Modern European History

(5 customer reviews)

From: $92.00 / month for 8 months

Grades: 9th–12th grade (8th with prior permission)

Live Class: Mon 6:00–7:15 p.m. ET

Dates: Aug 22–Apr 28

Price: $649 (includes texts)

Instructor: Lisa Hawkins 

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Course Description

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This live graded Modern European history class traces the social, economic, and political development of Europe from the Early Modern Period through recent times.

Each student will master much historical content. They also have plenty of opportunity to think critically about what they are learning. Our time together is built around questions that I pepper throughout our live sessions. So, when we are discussing the French Revolution, I ask:

  • “Are there certain things a society needs to already have in place for democracy to thrive there?”

When we are talking about political upheaval at the turn of the 20th century, I ask:

  • “When a group of people are feeling resentful about changes around them, how might political leaders try to win those people to their side?”

When we’re talking about the aftermath of WWII, I ask:

  • “Are there any ways that leaders can try to increase the likelihood of peace in a region after a war is over?”

Student contributions get woven in meaningful ways into the class material. My aim is to make the course as interactive and thought-provoking as possible. But I’m also interested in all of us having a good time together while we learn history. From the feedback I’ve received over the years from parents and students, I am confident that I’ve been able to create a class environment where we have a lot of fun while exploring the past and improving critical thinking skills.

Course Structure

The course is built on a pattern of eight Units, each containing four weeks: Week A, B, C, and D. Certain assignment types fall dependably on particular weeks so that students and parents can rely on a regular, repeated schedule of work throughout the year.

Live class sessions are designed to engage students at different levels. Homework assignments are designed to meet the needs of the average student. However, for families who wish a more challenging, honors-level course, additional homework and testing expectations can be added to the course. Parents simply have to contact me to opt their students into the honors-level track. For the typical student, weekly workloads should average about 4 or 5 hours.

For families who are interested in a more detailed “tour” of my classes, along with an excerpt of an actual live meeting, please scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Who should enroll?

This course is primarily for 9th-12th graders, although parents of advanced 8th graders can contact me about the possibility of their son/daughter joining.

Technology Requirements

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures

Evaluation and Feedback

The course is designed to improve critical thinking and historical reasoning skills particularly during our live class sessions. Regular homework assignments promote mastery of content. If parents want to opt their children into more writing-intensive or project-based assignments, they can contact me and we can work those aspects into the course for their children.


Parents are encouraged to contact me through the Canvas messaging system.


Course Sample: (Edited to protect student privacy.)


Required Texts


  • Instead of using a traditional textbook, this course will have students learning historical material from a variety of sources, both written and audio-visual. One of them is, a company that has compiled thousands of educational resources, created by professional educators.
  • In addition, the teacher will upload customized history readings to serve in the place of a traditional textbook, containing both secondary material (material written by historians about the topics we are studying) and primary material (documents written in the time period we are studying).
  • Students will be able to read this material directly from the course website, or if they prefer, print it out. Access to these materials is included in the course tuition.


5 reviews for Modern European History

  1. Cade B.

    This class is really amazing! I have always loved history, but Mrs. Hawkins made it even more engaging and interesting. The classes were excellent teaching not just what happened but the why it happened. Questions made me really think about why events happened. The homework was great and challenged me to not just learn but to understand historical events. The quizzes are perfect – if all the questions Mrs. Hawkins gives to answer for notes are written down and remembered then the test will go well. But if you don’t do the work of answering them, it is hard to do well. This means you get a test grade that really reflects whether you learned the material. The point of studying history is to learn from past mistakes and successes, and Mrs. Hawkins is great at tying history into today’s events. This is a great class; I very much recommend it!

  2. Student

    This was a very engaging, informative class, and I have a much better understanding of world history, particularly more recent history, after having taken it. My favorite part was definitely the weekly live sessions–Mrs. Hawkins really knows how to make the material interesting, and the questions she posed to the class kept the sessions fun and interactive. In particular, the sessions gave me a strong understanding of how various historical topics relate to the present day. Besides the live sessions, there are also some assignments involving reading and analysis, but there are only a few of these each week, so I never felt bogged down with work. I recommend this course to anyone who hopes to gain an understanding of how the world, primarily Europe, has developed from the end of the Middle Ages to the present day.

  3. Samuel J.

    I have never been a fan of history until this class! Mrs. Hawkins fills her presentations with thoughtful questions and relates historical events to understandable situations. Instead of just looking at what merely happened in history and memorizing boring information, I found myself genuinely interesting. Mrs. Hawkins brings these events to life, taking you below the surface to see everything from a different perspective. I realized that I started wondering why people acted the way they did in history. This class contains meaningful work and will make you crave to understand the complexity of history and see how it applies to the current events in the world you live in.

  4. Becca M.

    Mrs. Hawkins is a phenomenal teacher and this was hands down my favorite class this year! Classes involve lots of student participation and a fun but content-filled lesson! It helps nurture a love of history, and the homework is very low-stress but helps you gain a better mastery of the content. Overall a superb class!

  5. Georgia R.

    This is my third history class with Mrs. Hawkins and I loved it! The lectures are interesting, engaging, and very interactive. We have all kinds of discussions in the class about history and how it play into current events. The homework is (dare I say) FUN! I personally enjoy the quizzes and essay questions, as they help us to explore the reading more thoroughly. There is no busy work, so you never feel bogged down with homework. I highly recommend this course to anyone interested, as well as any of Mrs. Hawkins other courses. She is a wonderful teacher and will help you fall in love with history!!!

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Instructor Bio

Lisa Hawkins

I love history, I love teaching, and I love students. I put a great deal of thought and time into constructing courses that are engaging, challenging, and well-organized. I also care a great deal about humanizing the on-line experience, and you will see that priority woven into many aspects of my course. I majored in history at Swarthmore College, where I also earned my high-school teaching certification. I also did graduate work at Widener University with a focus on English and education. I worked for four years at an inner-city classical high school, where I taught American History and American Literature and served as Dean of Students. In 1997, I earned my Masters in History at Temple University, and soon began teaching college courses for Drexel University and Peirce College for adults returning to school. In 2005, I began teaching online, and to date have independently created nine different online college courses, ranging from survey American History courses, to the History of American Business, Colonial History, Revolutionary History, and Western Humanities surveys. I have been awarded “Outstanding Adjunct Faculty” by one of the universities I currently teach for. I am also an official grader of AP US History exams, receiving extensive training in the process and participating in College Board and ETS seminars. Despite all my experiences at the high school and college level, and despite my appreciation for the more profound academic and cultural expressions, I am nevertheless a shameless fan of English Premier League soccer, The Simpsons, Napoleon Dynamite, and MST3K.

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