools and Inquiry (SS 7; CR 1-6; NCSS 4.0)


  • Early Modern/Scientific Revolution
  • Enlightenment
  • French Revolution
  • Industrial Revolution
  • Nineteenth Century
  • 1870-1914
  • Nazi Germany
  • USSR
  • 1914-1945
  • 1945-Present
  • Additional topics in which the instructor has expertise


    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35

    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

    Prepared by: David Karr Date: January 11, 2011
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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