May 21, 2024  
2022-2023 Cal State East Bay Catalog 
2022-2023 Cal State East Bay Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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HIST 200 - Writing California Political Histories

Units: 3 ; Breadth Area: US-2, US-3 ; Second Composition
Investigation of California’s political histories and their significance in contests over governance, representation, and rights in the United States. A writing intensive course examining unique concentrations of wealth and power as challenged by reformers, radicals, countercultures, and uprisings.

Prerequisites: Completion of GE area A2 with a grade of “C-” or above, or “CR.” 
Possible Instructional Methods: Entirely On-ground.
Grading: A-F or CR/NC (student choice)
Breadth Area(s) Satisfied: American Institutions/Code US-2 and US-3, Second Composition
Course Typically Offered: Fall & Spring

Student Learning Outcomes - Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
  1. Practice the skills of historical writing, interpretation, and organization;
  2. Craft original, balanced arguments in writing, with attention to audience, in order to participate in debates and discussions inside the classroom and beyond;
  3. Investigate California’s political histories from perspectives other than your own;
  4. Examine California political history as a case study on the relationship between the US Constitution, local political movements, and the state constitution;
  5. Analyze contests over power between communities with distinct social identities and the political, economic, educational, and social outcomes of these struggles.

Second English Composition Learning Outcomes
  1. complete a variety of reading and writing tasks that incorporate subject-matter knowledge;
  2. adjust their writing for different audiences, showing awareness of expectations for academic writing in general and adhering to discipline-specific conventions when appropriate;
  3. demonstrate critical thinking and logical reasoning, including strategies coming in a discipline, in the development and organization of ideas in written texts; take into account multiple perspectives and key disciplinary concepts when presenting their ideas in writing; and
  4. revise their writing in response to feedback in order to improve development, clarity, coherence, and correctness.
US-2. U.S. Constitution Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe the development of the Constitution from the political philosophies of its framers to its later interpretation and amendment;
  2. Explain how the Constitution influenced the development of American political institutions and government;
  3. Explain citizen rights and responsibilities under the Constitution.
US-3. California Government Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe the role of California’s Constitution in state and local government;
  2. Explain the place of California’s Constitution in the evolution of federal-state relations;
  3. Describe the political processes that enable cooperation and conflict resolution between state and/or local governments and the federal government.

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