History 1120 is an introduction to the development of the thought,
ideals, and institutions of modern Western Civilization from the
sixteenth century to the present. You
do not need to take History 1110 in order to take History 1120. Each
course teaches similar skills using different historical time periods.
In a Western Civilization class you are expected to learn information,
to analyze and discuss aspects of it, and to answer questions that
require you know the facts and combine them in ways that will thoughtfully
answer some complex questions. Western Civilization is a Humanities
class because it requires reading, analysis, discussion, and writing.
Western Civilization II fulfills three credits of the nine credits
Humanities graduation requirement for the College of Du Page Associate
of Arts Degree. It transfers as H2 902 in the Illinois Articulation
Initiative Humanities and Fine Arts Core Curriculum.
Some questions this class may help you to answer:
- How did Western Civilization transform from a religion-centered
civilization to one committed to reason, science, and technology?
- Why did a civilization committed to reason engage in destructive
fratricidal wars in the twentieth century?
- How did democratic governments develop from systems of absolute
- Why is Western society committed to individual rights above
all rather than the good of the group?
- What are the relationships among the following: nationalism,
representative government, and revolution; or nationalism,
totalitarianism, and socialism; or nationalism, Social
Darwinism, and imperialism?
- What ideas and technologies inspired Western governments to
divide up the world in the late nineteenth and early twentieth
centuries? Why did the world so rapidly de-colonialize in the
- How did industrialization affect the lives of men, women,
At the completion of this course the student will understand:
- To understand the political,
intellectual, economic, and social developments that have created
modern Western Civilization.
- To appreciate the reasons
why historians attach such importance to primary sources in writing
- To have practiced reading and
writing skills expected of an educated adult.
- To have practiced critical
thinking and analytical skills necessary for a professional in
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