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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Barcelona F12 Course Offerings - History



HIST 122 – Critical Reasoning in History
 (3 units)                         (Pass/No Pass or Letter Grade)
Prerequisite: Completion of ENGL 122-Freshman English: Composition and Reading, or equivalent with a grade of C or better
CSU/UC; AA/AS Area I-B - Communication and Analytical Thinking; CSU Area A3 - Critical Thinking; IGETC Area 1B - Critical Thinking                   
Critical reasoning in history is a process of questioning, analyzing, and evaluating oral and written ideas, concepts, and interpretation of the past. This process will include an introduction to the principles of inductive and deductive reasoning. The goal is to learn how to identify historical viewpoints, gather and organize historical information, recognize historical relationships and patterns, and see the relevancy of historical insights as background for an understanding of current events and issues. Students will consider issues like Catalan identity, the recent changes in immigration to Spain, and Spanish popular culture within an historical context. In doing so students will visit historical sites, engage the local culture and make a pilgrimage to the Camp Nou.

HIST 127 – African American Perspective History of the US to 1865
 (3 units)                         (Pass/No Pass or Letter Grade)
Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 122-Freshman Composition and Reading, or equivalent
CSU/UC; AA/AS Area III - Arts & Humanities, IV - Social and Behavioral Sciences, or V - Multicultural Studies; and 1/2 American Institutions; CSU Area C2 - Humanities, D3 - Ethnic Studies, or D6 – History and 1/2 U.S. History, Constitution and American Ideals; IGETC Area 3B - Humanities or 4 - Social & Behavioral Sciences and 1/2 U.S. History, Constitution and American Ideals
The course will examine the early African presence in America, the origins of the slave trade, and explore political, economic, demographic and cultural influences shaping African American life and culture prior to 1865. Given their particular history in the United States, African Americans have a special relationship with the people and events that shaped Iberia. The African, Berber and Arab presence in Spain and the African participation in Spanish conquest have direct relevance to African American history. This class will examine African American history within that context. In this endeavor, students will benefit from Spain's rich relationship with the Mediterranean world and will take advantage of museums like the Egyptian Museum of Barcelona and the Museu Barbier-Mueller d’Art Pre- Colombí among other sites.

HIST 140--History of Western Civilization to the Renaissance
 (3 units)                         (Pass/No Pass or Letter Grade)
Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 122-Freshman Composition and Reading, or equivalent
CSU/UC; AA/AS Area III - Arts & Humanities or IV - Social and Behavioral Sciences; CSU Area C2 - Humanities, D6 – History; IGETC Area 3B - Humanities or 4 - Social & Behavioral Sciences
In this history of western civilization to the 17th century we will cultivate an understanding of modern civilization by tracing political, economic, social, cultural, and intellectual developments and relationships of the past. With an emphasis on midieval Spain and Spanish Atlantic history, we will study the amazing array of peoples and events that inform our own culture. Spain sits at the nexus of the Mediterranean and Atlantic worlds; it was a profound cultural crossroads. The influence of Egyptians, Romans, Visigoths, Arabs, Muslims, Jews, Christians, and Gypsies is palpable in everyday Spanish life. Museums like the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya and historic places like the Gothic Quarter, including the Museu d'Història de Catalunya will enrich the historical subjects of this class.


SOCSC 155* – Spanish Life and Culture
(3 units)                          (Pass/No Pass or Letter Grade)
Recommended: eligibility for ENGL 122- Freshman Composition and Reading, or equivalent
CSU; AA/AS Elective
This course is designed to introduce students to Spain with a broad overview of Spanish culture and civilization through presentations by guest lecturers and some related field trips and activities. The course takes a social, historical, and cultural approach to Spanish society. Topics may include Spain’s history, the History of Catalonia, the Media, customs, Franco, art, music and cuisine, as well as general aspects of Spanish Life. This course is required for all Semester in Spain students whose AIFS applications are processed through Diablo Valley College.

DIABLO VALLEY COLLEGE
Instructor Matthew Powell
Matthew Powell, Ed.D. is professor of History at Diablo Valley College. He earned his BA and Teaching Credential from Chico State, his MA from the University of New Mexico, his doctorate from UC Davis, and has studied history and languages at the Université de Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Sénégal and at Universidad de La Habana in Havana, Cuba. His teaching specialty is the African Diaspora with a special interest in the African Atlantic. Powell has traveled in western Europe and throughout Central and South America with extended and repeated stays in Venezuela, Colombia and Guatemala. In all of these places he has practiced yoga and martial arts. After having studied French in Antibes, he is excited to spend the semester on the Mediterranean in Catalunya! Students who join him in this adventure will be required to make use of Barcelona's rich resources and encouraged to see themselves as citizens of the world and as intimately connected to historical people and events. Animate!

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