College of Liberal Arts
Department of History, Geography, and Political Science
Outline & Readings
COURSE SYLLABUS HIST 3500, History Workshop
|COURSE DESCRIPTION||HIST 3500 is an introduction to history as an academic discipline and professional vocation. The course traces the development of history as a specialized field, explores its philosophical foundations, and introduces students to the methods, practices, and career opportunities of professional historians.|
|GOALS AND OBJECTIVES||Course Rationale and Audience:
HIST 3500 is designed to provide students with the foundation for upper-level undergraduate studies in History. The course is primarily intended for students majoring in History or pursuing a History concentration within another major program. It should generally be completed during the first semester of a student's junior year and is a prerequisite to HIST 4500 (Senior Project). Although there are no formal prerequisites for HIST 3500, entering students should have completed the University's general education core and possess the thinking and communication skills necessary for success in the course.
Instructional Methodology :
As indicated in the course title, HIST 3500 is a seminar or workshop. Although the course meets consistently and includes some class lectures, the primary elements of instruction and learning are class assignments, discussion, guided reading, and the preparation of the course essay. In each of these areas, initiative, active participation, and independent learning are vital to students' success in the course. Resources available to students outside of class include instructor office hours and the online message board for the course.
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|EVALUATION||Grades will be based on the assignments listed below. Assignments will be weighted as follows:|
|Grades and their numerical equivalents are as follows:|
Office Hours: Students who seek help with instructors during office hours get better grades. Do not wait until you have major problems! Students should speak to me any time they find themselves confused about material, directions, or grades. I am always ready to help any student who needs help with any of the material or any assignment. That's my job.
|READINGS AND ASSIGNMENTS||Readings are taken from Methods and Skills,
History in the Making, handouts, and the Internet. Readings and assignments for the Tuesday meeting
are marked "T" and for the Thursday meeting they are marked "R." Homework
assignments are due at the beginning of the class period. There will be
a ten-point per day deduction for late homework assignments.
Readings Marked "Chapter" are from the Methods
book. Numbers in parentheses are for the 4th edition. Readings marked "Ward" are from History in the Making.
|REQUIREMENTS Assignments||Assignments for this class will include reading, writing, and special projects. Readings maybe assigned not only from the text, but also from photocopied materials, library books, and Internet sources. Students are responsible for all work assigned in this class, whether or not they are present. Assignments must be completed on time. Late work will be penalized unless you have a good excuse, and no assignments will be accepted more than one week late. All students are expected to participate regularly in class discussions.|
Attendance and Punctuality
|Attendance and Punctuality:
Attendance and punctuality are expected of all
students. Students are responsible for all material, tests and assignments,
regardless of attendance or punctuality. The professor is under no
obligation to give make-ups or accept late work caused by unexcused absence
or tardiness. The professor reserves the right to deduct from the student's
participation grade for more than three unexcused absences and to deduct up
to a letter grade from the final grade for excessive unexcused absences (10%
of class hours). The professor reserves the right to fail students who miss
more that 20% of class hours. Thos students who know that they will have a
consistent problem due to scheduling conflicts should discuss this with the
professor at the beginning of the semester.
Last Day to Withdraw - Nov 9
Special Note on Academic Honesty
|Students should be aware that a university is a community of scholars committed to the discovery and dissemination of knowledge and truth. Without freedom to investigate all materials, scrupulous honesty in reporting findings, and proper acknowledgment of credit, such a community can not survive. Students are expected to adhere to the highest traditions of scholarship. Infractions of these traditions, such as plagiarism and other forms of cheating, are not tolerated. Misrepresenting someone else's words or ideas as one's own constitutes plagiarism. In cases where plagiarism occurs, the instructor has the right to penalize the student(s) as he or she thinks appropriate. As a general guideline, I given students a zero on the assignment for the first offence and an "F" in the course for a second offence, but I reserve the right to give a student an "F" in the course for any offence. When in doubt as to whether use of any material or idea would constitute plagiarism, ask the instructor.|
Preparation: since students are expected to participate in class
discussion, it is important to complete all the assigned readings before
coming to class. Students are expected to understand the material, or to have identified what they do not yet understand in order to ask
questions in class. All students are expected to come to class prepared to
discuss the assigned material.
Students are expected to observe normal courtesy in class. They are expected to pay attention to the instructor, to take detailed notes, to refrain from personal conversation, and to avoid any other behavior that disturbs others. A student who does not observe these courtesies maybe asked to leave the room.
Accommodation for Disabilities:
The Department of History, Geography, and Political Science, in conjunction with the Office of Disabled Student Services, makes reasonable accommodation for qualified students with medically documented disabilities. If you need an accommodation, please contact Dan Steely of TSU's Disabled Student Services Office at 963-7400 (phone) or 963-5051 (fax).
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