HISTORY 302 - Topics in History
Section: 002 A History of our Own Time
Term: WN 2010
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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May be elected three times for credit.
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As our students enter a new, potentially exciting, and unpredictable historical period and exit one that was far less hopeful and presented this young generation with seemingly insoluble problems, among the issues that they will face are the costs and benefits of economic globalization, the rise of religious conflict, the potentially waning power of the United States and the rise of China, the failure of the transitions to democracy in much of the Second World, and the tragedies of war, genocide, and poverty endemic to much of the underdeveloped world. This course will explore the roots and evolution of political philosophies and social and political formations that have established the structures and discourses in which our world operates at the present time. There will be a historical dimension to the lectures and discussions, but each topic will be brought up to the present time. Readings will be both historical and contemporary.

Among the questions we will be asking are:

  • Where did we come from?
  • Why are we so happy and in so much trouble at the same time?
  • Are there alternatives to the present, and can we learn about them from the past?

This course looks at some of the big phenomena that make up our world: capitalism, liberalism, conservatism, socialism, modernity, war, nationalism, and imperialism. Come prepared to read, listen, argue, and learn.

HISTORY 302 - Topics in History
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Section 001: Meets with CAAS 358.002
002 (LEC)
5LSA Hnrs
W 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: Section 002: Meets with POLSCI 389.004 and REES
003 (LEC)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Section 003/004: Meets with ASIAN 380.003/004. Students enrolling in HISTORY 302.003 will be auto-enrolled in HISTORY 302.004
004 (LAB)
F 10:00AM - 1:00PM
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