Metropolitan State University

HIST 351 : Europe: The Global Power, 1789-Present

A. Course Description
Credits: 4
Prerequisites: WRIT 131 Writing I or equivalent.  
Lab Hours/ Weeks: Corequisites: None
Lecture Hours/ Week :  
MnTC Goals: Goal LS - Upper Division Liberal Studies , Goal 05 - Hist/Soc/Behav Sci , Goal 08 - Global Perspective
 
Students in this course study Europe's rise, and decline, as the dominating force in the world. The numerous political and economic systems which existed in Europe during this period-monarchy, democracy, fascism, capitalism, socialism, communism-are examined, and students explore how people living under these systems perceived them. The class also discusses the current movement towards a federal, "United States of Europe." Emphasis is placed on learning historical skills and using a variety of sources.
B. Course Effective Dates: 08/01/1998 - 09/05/1999 09/06/1999 - 08/16/2004 08/17/2004 - Present
C. Outline of Major Content Areas:
See Course Description for major content areas.
D. Learning Outcomes (General)
  1. Acquires and improves writing and communication skills by submitting essays that require the organization, analysis, synthesis, and explanation of historical facts and original argumentation, consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctively characteristic of upper-division courses completed at a comprehensive university.
  2. Can practice critical and analytical skills on historical theories, controversies, and debates as well as on primary sources, consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctively characteristic of upper-division courses completed at a comprehensive university.
  3. Understands and is able to explain the historical significance of both primary and secondary sources, consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctively characteristic of upper-division courses completed at a comprehensive university.
  4. Understands the main themes and events in the course of European history from the French Revolution until the present, consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctively characteristic of upper-division courses completed at a comprehensive university.
E. Learning Outcomes (MN Transfer Curriculum)
Goal LS - Upper Division Liberal Studies
    None
Goal 05 - Hist/Soc/Behav Sci
  1. Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  2. Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.
  3. Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
Goal 08 - Global Perspective
  1. Demonstrate knowledge of cultural, social, religious and linguistic differences.
  2. Analyze specific international problems, illustrating the cultural, economic, and political differences that affect their solution.
  3. Describe and analyze political, economic, and cultural elements which influence relations of states and societies in their historical and contemporary dimensions.
  4. Understand the role of a world citizen and the responsibility world citizens share for their common global future.
G. Special Information
None