Course Abstract Details

HIST-225, America in the Global Society

Credits: 3

Course Description

HIST-225, America in the Global Society, surveys United States foreign relations and economic policies in what became known asThe American Century. From 1900 through the present, events, trends, and issues in these areas are examined from the viewpoint of both Americans as well as people around the world, with particular emphasis upon the growth of the United States into a superpower within an increasingly interconnected global society. Prerequisite: exemption/completion of READ-099. Credit by exam available. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours. DIVERSITY/WORLD VIEW.

Course Objectives and Grading Information

MAJOR COURSE OBJECTIVES:    Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:   

1. summarize and explain the major events of the 20th century from a global perspective, in a way that shows clear, concise understanding of how American policies impacted the lives of both its own citizens and people around the world (GE1, GE2, PG1, PG2, PG4) 

2. communicate orally, by discussing readings that offer various interpretations of key issues relating to America s role in the global society from 1900 to the present (GE1, GE2, PG1, PG2, PG4) 

3. demonstrate informational literacy; i.e. know when there is a need for information, and to be able to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively use that information for the issue or problem at hand (GE2, GE4, PG1, PG4) 

4. express themselves in formal writing, by authoring an analysis of historical newspapers and a research paper that offer a clear and supported position on a complex historical subject or event (GE1, GE2, GE4, PG1, PG2, PG4, PG5) 

5. think critically, from analyzing the successes and failures of the past and explaining and predicting how people with values and mindsets different from our own handle similar circumstances (GE2, GE6, GE7, PG1, PG2, PG3, PG4) 

6. make historical connections by recognizing contemporary behaviors, actions, and policies that demonstrate how people fail to learn lessons from those past successes and failures (GE2, GE7, PG1) 

7. identify and expand their world perspective by taking into account various, often divergent points of view as well as humanity s commonalities and differences (GE6, GE7, PG2, PG3)                  

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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