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1 Proposal: number 42

42. HIST 102/102W: Modern Europe, 1815-Present

Contact:Frank Warren
Abstract:This course aims to give students a broad knowledge background in the history
of academic inquiry and its place in the broader context of modern Europe,
while they simultaneously practice the same methods of inquiry (argument-based
reading and writing, critical thinking, and analysis of evidence) employed by
professional historians. Its topics focus on social structures (evolution of
industrial capitalism and its societal impact), ideologies, global (world wars,
cold war), and the development of the European university and the role of
liberal arts in society.

Readings, lectures, and discussion on the methods and role of the university in
society will be contextualized throughout the course as part of our exploration
of the times, places and ideas from which academic methods and the modern
university developed (closely linked, as they are, to nation/state formation,
urbanization/professionalization, both liberalism and critiques of liberalism,
etc.) Assignments will ask students to use these same methods to analyze the
efficacy and flexibility of the liberal arts as the system has developed over
time, and to explore the connections between the history of the liberal arts
and broader trends. The evolution of European thought on higher education and
scientific/social-scientific inquiry underlies any survey of modern Europe,
integral as these themes are to the intellectual history of western
civilization. This proposal thus intends not to reinvent the existing survey of
modern Europe to “make it fit,” but rather to make explicit the underlying
assumptions, methods and goals already inherent in any history of modern
Europe. The course is intended to make students self-conscious of their own
place in this evolution, and to teach them not just how to read, think, and
write as scholars, but also ‘why’, in the sense that they should develop an
awareness of their own goals as scholars, in light of society’s needs and
pressures, and how these goals, needs, and pressures have evolved over time.

Submissions and Approvals

Course Date Requirement Action By Whom Notes
HIST 102 2008-08-27 SS Submitted Dept
HIST 102 2008-08-27 ET Submitted Dept
HIST 102 2008-12-03 SS Approved GEAC
HIST 102 2008-12-03 ET Approved GEAC
HIST 102 2009-02-05 SS Approved UCC
HIST 102 2009-02-05 ET Approved UCC
HIST 102 2009-03-12 SS Approved Senate
HIST 102 2009-03-12 ET Approved Senate
HIST 102W 2008-12-03 SS Approved GEAC
HIST 102W 2008-12-03 ET Approved GEAC
HIST 102W 2009-02-05 SS Approved UCC
HIST 102W 2009-02-05 ET Approved UCC
HIST 102W 2009-03-12 SS Approved Senate
HIST 102W 2009-03-12 ET Approved Senate