2010-11 Catalog

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Offering Description

Age of Irony: 20th Century America

Fall, Winter and Spring quarters

Faculty: Susan Preciso English literature, John Baldridge geography, Sarah Ryan labor studies/history, industrial relations

Fields of Study: American studies, cultural studies, geography, history, literature and writing

Fall: CRN (Credit) Level 10234 (12)  

Winter: Enrollment Accepting New Students  CRN (Credit) Level 20162 (12)  Conditions Students joining the on-going program winter and spring will be required to read and discuss some background material in preparation for their work.   

Spring: Enrollment Accepting New Students  CRN (Credit) Level 30174 (12); 30460 (8)  Conditions Same condition as winter.  Registration for the 8 credit option requires faculty signature.  

Credits: 12(F); 12(W); 8, 12(S)

Class Standing: Freshmen - Senior

Offered During: Evening

Academic Website: http://archives.evergreen.edu/webpages/curricular/2010-2011/ageofirony


What is history for? This year-long investigation of 20th Century American history and culture will be organized around the pivotal roles of wars and social movements as shapers of American life and thought, especially the development of our sense of irony as reflected in politics and culture. Fall quarter's work will focus on World Wars I and II and the Vietnam War. During winter quarter, we will study three key movements for social change: the Progressive movements of the early 20th century, the African American Civil Rights Movement of the mid-century, and the second wave of feminism of the 1960s and 1970s. Students will write articles based on their own historical research and will publish them in a program web-zine. During spring quarter's study of culture as history, we will see how these turning points were and are reflected in our cultural lives.

This is an all-level program, ideal for returning and transfer students, especially those pursuing the "Upside Down" BA degree. It is a broad liberal arts program designed for students who want to improve their historical knowledge, research skills and (multi)cultural literacy. We especially encourage those who would like a supportive atmosphere for senior-level project work to attend.

Maximum Enrollment: 50

Advertised Schedule: 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Mon, Wed, and Thu.  First class meets in Sem 2 E1105.

Required Fees: $10 Required Fee fall quarter and $8 Required Fee spring quarter for museum entrances

Preparatory for studies or careers in: education, library science, geography, history, and literature.

Campus Location: Olympia

Online Learning: Enhanced Online Learning

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program Revisions

Date Revision
March 8th, 2011 8 credit option created for spring