San José State University
California in Historic and Social Scientific Perspective
Socs/Geog/Hist/Anthro/PolSci/Econ 137 Spring 2010
WSQ Hall 111C
Tuesday, 3:00-4:00, Monday, Wednesday 10:30-11:30
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,
This interdisciplinary course examines the evolution of the state of California through the
perspectives of historians, geographers, economists, political scientists, and other social
We will examine California in all its complexity, from physical geography to
political, economic, social, cultural, and environmental history, from native peoples to
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
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