HIS 309L • Western Civ in Modern Times
9:00 AM-10:00 AM
In this course, we examine the central cultural characteristics of the Western heritage after the Reformation and discuss their transformation up to the present. A chronological historical narrative will be followed, but the most important focus of the course will be devoted to the examination of a number of central questions within Western society from the Reformation on through the present. We will attempt to formulate an understanding of
2 hour exams @ 20% 1 final exam @ 30% 6 reading/discussion quizzes (lowest grade to be dropped) @ 6% each Exams will consist of term and primary text identification and essays.
Coffin, WESTERN CIVILIZATION Martin Luther, ON THE FREEDOM OF A CHRISTIAN Cabeza de Vaca, THE ACCOUNT: THE RELACION OF C. D. V Jean-Jacques Rousseau, THE SOCIAL CONTRACT Alexis de Tocqueville, THE OLD REGIME AND THE FRENCH REVOLUTION John Reed, TEN DAYS THAT SHOOK THE WORLD Hannah Arendt, EICHMANN IN JERUSALEM Franz Fanon, THE WRETCHED OF THE EARTH Additional readings from the Internet (I recommend you download them all at the beginning of the semester for your convenience