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David M Bachman
SIS 201
Seattle Campus

The Making of the 21st Century

Provides a historical understanding of the twentieth century and major global issues today. Focuses on interdisciplinary social science theories, methods, and information relating to global processes and on developing analytical and writing skills to engage complex questions of causation and effects of global events and forces. Recommended: SIS 200. Offered: WSp.

Class description

This course examines the major historical trends and developments over the last century to the present, and what may emerge in the future. Special emphasis will be placed on the roles of the US, the rise of China and India, political Islam, and the global economy.

Student learning goals

General analytical skill development: writing, reading, thinking.

General knowledge of the way the world works today and why.

General method of instruction

Lecture 3 times a week, plus two sections a week.

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites or prior background. But the course is demanding, and success will require that students put in the necessary time to do all the assignments.

Class assignments and grading

Three short response papers (3 pages) One longer analytical paper (6-8 pages) 120-150 pages of reading per week Participate in twice weekly discussion sections Read the New York Times daily. 2 Pop quzzes on New York Times Final examination

Response papers 15% Section Participation 10% Pop Quizzes 5% (total) First draft of analytical paper 10% Final draft of analytical paper 30% Final exam 30%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by M Jane Meyerding
Date: 10/20/2010