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sjsu_g137_syllabus_2010_spring

sjsu_g137_syllabus_2010_spring - San Jos State University...

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San José State University California in Historic and Social Scientific Perspective Socs/Geog/Hist/Anthro/PolSci/Econ 137 Spring 2010 Instructor: Edward Collins Office Location: WSQ Hall 111C Telephone: (408) 924-5476 Email: [email protected] Office Hours: Tuesday, 3:00-4:00, Monday, Wednesday 10:30-11:30 Class Days/Time: Tues/Thurs 10:30-11:45 Classroom: CL225 Faculty Web Page and MYSJSU Messaging Copies of the course materials such as the syllabus, major assignment handouts, etc. may be found on the course website at e-campus. You are responsible for regularly checking with the messaging system through MySJSU as that is how I usually communicate with you as a class. Make sure your email address is correct in MySJSU and if it is not, correct it. Course Description This interdisciplinary course examines the evolution of the state of California through the perspectives of historians, geographers, economists, political scientists, and other social scientists. We will examine California in all its complexity, from physical geography to political, economic, social, cultural, and environmental history, from native peoples to contemporary diversity. Students will gain a broad understanding of the history and development of California from these varied perspectives, which are integrated throughout the course. Course Goals and Student Learning Objectives Students will gain an understanding of California from a variety of social science perspectives, including anthropology, history, geography, economics, political science and sociology. Students will understand and be able to explain and analyze significant events and periods in California history and the forces that shaped them. Students will recognize that knowledge of the past is socially constructed and related to the location of the individual in space and time. Socs 137, Spring 2010 Page 1 of 10
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Students will understand and be able to explain and analyze how migration and immigration have shaped and reshaped California through its history. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the physical and human geographic features that define places and regions in California. Students will understand and be able to analyze how economic development and technological change have shaped and reshaped California through its history. Students will demonstrate basic economic reasoning skills and an understanding of the economy of California and its development, including an understanding of how California became an agricultural and industrial power. Students will understand the structures, functions and powers of state government and how these have been shaped through history. Students will learn to think chronologically and spatially about California.
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