SYLLABUS HISTORY 201
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GENERAL DESCRIPTION AND SCOPE OF COURSE
The first half of the American History survey course begins with the discovery and exploration of the western hemisphere by European adventures and ends with the events of the Civil War. The course focuses upon the nation's principle, economic, social and cultural developments. The course supports the University by providing knowledge within one of those disciplines recognized as Aessential to an educated person. This course seeks to expand the students awareness of the American heritage while reinforcing basic skills by encouraging students to express their thoughts within written assignments.
TEXT: Making America: A History of the United States, Vol. I, by Carol Berkin, Christopher Miller, Robert Cheney, and James Gormly. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1995
READING ASSIGNMENTS: Text and a minimum of one book-length assignment for collateral reading.
WRITING ASSIGNMENTS: Students will be required to write essays when classroom tests and examinations are given. Students will also be expected to prepare short papers outside of class based on theirinvestigation of collateral reading assignments.
MAJOR GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
A. Subject Matter: Students should be able to:
1. Understand the principle political, economic, social and cultural accomplishments and shortcoming typifying American history.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of American values and aspirations as expressed in documents (The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, etc), political actions and movements, and the actions and statements of thegrowing American population.
3. Examine the American nation:s evolving relationship to the world of nations.
4. Recognize that historical understanding may provide solutions to complex and multi-caused human problems.
5. Identify major historical turning points.
6. Recognize historical causes and effects.
B. ACADEMIC COMPETENCIES - Students should be able to:
1. Present ideas (orally and in writing) in accordance with the principles of grammar.
2. Gather information from primary and seconday courses; write using this research, quote, paraphrase andsummarize accurately, and cite sources properly.
3. Engage critically and constructively in the exchange of ideas, especially during class discussions.
4. Identify and comprehend the main and subordinate ideas from readings, lectures, discussions, audio-visualpresentations, and other academic experiences and to synthesize knowledge and apply it to new situations.
5. Draw reasonable conclusions from information found in various sources, whether written, spoken, or displayed in tables, graphs, and maps, and to defend one's conclusions rationally.
6. Comprehend, develop and use concepts and generalizations.
FORMAT AND METHODOLOGY - This is basically a lecture course which will treat major topics listed on this sheet. This topical chronology corresponds to the chapter titles in the text. Students should prepare for class by reading the assigned chaptersThe instructor may put an outline on the chalkboard for each topic or otherwise indicate the material being covered. Students should take notes on the lectures and participate in class discussions. Students are urged to ask questions and contributepositively to the overall development of the course.
WEEK I Introduction
Chapter l: Making a New World
WEEK II Chapter 2: British Entry into the New World
WEEK III Chapter 3: The English Colonies in the 18th Century
WEEK IV Chapter 4: Deciding Where Loyalties Lie
WEEK V Chapter 5: Recreating America: Independence and a New Nation
WEEK VI Chapter 6: Competing Visions of a Virtuous Republic
WEEK VII Chapter 7: The Early Republic
WEEK VIII Chapter 8: Renewing Independence
WEEX IX Chapter 9: The Rise of a New Nation
WEEK X Chapter 10: Dynamic Growth and Its Consequences
WEEK XI Chapter 11: Politics and Change in Jackson's America
WEEK XII Chapter 12: Westward Expansion and Manifest Destiny
WEEK XIII Chapter 13: Westward Expansion and Manifest Destiny
WEEK XIV Chapter 14: Sectional Conflict and shattered Union
WEEK XV Chapter 15: A Violent Solution: Civil War
WEEL XVI Chapter 16: FINAL EXAM
GRADE DETERMINATION - Grades will be determined by the instructor's evaluation of quizzes, exams, and/or participationbased on assignments provided during the semester. Specific grades will be based upon the quality of student responses to specific tests and examinations. Students must complete all required work in order to gain credit for the course.
PLAGIARISM - Plagiarism is not allowed. The student handbook states: Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited. Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are immediately responsible to the instructor of the class. In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions which may be imposed through the regular institutional procedures as a result of academic miscoonduct, the instructor has the authority to assign an F or a zero for the exerciseor examination, or to assign an F in the course. If the student believes that he or she has been erroneously accused of academic misconduct, and if his or herfinal grade has been lowered as a result, the student may appeal the case through the appropriate institutional procedures. See Student Handbook, p. 14 for Disciplinary procedures.
ATTENDANCE - All students are expected to attend class regularly. (See Undergraduate Catalog, T.S.U., 1997-1998). Students are held responsible for acquiring instructional information which has been presented in class during their absence.When tests are assigned, students are expected to be present. If an emergency should require that a student be absent for an assigned test, the student should receive official verification for such an absence through the Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs. After receiving this verification statement, the student should present this officially recognized excuse to the instructor.