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: SIS 200. Offered: WSp.
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.
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%