Historians learn about the past in many ways. Political and legal documents, economic statistics, film and video footage of events, material items such as tools and clothing, literature, songs, movies: all of these leftovers from previous eras help historians piece together the different ways that societies change over time. This interactive textbook is designed to help students understand America in the twentieth century through examination of the media produced in that era. Such explorations into the past are called cultural history, which has been defined by the Yale University Department of History as “an effort to inhabit the minds of the people of different worlds.”
Arts and Humanities
Art History, Graphic Arts, Languages, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Visual Arts and World Cultures.
This is a unit I created for a section of my art history course. Our community college has a sizeable population of Cambodian immigrants with an interest in learning about their heritage. Most art history survey courses in the United States do not sufficiently expose students to the culture of Southeast Asia.
This course provides training and practice in both verbal and nonverbal communication. Methods of speech organization and delivery in the development of informative and persuasive speeches will be emphasized. The course will also offer opportunities to work in groups for panel discussions and debate.