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Scott B. Radnitz
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

SIS 201 is intended to prepare students to think critically about the world and formulate their own ideas about important international issues. The course covers the major events and trends of the twentieth century, including the world wars and the Cold War, decolonization, democratization, and approaches to economic development; and current issues that stem from twentieth-century processes, such as globalization, failed states, the “war on terror,” and changes in the international distribution of power.

Student learning goals

Learn to think critically about complex issues and identify connections between events

Write an analytical paper that formulates a causal argument about political or social phenomena

General method of instruction

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

Recommended preparation

Reading a newspaper daily.

Class assignments and grading

Reading of 150-200 pages per week, several short papers and a longer research paper.

Several short papers, one research paper, class participation, final exam.


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: 10/16/2008