Modern Europe – HIEU 590

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

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.




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.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyze the causes and significance of the major events in 20th century Europe from 1914 through 1945.
  2. Evaluate interpretative and historiographical approaches to 20th century European history.
  3. Apply biblical principles to the problems and issues of 20th century European history.
  4. Demonstrate graduate-level competencies in research, writing, and documentary analysis.

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 Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. 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.

Midterm Paper

The student will write a midterm paper in current Turabian format that focuses on World War I. The paper must include at least 5 quality references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Final Paper

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 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 5 short answer questions, and have a time limit of 1 hour and 30 minutes.