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Human Historical Context and Process Courses
Historical studies focus on the context (physical, temporal,
intellectual) in which the events of human history have taken place.
Historical processes involve the impact these events have on human
actions and events, and the ways in which societies evolve as a result.
These processes affect not only peoples and societies, but also
institutions, ideas, and beliefs and can be seen in intellectual,
social, economic, religious, artistic, and political contexts. The
historical process also involves taking the building blocks of
historical knowledge, the largely undisputed "facts" such as names,
dates, and places, and working these into defensible arguments about
the meanings of these facts. While the facts may remain constant, their
meanings undergo a constant process of rethinking and reinterpreting.
Mastering the terms, issues, participants, theoretical orientations,
methods, and methodologies of these discussions is the goal of this
dimension of learning. Therefore, any course that fulfills the
historical context and process requirement will address
all three components: the facts themselves, their impact on the
development of cultures and societies, and an awareness of the
evolution of their historical interpretation.