HIST303: The Age of Revolutions in the Atlantic World, 1776–1848

Course Syllabus for "HIST303: The Age of Revolutions in the Atlantic World, 1776–1848"

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This course will introduce you to the history of the Age of Revolutions in the Atlantic World from 1776 to 1848. You will learn about the revolutionary upheavals that took place in the Americas and Europe during this period. Each unit will include representative primary-source documents that illustrate important overarching political, economic, and social themes, such as the secession of the American colonies from the British Empire, the outbreak of the French Revolution, the dissolution of the Spanish and Portuguese Empires in the Americas, and the spread of revolutionary ideals throughout the Atlantic World. Running alongside and extending beyond these political revolutions is the First Industrial Revolution. By the end of the course, you will understand how an Atlantic World, dominated by European empires in 1776, was transformed through revolution into a series of independent states by 1848 and of the profound changes that Europe would experience, and continue to experience, through the development and consolidation of capitalism.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • think analytically about the history of the revolutionary age between 1776 and 1848;
  • define what a revolution means, and describe what made 1776–1848 an “age of revolution”;
  • define the concept of the Atlantic world, and describe its importance in world history;
  • explain the basic intellectual and technical movements associated with the enlightenment and their relations to the revolutionary movements that follow;
  • identify and describe the causes of the American Revolution;
  • identify and describe the many stages of the French Revolution: the end of absolutist monarchy, the implementation of constitutional monarchy, and the rise of the Jacobin Republic;
  • compare and contrast the declaration of the rights of man and other major statements of the revolutionary period and enlightenment thinking;
  • identify and describe the impact of the first successful slave rebellion in world history—the Haitian Revolution;
  • compare and contrast the debate between Edmund Burke and Thomas Paine; and
  • analyze and interpret primary source documents that elucidate the causes and effects of the age of revolutions.

Course Requirements

In order to take this course, you must:

√    have access to a computer;

√    have continuous broadband Internet access;

√    have the ability/permission to install plug-ins or software (e.g. Adobe Reader or Flash);

√    have the ability to download and save files and documents to a computer;

√    have the ability to open Microsoft files and documents (.doc, .ppt, .xls, etc.);

√    have competency in the English language;

√    have read the Saylor Student Handbook; and

√    have completed all of the courses listed in “The Core Program” of the History discipline: HIST101, HIST102, HIST103, and HIST104.

Course Information

Welcome to HIST303. General information about the course and its requirements can be found below.
Course Designer: Mark Hoolihan and Concepcion Saenz-Cambra, PhD
Primary Resources: The study material for this course includes a range of free online content. However, the course makes primary use of the following resource:
- YouTube: Yale University: Professor Joanne B. Freeman’s The American Revolution Lecture Series

Requirements for Completion: In order to successfully complete this course, you will need to work through each unit and its assigned resources in order. You will also need to complete:

  • Unit 1 Assessment
  • Unit 2 Assessment
  • Unit 3 Assessment
  • Unit 4 Assessment
  • Unit 5 Assessment
  • The Final Exam

Note that you will only receive an official grade on your final exam. However, in order to prepare for this exam, you will need to work through all course materials, including the assessments listed above.
In order to pass the course, you will have to attain a minimum of 70% on the Final Exam. Your score on the final exam will be tabulated as soon as you complete it. You will have the opportunity to retake the exam if you do not pass it.
Time Commitment: This course should take you approximately 66 hours. A time advisory is presented under each subunit to guide you on the amount of time that you are expected to spend in going through the lectures. Please do not rush through the material to adhere to the time advisory. You can look at the time suggested in order to plan out your week for study and make your schedule accordingly. For example, Unit 1 should take approximately 18 hours to complete. Perhaps you can sit down with your calendar and decide to complete subunit 1.1.1 (a total of 5 hours) on Monday and Tuesday nights; subunits 1.1.2 through 1.1.5 (a total of 6.5 hours) on Wednesday and Thursday nights; etc.

Table of Contents: You can find the course's units at the links below.