History of Los Angeles

HIST XL M155

Study the social, economic, cultural, and political development of Los Angeles and its environs from the time of its founding to the present.

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What you can learn.

  • Describe the major eras of Los Angeles’ history
  • Explain the development of Los Angeles as a physical place and a human and political, construct
  • Analyze Los Angeles’ diverse social, racial, and ethnic groups and the interactions among them
  • Relate historical events to current issues facing the city’s residents
  • Synthesize information from primary and secondary sources
  • Compose historical arguments in both informal and formal styles

About this course:

This course presents a study of the social, economic, cultural, and political development of Los Angeles and its environs from the time of its founding to the present. Instruction emphasizes the diverse peoples of the area, changing physical environment, various interpretations of the city, and Los Angeles's place among American urban centers. Transferable for UC credit.

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