Spring 2016 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
Marked by turmoil, twentieth-century Europe was consumed by unprecedented xenophobia and mass killings which decimated entire cultures and changed the face of the continent. As the evils of this century culminated in the destruction of the ideals of the Enlightenment, they set a new precedent for cruelty and barbarity in the modern period. Focusing on the Balkan Wars, the Armenian Genocide, the First World War, the rise of Stalinism, Nazism, and the Holocaust, this course will examine the ways in which these events emerged out of the dramatic social, scientific, political, and cultural changes and movements of the nineteenth-century. In addition, it will explore the rampant nationalism of the era which fostered extremist ideas that eventually became radicalized by murderous regimes, and ultimately, ended in chaos and the death of millions.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Course requirements may include participation in a group report, an annotated bibliography, a research project, a mid-term exam, and a final exam.