Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
HST 298B
Course Title:
Independent Study: History
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Course Description

Offers advanced, individualized study in a substantial area of study to meet special interests or program requirements. Involves completion of a project and readings on a substantial area of study approved by the instructor. Instructor permission required.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

*Articulate an understanding of the key events in a substantial area of study and use critical thinking to evaluate historical changes and their impact on society and culture.
*Recognize the diverse contributions of the substantial area of study to world civilization in order to appreciate and evaluate society.
*Identify culturally-grounded assumptions which have influenced the perceptions and behaviors of and about peoples in the substantials area of study.
*Communicate effectively using historical analysis.
*Connect the past with the present to encourage civic engagement.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assess by using any combination of the following:
· Exams
· Essays
· Oral presentations
· Research projects
· Servicelearning projects
· Class participation and discussion
· Other creative assignments

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

1. Competencies and skills:
· Identify the characteristics of the chosen area of study, with a particular focus on their historical relationship
· Identify key historical, political, geographical, social, economic and cultural aspects of the chosen area of study
· Appraise how these changed over time, particularly in relationship with each other
· Analyze and evaluate primary and secondary sources
· Connect evidence to its relevant historical context
· Evaluate different interpretations of past events and construct your own
· Recognize and understand the basis for various interpretations and views of historical issues
· Identify an historian€™s thesis and supporting evidence
· Select what is important from a large body of material
· Connect presentday events to the past
2. Themes, Concepts, Issues
· These will vary according to the chosen area of study