History | U.S. and Pacific Wars: Social and Cultural Consequences
J300 | 13445 | Wu


Above class COLL intensive writing section
Above class open to undergraduates only
A portion of the above class reserved for majors

Over the span of the twentieth century, the United Statesí rise as a
global power encompassed a series of military and ideological
conflicts in the Pacific region.  This course considers the social
and cultural consequences of the U.S. wars with the Philippines,
Japan, China, Korea, and Vietnam, including the ways in which these
encounters worked to shape and re-shape significantly American
understandings of national identity, citizenship, empire, family,
gender, and race.

As an upper-level intensive writing course, the major objective of
this seminar is to provide students with a rigorous introduction to
the practice of history.  Specifically, we will focus our attention
on learning how to ask questions and how to read, view, analyze, and
interpret various types of texts as historians.  The culmination of
each studentís efforts will be the production of a substantial
research paper based on primary sources.

Student will be evaluated based on active class participation, the
formulation of weekly discussion questions, short writing
assignments, and three drafts of the final research paper.