Common Topics

History texts currently used in Western Culture 101:

The Western Heritage: Volume A,  11th Ed.

by Donald M. KaganSteven OzmentFrank M. TurnerAlison M Frank 

Paperback: 372 pages

Publisher: Pearson; 11th ed. (January 9, 2014)

ISBN-10: 0205962440

ISBN-13: 978-0205962440

The Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures, Vol. 1 (to 1750). Hunt, Lynn, et al. 4th ed.

Boston and New York: Bedford Saint Martins, 2012. 

And companion source books. 

ISBN: Volume 1 9781457681523


Western Culture 101: Beginning to 1500 C. E.

Common Themes:

  1. Hebrew Culture
  2. The Greek World
  3. The Roman World
  4. Rise of Christianity
  5. Middle Ages
  6. Rise of Islam

Possible Topics and Texts:

  1. Genesis
  2. Homer, Iliad, selections
  3. Athens and Democracy
  4. Sophocles, Oedipus Rex or Antigone
  5. Plato, Apology
  6. Roman Republic; Roman Empire; Rome's Influence
  7. One gospel, selections
  8. Augustine, Confessions, selections
  9. Monarchy
  10. Feudal Society
  11. Role of the Church
  12. Aquinas, selections
  13. Dante, Inferno, selections

Common Works of Art: The Parthenon; Chartres Cathedral


History Texts Currently Used in Western Culture 102:

The Making of the West, Volume 2: Since 1500
Peoples and Cultures
Lynn Hunt, Thomas R. Martin, Barbara H. Rosenwein, Bonnie G. Smith
• ISBN-10: 1-4576-8153-6; ISBN-13: 978-1-4576-8153-0; Format: Paper Text, 688 pages


The Western Heritage: Volume 2 (10th Edition)
by Donald M. Kagan, Steven Ozment, Frank M. Turner

• Paperback: 736 pages
• Publisher: Pearson; 10 edition (July 4, 2009)
• ISBN-10: 0205705162
• ISBN-13: 978-0205705160

Western Culture 102: 1500-Present

Common Themes

  1. The Renaissance
  2. Protestant Reformation
  3. Enlightenment
  4. French Revolution
  5. Science and Technology
  6. Rise and Decline of Communism
  7. The World Wars
  8. Civilization and the Individual
  9. Post-Colonial Struggles
  10. The Changing Role of Women
  11. Globalization
  12. Work of Art

Common Topics and Texts:

  1. Machiavelli, The Prince, excerpts
  2. Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice or Macbeth
  3. Luther, selections
  4. Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations, selections
  5. Darwin, The Origin of Species, selections
  6. Industrial Revolution
  7. Marx, The Communist Manifesto
  8. Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart
  9. Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own, selections

Common Work of Art: Beethoven