HIST 417 DeVry Complete Week Discussions Package



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HIST 417 DeVry Complete Week Discussions Package


HIST 417 DeVry Complete Week Discussions Package


HIST 417 DeVry Week 1 Discussion 1

Scientific Revolution (graded)

Prior to the scientific revolution, the earth was viewed by most people to be the center of the universe, medicine consisted of a balance of certain fluids or humors of the body, and bodies were thought to rise because they were heavenly bodies. Then, Copernicus became convinced that the sun was the center of the universe. Kepler, using Tycho’s precise observations and calculations, discovered three basic laws of planetary motion and provided mathematical proof that Copernicus was correct that the sun was the center of our universe. Newton discovered three laws of motion and was able to explain gravity.

How might the discoveries of Copernicus, Kepler, Newton, or one of the other scientists described in chapter 17, have impacted people’s view of the absolute systems of government, the divine right of kings, of people’s views of the Protestant or Catholic Churches? Look for metaphors, for example, between the supposed perfection of the heavenly bodies and the realities discovered by the scientists in this chapter.

HIST 417 DeVry Week 1 Discussion 2

What is the Enlightenment? (graded)

While your textbook provides a short definition of the enlightenment, by Kant, it is a much larger concept that cannot be adequately described as bringing “light into the dark corners of the mind.” Provide us with your understanding of what the enlightenment meant to the people of that time.

HIST 417 DeVry Week 2 Discussion 1

Darwin (graded)

To begin with, tell us your understanding of Darwin’s ideas. How did the public react to his ideas of natural selection and evolution?

HIST 417 DeVry Week 2 Discussion 2

Marx (graded)

How did the Industrial Revolution impact Marx’s ideas? What were Marx’s major concerns? Describe the foundations of Marx’s ideas in your own words.

HIST 417 DeVry Week 3 Discussion 1

Rational and Irrational (graded)

Marx argued that although people believe they think freely, their ideas reflect the ideology of the ruling class. How is his work reflected in Freud’s work with the unconscious?

HIST 417 DeVry Week 3 Discussion 2

Existentialism (graded)

If Nietzsche (chapter 28) is correct that there are no moral values derived from God, no higher truths, no natural rights, and no social progress, what is the task or project for existentialists? What tools can they use in this project?

HIST 417 DeVry Week 4 Discussion 1

Communism (graded)

Describe the events that led up to Lenin’s takeover of the revolution. Explain how these events and Lenin’s past came together to enable Lenin to form a communism of soviets (collectives or councils) led by an elite.

HIST 417 DeVry Week 4 Discussion 2

Fascism (graded)

Describe the events of WWI that led to the rise of Hitler and fascism. Analyze these events for the importance of their role.

HIST 417 DeVry Week 5 Discussion 1

Relationships When the Allies Broke Up (graded)

Churchill was put out of power as British Prime Minister very shortly after the conclusion of World War II, but he remained a Member of Parliament as the leader of the minority Conservative “Tory” Party. He and newly inaugurated President Harry Truman both received honorary degrees at a ceremony in Missouri, and Churchill was a speaker at the ceremony. This was the famous speech where he coined the phrase “Iron Curtain.”

The cooperative relationship of the Allied Powers was breaking up. What sort of post-war situation did Churchill envision for Europe after the war, and what did Churchill seek as a relationship between Great Britain and the United States?

HIST 417 DeVry Week 5 Discussion 2

Cold War (graded)

There is only one chapter to read this week, so you will be doing some additional research for this question. Explain Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD) and why that was considered a good strategy in the cold war. Compare this to proposals for unilateral disarmament. How does this compare to the cold war strategies of European countries?

HIST 417 DeVry Week 6 Discussion 1

Secularism (graded)

In the main, even those of religious faith have accepted the scientific paradigm. What is the relationship between science and theology in America? Has America become more secular in the last 150 years?

HIST 417 DeVry Week 6 Discussion 2

Revolutionary Shifts (graded)

Take a coffee break, or a tea break, to consider your relationship to those things you care deeply about and to which you make personal commitments of time, money, participation, and advocacy. These may be within your occupation or within your community or religious practice.

When you have done that, talk within the classroom about this question:

What would happen in those areas of your personal commitment if the basic assumptions that govern your relationships with other involved people were stripped of their authority?

HIST 417 DeVry Week 7 Discussion 1

Postmodern Analysis (graded)

Here we will examine the postmodernist view of the modern dominant discourse of rationality and pursuit of advanced technology. To begin this process, let’s first look at why we think that technological development is good for society (family, community, nation, global society). Then, we will look at how technological development (PDAs, social media) might hurt society

HIST 417 DeVry Week 7 Discussion 2

New World Order (graded)

After reading the textbook and the lecture, what does the New World Order mean to you? What evidence of a new world order do you see in the world around you?