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History 9

History 9 places an emphasis on “making” history through the production of contested versions of the past. This course examines the complexity of the human experience in texts, contexts, and critiques across time and place. It seeks to instill the judgment, empathy, and cultural literacy needed for civic participation. History 9 fosters the development of historical thinking skills and essential skills in reading, collaboration, writing, and speaking. An introduction to research methods is an integral feature. Consistent with the vision to value and empower the many voices of our community and the grade-level theme (“Who am I?”), History 9 also traces the construction of the self through selected readings and visual media from global history.

History 10

History 10 places an emphasis on the twin themes of perspectives and processes in the global past and present. It examines the complexity of the modern world with consideration to historical antecedents. Cultural geography and political simulation are integral features. History 10 fosters the refinement of historical thinking skills and essential skills in reading, research, collaboration, writing, and speaking introduced in History 9. Consistent with the goals of a place-based education and the grade-level theme (“Where am I?”), History 10 also investigates those interesting questions that arise at the juncture where global processes intersect with their local manifestations.

U.S. History

U.S. History is a study of United States’ history from pre-Columbian America through the Cold War. Students study the major political, social, economic and cultural aspects of the American experience through extensive use of original documents. Broad themes are explored, including independence and constitutional government, sectionalism and civil war, industrialism and the foundations of modern American, and the responsibility of citizenship. Analytical writing assignments include document-based essays. Students complete a major research paper in the second semester.

Southern Appalachian History (Fall)

Southern Appalachian History exposes students to an overview of the history of the southern Appalachian Region from its earliest European explorers and their interaction with Native Americans to its settlement by various ethnic groups. There will be a heavy historical emphasis on events in the late 19th century up to the present and how those events have shaped the formation of the Appalachian region. This course is a multidisciplinary introduction to southern Appalachian culture, history, and society that will use historical accounts, fiction, poetry, autobiographies, music, and documentary film. It will examine how and why the central and southern Appalachian Mountains came to be viewed as a distinct region, "Appalachia," and it will examine Appalachia's place in American life. We will encounter the region's rich, rural social life including kinship and neighborhood institutions; coal mining history, community patterns, and labor struggles; gender; the experiences of Native Americans, African Americans, and Eastern Europeans in Appalachia; inequality and poverty; community politics and grassroots struggles; and current environmental issues including mountaintop removal and coal mining. We will also explore the notion that Appalachia instills in its residents an abiding sense of place that fortifies those who stay and consoles, beckons, or haunts those who leave. The course will complicate assumptions about the uniqueness of the Appalachian region, and about who lives there and how they live. All members of the class will be expected to participate in all class activities and to draw upon their own experiences as well as class materials for class discussions.

War and Peace: Interstate Conflict, Security, and Resolution (Spring)

War and Peace: Interstate Conflict, Security, and Resolution explores the two intermittent outcomes of the continuous and dynamic nature of social interactions in world politics - war and peace. In turn, these social events are connected by social conflicts that may, or may not degenerate into a crisis situation and war. This course explores the genesis of social conflicts, their possible resolution, or their ultimate degeneration into crisis and war. Since the conflict-crisis-war cycle is born out and nurtured during times of "peace," we will focus on that tract of time in order to understand the nature of social conflicts, the evolution into crisis, and the conditions for their potential resolution and/or degeneration into mass violence. Accordingly, this course will survey different definitions of conflict, security, stability, peace, war and their significance in both historical and contemporary perspectives. It will explore the causes of mass violence (war) and interstate peace and their gradations in the international state system. It will review the basic literature on military strategy and its relation to the onset and evolution of international crises, war, and peace. It will discuss major philosophical works on the notions of conflict, security, violence, war, and peace among state actors. This course's main unit of analysis is the state and the state system.

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