HIST 202 Syllabus - HIST 202-000 The Making of Modern...

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HIST 202-000 Fall 2014 The Making of Modern Europe: Old Regime to the Present M/W/F 11:00am to 11:50am Bowden 116 Instructor: Prof. Cornelia Wilhelm Office: 103 Bowden Hall, ph: (404) 727-3625 Email: [email protected] Office Hours: Wednesday 12:30pm - 2pm and by appointment Course description: Europe – a continent, an idea, a seemingly ever-changing map. This course covers major themes in the history and culture of modern Europe between the seventeenth century and the present. It offers a chronological survey of the European experience, touching upon wars, revolutions, and political ideologies while paying special attention to the dynamics of political, social, cultural and economic change. The goal of the course is to deepen students’ appreciation of the historical developments that brought about the diversity of modern Europe. Topics include absolutism, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, industrialization, nationalism, imperialism, the First and Second World Wars, the rise and fall of fascism, National Socialism, and Communism, the Holocaust, and the division of Europe after 1945. Course Requirements: 20% Attendance and active participation 25% Midterm exam 35% Final exam 20% Source or Film essay Attendance and active participation mean more than being physically present in the classroom. Students are expected to complete the readings before class meetings, and come prepared to discuss the material. Students should also be prepared to be called upon by the instructor and to answer questions intelligently. Study questions on the syllabus help you prepare for class discussion, other ‘focus questions’ are in the textbook. The midterm and final exams will consist of a set of multiple choice, short answer, and essay questions and map quizzes. The instructor will base the exams strictly on what we covered in class and in the assigned readings ( Candide, The Communist Manifesto and Survival in Auschwitz ). However, be aware that we might not have time to address everything covered in the textbook during class sessions. The textbook readings are nonetheless relevant for the exams and are being treated as a given. The instructor will also give some advice and hints over the course of the semester as to what might become relevant for the exams. You will write one source or film essay and have three opportunities over the course of the semester to do so. The source essay relates either to Candide , The Communist Manifesto , or Survial in Auschwitz . You can choose one of these three primary sources. For class, we only read sections of these primary sources. For the essay, you will need to read the source in its entirety. You can find study questions for each source on this syllabus that help you structure your reading. For the essay, you will receive further instructions. The essay is due one week after we discuss the source in class.
HIST 202: Modern Europe 2 You may also choose to write one film essay and have four opportunities over the course of the semester to do so. These films are an integral part of the class and you must view them.

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