HIST 201
History Behind the Headlines Fall 2014
Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed HIST 201 / AMST 202
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What is the history behind some of the major issues covered by the media? And what are some of the differing perspectives on and interpretations of how to address some of the most significant issues that face us all? This course will challenge students to think historically about the present by introducing the methods and conceptual tools historians use to understand the past and how that may lead to a better appreciation of contemporary society. Students will be encouraged to become more critical readers of the media and thus better assess when and how history is used and abused in the public sphere. Throughout the semester, members of the History Department will visit the class and address how their field is represented in the media and political discourse. Because of its commitment to explore how people in different societies respond to the pressing issues of the day and how people in various corners of the world are redefining and rethinking notions of rights, this course is part of the Exploring Diversity Initiative (EDI).
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 40
Expected: 40
Class#: 1151
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: three short papers and on longer final paper
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: sophomores
Distributions: Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
HIST 201 Division II AMST 202 Division II

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