EN 403 – Western Civilization (the Modern Period)

  • Prof. Sahar Hamouda
  • Mrs. Walaa Sallam

Course lecturer


Course assistant :

By the end of this course, student will be able to: a.1 Summarize the history& culture of Europe and Britain from the 17th to the 20th centuries a.2 Describe the development of Western democracy a.3 Recognize the steps by which England instituted a constitutional monarchy a.4 Identify the end of religious conflict in England a.5 Examine the features of the Scientific Revolution a.6 Summarize the American, French and Russian revolutions a.7 Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the Industrial Revolution a. 8 List the reforms of the 19th Century a.9 Survey imperialism and its consequences a. 10 Outline the events of World War I, the inter-war period, and World War II a.11 Relate the major schools of thought that formed Western culture to historical events b.1 Compare different eras of Western history b.2 Link history, politics, economics and religion together b.3 Develop analytical thinking in dealing with factors affecting the development of civilizations and thought b.4 Differentiate between the features of different periods, systems and movements. b.5 Assimilate the history and cultures of English speaking civilizations c.1: Compile data from printed and electronic resources c.2: Give presentations in English c.3: Write short paragraphs in English d.1 Communicate effectively in English d.2 Converse and hold dialogue with members of other cultures d.3 Utilize IT in their study of history and culture, and in their class presentations d.4 Provide own opinions and argue them using convincing evidence d.5 Utilize time and meet deadlines d.6 Contribute to teamwork

Course objectives

The course opens with the most important historical events of the 17th century, such as the Civil War, the Restoration, the Glorious Revolution and the establishment of political and religious freedom. The course then moves to the 18th century and the triumph of reason and the scientific revolution, in the meanwhile covering the American and French Revolutions. The 19th and 20th centuries deal with the industrial revolution, capitalism, imperialism, the two world wars, and the Russian Revolution. Finally, colonialism will be dealt with, including the case of Egypt in the modern period. Throughout, the relevant schools of thought and cultural movements will also be addressed.

Course description

  • Mid-term exam 20%
  • Year ‘s marks 20%
  • Final written exam 60%

Course assessment

Coffin, Judith G. and Stacey, Robert C. Western Civilizations. New York: Norton & Company, 2009.

Recommended text books

Spielvogel, Jackson J. Western Civilization: A Brief History. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Thomson Learning,2002.Print.

Recommended refrences