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HIST 2112H

This is an archive of the Common Course Outlines prior to fall 2011. The current Common Course Outlines can be found at http://www.gpc.edu/programs/Common-Course-Outlines.
Credit Hours 3
Course Title United States History II (Honors)
Prerequisite(s) Exit or exemption from Learning Support reading and all ENSL requirements except ENSL 0091 and acceptance into the Honors Program
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
A study of United States history from the Reconstruction Period is provided. Emphasis is placed on the rise of the United States to a position of world power. In conjunction with POLS 1101, this course satisfies state law requiring instruction in United States and Georgia history and United States and Georgia Constitutions.This course is History 2112 for Honors students.

Expected Educational Results
As a result of completing this course students should be able to:

1. Analyze the successes and failures of presidential and congressional Reconstruction.
2. Describe the post-war developments in the southern political economy, with attention to Georgia and the New South movement of Henry Grady.
3. Detail the development of the American West and the impact on the Native Americans.
4. Explain the causes and consequences of late nineteenth-century industrialization.
5. Trace the growth of farm organizations and the emergence of the Populist Party.
6. Trace the growth of labor organizations in the late nineteenth-century.
7. Explain the impact of immigration on late nineteenth-century American society, showing the contributions of the immigrants.
8. Explain the expanding role of the United States in international affairs in the late nineteenth-century.
9. Explain the causes and results of the Spanish-American War.
10. Describe the problems emphasized and accomplishments of the progressive movement.
11. Explain the reasons for the entrance of the United States into World War I and describe the impact of World War I on the domestic affairs of the United States, emphasizing the transformations at home and the role of the United States at the Versailles Peace Conference.
12. Analyze the economy of the United States in the 1920’s.
13. Analyze social change in the 1920s with emphasis on racial problems, the role of women, the influence of fundamentalist Christianity, and immigration.
14. Explain the causes of the 1929 Stock Market Crash.
15. Analyze the responses to the Great Depression by presidents Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt.
16. Describe the long-range impact of the New Deal on politics, society, and the economy as well as opposition to the New Deal.
17. Describe American efforts to remain uninvolved in the Asian and European conflicts of the 1930s and analyze conflicts over foreign policy within the United States.
18. Explain the reasons for the United States involvement in World War II.
19. Describe the impact of World War II on American society and economy.
20. Explain the military goals of the United States during World War II.
21. Analyze the origins of the Cold War relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union with specific reference to events in Africa, Asia, and Europe in the years after World War II.
22. Describe the causes of McCarthyism and its impact on the United States.
23. Trace the major events of the civil rights movement during the 1950s and 1960s.
24. Analyze the decisions of the Supreme Court under Earl Warren on desegregation, reapportionment, school prayer, and criminal suspects' rights.
25. Describe the main characteristics of the American society and economy since 1950, showing the diversity of our population.
26. Describe the expanding role of the federal government in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations with specific reference to the Great Society programs.
27. Describe the conflicts engendered by the Vietnam war and the impact of the opposition to the war on American society and politics.
28. Detail the legacies of the Sixties, emphasizing how American society, culture and politics were transformed.
29. Analyze the political party shifts that can be seen from 1960 to the present.
30. Trace events in the Middle East since World War II with special emphasis on the role of the United States in the Arab-Israeli conflict and on the importance of oil.
31. Analyze the foreign and domestic policies of presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and Bush.
32. Detail post 9/11 United States, emphasizing the changed domestic outlook and changes in US foreign policy.

General Education Outcomes
I. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to communications as follows:
A. Students develop their reading comprehension skills by reading the textbook and outside readings.
B. Students develop their listening skills through lecture and group problem solving.
C. Students develop their writing skills through papers and essays on exams.
D. Students develop their speaking skills through class discussions and oral reports.
II. This course addresses the general education outcomes of developing effective individual and group problem solving and critical thinking skills as follows:
A. Students will develop their ability to problem-solve and think critically by applying their knowledge of historical principals to historical events and developments.
B. Students will develop their ability to think critically through writing essays that require analysis of contemporary and historical problems.
III. This course addresses the general educational outcome relating to global economic, political, historical, and geographic forces through lectures, analytical essays and essay questions on tests.

Course Content
1. Reconstruction and post-war conditions in the South
2. Industrialization and its impact
3. Immigration and urbanization
4. Foreign affairs, 1865 - 1910
5. Reformers: Populism and Progressivism
6. World War I: Causes and Consequences
7. The Move to Modernity: The 1920s
8. The Great Depression and New Deal
9. World War II: Causes and Consequences
10. 1950s: Society and Foreign Policy
11. 1960s: Society and Foreign Policy
12. 1970s: Society and Foreign Policy
13. 1980s: Society and Foreign Policy
14. 1990s: Society and Foreign Policy
15. The Evolving Presidency: From FDR to Bush II
16. Post 9/11 America

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
Assessment of Honors students will place an emphasis on high-level critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills.

I. COURSE GRADE
A. Tests and a final exam prepared by individual instructors will be used to determine a part of the course grade. Tests and exams will focus on the objectives above and emphasize writing skills through utilization of essay questions.
B. Writing assignments will emphasize higher order thinking skills by demonstrating student understanding of concepts, student ability to evaluate and synthesize information and student ability to present the results in a logical and analytical fashion. Writing assignments, in whatever form the instructor desires, should be the basis of at least 20% of the final course grade.

II. DEPARTMENT ASSESSMENT
This course will be assessed every two (2) years.  Every student in every section will be required to complete a twenty-question multiple choice assessment exam.  The exam will be constructed by the faculty who have taught this course and will require students to demonstrate a knowledge of United States history and the ability to apply major historical principles.

III. USE OF ASSESSMENT FINDINGS
Results from the Departmental Assessment will be analyzed by a U.S. History Faculty Committee consisting of all persons teaching History 2112. A summary of the group analysis in specific detail will be sent to the Vice-President for Academic Affairs, with recommendations for changes and improvements in teaching History 2112.

Revised August 2005

Last Revised: Aug. 08, 2011
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