Dr. Malcolm D. Magee
Mailbox: 256 Old Horticulture
Office: 246 Old Horticulture
Phone: 517-719-2518


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IAH 201 U.S. and the World
1880 to the Present: From Isolation to Global Community

Dr. Malcolm D. Magee
Office: 246 Old Horticulture, Mailbox: 256 Old Horticulture
Email: mageemal@msu.edu, Phone: 517-719-2518

Course Description:
In this course we will be looking at the changes in American culture that occur as the United States goes from relative isolation at the end of the 19th century to an active and integrated part of the global community by the beginning of the 21st century. We will examine ways in which U.S. culture was impacted by its international involvement. The course will examine why this happens and how Americans responded to this new international role. We will explore reactions to, and results of, that expanding role both inside and outside the United States. Throughout the course we will seek to answer the following two part question:
Why does the United States move from relative isolation into an international role and what are the consequences for U.S. society of that change?

Statement of Purpose for Integrative Studies:

Integrative Studies in Arts and Humanities at MSU seeks to assist students to become more familiar with ways of knowing in the arts and humanities and to be more knowledgeable and capable in a range of intellectual and expressive abilities. IAH courses encourage students to engage critically with their own society, history, and culture(s); they also encourage students to learn more about the history and culture of other societies. They focus on key ideas and issues in human experience; encourage appreciation of the roles of knowledge and values in shaping and understanding human behavior; emphasize the responsibilities and opportunities of democratic citizenship; highlight the value of the creative arts of literature, theater, music, and arts; and alert us to important issues that occur among peoples in an increasingly interconnected, interdependent world.

Course Objectives:
By the end of the course you should: Be familiar with the ways in which growing U.S. involvement in the global community have impacted you and your culture. Have an understanding of how this has come about. Be aware of the debates and conflicts that have accompanied this expansion. Be able to develop arguments, both written and oral, using this evidence. Be able to think critically about these controversies, sifting through evidence and arguments from the historical and contemporary texts presented in this course. Have a greater clarity about your own feelings regarding how you ought to respond to your own society, history, and culture as you consider the other cultures with whom you share this planet.