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New CLC special topics courses cover Middle Ages and Cold War, Latinos and African history

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College of Lake County

Are you fascinated by history or sociology? You can gain in-depth knowledge about two distinct time periods―the Middle Ages or the Cold War or delve into Latino sociology or the history of Africa by enrolling in one of four new special topics courses being offered by the College of Lake County Social Sciences division this fall.

The courses are History of the Middle Ages (HST 299-002), History of the Cold War (HST 299-001), Latinos in Society (SOC 121-013) and Introduction to African History (HST 299-600).

During the period from about 500 to 1500, a unique European culture was created from the fusion of Roman, Germanic and Christian ideas. In History of the Middle Ages (HST 299-002) you'll be introduced to that era's events, politics, society, religion and learning. This class covers the development of the church and monasticism, events such as the Viking raids and follows the development of the Papacy, its tensions with secular rulers and heresy. It will cover medieval warfare; the Crusades; the 12th century Renaissance; the histories of the kingdoms of France, Germany and England and their influential rulers; the Black Death; the Hundred Years War and the Avignon Papacy.

Fast forward to the 1950s and '60s to discover the History of the Cold War (HST 299-001). The Cold War was more than simply a military confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union. It was the frame within which the entire world developed (for better or worse) for nearly five decades. This course examines the Cold War as a global phenomenon, covering not only the military and diplomatic history of the period but the social and cultural impact of the superpower confrontation.

Both major political parties are courting Latino voters. Learn about this increasingly influential population in Latinos in Society (SOC 121-013). The course will examine the experiences of various Latino subgroups from a sociological perspective. Learn about how Latinos have been studied and how they are integrated into various social institutions (education, government and economy). Students will also examine Latinos' experiences with prejudice, discrimination and racism, family life and other hot button issues such as sexuality and immigration.

A new history course, Introduction to African History (HST 299-600) is a hybrid class (offered in a combination of online and face-to-face formats) that provides a basic introduction to the history, people and civilizations of the African continent from pre-historic times to the present. Learn about African cultures including the populations from Cape Town to Cairo and from Timbuktu to Zanzibar, with special emphasis on the historical problems, challenges and triumphs over the millennia and the African continent's relationship with the West.

For more information on these courses, contact the Social Sciences division at (847) 543-2047 or visit Fall semester classes begin Aug. 26. To learn more about fall semester offerings and how to apply and enroll, visit