History 2235 is an examination
of the events, movements, and personalities of the twentieth century
world. Themes such as imperialism, colonialism, war, revolution, totalitarianism
and globalization are analyzed.
In a Twentieth Century World
class you are expected to learn information, to analyze and discuss
aspects of it, and to answer questions that require you know the facts
and combine them in ways that will thoughtfully answer some complex
questions. Twentieth Century World is a Humanities class because it
requires reading, analysis, discussion, and writing.
World fulfills three credits of the nine credits Humanities graduation
requirement for the College of DuPage Associate of Arts Degree. It transfers
as H2 903N in the Illinois Articulation Initiative Humanities and Fine
Arts Core Curriculum.
Some questions this
class may help you to answer:
- What ideas and technologies
inspired Western governments to divide up the world in the late nineteenth
and early twentieth centuries?
- How did the western states
treat their colonial subjects?
- Why did western civilization,
supposedly committed to reason, engage in destructive fratricidal
wars in the twentieth century?
- What role did the world
wars play in the decline of the western powers and de-colonization
throughout the world?
- What were the issues
in the Middle East that have given rise to its intractable problems?
- With regard to states
dominated by western powers, why did some select democracy at the
time of independence, and some select communism?
- Why did many new states
fail at democracy while a few succeeded? What variations of democracy
are present in India and Japan?
- Why did so many states
in Latin America and Africa turn from democracy to military dictatorship?
- What role did the Soviet
Union play on the world stage and why did Communism in the Soviet
Union fail so abruptly?
- How was Chinese
communism different from Soviet Communism? Was Mao a great leader
or a megalomaniac? In what sense is modern day China still communist?
completion of the course the student should be able to do the following:
- Interpret the causes
and effects of imperialism and colonization
- Analyze the causes and
effects of major modern wars and revolutions
- Identify and determine
the successes and failures of major world leaders
- Recognize the importance
of recent world events in the world today