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HUM 100 Shaping of Western Society I (3-0) 3 hrs.

This course, the first half of the history of western civilization sequence, explores the social, political, intellectual and cultural origins of the western tradition in Europe. Using a variety of sources (primary and secondary) and spanning the two millennia from Classical Greece (5th c B.C.) and the eras of Alexander the Great and the Roman Empire, through the Christian Middle Ages to the Italian Renaissance and the Age of Overseas Exploration (16th - 17th c.), this course traces the development of peculiarly western attitudes, values and institutions in Europe, and the notions of reason, individual rights, humanism, rule of law, and political liberty, that underpin them. This course also examines the manifold points of contact between the west and the wider world. (Also listed as HIS 100) This course carries SUNY General Education credit. B View Course SyllabusAdobe Acrobat, PDF


HUM 101 Shaping of Western Society II (3-0) 3 hrs.

This course, the second half of the history of western civilization sequence, continues the exploration of the social, political, intellectual and cultural development of the western tradition, from 1700 to the present. Using a variety of sources (primary and secondary) and encompassing a range of topics from the Scientific Revolution through the post Cold War era, this course examines the flowering of the rational, scientific and democratic western outlook in the modern era, and the various challenges posed by revolution, industrialization, totalitarianism, world war and the nuclear age. Topics include, the Enlightenment, French Revolution, Napoleon, Industrial Revolution, Age of Imperialism, World War I, Russian Revolution, Hitler and Nazism, World War II, the Holocaust, and the Cold War. (Also listed as HIS 101) This course carries SUNY General Education credit. B View Course SyllabusAdobe Acrobat, PDF


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