Oct 03, 2023
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:
- Practice the skills of historical writing, interpretation, and organization;
- Craft original, balanced arguments in writing, with attention to audience, in order to participate in debates and discussions inside the classroom and beyond;
- Investigate California’s political histories from perspectives other than your own;
- Examine California political history as a case study on the relationship between the US Constitution, local political movements, and the state constitution;
- 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
US-2. U.S. Constitution Learning Outcomes
- complete a variety of reading and writing tasks that incorporate subject-matter knowledge;
- adjust their writing for different audiences, showing awareness of expectations for academic writing in general and adhering to discipline-specific conventions when appropriate;
- 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
- revise their writing in response to feedback in order to improve development, clarity, coherence, and correctness.
US-3. California Government Learning Outcomes
- Describe the development of the Constitution from the political philosophies of its framers to its later interpretation and amendment;
- Explain how the Constitution influenced the development of American political institutions and government;
- Explain citizen rights and responsibilities under the Constitution.
- Describe the role of California’s Constitution in state and local government;
- Explain the place of California’s Constitution in the evolution of federal-state relations;
- Describe the political processes that enable cooperation and conflict resolution between state and/or local governments and the federal government.
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