World History 30

Course Overview

  • The objectives of Western World History 30 are that the student will be able:

1. to identify the common characteristics that distinguish each of the following concepts:

fact, inference, hypotheses, frame of reference, analytical questions, relevance, data, inquiry, taxonomy, logical implications

2. to identify and/or provide examples of each of the preceding concepts

3. to apply each of the following principles to unique situations:

a. historians initiate inquiry by recognizing a problem from data

b. historians form hypotheses by formulating analytical questions stating hypotheses and remaining aware of the tentative nature of hypotheses

c. the logical implications of hypotheses are recognized

d. while data is being gathered, decisions are made on what data will be needed and the relevance of data to the hypotheses

e. data is analyzed, evaluated and interpreted. Evaluation involves determining the frame of reference of the author of the source and determining the accuracy of statements of fact or inference

f. the hypothesis is evaluated in light of the data.  The hypothesis is modified, if necessary,  by rejecting   a logical implication unsupported by data, or restating the hypothesis.

Generalizations are then stated.

Course Outline

Exams and Quizzes

  • Assessment for this course is comprised of assignments only.

Required Resources

  • Moodle








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