HST 222 : The Age of the Revolutions

This course examines the growth and development of early modern Europe from the Renaissance to 1815 and its relationship to the world. Topics include the Reformation, the world system prior to European hegemony, the results of European exploration and conquest, the settlement of the Americas and its impact on Native Americans, the emergence of slavery, the rise of a European middle class and its conflict with feudalism, the Enlightenment movement and the development of science, and the French Revolution. Students develop the ability to think, read, and write critically and analytically and to understand the various forms of human interaction during this key transitional period in human history. The course aids students in their efforts to understand the principles of group behavior and social organizations and how power is wielded in society. Prerequisite: A passing score on the College's writing and reading placement tests or, C or better or concurrent enrollment in ENG 091 or ENG 092. Three lecture hours per week. Gen. Ed. Competencies Met: Critical Thinking, Ethical Dimensions, Global and Historic Awareness, Human Expression and Multicultural and Social Perspectives. 3 credits Fall, Spring, Summer
Students who successfully complete this course will: 1. Analyze a variety of primary and secondary historical sources and their varying perspectives. 2. Recognize patterns of change and continuity with emphasis on risk taking and innovation. 3. Assess how world geography shapes personal and cultural values and the collective identity of people around the world. 4. Compare various political and economic systems that co-existed during this time period. 5. Explain the changes in religious beliefs and practices. 6. Evaluate the effect of nation states and empires on contemporary world issues and challenges.