Course Abstract Details

HIST-202, Modern British History and Culture

Credits: 3

Course Description

HIST-202, Modern British History, introduces the major themes, people, and ideas in British history from 1870 to the present. It focuses on the relationship between Great Britain and its former empire, particularly Ireland, and such issues as secularization, the development of the welfare state, and multiculturalism. Prerequisite: exemption/completion of ENGL-101 or 103. Credit by exam available. Three hours lecture/discussion 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 events, people, and ideas in British history from 1870 to the present in order to show a clear, concise understanding of their effects on Great Britain and the former Empire (GE1, GE2, GE6, PG1, PG2, PG4) 

2. communicate orally by discussing primary documents including fiction and journalism from and key issues in British history from 1870 to the present (GE2, GE4, PG1, 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 papers such as essays, analyses, book reviews, or bibliographies 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, PG4, PG4) 

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

Learning Goals

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

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