HIST149 America: The Cold War Years (1945-1990)

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: History

I. Course Number and Title
HIST149 America: The Cold War Years (1945-1990)
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250 minutes
IV. Prerequisites
None
Corequisites
None
V. Other Pertinent Information
To be offered in alternate years
VI. Catalog Course Description
An examination of the post-World War II era featuring diplomatic conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union. When diplomacy broke down military conflict ensued in such diverse places as Korea, Vietnam, Hungary, and Afghanistan. The course examines the background, causes, and course of this sustained conflict.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. To determine why and how the Cold War began, study its course and conclusion, and how it affected Americans at home.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. Background - 1815 to 1917
    2. The Stalin years in Russia
    3. Post-Stalin confrontation and conciliation
    4. Glasnost and the fall of the Berlin Wall
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    Textbook reading and films
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Lectures, quizzes, exams, readings guest lectures

Review/Approval Date -12/99