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HIST 105. Studies in U.S. History

Credits: 3
Department: History
Description: An interpretive study of general trends and selected topics in social, cultural, political, and economic history. May be repeated with different instructor and subject but not for general education purposes.
Semester Offered: DEMAND
Grading Method: ABCDF

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Describe or use the methods and data by which historians investigate human conditions. As fundamental courses in history, these versions of HIST 105 have a pervasive engagement with SLO 1, exploring both historical methods and data, such as statistical analysis of census records, analytical evaluation of primary sources, both personal and public.
2. Analyze human behavior, culture, and social institutions and processes from the perspective of history. Each version of HIST 105 is focused on human behavior, cultures, and social institutions & processes as seen from the perspective of history. Students will read and analyze primary documents dealing with varied cultural groups who migrated or were brought to the continent.
3. Develop explanations for and explore solutions to historical or contemporary social problems Through a series of regular writing assignments, students develop explanations for, and explore solutions to, historical social problems such as racism, economic inequality, sexism, and agism, to name a few.
4. Reflect upon themselves in relation to family, communities, society, culture and/or their histories. Reading primary accounts and writing about them will help students come to understand their own histories, while understanding the wide variety of cultural, linquistic, and ethnic identities that make up the United States in the past and the present.
5. Apply and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories about human societies and behavior. Students will read the work of historians whose interpretations of events varies, both in time and space, understanding that historians can differ in their historical arguments and theories. Students will demonstrate their understanding of varied historigraphical arguments by writing analytical essays and participating in in-class or on-line discussions.

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