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2021-2022 Lane Community College Catalog 
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HST 209 - American History: The Civil War

4 Credit(s)

The Civil War course is based in part on the award-winning documentary film series of the same name. Its subject matter is the history of the U.S. Civil War and it is designed to help students grasp the political, social, and economic realities of the conflict as it progressed in both the North and South, the problems of the Northern and Southern governments during the war, the major military campaigns of the war, and the impact of the war upon the civilian population.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Apply analytical skills to social phenomena in order to understand human behavior. Identify and consider the political, military, social, and economic realities which shaped the lives of those involved in the American Civil War, both in the years immediately preceding the outbreak of war, as well as the issues that arose in its immediate aftermath.
  2. Apply knowledge and experience to foster personal growth and better appreciate the diverse social world in which we live. Analyze how diverse groups and ideology affected the outcome of this war. Focus on human interactions and shed light on the reasons for its outbreak, Constitutional principles at stake, and the factors behind the failure of Confederacy and the victory of the Union, including both military and political policies.
  3. Understand the role of individuals and institutions within the context of society. Course will examine the influential power exerted on the development and outcome of this struggle by individuals, differing philosophies of nationalism and sectionalism, and both socio-cultural and political-economic institutions. This will include biographical history as well as national historical developments, where appropriate.
  4. Assess different theories and concepts, and understand the distinctions between empirical and other methods of inquiry Demonstrate a functional appreciation of the various interpretations of history, assessing both the development and evaluation of each view. Identify different schools of historical thought, especially as it pertains to the evaluation and re-evaluation of this controversial war. Develop the ability to critically analyze the information presented throughout the course, including their sources, citations, and philosophical points of view.
  5. Utilize appropriate information literacy skills in written and oral communication. Students will: learn basic historical terms and relevant, era-specific vocabulary; be exposed to the tools of historical investigation, such as how to ask relevant questions; learn how to access information for research; develop ability to formulate a problem statement and to argue logically and critically.
  6. Understand the diversity of human experience and thought, individually and collectively. Course will include elements of the traditional, revised, and newly emerging narratives that comprise a more accurate history of the American Civil War. This includes accounts from multiple sides of the conflict, both North and South, including newly available sources from recent scholarship.
  7. Apply knowledge and skills to contemporary problems and issues. Identify causation, correlations, analogies, and potential lessons between the historical past, 1860-1865 in particular, and contemporary times. Consider issues common to all eras and the human experience.

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