2017-2018 Course Catalog – Humanities: Social Studies

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Humanities: Social Studies

CL College Level

CP College Prep

DC Dual Credit

XC Exploratory Course

Required Courses

All students must successfully complete Foundations of the American Experience, American History 1, and American History 2 or Civitas Human Struggles I, II, and III and one social studies elective to meet the social studies requirements.

SOC4201 – Civitas-Human Struggles III (CL)

Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: English-Human Struggles III (ENG04201)
Duration: 3 semesters (each semester worth 2 credits)
Credit: 1 cr.
Offered: Fall (Open to the Class of 2018 only)

Through an examination of political, theological, mythological, and literary expression, students come to understand the background and contexts for contemporary and historical American dilemmas, conflicts, and solutions. The course will approach the American experience from an interdisciplinary and international perspective. Students develop a portfolio of work, which is the basis for their performance assessment in the three-semester sequence.

Students who take this course are signing up for a three-semester course and are required to take all three semesters.

SOC200 – Foundations of the American Experience (CL)

Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1 credit
Offered: Fall

This course explores political and economic theory and practice from the ancient Mediterranean world into the twentieth century to prepare students for American History 1 and 2. Students will build their knowledge of key historical concepts and events, as well as their analytical abilities, to enhance their understanding of the politics and economics of the present.

SOC201 – American History 1 (DC)

Prerequisite: Foundations of American Experience
Credit: 1 credit
Offered: Spring

This course is a survey of American historical, intellectual, literary, cultural, mythic, economic, diplomatic, theological and political experiences which builds upon concepts developed in Foundations of American Experience. Students will examine key events, ideas, personalities and movements from European exploration to the end of Reconstruction as they relate to life in Indiana and the United States.

* Ball State University offers 3 college credit hours in HIST 201 to students who complete this course. Refer to the Dual Credit section for details on enrollment and fees.

SOC202 – American History 2 (DC)

Prerequisite: American History 1
Credit: 1 credit
Offered: Fall or Spring

This survey course builds upon concepts developed in Foundations of the American Experience and of American History 1, and emphasizes national development from the late nineteenth century into the twenty-first century. Fundamental themes of a diplomatic, economic, political, intellectual, cultural, and social nature will be explored through the study of key events, personalities, groups, and movements as they relate to life in Indiana and the United States.

* Ball State University offers 3 college credit hours in HIST 202 to students who complete this course. Refer to the Dual Credit section for details on enrollment and fees.

Electives: Topics in History

SOC05102 – Decades of Controversy (CL)

Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1 credit
Offered: Fall

This course will examine the domestic, national and international policies, forces, and events, which formed a 20-year time frame of contradictions, contrasts, and progress in US History 1948-1968. Special emphasis will focus on the ideological philosophies, which were existing, developing, and being challenged in politics, economics, foreign affairs, and national culture. Overriding themes include significant social developments, cultural ideas in conflict, rival political policies, and an analysis of the influence of Pax Americana. As students explore the controversies of the decades from 1948 to 1968, they will develop historical research skills using both primary and secondary sources.

SOC05130 – The West in the World (DC)

Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1 credit
Offered: Spring

The West in the World is a survey of the development of Western Civilization since its origins emphasizing key problems, turning points, and recurring themes, especially in the past two centuries. The course emphasizes the civilization that emerged and developed in Europe and spread to the Americas during the past two millennia. The West in the World also focuses on the way peoples around the globe helped to shape Western Civilization and how they felt its influence. Non Western civilizations have exercised a powerful influence on Western Civilization, and the West has interacted with the rest of the world throughout its history.

* Ball State University offers 3 college credit hours in HIST 150 to students who complete this course. Refer to the Dual Credit section for details on enrollment and fees.

SOC05132 – 1980s: the Reagan Years (CL)

Prerequisite: None
Credit: .5 credit
Offered: Quarter 3

Following a raucous 20-year time span in American history, the 1980s seem almost placid in comparison, yet the events of this seminal decade in the American experiment significantly shape our nation’s visions, missions, economic practices and contributed to the ending of the Soviet regime as a Communist superpower. Seismic shifts in social realms, political institutions, and foreign affairs will be scrutinized through various primary and secondary sources. The election of 1988 and President Bush’s initial year in office will also be studied.

SOC05133 – A History of the Soviet Union, 1919-1992 (CL)

Prerequisite: None
Credit: .5 credit
Offered: Quarter 4

A leading question asked by historians studying the 20th century is how and why the Soviet Union lasted only 70 years. What factors – internal and external – led to this nation’s governing power collapse? This course will explore the ideological developments that established the Soviet Union, its struggle to establish, and then sustain itself as a significant and influential actor in the international arena, the growth of this backward industrial country into an economic giant, the Cold War struggle, and finally, how the whole system crashed into the dustbin of history by 1992. Key personalities, such as Lenin, Stalin, Sakharov, Khrushchev, Gorbachev, et al, will be examined for their contributions to economic, technological, scientific, political, and social/cultural conditions of the Soviet Union.

SOC05140 – History of World Religions (CL)

Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1 credit
Offered: Spring

This course will explore the development of religions around the world from prehistoric to modern times. The major world religions will be studied, along with religions of the ancient world and of non-literate peoples. Primary sources will be emphasized to understand the key components of various religions. Special emphasis will also be placed on early developments, exploring the interaction between different religions, as well as the relation of religions to the historical time periods through which they develop.

SOC05146 – Readings in Appalachian Regional History (CL)

Prerequisite: None
Credit: .5 credit
Offered: Quarter 4

This is an intensive reading course that will explore major issues and historiographical trends in Appalachian Regional History. Using selected primary and secondary sources, students will gain a working knowledge of Appalachian Regional History. The course will examine Appalachia’s three phases of development: traditional society in the 19th century, the industrialization of the region in the early 20th century, and the problems facing contemporary Appalachia, with a specific focus on migration from the region to Indiana and other Midwestern states after World War II.

SOC05147 – The Life and Times of Abraham Lincoln (CL)

Prerequisite: SOC201
Credit: 1 credit
Offered: Spring

This course examines the life of Abraham Lincoln primarily through the lens of his own writings. Students will see how ambition and personal tragedies of his youth impacted his life and mature beliefs; how the tenets of the Whig party shaped his career in Illinois state politics and as a one-term U.S. congressman; how an autodidact established a successful law career; how a commitment to antislavery principles brought national prominence during the sectional crisis and facilitated his rise to the presidency as a Republican; and how a president committed to the preservation of the Union ended up waging a war against American slavery.

SOC05148 – The American Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1850-1877 (CL)

Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1 credit
Offered: Fall

The American Civil War represents the seminal event in the nation’s history, and the period of Reconstruction that followed it profoundly shaped the war’s impact and legacy. This course will give students a firm grasp of the events, people, and issues that led the nation to war. It will address how the war unfolded, explore the positive changes experienced by freedmen during the initial stages of Reconstruction, and discuss how and why the nation eventually reunified at the expense of African-American political and civil rights. The course will cover military, political, social, and economic factors in the causes of the war and Reconstruction. As students explore the topic of the American Civil War era, they will develop historical research skills using both primary and secondary sources.

SOC05149 – Readings in American History, 1920-1945 (CL)

Prerequisite: None
Credit: .5 credit
Offered: Quarter 3

This is an intensive reading course that explores American national history from 1920 to 1945. Particular attention may be given to national political, economic, social, and cultural development during the 1920s, the Great Depression and New Deal, and the American home front in the first half of the 1940s.

Electives: Topics in Social Science

SOC05123 – The Living Constitution and the American Legal System (CL)

Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1 credit
Offered: Spring

The Constitution of the United States is viewed as a living document as current events, politics, and major issues facing the United States form one focus for this course. The second area of focus will be law: criminal law, Constitutional law, and due process. As students explore the Constitution and the American legal system, they will utilize methods of inquiry and develop research and thinking skills. This course will be of great interest to students with career aspirations in political science or law.

SOC05142 – History Through Art and Architecture (CL)

Prerequisite: Not open to students with credit in Social History of Art
Credit: 1 credit
Offered: Fall

An introduction to the meanings and purposes of art and architecture in human society. Subjects covered would include non-Western and pre-Modern cultures. Potential themes would include art and architecture as media of communication, tools of power, and expressions of identity. Specific topics might include: anthropological perspectives on “primitive” art; the human form in ancient Greece and Rome, connected to and compared with the human form in South Asia; Western “history painting” from the Alexander mosaic to Picasso’s Guernica; the human image and iconoclasm in medieval Western, Byzantine, and Islamic art; landscape painting and the invention of the environmentalist ethic; sacrifice, self-sacrifice and political prestige in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica; art as a luxury good in modern capitalist societies; “agitprop” and advertising in the twentieth century.

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