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Special Topics in History: World Wars

HIS 290W

Special Topics in History: World Wars

HIS 290W

Course Description

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: READING LEVEL 4 and WRITING LEVEL 2.

Examines the political, cultural, and social history of the world wars and their influence on the present day, emphasizing the historical development of political structures and beliefs, social structures and beliefs, and cultural structures and beliefs. (45-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Compose an effective narrative that analyzes the history of the world wars in response to an analytical question.

Objectives:

  • Choose among rhetorical strategies appropriate to historical analysis: describe, contextualize, analyze.
  • Select from a range of media best suited to communicating a particular argument narrative, or set of ideas.

Analyze various types of historical sources appropriate to the study of the world wars.

Objectives:

  • Describe the differences between primary and secondary sources.
  • Analyze the perspective and context in which the historical sources are created.
  • Describe the ways in which a given historical source may inform a historical narrative.

Evaluate conflicting historical interpretations within the context of the world wars.

Objectives:

  • Identify and describe conflicting historical interpretations.
  • Analyze the evidence supporting conflicting historical interpretations.
  • Evaluate the rhetorical effectiveness of conflicting historical interpretations.

Evaluate the ways in which the history of the world wars informs the broader current political, cultural, and social history narratives and its relationship to the global culture.

Objectives:

  • Compare, contrast, and contextualize the political, cultural, and social history the special topic and the present.
  • Evaluate the ways in which the historical development of political structures and beliefs, social structures and beliefs, and cultural structures and beliefs may impact and inform current political, social, and cultural issues.

Analyze global paradigms relevant to the traditional narrative of the world wars.

Objectives:

  • Describe paradigms of knowledge, realities, values in western and non-western traditions.
  • Compare and contrast global paradigms of knowledge, realities, and values.
  • Analyze the impact of historical context on the formation of paradigms of knowledge, realities, and values.

Use writing tasks to promote learning.

Objectives:

  • Analyze course content in written form.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of subject matter.
  • Document attainment of skills learned.
  • Explain the subject matter in a coherent writing style.