HST 104 Syllabus Fall 08 (1)

HST 104 Syllabus Fall 08 (1) - HST 104 Western Civilization...

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HST 104: Western Civilization, Revolutionary Era-Present (#71142) Dr. Pamela Stewart T/Th 12-1:15pm, Schwada 252 Contacts Info: Office Hours : 480.727.9724 or 480.965.5778 Tempe: Coor Bldg, 4 th Floor, Office #4422 Fax: 480.965.0310 T/Th 1:30-2:30; W 10-12 [email protected] Downtown: UCENT 360N T/Th 8-9am; W 1-3 *Please include course reference in “subject” heading in all emails* REQUIRED BOOKS Hunt, The Making of the West, Vol. C: Since 1740 (Bedford, 2004). Voltaire, Candide (Dover Thrift, 1991). Dickens, A Christmas Carol (Prestwick House, 2005). Yates, Mississippi to Madrid (Open Hand, 1989). Lengyel, Five Chimneys (Academy, 2000). Singh, Train to Pakistan (Grove, 1994). OVERVIEW This survey-level course covers over 250 years of primarily European history. The course begins with the Enlightenment, through the revolutionary attempts to put various versions of equality and liberty into practice, as slavery – and resistance – flourished. Next, the industrial development of 19 th century Europe and the growth of capitalism, rooted in the profits of slavery, forefront the historical stage. The 20 th century brings the growth of fascism, new breeds of totalitarianism, racial nationalism – and resistance to them. World wars and atomic power lead us to the era of civil rights for colonized peoples, women, domestic minorities, and eventually, “the Wall” falls, ending a 1917 attempt to create (more?) equality. The course is designed to expose students to a wide swath of geography, ideas, and practices, rather than focusing in-depth on specific details. Themes for the course include an assessment of differing and changing views of what constitutes societal order, and how a nation – or any group – integrates equality and liberty with order. Additionally, a margins-to-center approach to history – and to Europe – encourages students to notice who benefits from the implementation of certain views of societal order, but also, who does not and therefore, why change can occur. Economic, political, legal, religious, and military attempts to insure order often face(d) resistance; dissent often reveals the interests of those less visible in the historical record. Religious minorities, serfs, women, and slaves – and their places in European societies – can reveal much about a dominant power structure. Scheduled or pop reading quizzes (always open-note, not open-book), film questionnaires, and attendance round out the In-class grading component. Two short essays and a final historical film/book review complete the graded aspects of the class. Attendance at the final exam period, listed in the syllabus, is required, at which time students will submit their final essay. DO NOT LEAVE TOWN PRIOR TO THAT.
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