HIS 122: THE WORLD SINCE 1945


North Island College Winter 2016

Meeting Time: M-W: 2:30 - 3:50 pm

Meeting Place:  Tyee 205

Instructor: Dan Hinman-Smith

Office:  Village G6

Office Hours:  Mon 10:00 am - 11:00 am, and Thurs. 1:00 - 2:00 pm (or by appointment)

Office Phone: 250-334-5000, Extension 4024

Home Phone:   250-336-0238

Web- Site for Course:  http://www.misterdann.com/contentscontemporary.htm  

E-Mail: dan.hinmansmith@nic.bc.ca


Course Description And Objectives

HIS 122 seeks to place contemporary international affairs within a broad historical and analytical perspective.  The course highlights a number of events, trends and themes that have shaped the history of both individual nations and the international system since the end of World War II in 1945.  Topics to be studied will include the history of the Cold War; decolonization and the struggle of developing nations to gain political and economic stability; the "rise" of Asia; the Arab-Israeli Conflict; the Islamic resurgence; the collapse of Soviet-style communism and the nature of conflict in the post-Cold War world; the development of the global economy since Bretton Woods; and the relationship between the history of international institutions and world issues since 1945.

Course objectives include the following:

To familiarize students with key events, trends and themes in world history since 1945.

To provide students with an historically-informed understanding of current global issues.

To develop in students the ability to analyze primary and secondary historical sources and to offer their own interpretations based upon such analysis.

To introduce students to a wide variety of media sources and periodicals for those who plan to follow current affairs in the future.

To challenge students to imagine how they might become actively engaged global citizens and to articulate how historical study relates to such a role.


Texts

Marjane Satrapi.  Complete Persepolis.  New York: Pantheon, 2003.

Ian Buruma.  Year Zero: A History Of 1945.  New York: Penguin, 2013.

Katherine Boo.  Behind The Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death And Hope In A Mumbai Undercity.  New York: Random House, 2012.

Christian Caryl.  Strange Rebels: 1979 And The Birth Of The 21st Century.  New York: Basic, 2013.

Yu Hua.  China In Ten Words, trans. Allan H. Barr.  New York: Anchor Books, 2012


A Tentative Class Schedule

Week 1

Monday, January 4

a) Introduction

Wednesday, January 6

a) Discussion: Time Capsule 1947-1949

b) Video: "Brave New World -- 1945" (People's Century, 1999, 50 mins.)

Reading Assignment:

Browse extensively in  Time Capsule 1947-1949 Discussion Topic

Listening Assignment:

Listen to one episode of PRI's The World ( PRI's The World Program Page ; iTunes Preview Page  )and one episode of BBC World Service Global News Podcast.  Try to decide whether you would like to listen to more episodes of either programme, perhaps even on a regular basis, as you follow International Current Events throughout the semester.


Week 2

Monday, January 11

a)  Discussion: Arab-Palestinian Documents -- Questions About The Israeli-Palestinian Documents

b)  Lecture: Wounded Spirits In The Promised Land -- The Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1948-Present (Part I)

Reading Assignment:

Israeli Declaration Of Independence, 1948.

Palestinian National Charter, 1968.

Hamas Covenant, 1988.

Wednesday, January 13

a)  Lecture: Wounded Spirits In The Promised Land -- The Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1948-Present (Part II)

Reading Assignment:

"History Of Israel: Key Events," BBC News.

"Primer On Palestine, Israel And The Arab-Israeli Conflict," Middle East Research And Information Project.

Optional Reading Assignment:

Browse extensively in Arab-Israeli Conflict In Historical Context Discussion Topic


Week 3

Monday, January 18

a)  Discussion: What Isis Really Wants

b)  Video: "Rise Of Isis" (Frontline, 2014, 60 mins.)

Reading Assignment:

Graeme Wood, "What Isis Really Wants," Atlantic (March 2015).

Wednesday, January 20

a)  Mini-Quiz:  Arab-Israeli Conflict

b)  Discussion: Persepolis

Reading Assignment:

Marjane Satrapi, Complete Persepolis

Optional Reading Assignment:

United States Institute Of Peace, "The Iran Primer."


Week 4

Monday, January 25

a) Discussion: The Arab Spring As Ancient History?

b) Lecture: God Returns -- Islam And The Middle East Since 1979 (Part I)

Listening Assignment:

"Robin Wright: 'Rock The Casbah,'" Diane Rehm Show, July 27, 2011.

Wednesday, January 27

a)  Discussion:  The Making Of The Modern Arab World

b)  Lecture: God Returns -- Islam And The Middle East Since 1979 (Part II)

Listening Assignment:

"The Making Of The Modern Arab World, Episode One, The Rise And Fall Of Arab Liberalism," BBC Documentary Archive, April 12, 2014.

"The Making Of The Modern Arab World, Episode Two, The Rise And Fall Of Arab Nationalism," BBC Documentary Archive, April 19, 2014.

"The Making Of The Modern Arab World, Episode Three, The Rise Of Islamism," BBC Documentary Archive, April 26, 2014.

"The Making Of The Modern Arab World, Episode Four, A New Generation Challenges The Old Order?," BBC Documentary Archive, May 3, 2014.


Week 5

Monday, February 1

a)  Video: "Egypt In Crisis: The Inside Story Of A Revolution Gone Wrong" (Frontline, 2013, 60 mins.)

Reading Assignment:

Browse extensively in Understanding Egypt Discussion Topic.

Wednesday, February 3

a)  Lecture:  Assad's Syria

Reading Assignment:

Browse extensively in Understanding Syria Discussion Topic.


***Family Day And Reading Break, February 8-12


Week 6

Monday, February 15

a)  Lecture:  The Parliament Of Man -- The History Of The United Nations (1945-2015)

Wednesday, February 17

a)  Course Check-In

b)  Introduce BBC News Country Profile Quiz

c)  Discussion:  UN Charter and Declaration of Human Rights

c)  Discussion: Year Zero

Reading Assignment:

Ian Buruma, Year Zero: A History Of 1945

United Nations Charter, 1945:

UN Universal Declaration Of Human Rights, 1948:

Quiz Preparation Materials (Quiz is scheduled for Monday, March 21):

Study using the BBC News Country Profile Web-Site and the HIS 122 BBC Country Profile Quiz Study Guide


Week 7

Monday, February 22

a)  Discussion: The United Nations At 70

b)  Lecture: Old Europe/New Europe/United Europe:  Whither Now?

Reading Assignment:

Browse extensively in UN At 70 Discussion Topic

**First Half Journal Due

Wednesday, February 24

a)  Discussion:  "Rise And Fall Of The Russian Oligarchs"

b)  Video: "Putin's Way" (Frontline, 2015, 60 mins.)

Optional Viewing Assignment:

"Rise And Fall Of The Russian Oligarchs" (2006, 83 minutes): Part I; Part II


Week 8

Monday, February 29

***No Class***-- Instructor Grading

Wednesday, March 2

a)  Mini-Lecture:  NATO And Europe

b)  Discussion: Behind The Beautiful Forevers

Reading Assignment:

Katherine Boo, Behind The Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death And Hope In A Mumbai Undercity


Week 9

Monday, March 7

***Class Cancelled***

Wednesday, March 9

a)  Discussion: Understanding India

b)  Start Video: "Tank Man" (Frontline, 2006, 90 mins.)

Reading Assignment:

Browse extensively in  Understanding India Discussion Topic


Week 10

Monday, March 14

a)  Finish Video: "Tank Man" (Frontline, 2006, 90 mins.)

b)  Lecture: From Midnight to The New Millennium -- India Since Independence

Wednesday, March 16

a)  Discussion:  Jinnah And Malala

b)  Lecture: Pakistan -- The Most Dangerous Place On Earth?

Reading Assignment:

Browse extensively in Jinnah And Malala Discussion Topic

Optional Reading Assignment:

Browse in Understanding Pakistan Discussion Topic


Week 11  

Monday, March 21

a)  Introduce History In The Headlines: Latin American Country Studies Mini-Project

b)  Discussion: Strange Rebels -- 1979

Reading Assignment:

Christian Caryl, Strange Rebels: 1979 And The Birth Of The 21st Century

Optional Reading Assignment:

Browse extensively in  1989 Time Capsule Discussion Topic

Wednesday, March 23

a)  Discussion: Apartheid 20 Years Later And The Death Of Nelson Mandela

b)  Lecture: "This Land With Fire In Itself": Modern South Africa

c)  Latin American Country Studies Workshop

Reading Assignment:

Browse extensively in Apartheid 20 Years Later And The Death Of Nelson Mandela Discussion Topic


Week 12

Monday, March 28

***No Class:  Easter Monday

Wednesday, March 30

a)  BBC Country Profiles Quiz

Quiz Preparation:

Study using the BBC News Country Profile Web-Site and the HIS 122 BBC Country Profile Quiz Study Guide


Week 13

Monday, April 4

a)  History In The Headlines Mini-Presentations: Latin American Country Studies

Wednesday, April 6

a)  Discussion:  China In Ten Words

b)  Course Conclusion

Reading Assignment:

Yu Hua, China In Ten Words


Wednesday, April 13

 **Second Half Journal Due


Evaluation

Journal Installment #1

35%

Journal Installment #2

35%

BBC Country Profile Quiz

10%

Mini-Quizzes

4%

Class Participation

16%

a)  The Journal (70%)

The student journal is the main assignment in this class.  The purpose of the journal is to provide you the opportunity for frequent thoughtful and analytical commentary upon course—related material.  The advantages of the journal, to my mind, are that it breaks work down into regular and manageable chunks, and that it enables you to seize hold of the curriculum in a way which reflects your own interests and style.

In order to give you a basic structure and to clearly communicate my expectations, I will specify certain mandated entries.  These will include a number of small, historically-based research projects and critical commentaries upon each of the course books.  I will also suggest other recommended entries. However, while it is required that all work in the journal be your own original writing, you are encouraged to be imaginative in your own investigation and analysis of Contemporary History.

The journal will be graded in two installments.  It will be due at the mid-point of the semester.  This installment will count for 35% of the course grade.  The journal will then again be due at the end of the semester.  This installment will also count for 35% of the course grade.

The entries will, no doubt, vary in format, length and quality.   Do not hesitate to take risks and to express your own opinions.  Try, however, not to succumb to the temptation to write in an easy, stream—of—consciousness style.   There is no inherent tension between analytical rigour and personal insight.

The excellent journal will:

be at least 30 pages long.

include 2+ page commentaries on at least 4 of the Satrapi, Buruma, Boo, Caryl and Hua books .

include the Letter of Introduction, the History In the Headlines Latin American Countries mini-project, and an International Current Events Appendix.

include 2+ Discussion Topic commentaries.

include 1+ reading responses to assigned or supplementary articles.

include 2+ audio and/or video responses.

include 1+ Primary Document analysis.

include other entries that draw upon class material and/or your independent research.

demonstrate to the instructor  that you are approaching the readings and the course with both effort and intellectual rigour.


b)  BBC Country Profile Quiz And Mini-Quizzes (14%)

There will be one larger (10%) fact-based quiz and 2 or 3 smaller ones (approximately 2% apiece) interspersed throughout the semester.


c)  Class Participation (16%)

The class participation grade will be based upon attendance; pre-class preparation; and the willingness to contribute thoughtfully to full-class and small-group discussion.  Although attendance is not required, I will take roll, and those who are not in class regularly will receive a poor grade for this component of the course.  I would like to encourage a classroom environment in which all are eager to share their ideas and in which lectures are accompanied by thoughtful dialogue.

Assigning class participation grades can be quite arbitrary.  When I assign participation grades at the end of the semester, I place each student in one of three following categories:

1)  Regular class attendance and excellent class participation.

2)  Regular class attendance and  fully satisfactory class participation.

3)  Irregular class attendance and preparation.

Those in Category 1 receive top participation grades.  Those in Category 3 receive poor participation grades.  Those in Category 2 are most likely to receive no specific participation grade but rather have the 84% total for their written work pro-rated to a 100% scale (in some cases the participation component may help a Category 2 student's final grade but in no instance will it lower the final grade).  Thus,  shy students are not penalized for class participation so long that they attend faithfully and I need only to distinguish between strong, satisfactory and weak participation rather than attempt to make fine distinctions.


A Note On Plagiarism

Everything that you hand in should be your original work unless otherwise indicated.  Violations of this policy may result in failing an assignment or the course in its entirety.  Please talk to me if you have any uncertainty  about what is permitted here.


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