Course Description

Political and social development of the United States after the Civil War and Reconstruction to the present time. Emphasis on the diversity of its people, the Industrial Revolution, the role of the U.S. in world politics and relations.

Personal Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe and assess the process by which the United States was economically, politically and socially transformed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
  2. Evaluate the socio-economic conditions in the American South and westward expansion.
  3. Determine the processes of assimilation and acculturation expected of immigrants to the United States from 1900 to the present.
  4. Identify and analyze the causation, sequence of events, concepts, development, and impact of various American political reform movements, such as Populism and Progressivism, and the changing role of women.
  5. Identify the reason for the United States' involvement in World War I including isolationism and progressivism. 
  6. Interpret the events leading to the Great Depression and World War II. 
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of the Cold War, Civil Rights, and Conservatism.
  8. Examine terrorism, war, and the economic and environmental disasters of the 21st century.
  9. Deliver a presentation prepared to demonstrate particular aspects of social change.
  10. Demonstrate college-level writing skills by incorporating material into clear sentences and cohesive paragraphs.



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Course guide

Here is the course outline:

Getting Started
Welcome to your online course!
Week 1
The Search for Order, 1865-1900
Week 2
Pivotal Decades, 1900-1921
Week 3
Freedom from Fear, 1920-1945
Week 4
Grand Expectations, 1945-1974
Week 5
Restless Giant. 1974-2009
Week 6
Exam on All of the Course Materials