SRJC Course Outlines

4/20/2024 9:09:38 AMHIST 20 Course Outline as of Spring 2003

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  HIST 20Title:  U.S. SINCE 1945  
Full Title:  History of the US Since 1945
Last Reviewed:11/25/2019

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled017.5 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  HIST 17.3

Catalog Description:
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Study of American political, social, and economic history since 1945 within the context of the U.S. as both an affluent society and the dominant world power after World War II.  Main themes will include the Cold War and anticommunist crusades, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, the New Left and 60's counterculture, the Great Society and decline of liberalism, feminism, Watergate, deindustrialization and economic crisis in the 70's, environmentalism, the second Cold War and nuclear arms race roles, the rise of neo-conservatism and the Reagan legacy.  Lecture, video, small group discussion.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Study of American political, social, and economic history since 1945 within the context of the U.S. as both an affluent society & the dominant world power after WW II.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Spring 1994
Social and Behavioral Sciences
American Cultures/Ethnic Studies
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 DSocial ScienceFall 2012
 D3Ethnic Studies  
 D4Gender Studies  
 DSocial ScienceFall 1992Summer 2012
 D1Anthropology and Archeology  
 D3Ethnic Studies  
 D4Gender Studies  
 DSocial ScienceFall 1981Summer 1992
 D1Anthropology and Archeology  
 D3Ethnic Studies  
 D4Gender Studies  
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 4Social and Behavioral ScienceFall 2013
 4CEthnic Studies  
 4DGender Studies  
 4Social and Behavioral ScienceFall 1981Fall 2013
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
1.  Relate lecture materials, audio-visual presentations and textual
   readings into a coherent base for study of history.
2.  Recognize that history is not dogma; that it is a process of
   interaction between factual sources and those who interpret them.
3.  Demonstrate critical thinking and analytical skills in a series of
   objective tests, written examinations and critical papers that
   probe the American past.
4.  Apply historical learning to in-class discussions of past
   controversies and contemporary concerns.
5.  Integrate geographical knowledge with historical study - the human
   study moves through both space and time.
6.  Identify and employ atypical and non-traditional source materials
   such as fiction, music, cinema and sport to study American
   popular culture.
7.  Examine the contributions of women, racial and ethnic minorities
   and other under-represented groups to the formulation of American
   ideals and institutions.
8.  Question their own values and popular myths as well as conventional
   historical analysis.
9.  Synthesize the ideas of past and current historians and (from this
   synthesis) develop their own means of addressing fundamental
   historical questions of causation and consequence.
10. Debate the claim that the heritage and institutions of the United
   States are to some degree unique and explore the causational
   rationale that underwrites this alleged uniqueness.
11. Recognize that informational and interpretive knowledge of our
   nation's history can be programatically employed in everyday
   life as an individual and as a citizen.

Topics and Scope
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1.  Legacies of World War II
2.  Containment and Origins of the Cold War
3.  The Cold War at Home and the Specter of Internal Subversion
4.  Suburbanization, Consumption, and the Family in the 50s
5.  The first "Youth Revolt":  The Beatles, Rock and Roll and
   Juvenile Delinquency
6.  The Rise of the Civil Rights Movement:  from Montgomery to the
   Sit-In Movement
7.  From Greensboro to Black Power
8.  Kennedy and Cold War Liberalism
9.  Lyndon Johnson and the "Great Society"
10. U.S. and Vietnam:  From WWII to Defeat of the French
11. The Americanization of the War:  From Diem to Vietnamization
12. The Anti-War Movement and Rise of the New Left
13. The Counter-Culture, Sexual Revolution, and Hippies
14. Origins of the Women's Movement
15. Changing Gender and Family Relations in the 60s and 70s
16. Years of Polarization and Backlash Against the 60s Revolts
17. Watergate and the Crisis of Legitimacy
18. Economics and Ideology in the 70s
19. Nuclear Delusions and Superpower Rivalry:  From Carter to the
   Reagan Presidency
20. Reagan and the Rise of Neo-Conservatism
21. Iran-Contra and the National Security State

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1.  Regular attendance and extensive notetaking in class is expected
   and assumed.
2.  Read and study appropriate chapters in text and anthologies.
3.  Write one 7-10 page term paper based upon one of the books
   selected from the supplementary reading list.
4.  Prepare at least three oral synopsis of weekly readings.
5.  Prepare for scheduled quizzes.
6.  Prepare for extensive in-class mid-term and final essay examinations.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
10 - 40%
Term papers
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
10 - 15%
Oral Synopsis of Weekly Readings
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
40 - 70%
Quizzes and Essay Exams
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 15%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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  Oxford, 1998
A HISTORY OF OUR TIME, William Chafe and Harvard Sitkoff, 4th ed.,
  Oxford, 1995.

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