GEHU 203 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Modern World History
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
GEHU 203
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
5

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Service Course
Course Level
First Cycle
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives The objective of this course is to introduce essential aspects of the modern world history to improve the general culture of our students. For students of political science in particular, the course facilitates a minimum understanding of modern world history that is necessary in all the other departmental courses.
Course Description The students who succeeded in this course;
  • to explain the notion of modernity in its economic, social and political dimensions from a historical perspective.
  • to explain the most important ideas that lay at the foundation of modern political history
  • to explain the role played by the Renaissance and the Reformation in the making of the modern world
  • to explain the revolutions (agricultural, industrial, ideological, technological, political) that marked the modern world history
  • to explain the major negative phenomena, such as colonialism and slavery, imperialism, authoritarianism and totalitarianism and political extremism, that have marked our political modernity
  • to explain the collapse of European empires and the emergence of nation states
  • to explain the end of communism and the emergence of the post-communist world order, with organisations such as the UN, EU and NATO at the centre of modern global politics
Course Content The course is an introductory one and it is designed to encourage the students to study politics from a historical perspective. The content is built around academic bibliography on modern world history with a focus on political and cultural history. The students are expected to (1) attend all classes, (2) read the assignments, (3) answer instructor’s questions and ask their own questions to the instructor throughout the course, and (4) prepare for the exams as guided by the instructor.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Management Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction Explanation of the course syllabus and of the bibliography. WOODRUFF, William. 1998. A concise history of the modern world: 1500 to the present, Basingstoke: Macmillan, pp. 1-43.
2 Asia and Europe: 1500-1914 WOODRUFF, William. 1998. A concise history of the modern world: 1500 to the present, Basingstoke: Macmillan, pp. 1-43. FOUCAULT, Michel, 1995. Discipline and punish: The birth of the prison, translated by Alan Sheridan. New York and Toronto: Vintage Books, pp. 170-177.
3 Asia and Europe: 1500-1914 WOODRUFF, William. 1998. A concise history of the modern world: 1500 to the present, Basingstoke: Macmillan, pp. 1-43.
4 The Rise of the West and the Impact of Western Man WOODRUFF, William. 1998. A concise history of the modern world: 1500 to the present, Basingstoke: Macmillan, pp. 54-80.
5 “White Peril” in the East; The Expansion of the Russian and American Empires WOODRUFF, William. 1998. A concise history of the modern world: 1500 to the present, Basingstoke: Macmillan, pp. 81-135.
6 “White Peril” in the East; The Expansion of the Russian and American Empires WOODRUFF, William. 1998. A concise history of the modern world: 1500 to the present, Basingstoke: Macmillan, pp. 81-135.
7 Midterm Exam
8 Scientific and Industrial Revolutions WOODRUFF, William. 1998. A concise history of the modern world: 1500 to the present, Basingstoke: Macmillan, pp. 136-152.
9 The Great War and the Birth of Communism as a New World Religion WOODRUFF, William. 1998. A concise history of the modern world: 1500 to the present, Basingstoke: Macmillan, pp. 153-182.
10 Asia in the Interwar Years WOODRUFF, William. 1998. A concise history of the modern world: 1500 to the present, Basingstoke: Macmillan, pp. 183-202.
11 The Second World War; The Cold War and the Balance of Terror WOODRUFF, William. 1998. A concise history of the modern world: 1500 to the present, Basingstoke: Macmillan, pp. 203-227.
12 Communist Regimes and their Collapse in the USSR and Eastern Europe WOODRUFF, William. 1998. A concise history of the modern world: 1500 to the present, Basingstoke: Macmillan, pp. 241-257.
13 The ‘West’ after the Second World War WOODRUFF, William. 1998. A concise history of the modern world: 1500 to the present, Basingstoke: Macmillan, pp. 258-351.
14 The ‘West’ after the End of the Cold War WOODRUFF, William. 1998. A concise history of the modern world: 1500 to the present, Basingstoke: Macmillan, pp. 258-351.
15 Africa from 1500 to Decolonisation WOODRUFF, William. 1998. A concise history of the modern world: 1500 to the present, Basingstoke: Macmillan, pp. 44-53, 228-240.
16 Final Exam

 

Course Notes/Textbooks

Woodruff W 2002, A concise history of the modern world, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke and New York.

(Main course book, available at the IUE library and in electronic PDF format as prepared by the instructor).

Suggested Readings/Materials

FOUCAULT, M 1995. Discipline and punish: The birth of the prison, translated by Alan Sheridan. New York and Toronto: Vintage Books.

GIDDENS, Anthony, 1990. The consequences of modernity. Cambridge: Polity Press.

HOBSBAWM, E 1997. Age of revolution, 1789-1848, London: Phoenix.

HOBSBAWM, E 1975. Age of capital, 1848-1875, London: Phoenix.

HOBSBAWM, E 1997. Age of empire, 1875-1914, London: Phoenix.

HOBSBAWM, E 1995. Age of extremes: a history of the world, 1914-1991, New York: Vintage Books.

MOSES, AD (ed.) 2008. Empire, colony, genocide: conquest, occupation, and subaltern resistance in world history, New York: Berghahn Books.

CROWE, D 1992. The essentials of European history: 1914 to 1935, World War I and Europe in crisis, Piscataway NJ: Research & Education Association.

NORTON, DH 1990. The essentials of European history: 1935 to the 1988, World War II and the iron curtain, Piscataway NJ: Research & Education Association.

KAMRAVA, M 2011. The modern Middle East: a political history since the First World War, Berkeley: University of California Press.

KENNEDY, P 1988. The rise and fall of the great powers: Economic change and military conflict from 1500 to 2000, London: Unwin Hyman.

(All sources can be found in hard copies in the IUE Library and in electronic format from some internet sources. The students are also encouraged to use ANY OTHER source considered relevant for the seminar and exam topics and available in the University library, EBSCO, JSTOR, or other academic databases.)

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
1
10
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
1
40
Final / Oral Exam
1
50
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
2
50
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
1
50
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Semester Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
Study Hours Out of Class
14
3
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
1
25
Final / Oral Exam
1
30
    Total
145

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1 Adequate knowledge in Mathematics, Science and Civil Engineering; ability to use theoretical and applied information in these areas to model and solve Civil Engineering problems
2 Ability to identify, define, formulate, and solve complex Civil Engineering problems; ability to select and apply proper analysis and modeling methods for this purpose
3 Ability to design a complex system, device or product under realistic constraints and conditions, in such a way as to meet the desired result; ability to apply modern design methods for this purpose
4 Ability to devise, select, and use modern techniques and tools needed for Civil Engineering practice
5 Ability to design and conduct experiments, gather data, analyze and interpret results for investigating Civil Engineering problems
6 Ability to work efficiently in Civil Engineering disciplinary and multi-disciplinary teams; ability to work individually
7 Ability to communicate effectively in Turkish, both orally and in writing; knowledge of a minimum of two foreign languages
8 Recognition of the need for lifelong learning; ability to access information, to follow developments in science and technology, and to continue to educate him/herself
9 Awareness of professional and ethical responsibility
10 Information about business life practices such as project management, risk management, and change management; awareness of entrepreneurship, innovation, and sustainable development
11 Knowledge about contemporary issues and the global and societal effects of engineering practices on health, environment, and safety; awareness of the legal consequences of Civil Engineering solutions

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest