Fall 2020 - HIST 106 D100

The Making of Modern Europe (3)

Class Number: 3397

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 9 – Dec 8, 2020: Tue, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 12, 2020
    Sat, 7:00–10:00 p.m.



An introduction to the major political, social, economic, cultural, and intellectual developments that have formed modern European society. Breadth-Humanities.


This course provides an introduction to modern European history (1789-present) and the political, social, cultural and intellectual forces that shaped it. Topics will include the causes and consequences of the French Revolution; liberalism, socialism and nationalism; industrialization and urbanization; fascism and communism; world and cold wars; imperialism and decolonization; the collapse of the Soviet Union; and the evolution of the European Union. Special emphasis will be given to social and cultural changes over time. To gain a clear understanding of the modern era in Europe, students will read a variety of primary sources. They will also develop basic skills of historical thinking, interpretive analysis and argumentative writing.

FALL 2020 UPDATE: In response to SFU’s switch to remote instruction, the plan for this course is as follows: lectures will be asynchronous, and tutorials will be synchronous. The two-hour lecture period (Tuesdays 10:30-12:20) will also be reserved, as needed, for office hours, timed exams/quizzes (including make-ups), review sessions, and other course-related purposes. Registered students are expected to be available for the two-hour lecture period every week.

Note: There will be no tutorials during the first week of the semester.


  • Tutorial participation & attendance 25%
  • Primary-source analyses 25%
  • Midterm exam 25%
  • Final exam 25%



John Merriman, A History of Modern Europe: From the French Revolution to the Present, 4th edition (available for e-book purchase). Tutorial readings will be available via Canvas.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).