HIS 122: THE WORLD SINCE 1945


North Island College Fall 2018

Meeting Time: M-W: 1:00 - 2:20 pm

Meeting Place:  Tyee 204

Instructor: Dan Hinman-Smith

Office:  Village G6

Office Hours:  T-Th, 2:30-4:00 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 Learning Outcomes

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.

By the end of the course, students should be able to do the following:

Demonstrate a basic familiarity with key events, trends and themes in world history since 1945.

Frame significant contemporary issues within an historical context.

Demonstrate  familiarity with the major media sources available for those who would follow current affairs and offer reasoned explanations for why they would highlight some outlets as of particular interest and merit.

Exhibit the ability to analyze primary and secondary historical sources and to offer their own interpretations based upon such analysis.

Outline the next steps they might take in their efforts to become fully engaged global citizens.


Texts

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

Robert F. Worth.  A Rage For Order: The Middle East In Turmoil, From Tahrir Square To ISIS.  New York: Basic, 2013.

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

Evan Osnos.  Age Of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, And Faith In The New China.  New York: Farrar, Straus And Giroux, 2014


A Tentative Class Schedule

Week 1

Wednesday, September 5

a)  Introduction

b)  Cartoon Corner


Week 2

Monday, September 10

a) Video: "56 Up" (ITV Studios, 2012, 138 mins.)

Listening Assignment:

Listen to one episode of PRI's The World ( PRI's The World Program 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.

Optional Viewing:

Watch one episode of Deutsche Welle's The Day.  You are, of course, welcome to watch more episodes of this programme throughout the semester for the International Current Events segment of the course.

Wednesday, September 12

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.

Optional Reading:

Browse extensively in Arab-Israeli Conflict: History In The News


Week 3

Monday, September 17

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

Reading Assignment:

Browse extensively in Israel And Al-Nakba At 70 Discussion Topic

Optional Reading:

Browse extensively in Six-Day War At 60 Discussion Topic

Wednesday, September 19

a)  Discussion: Persepolis

Reading Assignment:

Marjane Satrapi, Complete Persepolis


Week 4

Monday, September 24

a)  Discussion:  Great War As World History

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

Reading Assignment:

Browse extensively in Great War As World History Discussion Topic

Optional 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.

Wednesday, September 26

a)  Video: "Bitter Rivals: Iran And Saudi Arabia," Frontline, PBS (2018) [180 mins.]


Week 5

Monday, October 1

a)  Discussion: Understanding Egypt

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

Reading Assignment:

Browse extensively in Understanding Egypt Discussion Topic.

Optional Viewing:

"Bush's War," Frontline, PBS (2008) [270 mins.]

Wednesday, October 3

a)  Discussion:  Rage For Order

b)  Discussion: The Kurds

Reading Assignment:

Robert Worth, Rage For Order: The Middle East In Turmoil, From Tahrir Square To ISIS

Optional Reading Assignment:

Browse extensively in The Kurds Discussion Topic.


Week 6

Monday, October 8

NO CLASS:  THANKSGIVING

Wednesday, October 10

a)  Lecture: "The Best Hope Of Mankind?": The Past, Present, And Future Of The United Nations

***First Half Journal Due


Week 7

Monday, October 15

a)  Discussion:  UN Charter and Declaration of Human Rights

b)  Discussion: Understanding Syria

c)  Introduce BBC News Country Profile Quiz

d)  Start Video: "The Look Of Silence," Drafthouse Films (2014) [103 mins.]

Reading Assignment:

UN Universal Declaration Of Human Rights, 1948:

United Nations Charter, 1945:

Browse extensively in Understanding Syria Discussion Topic.

Quiz Preparation Materials (Quiz is scheduled for Wednesday, November 7):

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

Optional Listening:

"Blacklisted From Syria, A Journalist Says: 'I Couldn't Imagine Staying Away,'" Fresh Air, NPR, March 12, 2018.

Wednesday, October 17

a)  Video: "The Look Of Silence," Drafthouse Films (2014) [103 mins.]


Week 8

Monday, October 22

a)  Discussion: 1989

b)  Video: "1989: People Power," People's Century (1999) [55 mins.]

Reading Assignment:

Browse extensively in  1989 Time Capsule Discussion Topic

Wednesday, October 24

***Class Cancelled


Week 9

Monday, October 29

a)  Discussion: Understanding India and Partition 70 Years On

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

Reading Assignment:

Browse extensively in  Understanding India Discussion Topic

Browse extensively in Partition 70 Years On Discussion Topic

Wednesday, October 31

a)  Discussion: Year Zero

Reading Assignment:

Ian Buruma, Year Zero: A History Of 1945


Week 10

Monday, November 5

a)  Discussion:  Jinnah And Malala

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

Reading Assignment:

Browse extensively in Jinnah And Malala Discussion Topic

Wednesday, November 7

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 11  

Monday, November 12

NO CLASS:  REMEMBRANCE DAY

Wednesday, November 14

a)  Lecture: Pakistan -- A Hard Country

Optional Reading:

Browse in Understanding Pakistan Discussion Topic

 


Week 12

Monday, November 19

a)  Course Check-In

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

c)  China Rising: From Mao To Market (1)

Wednesday, November 21

a)  China Rising: From Mao To Market (2)

b)  Discussion: Age Of Ambition

Reading Assignment:

Evan Osnos, Age Of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth And Faith In The New China


Week 13

Monday, November 26

a)  Discussion: Understanding South Africa

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

Reading Assignment:

Browse extensively in Understanding South Africa Discussion Topic

Wednesday, November 28

a)  Discussion: Latin America Through Biography -- Che Guevara And Bob Marley As Case Studies

b)  Latin American Country Studies Workshop

c)  Video Clip:  "21 Up South Africa -- Mandela's Children" (2006) [70 mins.]

Reading Assignment:

Browse extensively in Latin America Through Biography -- Che Guevara And Bob Marley As Case Studies Discussion Topic


Week 14

Monday, December 3

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

Wednesday, December 5

***Class Cancelled


**Second Half Journal Due Monday, December 10


Evaluation

Journal Installment #1

30%

Journal Installment #2

40%

BBC Country Profile Quiz

15%

Class Participation

15%

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 near the mid-point of the semester.  This installment will count for 30% of the course grade.  The journal will then again be due at the end of the semester.  This installment will  count for 40% 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 25 pages long.

include 2+ page commentaries on at least 3 of the Satrapi, Worth, Buruma, and Osnos books .

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

include 4+ Discussion Topic commentaries.

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 (15%)

There will be one large (15%) fact-based quiz derived from the BBC News Country Profiles..


c)  Class Participation (15%)

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 85% 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.


Related Policy

Community Code of Academic, Personal and Professional Conduct (3-06)

Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy (3-34)

Evaluation of Student Performance Policy (3-33)

Student Complaint Resolution Policy (3-31)

Student Appeals Policy (3-30)

Instructional Accommodation and Access Services for Students with Disabilities (3-17)

Course Outline Policy (3-35)

Grading System (4-41)


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