Roots of Contemporary Issues Summary


Roots of Contemporary Issues

(adapted from https://history.wsu.edu/rci/about-rci/ )

This program at Washington State uses paired lower and upper division courses to ladder skills development in the context of studying the historical foundations of students’ current and relevant concerns with the world. While instructors design their courses individually, each is centered on one of five common issues in human history.

In general, each case study begins with an introduction to a contemporary problem facing the world today, and then goes back in time from the pre-modern (at least before 1800), through the 19th and 20th centuries, and ends up back where it started. The lessons help students understand how knowledge of the deep historical and global roots of that case study helps us better understand the world around us.


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