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Kulliyyah Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences
Department History and Civilization
Programme Bachelor of Human Sciences (History and Civilization)
Course Title Modern History of Europe
Course Code HIST 3150
Status Core
Level Undergraduate
Credit Hours 3
Contact Hours 3
Semester Offered All semesters
Course Synopsis This course surveys historical developments in Europe from 18th century to the
present. It concentrates on the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, the
Industrial revolution, the two World Wars and the Cold War. Special attention
will be paid to social and political developments.
Course Objectives 1. To familiarize students with ideological and political discourse in modern
2. To develop an understanding of the social and economic developments in
modern Europe.
3. To highlight European supremacy in modern world affairs.
Learning Outcomes By the end of this course, students should be able to:
1. demonstrate an awareness of the basic features of modern European
2. evaluate the impact of the French and Industrial revolutions on Europe and
their contributions to nation building.
3. read and interpret the primary sources reflecting the dynamics of the
modern European society.
4. cultivate a positive approach towards assessing European history.

Instructional Strategies content – based teaching, task - based teaching
Course Assessment 1,2,3,4 Mid-term Exam 30
State weightage of each type of 1,2,3 Written Assignment 20
assessment 1,2,3 Group presentation 10
1,2,3,4 Final Examination 40
Total 100
Content Outline
Weeks Topics Readings
1. 1. Europe and the Age of Reason McKay (2005): 605-625
 What is modern Europe?
 Enlightenment and absolutism in Europe
2 2. Social Life in the 18th Century Europe McKay (2005): 661-686
 Religion and popular culture
 Education and medical practice
 Marriage and family life
3 3. French Revolution McKay (2005): 697-711
 France before the revolution
 Causes, reforms and results
4 4. Napoleon Bonaparte McKay (2005): 712-722
5 5. The Industrial Revolution and its Impact McKay (2005): 725-750
6 6. Europe during the first half of the19th century McKay (2005): 755-760; 777-784
 The Congress of Vienna
 Major ideologies and cultural trends
 The Revolutions of 1848
7 7. The emerging urban society McKay (2005):787-819
 Social realities
 Urban planning and public health
 Development of science and thought
8 8. The Age of Nationalism and Nation Building McKay (2005): 826-832; 869-883
 Italy
 Germany
 Habsburg Empire
9 9. Europe and the World McKay (2005): 855-878
 Industrialization and World economy
 European Imperialism
10 10. The First World War: Causes and Impact McKay (2005): 887-903; 911-918
11. 11. The Fall of Imperial Russia McKay (2005): 835-838; 904-911; 957-964
 The Bolshevik Revolution and the establishment
of communist rule
 Stalin’s Soviet Union
12. 12. The Rise of Fascism McKay (2005): 964-971
 Mussolini and Fascism in Italy
 Hitler and the Third Reich in Germany
13. 13. The Second World War: Origins and Consequences McKay (2005): 971-985
14 14. The Cold War and the Decline of European McKay (2005): 989-1022
References Required
McKay, J. (2005) A history of Western society. (Vol. 2) (8th ed.). Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
Hochschild, A. (1999). King Leopold’s ghost: A story of greed terror and heroism in
colonial Africa. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
Palmer, R.R., & Colton, J. (2002). A history of the modern world (9th ed.). New York:
Paxton, R. (2005). Europe in the twentieth century. New York: Harcourt Brace College
Spielvogel, J. (2005). Western Civilization (Vol. 2) (8th ed.). California: Wadsworth Thomson
Batch of Students Students with matric numbers 053… onwards
to be affected