European History I (1600-1815)
Description: The class represents the first year of a two-year study of European history, emphasizing historical analysis. A historical study of the greatest minds and cultures of preceding generations is an essential pillar of classical education. The three components of this course include the history of ideas, biography, and key cultural developments, particularly in Western European and American societies. The course covers Western European and American societies from 1600-1815, exploring themes such as the right to claim power and govern others, the role of religion in society, and the common elements of long-lasting cultures. The class will be a combination of lecture and discussion, and each week students are assigned work to complete outside of class. Assignments include an extensive reading of primary and secondary sources, essay assignments, and online assessments. Students will need to devote approximately 45-60 minutes per day for this class. The grade is based on participation, quizzes, exams, and a significant historical essay. This class is worth 1 high school credit in Social Studies or History.
Grade Level: 9-12.
Prerequisites: Students should be able to read a college-level textbook, willing to work hard, and able to write grammatically correct, complete sentences.
Required texts: Volume I Set of the excellent A History of Europe in the Modern World, by Palmer, Colton, and Kramer which includes helpful maps, timelines, and illustrations. Primary sources are a significant part of the course and are provided online. Students will also need a headset microphone (built-in microphones also work).