HIST208 History, Society and Architecture in the Delaware Valley

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Historic Preservation

I. Course Number and Title
HIST208 History, Society and Architecture in the Delaware Valley
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
None
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course will explore the history of Bucks County and neighboring areas, with special reference to settlement patterns of various ethnic groups and their influence on the landscape, building traditions, and material culture.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. To understand the various ethnic backgrounds of groups who settled in the Delaware Valley (17th - 19th centuries) and the roles that they played in the history and culture of the region
    2. To gain familiarity with the primary and secondary source materials for research in the history of this area
    3. To complete a project that utilizes research materials about a particular site
    4. To develop skill in reading handwriting from various time periods
    5. To understand relationships among documents, artifacts, material culture, architecture and the landscape
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. Ethnic groups in the early Delaware Valley
    2. Deed research techniques: document reading
    3. Wills and estate settlements: document reading
    4. Genealogical research techniques
    5. Evolution of local government and institutions
    6. Agriculture and industry: document reading
    7. Commerce and transportation
    8. Craftsmen and the community
    9. History of schools and education
    10. How communities changed and evolved over time
    11. Project presentations
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

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

    See Course Format
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Class lecture, discussions, slides, projects, and field trips

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