Modern Europe – HIEU 590

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

The political, military, social, economic and intellectual developments in selected European countries from 1914 through 1945 will be analyzed. Topics include causes of WWI, the Versailles Peace Conference, rise of Fascism and Communism, origins of World War II, the war, the holocaust, and end of WWII, setting the stage for the Cold War.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


Modern Europe offers the student a graduate history course that analyzes the key events, socio-political trends, and leadership styles that not only shaped the era, but also remain a major influence on contemporary Europe and global affairs. The student will be challenged in this course to apply Christian perspectives and approaches to compare, contrast, and synthesize information from this period while communicating these ideas effectively.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (4)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be at least 350 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student will reply to at least 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 100 words.

For each thread, students must support their assertions with at least 2 scholarly or primary sources citations in current Turabian format. Each reply should incorporate at least 1 scholarly citation in current Turabian format. Support your answers using high quality sources. Make sure to avoid using the textbook, lectures, and primary sources provided in the course (course material).

A major objective in these Discussions is to demonstrate research design by selecting, evaluating, and applying (with citations) high quality sources.

World War I Origins Research Assignment

The student will write a midterm paper in current Turabian format that focuses on World War I. The paper must be 5–7 pages and include at least 5 quality references.

Cold War Origins: Research Proposal Assignment

This assignment requires students to develop the research quality, structure, and outline under instructor review. The key elements include a purpose statement, bibliography with 10 sources, problem statement discussed in 50–100 words, and outline.

Cold War Origins: Research Paper Assignment

The student will write a final paper that is 12–15 pages and is in current Turabian format that focuses on the origins of the Cold War. The paper must include at least 20 quality references.

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the module in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 5 Essay questions, and have a time limit of 1 hour and 30 minutes.