Re-illumination of Western History

Korea University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Re-illumination of Western History

  • Host University

    Korea University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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  • Overview

    Course Description:

    This course is a general introduction to European history from Ancient Greece to the outbreak of World War I. Topics covered in the course include Ancient Greece and Rome, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and Reformation and Enlightenment, the Political and Industrial Revolutions, Imperialism and the outbreak of the First World War. The course is recognised as a Substitute Course for a Core General Studies Module (핵심교양 인정과목) at Korea University.

    The course seeks to provide the student with a basic understanding of the flow of European history from the classical era to the Europe that we know today, and aims to aid the student to delve more deeply into the subject should he/she choose to do so. Successful participants will enhance their communication and intellectual skills, as well as their understanding of European history. Previous participants have often transferred credit for this course back to their home institution to satisfy humanities requirements.

    The course will be conducted on the following themes for 4 weeks:

    Week 1 – Classical Antiquity (Ancient Greece and Rome)

    (The Rise of the Polis, the Persian Wars and the Athenian Empire, the Peloponnesian Wars and the Destruction of the Hellenic World, Alexander’s Conquests and the Creation of the Hellenistic World, the Rise of the Roman Republic, the Expansion of Rome and Reforms of the Gracchi, the Triumvirates and the Rise of the Roman Empire, Constantine the Great and the Consolidation of Christianity)

    Week 2 – Medieval Europe (476 – 1453)

    (The Great Migration and the Fall of the Roman Empire, the Merovingians and the Carolingians, Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire, Feudalism and the Manorial System, the Investiture Controversy and the Walk to Canossa, Frederick Barbarossa and the Lombard League, the Crusades, Pope Innocent III and the Fourth Lateran Council, the Mongol Invasion, the Avignon Papacy and the Western Schism, the Great Famine and the Black Death, John Wycliffe and Jan Hus, the Hundred Years’ War and the Wars of the Roses, the Fall of Constantinople) 2

    Week 3 – Early Modern Europe (1453 – 1789)

    (The Renaissance, the Reformation, the Thirty Years’ War, Europe’s Age of Expansion and the Beginning of Colonial Rule, the Rise of Absolutism and Centralised Bureaucracy in Europe, the British ‘Exception’, the Scientific Revolution, the Age of Enlightenment)

    Week 4 – Modern Europe (1789 – 1914) (The French Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars, Liberalism, Nationalism and the 1848 Revolutions, the Industrial Revolution, the Age of Imperialism, the Anglo-Russian ‘Great Game’, Europe’s Scramble for Asia and Africa, the Rise of the Triple Entente and the Triple Alliance, the Outbreak of World War I)

    Students will be examined not only on their understanding of the key facts, but also on their opinions of what are generally regarded as the most historically significant determinants of the period in question.

    Classroom format:

    The course will mainly be composed of lectures. Powerpoint presentations will be used for the lectures, which the students will be able to download beforehand and bring to class for notetaking.

    Required Course Reading:

    Richard Overy, History of the World, (2008) (ISBN-10: 0007280904 ISBN-13: 978- 0007280902) IMPORTANT: Students are responsible for obtaining their own copy of the textbook IN ADVANCE OF THEIR ARRIVAL AT ISC, which is available from


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