HIST 355

Problems of Contemporary Europe in Historical Perspective

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective August 24, 2002 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

What is Europe? Who is a European? How broadly can Europe be defined? How have recent social, political, and economic changes affected Europe? Using the lens provided by the past, serious problems facing Europeans today are examined in an effort to understand the causes and consequences of issues that have importance not only within Europe, but also within the world community.

Prerequisites

Learning outcomes

General

  • Acquires an understanding of contemporary Europe and its problems in both the East and West, consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctively characteristic of upper-division courses completed at a comprehensive university.
  • Gains awareness of how differences rooted in the past have affected Europeans today, consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctively characteristic of upper-division courses completed at a comprehensive university
  • Learns how to formulate an historical question and use historical thinking to illuminate a specific issue or problem current in Europe today, consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctively characteristic of upper-division courses completed at a comprehensive university.
  • Understands how historical experiences have contributed to the origins and responses to a range of contemporary European problems and issues, consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctively characteristic of upper-division courses completed at a comprehensive university.
  • Understands the European responses to cultural, political, and economic influences from beyond its borders, consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctively characteristic of upper-division courses completed at a comprehensive university.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
  • Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.