As a learner in this course:
– You will hone your critical thinking skills by analyzing primary documents and summarizing the arguments of secondary literature; identifying biases and interpretive approaches; assessing the persuasiveness and validity of different kinds of evidence; and developing arguments of their own.
– You will learn from other learners through our discussion of the lecture topics and the assigned texts.
– You will consider the issues and problems faced by Europeans in the recent past and reflect on how the lessons drawn from the past illuminate contemporary issues and problems.
– You will analyze multiple forms of primary evidence and begin to draw inferences from them that speak to a particular historical problem or question.
– You will appreciate other societies in a global context and to look at the American experience in the context of other societies.
– You will produce an historical argument by identifying and analyzing historiographical debates and demonstrating the capacity to deal with differences in interpretation.
– You will construct historical essays and produce a major research paper that reinforces the lessons that history majors will have learned in HST206. Non-major will benefit from this experience as well.