History 352

HIST 352
Virginia History

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HIST 352
Virginia History
Three hours lecture: (3)

Prerequisite: Three hours of History at the 100 level.

Comprehensive survey of history in Virginia.

Detailed Description of Content of Course
The purpose of this course is to provide students with a foundation for understanding and interpreting Virginia history.  Topics studied include:
•    Native Virginians
•    Settlement and development of Colonial Virginia
•    Virginia’s role in the coming of the Revolution
•    The Revolutionary War in Virginia and its impact
•    The Great Virginians
•    Politics and economic development in 19th century Virginia
•    The Civil War in Virginia and its impact
•    Virginia as a new south state
•    The progressive period in Virginia
•    Virginia during World War I and the 1920s
•    The Depression and New Deal in Virginia
•    World War II and its impact on the state
•    The Brown Decision and Massive Resistance
•    Modern trends in society and politics

Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

The course is taught according to the lecture/discussion method. Lectures and discussions are supplemented with media, computer assignments, and writing exercises which stress critical thinking and analysis.

Goals and Objectives of the Course

Students will understand the nature and development of race relations, society, economics, and politics in Virginia from the time of Jamestown to the present.

Students will practice thinking critically and analytically about historical issues, acquire a broader knowledge and deeper understanding of pertinent historical events and processes, and cultivate a familiarity with the concepts of historical argument and interpretation.

Students will develop disciplinary research skills by designing strategies to locate and analyze primary and secondary source evidence, processing and organizing the resultant data, and composing proper citation and bibliographical entries.

Students will apply their critical thinking, research, and compositional skills to the creation and presentation of thesis driven essays that discuss, for example, historical social, economic, political, and/or cultural developments and that address issues such as the causes and consequences of historical change and continuity.

Assessment Measures

Knowledge and understanding of the material covered in this course will be measured using an array of assessment tools that may include, among other things, class attendance and participation, written examinations, formal writing assignments of various types, and informal writing assignments. All exercises are designed to expand the student's ability to evaluate historical events and to develop his or her ability to compose persuasive arguments.

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Review and Approval
Date Action Reviewed by
October  2010 Reviewed and Approved by Sharon Roger Hepburn