201 U.S. and the World
1880 to the Present: From Isolation to Global Community
Malcolm D. Magee
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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.
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.