Students explore political, economic, social, and ideological implications of the first half of the 20th century in the Americas (Canada, USA, and Latin America) as well as examining the lead-up to WWII in Japan, Italy and Germany. Students will develop an understanding of and continuing interest in the past. They are encouraged to engage with multiple perspectives and to appreciate the complex nature of historical concepts, issues, events and developments.
A primary goal of this course is to promote international-mindedness through the study of history from more than one region of the world. The class seeks to develop an understanding of history as a discipline and to develop historical consciousness including a sense of chronology and context, and an understanding of different historical perspectives. Students will also develop key historical skills, including engaging effectively with sources. The ultimate goal is to increase students’ understanding of themselves and of contemporary society by encouraging reflection on the past.