The French Revolution and the Napoleonic Era – HIEU 425

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

Course Description

This course will provide an in-depth study of the era of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Empire, focusing on political, military, intellectual, and economic developments.


HIEU 202


The era of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic imperium is one of the major turning points of European and world history and is often considered the beginning of “modern history.” Readings, lectures, discussions, and assignments will explore the various causes of the Revolution, the political and economic aspects of republican transformations, the crisis in ideals and institutions resulting from increased domestic violence and continuing warfare, the emergence of Napoleon Bonaparte, the “man on horseback,” as a military commander, politician, and ultimately emperor, and the contours and consequences of over two decades of constant warfare. The course will most benefit those students whose focus of study is on European history as well as those who are interested in military affairs.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

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

Course Assignment

Textbook readings, websites, and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussion Board Forums (4)

The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 300 words and demonstrate course- related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 150 words.

Writing Assignments (2)

The student will write two 5–7-page research-based paper in current Turabian format that focuses on the topic for the module/week in which it is assigned. The paper must include at least 10 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Quizzes (8)

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

Midterm Exam

The Midterm Exam will cover the Reading & Study material for Modules/Weeks 1–4. The Midterm Exam will be open-book/open-notes, contains 2 essay questions, and has a time limit of 2 hours.

Final Exam

The Final Exam will be cumulative in nature. The Final Exam will be open- book/open-notes, contain 2 essay questions, and have a time limit of 2 hours.