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HIS 235 - 20th Century World History

Course Description

Twentieth Century World History is a course where students will closely examine many of the major events that have played a role in forming much of the contemporary world. Liberalism, Capitalism, Socialism and various forms of Nationalism will be explored through events like World War I and World War II, the Cold War and Post-Colonial liberation movements to show the progress and poverty of human civilization in its latest developments. The course ends with topics like the Internet and the War on Terror to shed light on the dawning of the 21st century.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

Develop critical thinking skills in the analysis and evaluation of global cultural, political, diplomatic, economic and military events that have occurred in the 20th century.
Understand variables of race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and religious background to understand issues of global diversity in events such as the Holocaust, the Russian Revolution and Islamic Jihadism.
Comprehend the differences between various forms of evidence and commentary through examining some of the most important primary sources of the 20th century , which will enable the student to develop historical interpretations in both oral and written formats.
Discuss historical information and ideas from disparate sources like Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points to Adolph Hitler's writings in Mein Kampf to promote an intellectual capacity to create dialogue on meaningful and relevant events in their own place and time.
Analyze the development of human behavior in a global framework, and note the global impact of a variety of topics from World Wars, to the use of fossil fuels to the internet.

College Academic Learning Goals Designations: Critical Reasoning (CR), Diversity and Social Justice (DJ) and Global Understanding (GU)

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: Prereq: ENG 050orENG099and REA 050orREA075 or pass test