• Mr. Keith
    IB History of the Americas
    CHS
    Room 222
    480-812-7700 ext 7797

    Purpose:

    The purpose of this course is to prepare students for the International Baccalaureate (IB) exam in the area of Individuals & Societies, which is a component of the IB Diploma.  For purposes of graduation from Chandler High School (CHS), this course will serve as an honors credit for  United States Government & Free Enterprise.  Students can earn either a High Level Diploma or Standard Level Certificate. 

     

    Course Description & Goal:

    This is a twentieth century history course, with a focus on the international impacts of the Mexican Revolution, WW I , WW II and the Cold War. We will study the following topics: (1) the causes, practices and effects of war, (2) the rise and rule of single party states, and (3) the Cold War.  For topic number one we will study: the Mexican Revolution (1910-1940), World War One, World War Two, The Korean War, and the Vietnam War.  For topic number two we will study: Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Juan Peron, Fidel Castro  and Mao Zedong.  For topic number three we will study the Cold War 1945-1990 (focus from 1960-1979).  Communism in Crisis 1976-89  is the focus of Prescribed Subject 3 (Paper 1).

     

    Our main goal is that you learn not only the factual history of the stated time period, but also that you learn to analyze the facts while taking into consideration the various perspectives/biases of the historians who recorded history.  In other words, I want you to analyze history critically in order to draw your own conclusions about what has happened in the past and what it means for our future. 
     
    May 2016 exam May 6-9.

     

    Graded Assignments

    ·         Internal Assessment Paper (IB) (200 points)

    ·         Tests over covered material (usually around 100 points) (old IB test questions are used)

    ·         Single-Party State Biographies (80 points each)

    ·         Oral presentations over assigned topics (60 points)

    ·         Write-ups on assigned historical documents (30 points)

    ·         Quizzes over assigned readings, films, and presentations (usually around 20 points each)

    ·         Review outlines, cartoons & timelines (usually around 20 participation points)

     

    Grading

    Grading for the IB test:

     

    Higher Level:

    Paper 1 (20%) Document test on the Cold War (1960-1979)

    Paper 2 (25%) Essay test on the 3 World History topics (war, singly-party states, Cold War)

    Paper 3 (35%) Essay test on the History of the Americas (incorporates junior year history)

    Internal Assessment paper (20%) Historical investigation paper (see handouts)

     

    Standard Level:

    Paper1 (30%) Document test on the Cold War (1960-1979)

    Paper 2 (45%) Essay test on the 3 World History topics (war, single-party states, Cold War)

    Internal Assessment Paper (25%) Historical investigation paper (see handouts)

     
     
    Standard Level students will not take the  Paper 3 exam in May.
     
    Office Hours:  every Tuesday & Thursday 2:15 pm-3:15 pm in room 222 or Media Center (location will be announced every Monday!)

     

    Class Grading:

     

    Each assignment will be given a point value.  For each grading period the number of points will be converted to a percentage.  The computed percentage will be used t give a letter grade based upon the following scale:

     

                A=90%-100% B=80%-89%  C=70%-79%  D=60%-69%  F=below 60%
     
    Grades are weighted as follows:
     
    Unit Tests:  40%
    Quizzes:      30%
    Homework  20%
    Class Part.   10%

     

    What you need daily

    Spiral or wireless notebook titled “IB Contemporary History”

    One two-pocket folder or three-ring binder to keep information/documents/assignments for review/study

    Pen (blue/black) OR Pencil (preferably #2)

     

    Classroom Policies

    •   NO LATE WORK except for excused absences or instructor approval.
    •   If you miss class it is YOUR responsibility to get work from me before or after class                    starts.
    •   If you are tardy you need to sign in.  Every 3 tardies will result in an after school detention.
    •   You are responsible for your own success; updated grades will be available weekly.
    •   Delays in required tasks will result in the start of a stopwatch.  The accumulated time at the end of the hour is how long you will remain quiet and in your seat after the bell rings.  Repeat offenders will receive after school detention and your parents will be notified by you.  Please do not interrupt me when I am talking without raising your hand.
    • A pass is required to go to the bathroom, you must ask and sign out before leaving the room
    •   Be willing to put in extra time outside of class to complete the course successfully.

     

    Consequences:

    Failure to follow class rules will result in the following action(s) being taken:

    Verbal warning  for first offense --Student will talk to the teacher about what’s going on and discuss how the situation can be avoided in the future.

    Written warning (following second offense) --Student will write down what they did at the end of the hour or after school and explain in writing how they can improve.

    Parent contact (following third offense) –Student will call parent and notify them of the infraction.  Student will spend time in detention, after school.

     

    Parent , teacher, administrator conference (following fourth offense)—Student and their parents will meet with teacher and an administrator to discuss problems student is having in class.

     

     

     

     

     

    Student/Parent Signature Sheet

     

     

    I am aware of what is expected of me in IB contemporary History as outlined by this syllabus:

     

    ___________________________________Student Name (Print)

     

    ___________________________________Student Signature

     

     

     

    I have read the syllabus for IB Contemporary History and understand what is expected of my child:

     

    ___________________________________Parent Signature

     

    ___________________________________Phone Number(s)

     

    ___________________________________Address (street name and number)

     

    ___________________________________Address (city, state, and zip code)

     

    ___________________________________Email(s)
     
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    (Please copy down my phone number and email address in case you would like to contact me)

                           

    IB Course Syllabus

     

    Topics covered in this course:

    First Semester

     
    (Each Unit will last approximately 4 weeks and culminate with a unit test)
     
    Unit One

    The Mexican Revolution (1910-1940)

    Causes, Practices (foreign and domestic), and Effects of the Mexican Revolution

    Detailed Study Topics:

    • Causes of the Mexican Revolution: social, economic and political; the role of the Porfiriato regime                      
    • The revolution and its leaders (1910-17):  ideologies, aims and methods of Madero, Villa, Zapata, Carranza; achievements and failures; Constitution of 1917: nature and application
    • Construction of the post-revolutionary state (1920-38):  Obregon, Calles and the Maximato; challenges; assessment of their impact in the post-revolutionary state
    • Lazaro Cardenas and the renewal of the revolution (1939-40): aims, methods and achievements
    • The role of foreign powers (especially the United States) in the outbreak and development of the Mexican Revolution; motivations, methods of intervention and contributions

    Impact of the revolution on the arts, education and music (suitable examples could be Siquerios,
    Rivera, Orozco); the impact of Vasconcelos' educational reforms; the development of popular music; literary works on the revolution

     


    Single-Party State Biography:  Joseph Stalin

     

          

     
     

     

     

     

    FOUR AND A HALF WEEKS (TEST #1)

    Mandatory Conference with Teacher:  Ideas for Internal Assessment Paper (curriculum related) 
     
    Student/teacher mandatory meetings will be held throughout the month of August.  Students will be assigned a date and time to meet with me to discuss their Internal Assessment topic.
     
     

     

    WORLD WAR ONE (1914-1919)

    unit #2
     
     

    Events Leading Toward War (1890-1914)

    Causes, Practices (foreign & domestic), and Effects of World War One

    Detailed Study Topics:

    • Different types and nature of 20th century warfare:  civil, Guerrilla, Limited war, total war

      Origins and causes of war: Long-term, short-term and immediate causes, economic, ideological, political, religious causes

      Nature of 20th century wars:  Technological developments, tactics and strategies, air, land and sea;
      Home front: economic and social impact (including changes in the role and status of women); Resistance and revolutionary movements

      Effect and results of wars:  Peace settlements and wars ending without treaties, Attempts at collective security pre-and post-Second World War, Political repercussions and territorial changes, Post-war economic problems


       

    Single-Party State Biography:  Adolph Hitler

    NINE WEEKS (TEST #2)

    Mandatory Conference with Teacher:  Select a topic for the internal assessment paper

     

    WORLD WAR TWO (1939-1945)

    Unit #3
     

    Events Leading Toward War (1919-1938)

    Causes, Practices (foreign & domestic), and Effects of World War Two

    Detailed Study Topics:

     
    Different types and nature of 20th century warfare: civil, Guerrilla, Limited war, total war

    Origins and causes of war: Long-term, short-term and immediate causes, economic, ideological, political, religious causes

    Nature of 20th century wars: Technological developments, tactics and strategies, air, land and sea;
    Home front: economic and social impact (including changes in the role and status of women); Resistance and revolutionary movements

    Effect and results of wars: Peace settlements and wars ending without treaties, Attempts at collective security pre-and post-Second World War, Political repercussions and territorial changes, Post-war economic problems

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    The Second World War and the Americas 1933-45
     
    Unit #4
     
     
    • Hemispheric reactions to the events in Europe: inter-American diplomacy; cooperation and neutrality; Franklin D. Roosevelt's Good Neighbor Policy, its application and effects
    • The diplomatic and/or military role of two countries in the Second World War
    • Social impact of the Second World War on: African Americans, Native Americans,  women and minorities; conscription
    • Treatment of Japanese Americans and Japanese Canadians
    • Reaction to the Holocaust in the Americas
    • Impact of technological developments and the beginning of the atomic age
    • Economic and diplomatic effects of the Second World War in one country of the Americas
     
     
    SECOND SEMESTER:
     
    The Cold War-(Topic 5)
    Unit #1
     
    Origins of the Cold War:  Ideological differences, mutual suspicion and fear, from wartime allies to post-war enemies; Nature of the Cold War:  Ideological opposition, Superpowers and sphere of influence, Alliances and diplomacy in the Cold War
    Development and impact of the Cold War:  Global spread of the Cold War from its European origins, Cold War policies of containment, brinkmanship, peaceful coexistence, detente, Role of the United Nations and the Non-Aligned Movement, Role and significance of leaders, Arms race proliferation and limitation, social, cultural and economic impact
    End of the Cold War:  Break-up of Soviet Union:  internal problems and external pressures, Breakdown of Soviet control over Central and Eastern Europe
     
    Political developments in the Americas after the Second World War 1945-79: (Option 9)
     
    Unit #2
     
    • United States domestic policies of Truman, Eisenhower and Kennedy
    • Johnson and "the Great Society;" Nixon's domestic reforms
    • Canada: domestic policies from Diefenbaker to Clark and Trudeau (both were prime ministers in 1979)
    • Causes and effects of the Silent (or Quiet) Revolution
    • Populist leaders in Latin America: rise to power; characteristics of populist regimes; social, economic and political policies; the treatment of opposition; successes and failures (suitable examples could be Peron, Vargas or any relevant Latin American leader), The Cuban Revolution: political, social, economic causes; impact on the region
    • Rule of Fidel Castro: political, economic, social and cultural policies; treatment of minorities; successes and failures
    • Military regimes in Latin America: rationale for interventions; challenges; policies; successes and failures




    The Cold War and the Americas 1945-81(Option 10)

    Unit #3

    • Truman: containment and its implications for the Americas; the rise of McCarthyism and its effects on domestic and foreign policies of the United States; the Cold War and its impact on society and culture
    • Korean War and the United States and the America:  reasons for participation; military developments; diplomatic and political outcomes
    • Eisenhower and Dulles: New Look and its applications; characteristics and reasons for the policy; repercussions for the region
    • Unites States' involvement in Vietnam:  the reasons for, and nature of, the involvement at different stages; domestic effects and the end of the war
    • United States' foreign policies from Kennedy to Carter:  the characteristics of, and reasons for, policies; implications for the region:  Kennedy's Alliance for Progress; Nixon's covert operations and Chile; Carter's quest for human rights and the Panama Canal Treaty
    • Cold War in either Canada or one Latin American country:  reasons for foreign and domestic policies and their implementation
     
     
    Single-party paper:  Fidel Castro
     
     
     
    Prescribed Subject #3 Communism in Crisis 1976-98:
    This prescribed subject addresses the major challenges- social, political and economic-facing the regimes in the leading socialist (Communist states from 1976 to 1989) and the nature of the response of these regimes...
     
    Unit #4
     
    Areas on which the source-based questions will focus are:
    • China under Deng Xiaoping:  economic policies and the Four Modernizations
    • China under Deng Xiaoping: political changes, and their limits, culminating in Tiananmen Square (1989)
    • domestic and foreign problems of the Brezhnev era: economic and political stagnation; Afghanistan
    • Gorbachev and his aims/policies (glasnost and perestroika) and consequences for the Soviet state
    • consequences of Gorbachev's policies for Eastern European reform movements:  Poland-the role of Solidarity: Czechoslovakia-the Velvet Revolution; fall of the Berlin Wall.

    Final Exam may 2014

     
     

     

     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Single-Party State Biography:  Josef Stalin

    EIGHTEEN WEEKS (TEST #4)

    FINAL EXAM

    Mandatory Conference with teacher:  Review rough draft of Internal Assessment Paper.  The 2015 IB exam will be held Thursday May 14- Monday May 18.  Each day students will be write a written response for papers 1, 2 and 3 questions.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    IB CONTEMPORARY HISTORY,SEMESTER TWO

     

    THE COLD WAR (EISENHOWER & KENNEDY:  1953-1963)

    Detailed Study Topics:

    1.       Domestic impact (US) of the Korean War

    2.      Treaty ending the Korean War (political repercussions and territorial changes)

    3.      The Red Scare (McCarthyism, Nixon, and the “Cold Warriors”)

    4.      Eisenhower and John Foster Dulles (web of alliances & the secret CIA)

    5.      Arms race, arms control, OR disarmament?  (Massive Retaliation, brinkmanship, deterrence, hydrogen bombs and Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD)

    6.      The death of Stalin & emergence of Khrushchev (Hungary 1956)

    7.      The Cold War in the Middle East (Israel, the Suez Canal Crisis, & Eisenhower Doctrine)

    8.      The beginning of the “Space Race”:  Sputnik, NASA, & the Mercury Space Program

    9.      Gary Powers & U2 spy plane shot down (arms control)

    10. Eisenhower & the Military Industrial Complex

    11. French Indochina (Vietnam) under Truman, Eisenhower, & Kennedy

    12. Cuba:  Cuban Independence, Bay of Pigs, Missile Crisis, & “peaceful coexistence”

    13. The Cold War in Germany (Berlin Wall)

    14. Leadership, domestic reform & changes in US government (Eisenhower & Kennedy)

    15. USA Civil Rights(1950s:  Brown Case, Little Rock, MLK, Birmingham, SCLC, & NAACP) (other Supreme Court rulings, congressional legislation, & reaction of the executive)

    Single-Party State Biography:  Fidel Castro

    FOUR AND A HALF WEEKS (TEST #1)

    *Mandatory Conference with Teacher:  Review final  draft  of Internal Assessment Paper by the end of January 2009

     

    THE COLD WAR (JOHNSON & NIXON:  1963-1974)

    Causes, Practices (foreign & domestic), and Effects of the Vietnam War

    Detailed Study Topics

    1.       Causes of the Vietnam War (role of imperialism, broken promises:  Versailles & WWII)

    2.      Type of war in Vietnam (civil? Revolution? Guerrilla? Declared?...Gulf of Tonkin)

    3.      Technological developments, tactics, and strategies (air, land , & sea) in Vietnam

    4.      The home front during Vietnam (counter culture, new left, role of women, resistance)

    5.      Treaty ending the Vietnam War (Paris Peace Accords)

    6.      Impact of Vietnam on the Johnson & Nixon administrations (Great Society, Johnson’s reelection, Kent State, Pentagon Papers, War Powers Act)

    7.      Nixon, Kissinger & détente (Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT I)

    8.      China & the Superpowers (Nixon/Kissinger:  “opening China”) (Sino-Soviet Relations)

    9.      Impact of Watergate scandal (trust in the government?)

    10. Leadership, domestic reform, & changes in US government (Johnson & Nixon)

    11. USA Civil Rights (1960s:  the March of Washington, SNCC, Malcolm X, Black Panthers, Muslims, Black Power) (Supreme Court decisions, congressional legislation, reaction of the executive)

    Single-Party State Biography:  Mao Zedong

    NINE WEEKS (TEST #2)

     

    THE COLD WAR (FORD, CARTER, REAGAN, BUSH:  1974-1995) & REVIEW FOR FINAL EXAM (IB TEST)

    Detailed Study Topics:

    1.       Arms race, arms control OR disarmament (SALT II & Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START)

    2.       Soviet invasion of Afghanistan & the Iran Hostage Crisis

    3.      Impact of the Cold War in Latin America (Reagan’s obsession our “backyard”) (Iran-Contra Affair)

    4.      Impact of the Cold War in Canada

    5.      The Cold War in the Middle East (oil, OPEC, & Arab/Israeli Conflict)

    6.       Major developments in the Eastern Bloc excluding the rise of the Wall (1960-1979)

    7.       Mikhail Gorbachev (glasnost & persestroika)

    8.      The end of the Cold War (Berlin Wall comes down, German Unification, & the collapse of the USSR)

    9.       Operation Desert Storm and the “vacuum” of leadership in the 3rd  World (Yugoslavia, Middle East, Africa, and terrorism)

    10. Leadership, domestic reform, & changes in US government (Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush)

    11.  The New Conservatism

    12.  USA:  Civil Rights Movement (1945-1995) (Native Americans, Hispanic Americans, New Feminism)

    Review for IB Test (two weeks before exam)

    THIRTEEN AND A HALF WEEKS (TEST ##)

     
    PRESCRIBED SUBJECT 3:  COMMUNISM IN CRISIS 1976-89
    This prescribed subject addresses the major challenges-social, political and economic-facing the regimes in the leading socialist (Communist states from 1976 to 1989 and the nature of the response of these regimes.  In some cases challenges, whether internal or external in origin, produced responses that inaugurated a reform process contributing significantly to the end of the USSR and the satellite states in Central and Eastern Europe.  In other cases repressive measures managed to contain the challenge and the regime maintained power in the period.
    Areas on which the source-based questions will focus are:
    • the struggle for power following the death of Mao Zedong (Mao Tse-tung), Hua Guofeng (Hua Kuo-feng), the re-emergence of Deng Xiaoping (Teng Hsiao-p'ing) and the defeat of the Gang of Four
    • China under Deng Xiaoping: economic policies and the Four Modernizations
    • China under Deng Xiaoping: political changes, and their limits, culminating in Tiananmen Square (1989)
    • domestic and foreign problems of the Brezhnev era: economic and political stagnation; Afghanistan
    • Gorbachev and his aims/policies (glasnost and perestroika) and consequences for the Soviet state
    • consequences of Gorbachev's policies for Eastern European reform movements: Poland-the role of Solidarity: Czechoslovakia-the Velvet Revolution; fall of the Berlin Wall.
    • Unit test on Prescribed Subject area 3
    • Final Exam (May 2012)