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Michael Stoff, Director 305 East 23rd St, CLA 2.102, (G3600) Austin, TX 78712-1250 • 512-471-1442

Spring 2005

T C HIS309 • Western Civilization in Modern Times

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
36875 MWF
10:00 AM-11:00 AM

Course Description

This course provides an overview of the period from 1492 to the present. What does it mean to be “modern?” How have conceptions of the “West” taken shape and changed? We will cover exploration and empire, conflict between the major religious traditions, the rise of the state and western political theory, the Enlightenment, the age of revolution, and World Wars I and II. Thematically, it concentrates on different theories of historical change, the relationship between discovery and self-discovery, "civilization" and its critics, and the place of violence politics, society, and warfare.

About the Professor Judy Coffin is Associate Professor of History. She got her Ph.D. from Yale and taught at Harvard and UC Riverside before coming here. She teaches Western Civ, the French Revolution, 20th-century Europe, and many other courses.

Grading Policy

Course requirements vary from year to year, but you can count on a combination of short papers, in class essays, and take home exams.


Judith Coffin, Robert Stacey, et. al. Western Civilizations vol. II (14th edition) John Stuart Mill, On the Subjection of Women Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness (Norton Critical Edition) Virgina Woolf, A Room of One’s Own Jan Gross, Neighbors Additional reading from Martin Luther, Filmer, Locke, and Hobbes; Adam Smith, Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and others will be on the web and on reserve.


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