Course Abstract Details

HIST-235, The Great War and the Twenty-Year Truce

Credits: 3

Course Description

HIST-235, The Great War and the Twenty-Year Truce, surveys European history from 1900 to 1939. It focuses upon the political, social, economic, cultural, and intellectual changes that exploded from World War I, paying particular attention to how people in nations old and new attempted to build a permanent peace and prosperity, with failure bringing a resumption of the fighting, and an end to European domination of the globe. Prerequisite: exemption/completion of ENG-097 and READ-099. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours. DIVERSITY/WORLD VIEW. Offered Fall term/Even years.

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 years 1900 to 1939, demonstrating clear, concise understanding of how they changed Europe (GE1, GE2, PG1, PG2, PG4) 

2. communicate orally, by discussing readings that offer various interpretations of key issues in European History from 1900 to 1939 (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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