How can the lessons you have learned in this course positively affect your life or career success?
What did you find the most surprising, and about what would you like to learn more?
Now that the course is over, do you think Stearns is right about the practice of history, critical thinking, and citizenship?
Why study history? The answer is because we virtually must, to gain access to the laboratory of human experience. When we study it reasonably well, and so acquire some usable habits of mind, as well as some basic data about the forces that affect our own lives, we emerge with relevant skills and an enhanced capacity for informed citizenship, critical thinking, and simple awareness of how the world works.
Did the course increase your ability to think critically about this period in history? Your critical thinking in general?