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The Evolution of Modern Europe
A survey of Western and Central Europe and Great Britain from the 18th to the 20th century. The focus is on the revolutions which produced modern Europe, notably the political revolutions (1789 and 1848), industrialization, urbanization, population growth, secularization, the rise of new classes, and changes in ideologies and popular attitudes.
The Evolution of Modern Europe is a course designed to introduce you to important aspects of European social, cultural, political, economic and intellectual history during the past several centuries. The twelve lessons are meant to guide you chronologically through this span of history, providing you with both a narrative and an analytical exploration of modern Europe.
Threading its way through the lessons will be the overarching theme of "modernness." This may seem obvious given the title of the course, but we wonder how many of you paused to reflect on what it means to refer to Europe as modern. Certainly those of us living in "Western civilization" have been profoundly shaped by what's happened in Europe since its tremendous devastation at the hands of the Black Death some six centuries ago.
Three broad aims apply to a course like this. First, you should gain some general knowledge of the period, along with some appreciation of the complex forces that have moulded modern Europe. The assigned readings will introduce you to varying and at times diverging interpretations of specific historical developments and questions. You don't have to treat these readings as final authorities. Think about them, question them, constructively criticize them - you're free to agree or disagree with the perspectives of the authors, and with the unifying theme of the course for that matter. As in any survey course, all that can be provided here is a place to begin thinking about the subject matter. But it's hoped that by the time you complete the course, you'll have gained a sense of some of the major themes, theoretical questions, and conceptual debates that have occupied historians of Europe.
This raises the second aim of the course, which is to introduce you to a number of different kinds of historical problems. In your assignments and exam you'll have an opportunity to develop and demonstrate your skills as a historian, by identifying patterns which tie together and give meaning to masses of facts and by creating arguments about those patterns of meaning.
Finally, through your assignments and the feedback you receive on them, you should learn about historical method, the presentation of evidence, and the writing of historical papers. In short, it's hoped that this course will sharpen your ability to analyze past events, and will enable you to reconstruct the past imaginatively and critically. Good luck in your endeavours. I hope you find it a stimulating and worthwhile learning experience.
|Short Essay 1||750-1000 words (3 pages)||10%|
|Short Essay 2||750-1000 words (6-8 pages)||10%|
|Long Essay||1500-2000 words (6-8 pages)||20%|
|Participation||Exact format to be determined||20%|
|Multiple Choice Tests (x4)||Every five/six weeks||20% (5% each)|
|Lesson 1||The Foundations of Modern Europe|
|Lesson 2||Renaissance and Reformation|
|Lesson 3||The Age of Enlightenment|
|Lesson 4||The French Revolution|
|Lesson 5||The Industrial Revolution|
|Assignment 1 is due TBA|
|Lesson 6||Aftermath of the Revolution: Napoleon and the Nineteenth-Century "-Ism"|
|Lesson 7||The Rise of the Middle Class and the Cult of Domesticity|
|Lesson 8||The New Imperialism and Social Darwinism|
|Lesson 9||World War One: The First Modern War|
|Lesson 10||The Russian Revolution|
|Assignment 2 is due TBA|
|Lesson 11||The Rise of the Totalitarian State and World War II|
|Lesson 12||From the Cold War to the Global War on Terror|
|Assignment 3 is due TBA|
Textbooks and Materials
CDS reserves the right to make changes to the required material list as received by the instructor before the course starts. Please refer to the Campus Bookstore website at http://www.campusbookstore.com/Textbooks/SearchEngine/ to obtain the most up-to-date list of required materials for this course before purchasing them.
Students will obtain their lesson notes, assignments, and any supplementary material from the course Moodle site beginning the first day of term.
Available for purchase at the Queen's Campus Bookstore
- Western Heritage, The: Volume 2 Plus NEW MyHistoryLab with eText -- Access Card Package, 11/E
Donald Kagan, Yale University
Steven Ozment, Harvard University
Frank M. Turner, Yale University
Alison Frank, Harvard University
ISBN-10: 0205896324 • ISBN-13: 978020589632597802058963259780205581542
©2013 • Pearson • Paper Bound with Access Card, 672 pp
To complete the readings, assignments, and course activities, students can expect to spend, on average, about 10 - 12 hours per week on the course.
Moodle is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into Moodle to access your course. All materials related to your course—notes, readings, videos, recordings, discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, groupwork, tutorials, and help—will be on the Moodle site.
About Credit Units
Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA requires a total of 90 credit units.
To take an online course, you’ll need a good-quality computer (Windows XP/Vista/7, Pentium III, or Mac OS X 10.5, G4 or G5 processor, 256 MB RAM) with a high-speed internet connection, soundcard, speakers, and microphone, and up-to-date versions of free software (Explorer/Firefox, Java, Flash, Adobe Reader). See also Preparing For Your Course.
The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s are 1 April (for May summer term), 1 June (for July summer term), 1 August (for fall term), and 1 December (for winter term). All documents must be received by the 15th of the month following the deadline. You can register for a course up to one week after the start of the course. See also Dates and Deadlines.
Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for 2013-14 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Canadian students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $597.70; for a 6.0-unit course, $1195.40. See also Tuition and Payment.
All textbooks can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.
All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.
Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.