Special Topics in European History

Korea University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Special Topics in European History

  • Host University

    Korea University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Prerequisites & Class Requirements
    There are no subjects that the student needed to have taken before taking this course. A good command of English is useful but not a prerequisite.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course is a general introduction to European history from Ancient Greece to the beginning 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 lectures will be given completely in English, and grading will be subject to the absolute grading criteria. As a relatively basic introduction to European history, the course is geared towards students who are studying this particular aspect of world history for the first time.

    Course Objectives
    The course seeks to provide the student with a basic understanding of the flow of European history from the classical era to the dawn of the 20th century, and aims to aid the student to delve more deeply into the subject should he/she choose to do so.

    PPT outlines relating to the course will be uploaded beforehand in order to help the student with previewing the lecture and with notetaking.

    Written examinations will take place for mid-term and end-of-term evaluations (constituting 30% and 40% of the final grade respectively). Attendance constitutes 30% of final grade.

    Introduction to the Lecture

    Classical Antiquity (Ancient Greece)

    Classical Antiquity (Ancient Greece and Rome)

    Classical Antiquity (Ancient Rome)

    Early Middle Ages (500-1000)

    High Middle Ages (1000-1300)

    Late Middle Ages (1300-1500)

    Mid-term Evaluation

    Renaissance, Reformation and the Wars of Religion

    Renaissance, Reformation and the Wars of Religion

    Absolutism and Enlightenment

    Absolutism and Enlightenment

    The Age of Revolution - Political

    The Age of Revolution - Industrial

    The Clash of Imperialism and the Outbreak of World War I

    End-of-term Evaluation

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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