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- Available Lessons: 128
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Eligible for Credit: Yes
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Course SummaryHistory 309: War & American Society has been evaluated and recommended for 3 semester hours and may be transferred to over 2,000 colleges and universities. With this self-paced course, you get engaging lessons, expert instructors who make even the most challenging history topics simple, and an excellent resource for getting a head start on your degree.
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The course objective is to examine and analyze the ways in which war and other armed conflicts have influenced and been influenced by American society since the colonial period.
Your grade for this course will be calculated out of 300 points. The minimum score required to pass and become eligible for college credit for this course is 210 points, or an overall course grade of 70%. The table below shows the assignments you must complete and how they'll be incorporated into the overall grade.
|Proctored Final Exam||100|
Quizzes are meant to test your comprehension of each lesson as you progress through the course. Here's a breakdown of how you will be graded on quizzes and how they'll factor into your final score:
- You will have 3 attempts to take each quiz for a score.
- The highest score of your first 3 attempts will be recorded as your score for each quiz.
- When you've completed the course, the highest scores from your first 3 attempts at each quiz will be averaged together and weighed against the total possible points for quizzes. For instance, if your average quiz score is 85%, you'll receive 85 out of 100 possible points for quizzes.
- After your initial 3 attempts, you can take a quiz for practice as many times as you'd like.
- You will need to pass each quiz with a score of at least 80% to earn course progress for the lesson. However, it is not necessary to earn 80% within the first three quiz attempts.
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Proctored Final Exam
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- You'll earn points equivalent to the percentage grade you receive on your proctored final. (So if you earn 90% on the final, that's 90 points toward your final grade.)
- If you're unsatisfied with your score on the exam, you'll be eligible to retake the exam after a 3-day waiting period.
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Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:
- Analyze what constitutes 'war' in comparison to other types of armed conflict.
- Analyze how and why Americans have decided to engage in war or avoid war from 1776-present (including constitutional processes and justifications for entering into war or avoiding war).
- Explain how war and other armed conflicts have influenced the development of the American colonies and the United States since the colonial period (including how war has been used to acquire land for settlement and territorial expansion and how war has affected American standing internationally).
- Describe how war and other types of armed conflict have influenced American society, politics, and economics (e.g., Slave rebellions and the escalation of fears regarding future uprisings, World War I and the First Red Scare, or the Cold War and its influences on education in the United States).
- Describe the origins, effects, and impacts of major American wars since the 16th century (including the 7 Years War, American Revolution, the War of 1812, the American-Mexican war, the Civil War, the Indian wars, the Spanish-American war, World War I, World War II, the Cold War, Desert Storm, the Afghanistan war, the 2003 war in Iraq, and the War on Terror).
- Describe the origins, effects, and impacts of minor American armed conflicts or uprisings since the 16th century (including King Philip's War, Stono's Rebellion, the Seminole wars, the annexation of Hawaii, the suppression of Filipino independence, interventions in Latin America and the Caribbean during the Cold War, and interventions in Somalia, Bosnia, and Yugoslavia).
- Analyze how and why war has changed for America between the colonial period to the present (e.g., influences of technology, total war during the world wars, proxy wars during the Cold War, and the increased use of air power since 1945).
There are no prerequisites for this course but most students prefer to complete History 103: US History I and History 104: US History II before taking this course.
History 309: War & American Society consists of short video lessons that are organized into topical chapters. Each video is approximately 5-10 minutes in length and comes with a quick quiz to help you measure your learning. The course is completely self-paced. Watch lessons on your schedule whenever and wherever you want.
At the end of each chapter, you can complete a chapter test to see if you're ready to move on or have some material to review. Once you've completed the entire course, take the practice test and use the study tools in the course to prepare for the proctored final exam. You may take the proctored final exam whenever you are ready.
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This course has been evaluated and recommended by ACE for 3 semester hours in the upper division baccalaureate degree category. To apply for transfer credit, follow these steps:
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|Introduction to War & American Society||Define war; compare war to other types of armed conflicts; explain how war and other armed conflicts have been influential in America's development since the colonial period; explain how diplomacy and war are both part of America's foreign policy; describe the constitutional and legislative processes that guide war and declarations of war; explain how technology has influenced the execution of war.|
|War & the American Colonies||Summarize the history of North American exploration and European settlement in North America; identify and analyze important wars and conflicts from the colonial era, including the Pequot War, Bacon's Rebellion, the Stono Rebellion, King George's War, the Seven Years' War and Pontiac's Rebellion.|
|The American Revolutionary War||Recognize the causes of the American Revolution; discuss the nature of warfare during the American Revolution; summarize key battles of the war, including the Battle of Yorktown; describe the Continental Army; evaluate the social and economic impact of the Revolutionary War; assess the strengths and weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation.|
|America & the War of 1812||Evaluate the social and political influences that contributed to the War of 1812; describe the role of slavery during the war; summarize the events of major conflicts during war, including the Battle of New Orleans; assess the war's social and political impacts on the United States.|
|American Conflicts & Wars Between 1820-1860||Analyze Westward expansion in the U.S. between 1820 and 1860; discuss the major wars and conflicts during the time period, including the Seminole Wars, the Nat Turner Rebellion the Mexican-American War; define Manifest Destiny and summarize the history of the Indian Removal Act of 1830.|
|The American Civil War Overview||Evaluate the causes and legislative/executive actions that led to the American Civil War; talk about major Civil War battles; summarize the war strategies of the North and the South; understand of the Civil War affected women, African Americans and the American economy.|
|America & the Indian Wars||Analyze the social and political influences that contributed to the Indian wars, the Red River War, the Battle of Little Bighorn and Wounded Knee; understand how these conflicts influenced society and politics during the post-Civil War period; discuss the Treaty of Fort Laramie; explain what led to the conclusion of the Indian wars.|
|America, War & Imperialism in the 1890s||Describe the social and political influences that contributed to the Spanish-American War and other conflicts during the time period; discuss America's foreign policy and imperialism during the 1890s; explain the impact of yellow journalism, the annexation of Hawaii, the Platt Amendment and major Spanish-American war battles.|
|America in World War I||Identify factors that led to WWI; describe how the war influenced society and politics between 1914 and 1919; discuss America's official position in WWI; describe life and racial tensions in the U.S. during WWI.|
|America in World War II||Analyze the events that led to America's involvement in WWII; talk about how the war influenced American society and politics between 1939 and 1945; identify and summarize the events of major conflicts during the war, including the Attack on Pearl Harbor, the D-Day Invasion and the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki; explain how WWII impacted racism, women, diversity and population growth in the U.S.|
|America & the Cold War||Discuss the social and political influences that contributed to the Cold War; understand how the Nuclear Arms Race, the Cold War, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War affected society and politics between 1945-1991; discuss the events of major conflicts during the Cold War; contextualize the presidencies of Eisenhower, Kennedy and Reagan during the Cold War.|
|U.S. Conflicts & Wars Post-Cold War||Explain what led to the conclusion of the Cold War, Desert Storm and the Gulf War; describe the foreign policies of George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton; recognize the symptoms of Gulf War syndrome; evaluate the impact of foreign policy after the Cold War.|
|American Conflicts & Wars in the 21st Century||Describe the social and political influences that contributed to the 9/11 terrorist attack, the War on Terror, the War in Afghanistan and the Iraq War; explain how these conflicts impacted American society and politics in the early 21st century; discuss America's deterrence of nuclear weapon proliferation, the War on Terror's use of torture and actors in 21st-century American warfare.|
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