A survey of the major currents in Western civilization since 1648.
This survey course introduces students to political, economic, military, religious, and cultural developments of the modern West in order to foster a better understanding of the conditions and challenges of the twenty-first century. It is a required prerequisite for upper-level courses in European history and it may also fulfill a portion of the General Education requirement.
Measurable Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Identify major figures and events in Western civilization from 1648 to the present.
- Describe the stages of development of Western civilization from 1648 to the present.
- Explain how political, economic, military, religious, and cultural factors influenced the development of Western civilization from 1648 to the present.
- Demonstrate college-level competencies in reading comprehension, documentary analysis, research, and historical writing.
- Evaluate interpretive and historiographical approaches to Western civilization from 1648 to the present.
- Apply biblical principles to the problems and issues of Western Civilization from 1648 to the present.
Foundational Skill Learning Outcomes (FSLOs): Communication and Information Literacy (CIL)
Communication and information literacy
CIL 1: Discover and evaluate information to accomplish a specific purpose.
CIL 2: Communicate information effectively in the English language, orally and/or through writing, for a variety of purposes, using technology when appropriate.
CIL 3: Analyze and assess various forms of information and expression to determine their meaning, employing technology when relevant.
CIL 4: Demonstrate a basic understanding of the role of research and scholarship in order to apply it in various contexts.
CIL 5: Relate communication and information literacy to participation in God’s redemptive work.
CT 2: Structure an argument or position using credible evidence and valid reasoning.
Textbook readings, presentations, videos, and learning activities
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. The purpose of Discussions is to generate interaction in regards to relevant current course topics. Therefore, the student will post a thread of 200–250 words and then 2 replies of 100–150 words. (MLO: A, C, D, E, F; FSLO: CIL 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and CT 2)
Research in History Assignments (3)
The student will complete the initial stages of a history research project using the resources of the Jerry Falwell Library The purpose of this project is to reinforce learning outcomes for competency in information literacy. The student will complete the project in three parts. For Part One, the student selects a theme, develops a research question, identifies sources, and writes about the process for finding sources. For Part Two, the student creates a properly formatted bibliography and writes an explanation of this stage of the research process. For Part Three, the student revises the bibliography and writes a rationale and reflection about the selection, evaluation, and citation of sources for research in history. (MLO: A, C, D, E, F; FSLO: CIL 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and CT 2)
Primary Source Activity: Two Declarations Assignment
The student will examine primary source documents and respond to a set of related questions using the MindTap platform. The purpose of this assignment is to introduce analysis of primary source documents as a tool for the study of history. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F; CIL 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and CT 2)
Map Activity Assignments (2)
The student will examine maps and respond to a set of related questions using the MindTap platform. The purpose of these assignments is to introduce analysis of maps as a tool for the study of history. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F; CIL 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and CT 2)
Character Profile Assignment
The student will select a figure from an approved list of options and complete a provided template. The student will be required to discuss briefly the individual's life, importance, and views of critics. Word count requirement is at least 500 words, and the template must include at least 3 scholarly references. (CLO: A, C, D; FSLO: CIL 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and CT 2)
MindTap Quizzes (17)
The student will respond to a set of questions related to the reading of a corresponding chapter in MindTap. The purpose of the quizzes is to encourage careful reading of the material, to emphasize important points, and to assess the level of reading comprehension for that chapter. The student will have two attempts for each quiz with no time limit. Quizzes can only be reset for instances of technical problems related to MindTap. The student must provide evidence of any technical problems. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F; FSLO: CIL 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and CT 2)
Module Quizzes (8)
The student will take a quiz in each Module: Week covering the readings, presentations, and other learning activities specific to that Module: Week. Quizzes consist of multiple-choice, true/false, short-answer, and essay questions. The student will have 90 minutes to complete each open-book/open-notes quiz. For each minute over the time limit, the total score will be reduced by 5 points. Because of the time limit, the student must be prepared before starting each quiz. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F; FSLO: CIL CIL 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and CT 2)