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Learning Objectives

Historical Knowledge

Goal: Understand a wide range of historical information

  • identify the key events which express/define change over time in a place or region
  • identify how change occurs over time


Goal:  Explain historical continuity and change

  • describe the influence of political ideologies, economic structures, social organization, cultural perceptions, and natural environments on historical events
  • discuss the ways in which factors such as race, gender, class, ethnicity, region and religion influence historical narratives


Historical Thinking

Goal: Recognize the pastness of the past

  • explain how people have existed, acted and thought in particular historical periods
  • explain what influence the past has on the present


Goal: Emphasize the complex nature of past experiences

  • interpret the complexity and diversity of situations, events and past mentalities
  • compare eras and regions in order to define enduring issues


Goal: Emphasize the complex and problematic nature of the historical record

  • recognize a range of viewpoints
  • compare competing historical narratives
  • analyze cause and effect relationships and multiple causation


Historical Skills

Goal: Develop skills in critical thinking and reading

  • evaluate debates among historians
  • obtain historical data from a variety of sources
  • identify gaps in available records


Goal: Develop the ability to construct reasonable historical arguments

  • construct in writing a well-organized historical argument
  • support an interpretation with historical evidence from a variety of primary and secondary sources