This course examines the cultural, political, economic and religious evolution of Western thought and the development of Western Civilization from 1500 to the present. The study explores the decline of absolute monarchies, rise of revolutionary ideologies, the Enlightenment, political revolutions in Western nations, industrialization, the birth of modern science and the process of change extant in our contemporary world. (Prerequisite — Corequisite: ENG120W strongly recommended)