HIS 102 Syllabus


Division:        Arts and Sciences                                                                                                                           Date:  February 2014         


Curricula in Which Course is Taught: Liberal Arts - Humanities, Liberal Arts – Social Science, Science, Business Administration


Course Number and Title:           HIS 102, History of Western Civilization I


Credit Hours:   3                  Hours/Wk Lecture:   3        Hours/Wk Lab:                    Lec/Lab Comb:   



I.              Catalog Description:         Examines the development of western civilization from ancient times to the present. The first semester ends with the seventeenth century; the second semester continues through modern times. Lecture 3 hours per week.


II.            Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught: 


A democratic system requires the informed judgment of all its citizens and therefore a study of history should help prepare students from every field for responsible citizenship in their increasingly complex and interdependent world.  The study of western civilization contributes to a student’s informed judgment and responsible citizenship through the analysis of:

1.    cause-effect relationships in historical events

2.    the impact of science and technology on major social, economic, and political institutions of the past

3.    change and permanence in previous societies

4.    leadership qualities of important historical figures

5.    problems that were solved or left unresolved by previous generations

6.    different values, ethics, and judgments shown by different cultures


III.           Required background: 


Non-developmental status in writing and reading.


IV.          Course Content:


A.   Early Modern Europe

B.   The Age of Absolutism

C.   The French Revolution and Napoleon

D.   Industrial and German Unification

E.   Imperialism and World War I

F.    The Rise of Totalitarianism and WW II

G.   The Cold War and the Aftermath of WW II


V.  Learner Outcomes

VI.  Evaluation

Students who complete this course in a satisfactory way will:

1.     Learn the History of the Western World. Learning history is commanding a body of knowledge which will in many cases be previously unfamiliar.  Students will not simply learn facts, but will understand and use historical information.

2.    Analyze and synthesize complex ideas based on historical evidence in concise and clear historical narratives. Writing historical narratives requires diverse forms of historical analysis and interpretation, and their interrelation. 

3.    Develop and improve reading, writing and analytical skills through readings, discussions, written and oral presentations. Analytical skills allow for comprehension of questions of comparison over space and time as well as interpretation of historical maps, and visual documents.

4.    Understand the relevance of each historical period, and the differences between historical periods and the present day. Understanding of past realities allows better estimation of the present with future projections.

Students will demonstrate proficiency through a combination of quizzes, oral presentations, critical essays, term papers or other assignments as determined by each faculty member.  This class requires a research project which involves accessing sources of historical information outside the required text for the course.  This project will be defined by each faculty member.


         VII.    This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives:


Critical Thinking

Cultural and Social Understanding

Information Literacy