Western Civilization from 1648

Caitlin Corning                                             Email:  ccorning@georgefox.edu
Office: Center Street House #5                    
Phone:  503-554-2673; Skype: caitlincorning
Office Hours
:  M-F 10:30-noon                       Syllabus: goo.gl/wo42S

Course Description

Welcome to a historical study abroad. Over the next semester we will be exploring 370 years of European history, from the end of the religious wars to today. This is a critical time in the development on modern Europe with a number of complex events including the French Revolution, Industrial Revolution, rise of nationalism and imperialism, the world wars of the 20th century, and the rise of European Union. This class will examine not only political history, but economic, religious, social, cultural and intellectual issues.

Course Objectives

By the end of this course students should:

~have a foundation of the important events in European history that have shaped the world today

~have a better sense of the connections between events

~understand the types of questions historians ask, how they weigh evidence and construct theories


  • Cole, Symes, Western Civilizations, Brief, vol 2, 4 edn (ISBN:  978-0393265347)

Grade Assessment

  • Participation (attendance, movie responses, group discussions and quizzes) - 15%
  • Discussions - 20%
  • First Exam - 20%
  • Second Exam - 20%
  • Third Exam - 25%

Late Policy

  • Discussions: If an absence is not excused, late work is penalized 10% per day.
  • Group Work/Movie Responses: If an absence is not excused, these assignments cannot be made up.
  • Exams/Papers: If an absence is not excused, late work is penalized 10% per day.

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/or 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.

Other Notices
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