20th Century History 11/12
The World of 1919
Rise of Fascism
World War Two
Cold War, 1945-63
Fall of Communism
Book Review 10%
Assignments & Essays 35%
Quizzes, Tests 25%
Final Exam 20%
Course Overview and Rationale:
This is a study of histories, social movements, political discourse (and upheaval), economic booms and busts, as well as war and peace and people and events from 1919 to the end of the 20th century. Upon completion of this course students will have a better appreciation of the backstory to so many of the seminal events in world history that will take place in their future lives.
Make a sincere effort - engage actively in classes and as you do the assigned work, be open to new ideas and methods, follow suggestions and improve where you can, learn from your mistakes, get extra help when you need it.
It is your responsibility to catch up, find out and complete homework assignments, hand in work due, and reschedule (as soon as possible) all missed tests, presentations, and due dates if you must be absent.
Late Assignments: Written material is due at the beginning of class on the due date. Talk to me if you are unable to complete your work to the expected standard or timeframe. Give yourself every chance to succeed by being organized and proactive.
Self responsibility is the key to developing safe and respectful learning environments...“You own your own thoughts, language, behaviours, actions, and outcomes, being self responsible allows you to move forward to a full life, deeper learning, and an attitude that does not blame others.”
Collaborative Work: Much class time will be spent working in groups, either preparing written positions or participating in a role-play or a class presentation. Effective group work is very rewarding but does not occur by accident - it demands patience, co-operation and effort. Group work will be evaluated sometimes simply by observed ability to stay on task and other times more formally by assessment of a group submission.
Participation: This is an essential aspect of the course. Active class participation is expected at post-secondary institutions, so now is the best time to develop or improve that skill in the comfortable and familiar environment that school affords. Students should be aware of the distinction between constructive participation and verbal grandstanding and also of the need to respect the views of others, particularly if they differ. All students are encouraged to voice their opinions, beliefs and positions though it must be understood that opinions are only as valid as the evidence used to support them; the true test of the success of the process of education is our willingness to re-evaluate our assumptions on the basis of new information. The excellent student will not only be prepared to defend their point of view but also to change it if necessary. The aim of any social studies course is less to provide definitive answers, than to examine the validity of those we think we have already.
Demonstration of learning: if you have a true desire to express what you have learned in a different way, or need to show that you understand something that you missed, there are some assessment alternatives you can find out about from your teacher.
Electronic devices - Be familiar with our school policy.
Plagiarism can be confusing to students, so please be familiar with the school’s policy. In short, when you use other peoples’ words, images and unique ideas, include a reference as to where you found them (Chicago Style).