PCC/ CCOG / HST

Course Content and Outcome Guide for HST 203

Course Number:
HST 203
Course Title:
History of the United States 1914 to present
Credit Hours:
4
Lecture Hours:
40
Lecture/Lab Hours:
0
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:
 

Course Description

Examines cause and effect, and significant trends and movements related to political, social and economic ideas and events from 1914 to present. History courses are non-sequential and may be taken in any term and in any order. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion, students should be able to:

  • Articulate an understanding of key events in the twentieth century history of the United States use critical thinking in order to evaluate historical changes and their impact on current U.S. society.
  • Recognize the historical contributions of different groups (national, ethnic, racial, religious, sexual and gendered) that interacted in the United States in order to appreciate and evaluate current U.S. diversity.
  • Identify culturallygrounded assumptions which have influenced the perceptions and behaviors of people in the past in order to assess how culture continues to affect human behavior.
  • Communicate effectively using historical analysis.
  • Connect the past with the present to enhance citizenship skills.

November 2009

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Analyze and evaluate primary and secondary sources
  • Evaluate different interpretations of past events and construct your own interpretation
  • Think critically about the relationships between past and present events and issues
  • Compare and contrast the experience of diverse groups in American society
  • Demonstrate college-level communications skills which may include listening, speaking, and writing

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Competencies and Skills:

  • Connect evidence to its relevant historical context
  • Analyze and evaluate written, artistic, or other evidence
  • Assess the motivation and purpose of evidence

Evaluate different interpretations of past events and construct your own interpretation:

  • Identify a historian¬Ä¬ôs thesis and supporting evidence
  • Evaluate the arguments used to support different interpretations of historical issues
  • Develop your own thesis and historical interpretation and use evidence to support it

Think critically about the relationship between past and present events and issues:

  • Recognize and identify historical roots and parallels to current issues

Compare and contrast the experience of diverse groups in American society

  • Listen to and appreciate the experience of students from a variety of  backgrounds
  • Assess the contributions and experiences of various groups in American society

Communicate effectively in writing about a historical topic

  • Communicate effectively in writing about a historical topic
  • Communicate in writing an understanding of historical process and an evaluation of how concepts or values change over time

Clearly articulate thoughts and ideas to a particular audience which may include:

  • Working collaboratively with other students to evaluate and understand historical events
  • Working collaboratively with others in discussions, debate, or role plays
  • Presenting information in oral presentations

Themes, Concepts, Issues

World War I
Great Depression and the New Deal
World War II
Cold War
Vietnam Era
Other wars, conflicts and diplomacy
Civil Rights Movement
Social Justice movements
Postwar conservatism
Constitutional challenges
Growth of the federal government
Internationalism and foreign policy
Immigration
Consumerism and mass culture

Gender
Class
Ethnicity
Religion
Sexuality
Racism and other systems of discrimination
Liberty and equality
Demography
United States in international context
Geography and the natural environment
Technology
Social, political and economic reform movements
Historiography