H102 | 0390 | Cummings

1:10-2:25P     D     BH242

Above section carries culture studies credit
Above section open to undergraduates only

The period from 1945 to the present has produced a truly global
history.  The events and processes of this period, from the Cold War
to guerrilla warfare, from the rise of consumer culture to the spread
of youth culture, and from independence struggles to religious and
ethnic conflict, have all spanned the boundaries of many nations.
H102 explores the major cultural, political, and social
transformations that have taken place around the world in the past
half-century.  How have the major political, social, and cultural
trends in world history over the past fifty years shaped the world in
which we live today?  What impact have these events had on the lives
of ordinary people in many different parts of the world?  These broad
questions will guide our study throughout the semester.  The primary
objective of this course is to help students to gain a historical
perspective on today's rapid globalization and an understanding of the
multinational nature of the contemporary world.  A further objective
of the course is to help students acquire a range of skills and
techniques that they can take with them beyond the classroom and apply
whenever they want to place contemporary events into a meaningful
historical framework.

In class activities will include lectures, discussions of assigned
readings and other course materials, and showings of film and other
audio-visual materials.  Readings for the course include a textbook
(Daniel R. Brower's World Since 1945); a novel set in Africa (Ngugi's
Weep Not, Child); a journalistic account of events in Central America
during the 1980s (Mark Danner's Massacre at El Mozote: A Parable of
the Cold War); and a short course reader.  Reading assignments will
average 75-100 pages per week.  Student grades will be based on two
short papers and two exams.