HIS103 Syllabus: U.S. History I to 1877 (SCTC)

HIS103 Syllabus: U.S. History I to 1877 (SCTC)
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  1 Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College HIS 103 United States History I Instructor: Patrick M. Kirkwood Office Hours:  Mon/Wed 2-3:00pm Semester Year: Fall 2015 Instructor Email:  kirkwood.patrick@sagchip.edu  Class Days and Times: Mon/Wed 3-4:20pm Credits:  3 Location: West 1 Course Description: A survey of United States history from shortly before European contact to the Civil War. This course examines political, economic, intellectual, and social developments with special emphasis on the colonial period, the revolution, the rise of the federal system, territorial expansion, and the Civil War. It includes an overview of alternative experiences of Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Asian Americans. Prerequisites and/or Co-requisites None. Student Email Responsibility Students will receive notification regarding class cancellations, midterm grade warnings, and other important course/school information via their sagchip.edu email ONLY . It is a student responsibility to register for, check, and maintain their student email account. Student email accounts can be obtained from Marco Angiolini in the West Building. Instructional Materials Eric Foner, Give Me Liberty! An American History Volume 1 (to 1877), 4 th  Seagull Edition (New York: W.W. Norton and Co., 2014). Elliot J. Gorn, Randy J. Roberts, and Terry D. Bilhartz, Constructing the American Past: A Source Book of a People’s History  Volume 1, 7 th  Edition (New York: Pearson, 2010).   Thomas Paine, Common Sense (Mineola, NY: Dover Thrift Editions, 1997) [srcinal 1776]. General Educational Learning Goals These institutional learning goals are derived from SCTC’s foundational documents . They are met by the General Education Requirement and by coursework from across the curriculum.    Students will demonstrate competency in reading, writing, oral communication, and numerical literacy  2    Students will demonstrate the ability to gather, analyze, interpret, evaluate, and apply information Student Learning Outcomes Through participation in this course, students will:   1) Analyze and evaluate the American past through primary documents, secondary sources, and various paper assignments. 2) Recognize and articulate the social, political, economic background necessary to develop the American peoples and Nation. 3) Define how history has shaped the United States from the time of its srcinal inhabitants to the post-Civil War Era. 4) Describe and explain a range of historical problems, issues (and methodologies) related to U.S. History, including: slavery, economic expansion, imperialism, political and military conflicts. 5) Demonstrate critical thought and debating skills by their ability to logically build, support, and defend a historical line of reasoning. 6) Discuss the concept of historical contingency . T here was no historical “destiny,” no one single way in which events had to  occur. Instead, individual and collective decisions as well as larger structural factors have decisively shaped historical outcomes. Components of Student Evaluation Continuous Assessment (Attendance and Participation)  10% Tom Paine’s Common Sense Paper    10%  Reflective Paper (on subject of choice) 10%  Midterm 1  20%  Midterm 2  20% Final Exam  30% Final Grade Total: 100% Assignments in Detail Continuous Assessment (Attendance & Participation): worth 10%  —   You will be graded throughout the semester on both your attendance and participation. Participation will be assessed via both your readiness for class (taking the time to complete assigned reading, and demonstrating knowledge of that reading) and your willingness to participate fully in group and class discussion of documents and major historical issues. After this calculation has been completed, every unexcused absence will result in a 5% drop in your earned grade for this section. Three or more unexcused absences will result in a failing grade (i.e. under 60%) for this section of the course.  3 Tom Paine’s Common Sense Paper: worth 10%  —   A guide setting out major questions and issues  —   focused on the reasoning behind American independence  —   to be explored in your paper will be provided when the reading period for Common Sense begins. We will dedicate a full day of class (OCTOBER 5)  to discussion of Common Sense . In addition to providing a historical framework, and a series of issues to consider while reading, a rubric will also be included setting out all of the factors on which your paper will be graded. You will submit your completed response paper in hard (paper) copy at the beginning of class on OCTOBER 19.  I am willing to discuss drafts of this paper with you during my office hours. Reflective Paper (on subject of choice): worth 10%  —   Using a combination of: 1) the primary documents assigned in class, 2) your own lecture notes, and 3) your reading of the textbook (Foner’s Give Me Liberty ) students will chose a historical topic to examine in consultation with the instructor. They will then write a reflective paper of 4 to 5 pages in length setting out their preconceptions on the topic before the class, how those preconceptions were challenged by the class content, and their current understanding of that topic. Topics can be defined in various ways: chronological, topical, through influential individuals or ideas. Examples will be discussed when this paper is formally assigned. You will submit your completed reflective paper in hard (paper) copy at the beginning of class on DECEMBER 2.  I am willing to discuss drafts of this paper with you during my office hours. Midterms: worth 20% each  —   Midterm examinations for this class will fall on SEPTEMBER 30  and NOVEMBER 2 . They will cover all readings (primarily primary documents and Foner’s Give Me Liberty ) and lectures to that point. Exams will consist of: 1) identification terms (20%), 2) short responses to primary documents (30%)  already assigned in class, and 3) larger essay questions (50%)  on major issues and events explored. Further details will be provided in the form of a Study Guide  one week prior to the Exam. Final Exam: worth 30%  —   The Final will take place during Exam week. The exact date and time will be announced during the semester. The same format will be used as in the Midterms. The exam will primarily cover material in the second half of the class. It may also include a single large question asking you to address broader historical issues that we cover throughout the whole semester. Grading Scale : *Please note my grading scale differs subtly from the standard SCTC scale. Grades will be given as letter grades. Letter grades and numerical equivalents are given below. 93  –   100% A 80  –   83% B- 67  –   69% D+ F-2 Nonattendance 90  –   92% A- 77  –   79% C+ 64  –   66% D 87  –   89% B+ 74  –   76% C 60  –   63% D- 84  –   86% B 70  –   73% C- 59 & below F  4 SCTC Attendance Policy Students are expected to attend all classes for which they are registered. A student who is absent from a class misses a portion of the subject matter of the course and misses an opportunity to contribute to class. Each student is responsible for all coursework missed, regardless of the reason. Prolonged absence from class may result in a loss of financial aid and usually results in a reduction of grade. Attendance requirements may vary from instructor to instructor. Student travel for college related events is a privilege, not an entitlement. Students wishing to go on field trips or overnight travel must make arrangements with each of their instructors at least two weeks in advance. Travel status does not excuse students from due dates and other course requirements. Permission for student travel is at the discretion of each instructor ( SCTC 2011-2012 Catalog ). Course Attendance Policy Students must meet at scheduled times throughout the semester. As this course is primarily composed of lecture and discussion group activities adequate preparation, class participation, and attendance are crucial to performing well in the class. Students will be allowed 2 excused absences without penalty. Any additional unexcused absences will result in a reduction of the student’s final grade  (see above  —   continuous assessment). Students are responsible for all missed coursework. Late work will not be accepted by the instructor, or may be accepted with a 10% deduction  for every day late , unless a student obtains the instructor ’ s agreement in advance to submit the piece late by an agreed date. SCTC Plagiarism Policy (Adopted with permission from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, December 8, 2009) Plagiarism is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct described in SCTC 2011 Student  Handbook  . Such a violation may result in failure of the assignment, failure of the course, and suspension or expulsion from the college. If in doubt about what constitutes plagiarism, ask. Being caught plagiarizing is a serious violation of academic integrity and could result in a range of sanctions (see above) up to and including expulsion, please don’t take that risk!   Course Policies Conduct     —   Students (and the Instructor) must do their best to preserve a comfortable and friendly atmosphere. There will be no eating or chewing in class; however, drinking water,  5 coffee, tea, pop/soda etc … is fine. Please ensure you are on time, and turn off   any mobile phones or similar devices when in class. Available Support SCTC offers tutoring services through the Student Resource Center located in the West Building. SRC hours are posted throughout the campus. Additional support services may be available. Please check with your instructor or SCTC staff for more information. Notification of Services for Students with Disabilities Students wishing to request accommodations due to a disability must contact the Dean of Student Services and provide documentation of the need for accommodation. You may contact support services at 989-775-4123. Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination The Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College prohibits discrimination against applicants, employees or students on the basis of race, religion, creed, color, national srcin or ancestry, sex, age, height, weight, marital status, disability or handicap, sexual orientation, nor will sexual harassment be tolerated in its employment practices and/or educational programs or activities. Last Day to Withdraw with No Grade Reported Students that are earning an overall grade of a “C - ” or worse will be notified by the Dean of Students near the midterm via their sagchip.edu account. Those students should speak with the instructor regarding the feasibility of earning a passing grade. Those students who are unable/unlikely to earn a passing grade are advised to withdraw from the course. Withdrawal from a course is a student responsibility. Contact the Registrar for the appropriate form. The last day to withdraw from this course is (OCTOBER 30) . Note: Foner = Foner, Give Me Liberty! Reader = Gorn, Roberts, and Bilhartz, Constructing the American Past  . Paine = Thomas Paine, Common Sense . *Other readings will on occasion be provided in paper copy in class. Tentative Completion Deadlines: All dates are subject to change. Week One Mon: Introduction and Syllabus: Major themes, expectations, the nature of the class, contingency, and the past as a “foreign country”  (AUGUST 24). Wed: A New World, European Exploration and Conquest (AUGUST 26). Foner, Chapter 1.
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