Sep 29, 2023
HIST 321 - Communism as Civilization
Units: 4 ; Breadth Area: GE-UD-C; Social Justice
Global history of communism. Early utopian socialists; 20th century communist regimes; communist states after “collapse.” Emphasis on new genres of art, distinctive material cultures, daily life, state-society relations, sustainability of social transformation, planned economies/black markets, national/international agendas.
Strongly Recommended Preparation: Upper division status (greater than 60 earned semester units) and completion of lower division Area C requirements.
Prerequisites: Completion of GE Areas A1, A2, A3 and B4 with grade C- (CR) or better.
Possible Instructional Methods: Entirely On-ground, or Entirely Online, or Hybrid.
Grading: A-F or CR/NC (student choice).
Breadth Area(s) Satisfied: GE-UD-C - Upper Division Arts or Humanities, Overlay - Social Justice
Course Typically Offered: Spring ONLY
Student Learning Outcomes - Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
- Know basic analytic concepts for interpreting historical evidence relating to communism.
- Achieve digital literacy in accessing and presenting information about art forms in communist regimes.
- Demonstrate significant knowledge of major events and trends in the history of communism.
- Write and speak clearly and persuasively about the global history of communism, and work collaboratively with others to envision solutions to historical problems faced by communist regimes.
- Provide original interpretation of assigned sources, and accurately reference all sources in coursework.
- Comprehend how differences and similarities among diverse peoples and cultures over time shaped the history of communism, and how communists understood and managed cultural diversity.
- ILO on social justice: Understand how communists envisioned and implemented social justice agendas, and the unique problems of radical communist regimes.
UD-C. Upper-division Arts or Humanities Learning Outcomes
Social Justice Overlay Learning Outcomes
- demonstrate an understanding of and ability to apply the principles, methodologies, value systems, and thought processes employed in the arts and humanities;
- analyze cultural production as an expression of, or reflection upon, what it means to be human; and
- demonstrate how the perspectives of the arts and humanities are used by informed, engaged, and reflective citizens to benefit local and global communities.
- use a disciplinary perspective to analyze issues of social justice and equity;
- describe the challenges to achieving social justice; and
- identify ways in which individuals and/or groups can contribute to social justice within local communities, nations, or the world.
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