American History Topics

Course Code: AHT101
Day: Sat Time: 11:00-12:50 Hours: 20 Sessions: 10 Semester: Fall Medium of Instruction: English Location: Online

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Course Description

This course covers major themes or events in American history since the European voyages of discovery with emphasis on developments before the Civil War (1861-1865). Topics include: discovery and colonization, conflict with Native Americans, the American Revolution, westward expansion, the Civil War, presidents and other famous people (including women), construction of a political system, scientific developments and business growth. Classes will consist of lectures and discussions. Students are expected to read several pages before each class. By the end of the course, students will have a general familiarity with themes of American history and a vocabulary useful for discussing history, social trends, and politics.

Learning Objectives

1. To be able to discuss events of American history and relate them to the American worldview.
2. To improve their English vocabularies and fluency in reading and speaking.

Who should take this course

Those who are interested in knowing about American history and its influence on the ways Americans think.
English Level: Advanced


Recommended:Boyer, Paul S. (2012). American History: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN #: 9780195389142. (It is highly recommended for students in this course; however, it is not required.)


Patrick Rosenkjar

Instructor Biography

Professor Rosenkjar is an expert in various aspects of linguistics, language teaching methods, and literature. He has a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University in German language studies; a master's degree from San Francisco State University in English, with a concentration in language teaching and in American and British literature; and a doctorate from Temple University in second language education. He has published in the areas of content-based English teaching, designing English reading courses for Japanese students, research and theory of curriculum and course design, and understanding poetry. His interests include culture studies, history, linguistic theory, and literary texts; and he reads extensively for pleasure and professional enrichment in these areas. He has been a full-time faculty member of Temple University Japan Campus since 1988.