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HIST 364: UTAH HISTORY J. Spencer Fluhman Office: 316N JSB, 801-422-2372 Office Hour: 3:00 – 3:50 W Winter 2011 Section 002, 4:00-6:30 W, 275 MARB Student Learning Outcomes : BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY: To assist individuals in their quest for perfection and eternal life by providing an education that is (1) spiritually strengthening, (2) intellectually enlarging, (3) character building, and (4) leading to lifelong learning and service. HISTORY DEPARTMENT: UZ HIST 364 (FLUHMAN): Students who put forth the requisite time and effort (i.e., reading, writing, speaking, listening) will be able to (1) describe the peoples who have shaped the social, political, and cultural development of Utah (2) identify major events, trends, and transformations in the state’s history, (3) critically examine historical documents related to the state’s history, (4) offer informed perspectives on the ways scholars have understood Utah history, and (5) demonstrate the critical and research skills involved in historical scholarship. The Course : The course engages documents relating to the people, places, institutions, and ideas of Utah’s past. Together, we tackle questions about life in Utah: how have different groups of people related to each other in Utah history? How does Utah history complement or depart from broader American histories? What about the Utah experience has been typically American? Unique? Individually, students choose a specific topic about which they become more deeply informed. They engage this topic throughout the semester, with the end product being a ten-page essay (not including notes, bibliography, etc.). Some possible topics: Race and Ethnicity Economic Development Political Issues Environmental History Religion in Utah Utah Women’s History Architecture in Utah The Arts in Utah Travel and Tourism Utah and the Federal Government Native American History The Family in Utah History Written examinations assess students’ mastery of the work we do together (reading, lectures, films). Several writing assignments given throughout the semester relate to course readings and students’ individual work. Students will read roughly 1,300 pages together and an additional 500 for their individual topic. The reading and writing loads ensure that students will be doing each more or less daily. The final ten-page essay summarizes the semester’s individual learning work. It makes an argument about what has been learned and supports that argument with evidence gleaned from research and course readings. The essay will incorporate students’ critical examination of four primary sources, preferably from both the 19 th and 20 th centuries, though some more narrow topics could incorporate sources from one century only. Required Texts
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