Course Outlines
INSTRUCTOR: Prof. Norman West DEPARTMENT: Social Science
CATALOG NO.: HIS 102 COURSE: Modern European History


YEAR: 2014

TEXT: McKay, Crowston, Wiesner-Hanks, A History of Western Society, Vol. II: From Absolutism to the Present, 11th ed.. Bedford/St. Martin's Press, 2010:

We are using the e-book version of the textbook. To purchase the textbook, go to electronic textbook
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Warren, Elizabeth, A Fighting Chance, Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company, New York, 2014


The student will be able to:

1. recognize the interconnectedness of human activities (e.g., social, economic, intellectual, and political) at a given point in time.

2. analyze how collective behavior and individual action shape human history through a continuous process.

3. show that historical truth is complex and relative, and limited by an individual's own unique perspective.

4. show the value of historical research by becoming acquainted with primary and secondary source materials.

5. practice his/her writing, thinking and comprehension skills in tests and reading and writing assignments.

6. have a basic understanding and knowledge of the following:

French Revolution and Napoleon
Liberalism and the Enlightenment
Industrial Revolution
Socialism and Marxism
World War I - Causes and Consequences
Russian Revolution
Nazism and Hitler
World War ll
Cold War
Revival of Europe after 1945
Breakup of the Soviet Union
(1) Modernization and the industrial revolution
(2) Political revolutions
(3) Nationalism and ideologies
(4) Imperialism
(5) Modern war
(6) Totalitarianism
(7) Cold War
(8) World inter-dependence

PROCEDURES: The textbook provides a chronological account of the historical events. It is necessary to read the text carefully and thoroughly in order to supplement and understand the class lectures and discussion. Required supplementary readings are available to you at the web site: If you do not have access to a computer or mobile device, you can use the computers in the computer lab in the lower level of the library. Tests will be given on-line, using Blackboard software, which is accessible through the "My SCCC" portal on the college web site.
An extensive bibliography will be found on the internet at the website above.
Three reports, a political essay, a book report and a critical essay, are required. Instructions for the reports are located in the website at the link: "Report Requirements".

COLLEGE SUPPORT PROGRAMS: The English Department offers a Reading Laboratory, and a Writing Laboratory which includes personalized instruction in the correct procedures for reports. A computer laboratory in the library offers personalized assistance in word processing which is a valuable tool in writing term reports, and may also be used to access the online components of the course.


1. Three reports are required to pass the course. The first report is to be an essay on the book by Elizabeth Warren.
The second report is to be a book report based on one of the books listed in the course bibliography. Use e-mail to advise me of your selection of a book for the book report on or before September 29th. Please indicate your course and section number, and the author and title of the book in your message. Failure to select a book , in advance, for my approval, will result in a lower grade for the book report.
The third report is to be a critical analysis of the significance of the industrial revolution to today's world. It is to be based on a reading assignment that will be given to you on my website.

To receive full credit, the essay on the book by Elizabeth Warren must be submitted by the week of September 29th. Late reports will lose credit. If the report is not submitted by October 25
th, you will receive a grade of W or F for the course.

The book report must be submitted on or before the week of October 20th . Late reports will lose credit. If the report is not submitted by November 15th, you will receive a grade of W or F for the course.

The third report must be submitted on or before November 29th. If the third report is not submitted by December 6th, you will receive a grade of W or F for the course. There will be separate written instructions concerning these reports.

2. There will be five on-line tests during the semester, the dates for which will be announced in advance . The test questions are related to the theory of modernization and how that theory is related to important historical events. The tests will be scheduled on the Blackboard software. Tests will not be givcn during class time, but during specific periods outside class hours. It is your responsibility to take the tests during the specifed times. .


The first report is 15%, and second report is 20%, and the third report is 15% of the final grade. The average of the on-line test grades is the remaining 50% of the grade. Test schedule and instructions will be announced through the Blackboard software.
A grade of "W" or "F" will result if all of the assigned written reports are not completed.
Reports which are copied or plagiarized will result in an immediate failure of the course.

ATTENDANCE POLICY: Students are expected to attend all class meetings. Regular class attendance is essential if you expect to understand the course material and get full benefit from taking the course. In case of unavoidable absence, let the instructor know the reason. Lateness will count as 1/4th of an absence. If you leave class before dismissal, you are liable to be counted absent for the entire class. Points will be added or subtracted from your final grade in accordance with the following table:
Perfect Attendance: +3 points

One absence: +1 point

Two absences: +0 point

Three absences: -1 point.
Four absences: -2points

Five absences: -4

Six absences: -6 points

For 7 or more absences: a grade of W or F

It is your responsibility to keep track of absences and lateness. Attendance records will be available to you at the beginning and end of class meetings.

For the section of the course that meets only once per week, a different attendance schedule applies.

WITHDRAWAL DATE: The last date at which you may withdraw voluntarily from the course is Wednesday, October 29th. Anyone who has been absent more than 3 times by that date, should withdraw from the course. After that date, students who wish to withdraw without failing the course, must notify me and give a valid reason for doing so before the end of the semester. If you expect a W rather than an F for the course, it is your responsibility to initiate and follow through on the procedures to withdraw.

CLASS DECORUM: I welcome questions and contributions to class discussions, however, they should be relevant to the topic. Attention should be focused on the class activity. Reading, and the use of laptop computers, tablets, phones or other mobile electronic devices, is not allowed during class time.


Week* Chapter # 
9/2 web site Modernization
9/8 16 Absolutism and Constitutionalism
9/15 16 Eastern Europe
9/22 17 The Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment 
9/29 18,19 Forerunners of Industrialization and The Changing Life of the People
10/6 20  Political Revolution: American and French
10/13 21  Industrialization in England and on the Continent
10/20 22 Ideologies; the Revolutions of 1848
10/27 23 Life in Urban Society: Progress in Science and Technology
11/3 24 The Age of Nationalism
11/10 25 The West and the World
11/17 Begin 26 European Power Balance
11/24 26 World War I and the Russian Revolution
12/1 27 Consequences of World War I, Causes for World War II
12/8 28 Atomic Age and the United Nations 

SUPPLEMENTARY READING LIST: A bibliography is available on the college website. Select one of the books from the HIS-102 bibliography for the book report, or use them for the research paper.

If you wish to contact the instructor, call 451-4797, or leave a message at 451-4344.