History 143: Twentieth-Century World History
3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 1A
Credit, degree applicable Transfer CSU, UC
Section #2386 - T. TH. 11:15-12:40 PM
Room: SOCS 205
Instructor: Dr. Florence M. Baker
Office: SOC 116; Phone: (310) 532-3670 x3750
Office Hours: M. and W. 1:00-3:00 PM, T. and TH. 8:30-9:15 AM and by appointment
Course web site: www.elcamino.edu/Faculty/fbaker/History22
1. Course Description
This course is a survey of the political, economic and social development of the world in the twentieth century. It first examines the establishment of the European-dominated world order found at the start of the century. It then deals with the decline of European hegemony as the result of two World Wars as well as the independence movements of Latin America, Africa and Asia. The third part concerns the era of the Cold War and the impact of superpower rivalry on global development. Lastly, it examines the new political world order emerging in the post-Cold War era, the successes and failures of the world’s nations in responding to the globalization of the world’s economies, and the environmental and social challenges that confront us in the twenty-first century.
2. Course Overview
The purpose of this course is to provide you with the historical knowledge, resources and analytical skills necessary to better understand, appreciate and evaluate contemporary life and current events through an analysis of historical events that have contributed to the development of today’s world. Class materials include lectures, presentations, videos and assigned readings that will provide you with a basic framework of information. We will analyze these secondary sources as well as primary sources such as documents and cultural artifacts through class and group discussion and the writing of essay exams. In examining the past we will strive to identify and understand the broad patterns of human behavior and experience that comprise world history.
3. Required Texts
William J. Duiker. Contemporary World History. Fifth Edition. 2010.
A Study Guide for this text is available at: http://www.wadsworth.com/cgi-wadsworth/course_products_wp.pl?fid=M20b&product_isbn_issn=9780495572718&token=
found book mark the web site.
4. Course Objectives
Upon completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Explain the origins,
course and settlements of World War I and identify those
issues left unresolved in the aftermath of the conflict.
5. Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of Twentieth-Century World History, students will be able to develop and persuasively argue a historical thesis in a written assignment that identifies and explains major social, economic, political and/or cultural historical themes or patterns in the history of the Twentieth-Century World and apply appropriate historical methods to analyze and use primary and/or secondary sources as evidence to support the thesis.
6. ADA Statement
El Camino College is committed to providing educational accommodations for students with disabilities upon the timely request by the student to the instructor. A student with a disability, who would like to request an academic accommodation, is responsible for identifying herself/himself to the instructor and to the Special Resources Center. To make arrangements for academic accommodations, contact the Special Resources Center.
7. Course Requirements and Evaluations
You are required to complete all reading, writing and exam assignments. Your course grade will be determined in the following ways:
1) Class participation that includes small group discussions and projects. Your participation in these activities is required and assignments will be assessed to determine your understanding of course material and your progress towards achieving course goals, but a grade will not be given to each assignment.
2) Two take home essay exams of about 4 to 5 pages each, typed and double-spaced. These exams are based on an analysis of course material including primary and secondary source documents. The exams will be evaluated and graded according to the following criteria:
Answer ------ Did you answer the question assigned? All parts?
Evidence ---- Are your statements supported with evidence from class materials such as readings and lectures?
Analysis ---- To what extent does your essay demonstrate your use of critical thinking? Is there depth to your analysis? Is your argument presented logically and convincingly? Does it show your ability to synthesize diverse material and concepts?
Expression - Is your essay coherent, well-organized and written with clarity? Is your use of grammar and spelling correct?
3) A short research paper of about 7 pages in length, typed and double-spaced. In addition to the above criteria, the quality and use of your research materials and proper formatting of notes and bibliography using the University of Chicago style will be evaluated in determining your grade.
4) Online Quizzes for Chapters 1-12, and 15
When you have finished reading a chapter, complete the multiple choice Tutorial Quiz for the chapter. These quizzes are found in the Study Guide for your textbook at:
Once found book mark the web site. Select a chapter and click Tutorial Quiz (found in the left hand column).
When you have achieved a grade of 100% for the quiz, e-mail the results to me using your El Camino College e-mail account. Copy the assignment name and quiz results into an e-mail message. Send the e-mail message to firstname.lastname@example.org and show in the subject field History 143.
Note: These quizzes are meant to be completed and the results submitted to me over the course of the term as you read the chapters assigned each week. Keep a record of the quizzes you have completed.
Grades are based on the letter system as follows:
A - Excellent > indicates that assignment/course requirements have been met and a mastery of assignment/course objectives
B - Good > indicates that assignment/course requirements have been met and an above average proficiency of assignment/course objectives
C - Satisfactory > indicates that assignment/course requirements have been met and an average proficiency of assignment/course objectives
D - Less than satisfactory > indicates that not all assignment/course requirements have been met and only a partial proficiency of assignment/course objectives
F - Fail > indicates that few assignment/course requirements have been met and little or no proficiency of assignment/course objectives
8. Distribution of Grades
Class Participation -------------- 15%*
Midterm Essay Exam ----------- 20%
Research Paper ----------------- 35%
Final Essay Exam --------------- 20%
Online Quizzes ------------------ 10%
* Participation includes attendance, discussions and short assignments and grade is based on attendance as follows: 1-2 absences = A; 3-4 absences = B; 5 absences = C; 6 absences = D. Also note: two late arrivals to class = one absence.
9. Student Presentations
If you have a special interest in or experience with a subject related to this course and would like to present a short presentation to the class, please let me know. Also let me know if you have any materials or artifacts related to course material that you would like to share.
10. Course Policies
< In accordance with the college=s policy on attendance you are expected to attend class regularly, to arrive in class on time and to remain for the duration of the class. You may be dropped from the class if you miss more than three class meetings.
< Cell phones are to be turned off and put away during class meetings.
< Only course related materials are to be on your desk during class meetings.
< Disruptive behavior, such as habitually arriving to class late or leaving class early, or talking during class will not be tolerated and will result in being suspended from class.
< Dishonest behavior, such as cheating and plagiarism, will not be tolerated and will result in being suspended from class and a written report will be made to the appropriate College authorities requesting further disciplinary action. Please see the El Camino College Catalog for examples of cheating and plagiarism that include:
- Representing the words, ideas or work of another as one=s own in any academic exercise (plagiarism includes the use of commercial term paper companies and such study aids as Cliff Notes and Spark Notes).
- Copying or allowing another student to copy from one=s paper or answer sheet during an examination [this includes for credit and graded assignments completed outside of the classroom].
- Falsifying or attempting to falsify attendance records and/or grade rosters.