David M Bachman
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: JSIS 200. Offered: WSp.
The course covers elements of political, international, economic and social history from about 1914 to the present with projections about the future, and in effort to try to understand how the world is the way it is today, and how it might change over the course of this century.
Student learning goals
Critical thinking ability
Critical reading ability
Critical writing ability
A basic understanding of global trends over the past century
General method of instruction
Three 50-minute lectures and two 50-minute discussion sections per week.
No prerequisites, but willingness to work hard.
Class assignments and grading
Three short writing assignments, one research paper (5-7 pages usually) done in several stages. Final exam.
Three short response papers 15% Participation 10% Research paper 40%—3% for first statement of paper, 7% for first draft, 30% for final draft Quizzes 5% Final 30%