Survey of Western Civilization II

The American College of Greece

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Survey of Western Civilization II

  • Host University

    The American College of Greece

  • Location

    Athens, Greece

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • US Credits

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

    The development of the modern world from 1648 to the present. Emphasis on the interaction of political, social, and intellectual institutions.

    This course, the sequel to Survey of Western Civilization I, is required for history majors but should also prove valuable to any student interested in an overview of the human experience since the beginning of modern times.

    As a result of taking this course, the student should be able to:
    1. Demonstrate a basic factual knowledge of Western civilization since the sixteenth century.
    2. Recognize the influence of European culture on the rest of the world as well as the impact of this Europeanization on European society itself.
    3. Formulate specific ideas (and demonstrate their validity through factual examples) concerning historical causation, continuity and sequence.
    4. Evaluate the contribution of European civilization to contemporary civilization, and understand the present through an inquiry into its roots in the recent past.
    5. Critically interpret significant social and political ideas and events such as imperialism, the failures of political systems, and the appearance of ideologies.
    6. Speculate on the relation of history to the other social sciences and the humanities, drawing conclusions based on evidence since 1648.

    Lectures, class discussions, slides, films.


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