History of the American S/W

Course Description

Examines what has attracted people to the Southwest over the last thousand years and how people have changed and enriched the region through diverse cultural, social and economic contributions. Places race relations, immigration, environmental concerns, resource use, cultural beliefs, gender roles, public order and working life into historical perspective.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the natural history and historical ecology of the region in a small group discussion.
  • Recount the major physical and cultural transformations of the region since the arrival of the first human settlers in analytical paragraphs.
  • Analyze and describe the historical forces which promoted continuity or change the region on a final exam.
  • Assess the cultural interaction of the various peoples who lived in the region through an in class presentation.
  • Explain the impact of differing economic systems in the region in a class discussion.
  • Appreciate the deep historical roots of the ecological, economic, cultural, and racial issues we face today in this region in their written analyses of historical documents.


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