Syllabus for A801 HIST157 - United States History Since 1865 Instructor: John James, Ph.D. E-mail address: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org Course Description: A survey of economic, intellectual, political, and social developments since the Civil War. The rise of industry and the emergence of the United States as a world power are emphasized. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: HIST 157 or HUMN 120. Course Introduction: This course takes us from the era of Reconstruction when a re-United States endeavored to pick up the pieces after its cataclysmic civil war, on through the latter 19th century, by the end of which America had become the world's preeminent industrial power, and then to the 20th century's world wars and America's Rise to Globalism, as the title of a book by the historian Stephen Ambrose has it, and then still further, to the present...essentially to today's headlines. "Today" is quite interesting – a meltdown in the global financial system last year and a major recession still dragging on in its wake; one foreign war apparently winding down, another apparently heating up; a still-new administration in Washington trying to get its footing. The inscription over the entrance to the National Archives building in Washington, D.C. reads, "The Past is Prologue". We'll study about 150 years of the American past and maybe out of that, we'll get some idea how we got...here. America came out of the world wars, and especially the second, united and confident. Out of the Vietnam War, divided and unsure, with wounds still not completely healed. America's robust capitalist economy grew most of the time but there were downs, in the 1870s, the 1890s, the great depression, the Big One, in the 1930s. That one is now the reference point for our current economic swoon, as in "[fill in the blank] might be worse than the Great Depression." America came out of that with a radically changed relationship between government and society. The current economic crisis may bring further change. During our period of interest, American society moved, often slowly and grudgingly, from "white mainly" to the greater openness and diversity we enjoy today. All in all, a very interesting story. An overview of the course's progression, as follows, might be helpful: ● Reconstruction – an incomplete fulfillment of the promise of the Civil War ● Full-tilt industrialization. What place for farmers, workers, minorities? ● The imperialist impulse – America flexes its muscles abroad ● 'Progressive reform' – coming to grips with the new urban-industrial society. ● Capitalism's crisis – the New Deal and the struggle over its legacy. ● World Wars, Cold War and their impacts – economic, political, social, ideological - at home and abroad ● The 21st century – what role for America in a complex world of menace and promise? Course Goals/Objectives: After completing this course, you should recognize the value of studying history for personal (micro), social (macro), and intellectual uses. You should have a sound working knowledge of early United States history and its relevance to other historical topics and to other disciplines. In addition, after completing this course, you will be able to: recognize the need for multiple perspectives in culture and heritage in the study of United States history and the various cultures and groups that have contributed to the current United States identify the special role of diversity in the United States experience in the past, present, and future appreciate new insights and the applicability of those insights to solve current and future problems, both on personal and societal levels analyze and think critically about what you read and clearly express your views about what you have learned with regard to problems the United States has confronted and the likelihood of the recurrences of those or similar problems describe the evolution of U.S. political theories and political institutions and the effects of diverse cultures and societies on those theories and institutions explain the ramifications of various conflicts and contradictions, both intellectually and practically, in the U.S. experience, such as the theory of equality in the face of unequal outcomes, the capability to improve the human condition and a sometimes deep-seated cynicism and introversion recognize the roles of foreign policy and of foreign powers on the development of the United States and the effects of the United States on other nations and cultures demonstrate a working knowledge of the inherent conflict between competing political and sociopsychological traditions, one espousing small-town collectivism and the other yeoman individuality Course Materials: George Brown Tindall & David E. Shi, America: A Narrative History (7th ed.), Vol.2, paperback '07. Stephen B. Oates & Charles J. Errico, Portrait of America (9th ed.), Vol. 2 paperback '07. Textbooks can be ordered online at the Asia DE Web site, https://webtext.asia.umuc.edu/. Books ordered from any other source will be at the students own risk. UMUC Asia DE cannot be responsible for problems encountered when textbooks are ordered from sources outside of the Asia DE Web site. Weekly lectures provided by me and posted as Main Topics in Conferences. Grading Information: Grading is based on the following items: a written homework assignment in each week after the first; a term paper of moderate length; and the proctored exam. Details of these requirements are discussed under Project Descriptions. Grading policy is as follows: (I am distributing the grade weights so as to try to avoid an "all or nothing" situation.) Weekly discussion questions/quizzes: 20 pts per assignment X 9 + 180 points. Final grade weight = 45% Term paper: 100 points. Final grade weight = 30% Proctored examination: 100 points. Final grade weight = 25% Here's how it works (might be a bit complicated; stay with me here): suppose you do absolutely brilliant work and get 100% on everything. Then: Weekly: 180 X .45 = 81 Paper: 100 X .30 = 30 Exam: 100 X .25 = 25 TOTAL GRADE POINTS = 136 (=maximum no. of weighted grade points possible = A++) Now suppose your results are: Weekly: 172 X .45 = 77.4 Paper: 82 X .30 = 24.6 Exam: 84 X .25 = 21 TOTAL GRADE POINTS = 123. Then, 123/136 = 90.4% = a grade of 'A' for the course. You did A work on the weekly assignments (172/180 = 96%), and, because the weekly component is weighted heavier than the other two, you pulled an 'A' in the course even though your work on the other two was middling B. So of course the point is, a good effort week by week can pay off. BUT, this is NOT an invitation to slough off on the other two components!!! And, a word of caution: I will mark down for late work. With a large class and a tight schedule, we have to stay on schedule. One point off for the weekly assignments for each of the first three days late, two letter grades down after that. And what will be my contribution to this course, you ask? First of all, generous and I hope, helpful feedback on your written work. Secondly, as noted in the Course Materials section above, I will give you a "virtual lecture" each week, posted to the classroom. Not so much a summary of the weekly reading assignment as an effort to highlight, clarify, amplify, key points and I hope, to communicate the delight of studying history. There are summaries of the course material in a series of Modules in the Course Content section of the WT classroom. They are good and useful, but a bit, you know, anonymous. The virtual lectures are...me (Oh boy!), just as if I was talking at you in a live classroom (Don't fall asleep!). They are my "take" on things, but of course each lecture is closely keyed to the weekly assignment that it complements, with frequent page references in fact. Our main text is a "narrative" history. It tells the story and tells it very well, but it can be a bit dense with detail, causing you to possibly lose sight of the forest for the trees, or, wandering and wondering in the forest, maybe miss the really big trees. I hope the "virtual lectures" will help guide you through. Project Descriptions: As with all courses in history, this is a reading and writing course. The reading component of course involves careful and thoughtful reading of the weekly assignments from the texts and weekly lectures indicated just above. Read for the facts, yes, but read mainly for patterns, cause-and-effect relationships, decisive turning points and so on. And read for the pleasure of it. History is way fascinating!! The writing component involves doing a homework assignment in each week after the first, completing the proctored examination, as discussed below, and writing a term paper of moderate length. Look for a (relatively) brief writing assignment (a couple of short essay answers) to develop and test your analytical abilities or a quiz to test your reading comprehension (some names and dates, yes) each week, assigned at the beginning of the week for completion by the end. As for the term paper, this is the item of course work that you control. You choose a topic, you research it, shape it into doable form and write it up. Fun!! Really. The paper must be a solid academic exercise of between 5 – 8 pages, exclusive of endnotes, illustrations, etc., or longer if desired (no more than 3 volumes tho!!), with references noted to direct quotes and items of fact. Use a style manual to determine margin sizes, noting conventions, etc. Quotes are definitely good if they advance and/or illustrate the discussion, but not simply as filler. I want to read you. Use a font size equivalent to the one you're looking at here. The term paper is due no later than the beginning of the 10th week, prior to taking the proctored examination. I will be happy to read and comment on preliminary drafts any time before that. And, the word of the day when it comes to choosing a topic is: FOCUS. There is a definite tendency to select a topic that is too broad to do justice to in anything like the feasible term paper length. So, identify an area of interest, then FOCUS. Thanks. We'll be talking back and forth about topic selection soon in the Workbook section of our WebTycho classroom. Proctored Exams (see additional information below) For this history course, expect the proctored exam to be a combination of short and long essays, with the short essays focused on a specific issue or event and the longer essays calling for broader analysis. Long essay example: "What was 'new' about the New Deal. Compare and contrast the New Deal with its predecessor administrations, focusing on attitudes about the role of government and new directions in policy." The examination will be comprehensive, covering the entire course. I will give you a comprehensive review in the 9th week and a list of review questions, some of which will appear on the exam itself. I know there is a time limit when taking the proctored exam so I will not 'overload' you with questions. While the weekly assignments are open book/notes; the proctored exam is of course closed book, whether you take the exam online or on paper. COURSE SCHEDULE TERM LENGTH IS 10 WEEKS (January 25 – April 4, 2010). PROCTORED EXAM WEEK IS WEEK 10 (Mar. 29 – April 3). Week Session Readings, Assignments, and Due Dates Dates 1 January 25 Welcome! Introduce yourself please and tell everyone – 31 one interesting fact (or factoid) about American history (in any period). READINGS: Tindall & Shi, Chapter 18: Reconstruction: a promise deferred; Chapter 19: A continental economy: the south struggles; "taming" the west. Oates & Errico, Chapt. 1: Free at last!; Chapt. 3: Last stand on the high plains. 2 February 1 READINGS: Tindall & Shi, Chapter 20: A national –7 market and...Big Business!; Chapter 21: And the country turns urban. Oates & Errico, Chapt 5: Carnegie, an industrial titan; Chapter 8: And a critic – Ida Tarbell. Feb. 3 – Last day to withdraw for 75% tuition refund 3 February 8 - READINGS: Tindall & Shi, Chapter 22: Politics in the 14 doldrums and hard times in the breadbasket – "raise less corn and more hell!"; Chapter 23: Prosperity and global ambitions – the "new imperialism" and its critics. Oates & Errico, Chapt.9: Quelling the Philippines. Feb. 11 – Last day to withdraw for 50% tuition refund. 4 February 15 READINGS: Tindall & Shi, Chapter 24: A ferment of – 21 reform; Chapter 25: And war, the death of reform. Oates & Errico, Chapt.10: TR the Progressive; Chapt. 11: African Americans on the move. 5 February 22 READINGS: Tindall & Shi, Chapters 26 & 27:The - 28 turbulent Twenties – America goes off in two directions. Oates & Errico, Chapt. 14: Ford and the new industrialism. 6 March 1 - 7 READINGS: Tindall and Shi: Chapter 28: Depression & New Deal - recovery, sort of; Chapter 29: Road to war Oates & Errico, Chapt. 16: Hoover & gloom; Chapt. 17: FDR – "Nothing to fear....". 7 March 8 – READINGS: Tindall and Shi, Chapter 30: WW II: global 14 war and global predominance; Chapter 31: Containment abroad, consumption at home. Oates & Errico, Chapt.20: The Bomb and its critics; Chapt. 22: "Give 'em hell Harry" 8 March 15 – READINGS: Tindall and Shi, Chapter 32: Culture and 21 counterculture clash; Chapter 33: The Eisenhower years – Cold War, and Brown v. Board of Education. Oates & Errico, Chapt. 26: The Feminine Mystique Reserve your Proctored Exam 9 March 22 - READINGS: Tindall & Shi, Chapters 34 & 35: A New 28 Frontier? Activism abroad and at home and its sometimes bitter legacy. Oates & Errico, Chapt. 24: LBJ and Vietnam; Chapt. 25: No more back of the bus. Reserve your Proctored Exam Last date to officially withdraw – Mar. 26 Term paper due, by Friday, March 26 10 March 29 – Readings: Tindal & Shi, Chapters 36 & 37: Stumbling April 4 toward the present. Where are we now anyway? Oates & Errico, Chapt. 31: Bill Gates & Microsoft Proctored examination week. Absolute, final, no exceptions by golly deadline for term paper: March 30. **** The following is not part of the above academic syllabus **** UMUC Asia DE Administrative Policies, Procedures and Practices Ordering Course Materials: Textbooks can be ordered online at the Asia DE Web site, http://webtext.asia.umuc.edu/. Books ordered from any other source will be at the student’s own risk. UMUC Asia cannot be responsible for problems encountered when textbooks are ordered from sources outside of the Asia DE Web site. Proctored Exams: Asia DE 10 week courses require all students to take a proctored exam at the end of the term. Students that do not take the proctored exam will receive an "Fn" for the course. Asia based students are responsible for scheduling their proctored exam appointment (reservation) through the Asia DE online Proctored Exam Reservation System, or with their own UMUC Asia approved alternate proctor during the two weeks prior to Proctored Exam Week. All Europe based students must continue to make appointments through their local UMUC Europe Field Rep Office. Computer-Based Proctored Exams are also available, but only for students testing at designated UMUC Computer Labs (ask your local UMUC Asia Field Rep or Computer Lab Monitor if their location is participating), and only during the scheduled Proctored Exam Week. All other students must take paper exams. Important reminder: Sometimes exams (particularly paper exams) take time to arrive in your instructor's hands or there are problems with exams being delivered. These problems are usually easy to prevent or solve if we have adequate information. Therefore when Proctored Exam week arrives, the faculty member will create a special "Proctored Exam Reporting" conference where you should report when, where and how you took the exam (paper or electronic version). If you do not report that you have taken the exam, and your exam has not arrived by the end of the term, the faculty member will give you the grade of Fn for the course. 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