Spring 2012 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course seeks to give the student a basis for interpreting the evidence on the following issues: Reconstruction era, national internal development and the character of American Imperialism; the role of government and business in American life and how they changed America's relationship with Europe, before and after World War I; Boom and Bust of the 1920's and 30's; America's involvement in World War II; definition and consequences of the "Cold War"; the 1950's, an era of reported complacency; the 1960's, an era of protests; and the political and social trends to the contemporary era. The vehicle we will employ for this journey through the American physche will be scandals -- political, social, and economic.
"Imagination is more important than knowledge"
According to Marion Brady, author of What's Worth Teaching, over 96% of all methods for measuring learning in American colleges and universities test only one cognitive skill: Our ability to recall information.
In this course we will pursue knowledge not just information recall. Computers store information. People use information to draw conclusions and to make choices based on values, to solve problems and to improve their lives. Information is important, but skills beyond recall are fundamental to real learning: skills that evoke a range of human capacities.
Robert Divine, et al, America Past & Present, vol 2, 9th edition, New York, Pearson Publishing, 2009 ISBN# 10: 0205699952, ISBM 13: 9870205699957 Other material may be accessed online
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
1. Class Attendance and Participation
2. Reading assigned materials
3. Complete Writing Assignments
4. Complete Research Assignment
5. Complete Exams