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Western Civilization from 1650

I.     Course Prefix/Number: HIS 132

       Course Name: Western Civilization from 1650

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

None

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course surveys the political, economic, social, cultural and intellectual development of Western civilization from the Baroque Era to the present. IAI S2 903

IV.   Learning Objectives

A.   Demonstrate basic knowledge of the major historical eras covered.
B.   Define the basic vocabulary needed to discuss the history of Western Civilization
C.   Discuss, compare and evaluate representative works of popular culture for the period.
D.   Explain the political, social, cultural and economic diversity within Western   civilizations and explain the interactions among these traditions.
E.   Present and debate conflicting interpretations of the Western tradition.
F.   Analyze primary and secondary sources that are used in interpreting the history of Western Civilization.

V.    Academic Integrity

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.

VI.   Sequence of Topics

A.    The Age of Reason and the Scientific Revolution
B.    Absolutism
C.    The French Revolution and the Napoleonic Legacy
D.    Reaction and the rise of Liberalism and Nationalism
E.    The Industrial Revolution
F.    New Imperialism
G.    World War One
H.    Rise of Communism, National Socialism and Fascism
I.    World War Two
J.    Post-war Europe and the origins of the Cold War
K.    The 1950s
L.    The 1960s
M.    The 1970s
N.    The 1980s
O.    The 1990s
P.    The 2000s
Q.    Current Issues

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Each class will include a variety of instructional methods such as: lectures, in class discussions, group activities, document and film analysis, and the use of new technologies.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Students will be required to:

A.    Read a standard textbook and research materials.

B.    Write outside of class the equivalent of 13 – 15 double-spaced typed pages in the form of a term paper, summaries of journal articles, short research papers, and/or other kinds of writing.

C.    Participate in in-class and out-of-class activities.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

At least two exams will be given in addition to other required papers and assignments.

Students will also be evaluated on a combination of written assignments and in- and out      
of- class assignments.

XI.   Other Course Information



If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.