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History 102: Western Civilization II


28 hours (7 weeks).

Various; distance learning format.

December 2013 - April 2022.

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: compare and contrast how absolutism and constitutionalism affected Western Europe and how power shifted in the old empires through Western and Eastern Europe; explain world economies in the 1700s and society and culture of the 18th century; analyze the leaders of the scientific revolution and the enlightenment, breakthroughs within science and the effects on societies and political theory; examine the French Revolution and the rise of Napoleon, his reign of terror and the fall of his empire; outline the agricultural revolution, the industrial revolution and the British Reform movement; demonstrate the political developments, such as liberalism, radicalism, republicanism and socialism and the various revolutions resulting throughout Europe and the Americas; illustrate the spread of Nationalism and the second industrial revolution throughout Europe and the Americas in 19th and early 20th century; discuss imperialism in the 19th and 20th century; examine the main causes of WWI and study the famous battles; analyze what happened in Europe and Asia between the World Wars; categorize what caused WWII, why and how America entered the fight, and the development and use of the Atom bomb; and investigate the world following WWII and learn about economic and political reconstruction in Europe, the Chinese revolution and the creation of Taiwan.


Major topics include: Absolutism and Constitutionalism in Western Europe (1648-1715); power shifts in Eastern Europe (1648-1740); empire and expansion in the 18th Century (1700-1799); the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment (1500-1790); the French Revolution and Napoleon Bonaparte (1780-1815); Industrialization (1700-1900); political developments (1760-1848); the Age of Nationalism (1850-1914); European life and trends (1850-1914); Imperialism in the 19th and 20th Centuries; World War I (1914-1919); between the World Wars (1919-1939); World War II (1939-1945); and Western Civilization since 1945.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in History or Western Civilization II (12/16).