The Student will achieve a clear understanding of the major social, intellectual, economic, military, diplomatic, and political currents in the development of the United States since 1945. In the process the student will demonstrate a firm grasp of important historical concepts as well as an ability to evaluate major historical problems in modern America. At the same time the student will show evidence of a precise and well-reasoned analysis of the causes and consequences of historical events and trends in the modern history of the United States following the Second World War. The student will also be able to identify conflicting historical interpretations and to distinguish such differing points of view from actual fact.
Exams will be a combination of short essay and discussion questions. Your final course grade will be determined by your performance on three major exams and by participation in a class debate topic.
Exams (2 @ 25%) 50%
Final Exam 30%
Class Debate 10%
Class Attendance 10%