History 112 syllabus slu fall 10

History 112 syllabus slu fall 10 - History 112-03 Origins...

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History 112-03: Origins of the Modern World, 1500-Present Fall, 2010 MWF, 10:00-10:50 Beracha Hall 118 Mr. David Parnell, Department of History Office: Adorjan Hall 111 Office Hours: WF, 11:00-12:00, or by appointment Contact: [email protected] , 977-3493 Course Description: Origins of the Modern World takes as its objective to explain the very title of the course. This class will look back into history since 1500 and explain how the past five hundred years have molded the society that we know today. The course will take as its special theme the rise of Western Liberalism and its critics. The ideals of Western Liberalism, arising from the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, and the political revolutions of the 18 th century, will be examined. The critics of this body of ideals, from conservatives to Communists, Fascists and, more recently, radical Islamicists will also be analyzed as we attempt to explain why Western Liberalism has been and remains under attack. Throughout the course, students will use critical analysis and writing to interpret evidence in order to understand our past. Course Format: This course will consist of classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, which will typically be lectures. A number of discussion classes will also be in the mix, particularly around the time that the students are reading more substantial books for the course. The lectures will provide the narrative necessary to tell the story of the advance of Western Liberalism and its critics, and the discussions will provide time to analyze primary sources and prepare for upcoming papers or examinations.
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