HIST 421

Professor Information

Caitlin Corning, Center Street House #5, 503-554-2673, email: ccorning@georgefox.edu

Office hours:

Syllabus Addresshttps://sites.google.com/a/georgefox.edu/19

Course Description

This course is a general overview of European history from the Enlightenment to the end of the nineteenth century.  While there will be a focus on political events in order to tie this course together, economic, social and cultural issues will also be explored.  Through discussions, papers and readings, students will be encouraged to actively participate in the class and to form their own opinions on the often complex and difficult events which influenced the development of Europe during this period.

Course Objectives

1. To provide the student with a basic understanding of the developments in politics, economics, and society during this period.

2. To explore the similarities and differences between events in nineteenth-century Europe and the problems facing America today, as well as the Christian community.

3. To encourage students to improve their academic skills in the areas of critical analysis, research, writing, oral communication and organization.

Required Texts

Winks and Kaiser, Europe from the Old Regime to the Age of Revolution, Oxford, 2004
Winks and Neuberger, Europe and the Making of Modernity, Oxford, 2005
Melancon and Swanson, Nineteenth Century Europe: Sources and Perspectives from History, Pearson Longman, 2007

Attendance and Participation 10%
Discussions 15%
Research Paper 25%
Mid-Term Exam 25%
Final Exam 25%

Late Policy

All assignments will be marked down 5% per day except in cases of excused absence.

Cheating and Plagiarism

Please note that this university has a no tolerance policy regarding cheating and plagiarism. Use of another person's exact words without quote marks and reference is plagiarism, as is restating another person's ideas but not providing a reference to indicate that it is not your own. If you have any questions, see your Student Handbook, or talk to me.  Papers and assignments where a student has cheated will result in zero points in the first instance, and a possible “F” in the course for the second instance.  Assignments will also be forwarded to the Office of Academic Affairs.

Disability Services

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