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T. J. Pempel
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

Students should gain an increased understanding of the connections between economic and political power, and how these have played out over the Twentieth Century in wars, domestic conflicts, economic crises, colonialism and post-colonial development, ecological conflicts and other areas.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Large lecture with smaller sections. Focus on particular issues but with a concern for how these illustrate broader and similar problems.

Recommended preparation

Regular reading of daily newspaper; close attention to links between economic and political problems in contemporary affairs.

Class assignments and grading

5-6 short essays leading to one 10-12 page paper on a specific country; several short exams and final exam..

Roughly 10% for section preparation and participation; 15% for short papers; 15% for near final draft of paper; 30% for final draft; 25% for 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: 10/13/2000