Master Syllabus
History 2312
Western Civilization 1660 to Present

The purpose of the History Department is threefold. First we provide excellent instruction in the discipline of history. Second, we provide each student with six semester hours of U.S. History instruction to meet the requirements of the Texas Education Code (51.303). Third, we provide history majors with fifteen semester hours of history instruction to prepare them to successfully pursue a bachelor's or higher degree in history at a four-year college or university.


Course Description: Studies the development of modern European civilizations from 1660 to the present.

SCANS Competencies: None required, but students will need good reading, writing and study skills to succeed in this course.  Students will be expected to read about 450 pages of textbook, and, depending on the individual instructor, may be obliged to read an outside book and/or do a research paper.  Students will have to write essays, book reports, and/or research papers and will be expected to observe decent English grammar and spelling rules.  Although students will be told when tests will take place and be given detailed learning objectives to facilitate study, students will be expected to study information in detail to prepare for the tests.

Instructional Methodology: Depends on which instructor and format the student is taking.

Course Rationale: Students taking History 2312 can expect to improve their reading and writing competencies, critical thinking skills, research skills, etc., all of which help students better succeed in life outside academia.  This course is required of Austin Community college history majors and is frequently a requirement in history departments elsewhere.

Program-Level Student Learning Outcomes: upon completion of the A.A. degree in History students will be able to:

1. Use critical thinking in the analysis of historical facts
2. Demonstrate civic awareness in the appraisal of historical contexts
3. Demonstrate cultural awareness in the assessment of historical situations

Course-Level Student Learning Outcomes: upon completion of this course students will be able to:
1.   Use critical thinking in the analysis of historical facts
2.   Demonstrate civic awareness in the appraisal of historical contexts
3.   Demonstrate cultural awareness in the assessment of historical situations

Common Course Objectives:  After completing HIST 2312 (Western Civilization II) students should be able to:

1. Describe the background and outcomes of the Glorious Revolution, and compare it to the growing absolutism in France.

2. Describe the struggle between England and France, what caused it, how it ended and what resulted from it.

3. Identify the main ideals of the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment.

4. Describe the changes in society in the 18th century.

5. Describe the background to the French Revolution, its various phases, and its effects.

6. Describe the early industrial revolution and its economic, social and political effects.

7. Describe the Congress of Vienna settlement and be able to give a brief history of concert diplomacy.

8. Describe the growth of nationalism, liberalism and Marxism in the 19th century.

9. Identify the major Romantic writers and be able to discuss the main ideas of Romanticism.

10. Compare increasing liberalism in Britain and France with the increasing autocracy in Russia in the 19th century.

11. Describe the drive for national hegemony of Italy and Germany and discuss its consequences.

12. Identify the major realist writers and identify examples of this realism in art and politics.

13. Describe the growth of imperialism and its results.

14. Describe the causes, conduct and consequences of World War I.

15. Describe the causes, conduct and consequences of the Russian revolution.

16. Explain how and why the European economy did not recover from World War I and what resulted.

17. Discuss the causes, conduct ad results of World War II.

18. Describe the revival of Europe after World War II in the context of the growing Cold War.

19. Describe the end of imperialism and its results for European politics and society.

20. Describe the significant changes in European society in the 1960s.

Syllabi requirements are found HERE.