2010-11 Catalog

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Offering Description

Looking Backward: America in the Twentieth Century

Fall, Winter and Spring quarters

Faculty: David Hitchens (F,W) American diplomatic history, Julianne Unsel (S) U.S. history, Thomas Rainey (W) history, Tom Maddox

Fields of Study: American studies, economics, government, history, international studies, law and government policy, literature and sociology

Fall: CRN (Credit) Level 10027 (16) Fr; 10029 (16) So - Sr  

Winter: Enrollment Accepting New Students  CRN (Credit) Level 20029 (16) Fr; 20030 (16) So - Sr; 20425 (1-16)  

Spring: Enrollment Accepting New Students  CRN (Credit) Level 30027 (16) Fr; 30029 (16) So - Sr  

Credits: 16(F); 16(W); 16(S)

Class Standing: Freshmen - Senior; 25% of the seats are reserved for freshmenFreshmen - Senior

Offered During: Day


The United States began the 20th century as a minor world power and a debtor country. The nation ended the century as the last superpower with an economy and military that sparked responses across the globe. In between, Americans invented flying, created atomic weapons, sent men to the moon and began exploration of the physical underpinnings of our place in the universe. Many have characterized the the 20th century as "America's Century" because in addition to developing the mightiest military machine on earth, the United States also spawned the cultural phenomenon of "the mass:" mass culture, mass media, mass action, massive destruction, massive fortunes—all significant elements of life in the United States.

This program will be a retrospective, close study of the origins, development, expansion and elaboration of "the mass" phenomena and will place those aspects of national life against our heritage to determine if the political, social, and economic growth of the nation in the last century was a new thing or a logical continuation of long-standing, familiar impulses and forces in American life. While exploring these issues we will use history, economics, sociology, literature, popular culture and other tools to help us understand the nation and its place in the century. Simultaneously, students will be challenged to understand their place in the scope of national affairs, read closely, write with effective insight, and develop appropriate research projects to refine their skills and contribute to the collective enrichment of the program. There will be workshops on economic thought, weekly student panel discussions of assigned topics and program-wide discussion periods. Each weekly panel will provide a means of rounding out the term's work and provide students with valuable experience in public speaking and presentation.

Maximum Enrollment: 48

May be offered again in: 2011-12

Preparatory for studies or careers in: American history, American literature, the humanities and social sciences, law, journalism, history, economics, sociology, literature, popular culture, cultural anthropology and education.

Campus Location: Olympia

Online Learning: No Required Online Learning

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program Revisions

Date Revision
March 1st, 2011 Jules Unsel has joined the teaching team.