U.S. History Since 1945
I. Course Prefix/Number: HIS 120
Course Name: U.S. History Since 1945
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
B. Compare representative works of literature and philosophy produced within this period
C. Critique the values expressed in the philosophical and literary texts of this period, and discuss the current relevance of these values
D. Explain the ethnic, cultural, and religious diversity of the late twentieth-century United States and the nature of political, cultural, and ethnic conflict
E. Apply conflicting interpretations of late twentieth-century United States history
F. Analyze primary and secondary sources of the late twentieth-century United States
V. Academic Integrity
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.
VI. Sequence of Topics
B. World War II
C. Postwar Developments
D. The Eisenhower Years
E. Kennedy and the 1960s
F. Origins and development of the Civil Rights Movement
G. Lyndon Johnson and the Late 1960s
H. The Vietnam War
I. Nixon, Watergate and the 1970s
J. Ford and Carter
K. The Reagan Counterrevolution
L. Bush and Clinton
M. Contemporary Issues
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
A. Read a standard textbook and research materials.
B. Write outside of class the equivalent of 13 – 15 double-spaced typed pages in the form of a term paper, summaries of journal articles, short research papers, and/or other kinds of writing.
C. Participate in in-class and out-of-class activities.
IX. Instructional Materials
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
Students will also be evaluated on a combination of written assignments and in- and out
of- class assignments.
XI. Other Course Information
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.