Understand the Political, Economic, Social, and Cultural History of the United States (USA)

There is a parable about a man who tried to change the world and failed, then tried to change his local community and failed, then decided to change himself. After changing himself, he inspired his neighbors, they inspired their communities, those communities inspired the states, and so on until the world did change. The bumper-sticker version of this wisdom is “Think Globally, Act Locally.” Developing and exercising such civic responsibility requires knowing about the political and economic structure of the United States and the diverse social and cultural groups that have contributed to the making of that structure.

Learning Outcomes for “Understand the Political, Economic, Social, and Cultural History of the United States”

1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, and the workings of federal, state, and municipal governments in the United States.
2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of U.S. history and society.
3. Demonstrate knowledge of a subculture or relationships among subcultures within U.S. society.

Standards for “Understand the Political, Economic, Social, and Cultural History of the United States”

1. A certified course shall demonstrate a serious, disciplined engagement with political, economic, social, and/or cultural aspects of U.S. society, past or present. Such courses should address at least two of the learning outcomes.

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