Modern Europe – HIEU 390

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course provides an in-depth study of the development of Modern Europe, from the turn of the 20th century to the political and social upheavals of the Cold War, focusing on political, military, intellectual, and economic developments.


HIEU 202 or HIEU 380


This period witnessed the apogee of European power in the late nineteenth- and early twentieth- centuries and its collapse in the world wars, after which Europe experienced significant upheavals in the Cold War. Analyzing these conditions and events, including the reordering of the balance of power caused by the rise of the German Empire, overseas colonial expansion, the changes wrought by industrialization, the trauma of the Great War, the worldwide Depression of the 1930s, the Holocaust, and the challenges of the Cold War, is crucial to our understanding of current conditions in Europe as well as the larger world. This course will most benefit those students whose focus of study is on European history.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify major figures and events in Modern Europe.
  2. Explain how political, economic, military, diplomatic, religious, cultural, and other factors influenced the course of Modern Europe.
  3. Demonstrate advanced undergraduate competencies in reading comprehension, documentary analysis, research, and historical writing.
  4. Evaluate interpretative and historiographical approaches to Modern Europe.
  5. Apply biblical principles in making interpretations related to the history of Modern Europe.

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

There will be four Discussion Board Forums throughout this course. The student is required to provide an initial thread in response to the provided topic for each forum. Each initial thread is to be 300 words in length and demonstrate course- related knowledge. In addition to the initial thread, the student is required to reply to two other classmates’ threads. Each reply should be 150 words.

The student will write a 5-7-page research-oriented paper in the Turabian format that focuses on the topic assigned for that week. The paper must include at least ten references in addition to the class textbooks and the Bible.

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the module/week in which it is assigned. Each quiz/exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 multiple- choice and/or true-false questions, and have a 1 hour, 30 minute time limit.

There will be a Midterm (Module/Week 4) covering Modules/Weeks 1-4 and a Final (Module/Week 8) which will be cumulative. Each exam will be open- book/open-notes containing two essays. There will be a two-hour time limit.