Fall 2018 Course Syllabus
Course: HIST-1302- Section: 01
United States History II
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Instructor Information
Instructor Christina Wilbur
Phone(409) 984-6341
Location:Student Center - Room: 409
Hours:MWF 7:30-8:00 10:00-11:00 TTH 9:45-12:30
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341
Course Information
Description A survey of the social, political, economic, cultural, and intellectual history of the United States from the Civil War/Reconstruction era to the present. United States History II examines industrialization, immigration, world wars, the Great Depression, Cold War and post-Cold War eras. Themes that may be addressed in United States History II include: American culture, religion, civil and human rights, technological change, economic change, immigration and migration, urbanization and suburbanization, the expansion of the federal government, and the study of U.S. foreign policy.
Prerequisites None
Learning Outcomes Student Outcomes: At the end of the course students will be expected to:
1. Relate the effects of the closing of the frontier
2. Identify how the United States emerged as an industrial power and its impact on business owners, farmers, workers, and immigrants.
3. Analyze the development of US foreign policy through the age of imperialism and WWI.
4. Trace the causes of the Great Depression and the measures enacted to aid the economy.
5. Describe the role of the US in WWII and the Cold War.
6. Chronicle the stages of American cultural movements and politics after the world wars.
7. Understand how the US came to realize the limits of being a political, economic and military superpower.
8. Create an argument through the use of historical evidence.
9. Analyze and interpret primary and secondary sources.
10. Analyze the effects of historical, social, political, economic, cultural, and global forces on this period of United States history.
Core Objectives * Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.
* Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.
* Social Responsibility: Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.
* Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.
Program Student Learning Outcomes PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.
Identifies all main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary in reading material; demonstrates a full understanding of the reading.

PSLO 1: Critical Thinking Skills � Uses creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.
Creatively identifies problem, argument, or issue (to determine extent of information needed); differentiates the facts from opinions as relates to situation; constructs possible solutions or prediction or consequences; uses logical, sound reasoning to justify conclusion.

PSLO 2: Communication Skills � Demonstrates effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and/or visual communication.
Expresses a strong thesis; organizes information with effective transitions & sequencing of ideas; uses substantial, logical & specific development of ideas; details are relevant, original, credible and correctly documented when appropriate to show an effective development and interpretation of ideas; and presents ideas in appropriate mode of expression for the task.

PSLO 5: Social Responsibility Skills - Expresses intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities.

Identifies cultural characteristics (including beliefs, values, perspectives and/or practices); demonstrates knowledge of civic responsibility; provides evidence of experience in civic- engagement activities; and describes what she/ he has learned as it relates to a reinforced and clarified sense of civic identity in local, regional, national, or global communities; and shows awareness of one�s own culture in relation to others.

PSLO 6: Personal Responsibility Skills � Integrates choices, actions and consequences in ethical decision-making.
Recognizes ethical issues when presented in a complex, multilayered (gray) context; recognizes cross- relationships among the issues; discusses in detail/ analyzes core beliefs; the discussion has greater depth and clarity showing the independent application of ethical perspectives/ concepts to an ethical question accurately; and is able to consider full implications of the application.

Textbooks Brinkley, Alan. American History: Connecting with the Past, Volume II. Any edition.
Lecture Topics
Class Assignment and Reading Schedule
AH: Readings from textbook: American History: Connecting with the Past, Vol. II.
Article: Additional readings in Blackboard under the Articles tab.

Week 1
AH: Chapter 16: The Conquest of the Far West
Article: The Reservation and Destruction of Indian Culture

Week 2
AH: Chapter 17: Industrial Supremacy
Article: Sawdust City
Pre-test: Take in class

Week 3
AH: Chapter 18: The Age of the City
Article: Mass Culture at the Turn of the Century

Week 4
AH: Chapter 19: From Crisis to Empire
Article: Theodore Roosevelt
Exam I: Friday, September 21st

Week 5
AH: Chapter 20: The Progressives
Article: Jacob Riis

Week 6
AH: Chapter 21: America and the Great War
Article: Animals and Technology in the Great War

Week 7
AH: Chapter 22: The New Era
Article: The Ku Klux Klan

Week 8
AH: Chapters 23: The Great Depression
Article: The Nation Confronts the Great Depression
Exam II: Friday, October 19th

Week 9
AH: Chapter 24: The New Deal
Article: Work Relief in the Great Depression

Week 10
AH: Chapter 25: The New Era
Article: TBA

Week 11
AH: Chapter 26: America in a World at War
Article: A Day of Infamy

Week 12
AH: Chapter 27: The Cold War
Article: Containment - Long Telegram
Friday, November 16th

Week 13
AH: Chapter 28: The Affluent Society
Article: Consumerism and Suburban Homes

Week 14
AH: Chapter 29: Civil Rights, Vietnam and the Ordeal of Liberalism
Article: Port Arthur School Desegregation

Week 15
AH: Chapter 30: The Crisis of Authority
Writing Assignment due: Monday, December 3rd
Post-test: Take in class
Last class day: MWF: Wednesday, December 5th

Week 16
Final Exam:
MWF class:

The syllabus and class schedule/assignment dates are subject to change. Students will be notified at the earliest
possibility - both on Blackboard and in class - if changes are required.

Major Assignments
Exam I: Friday, September 21st
Exam II: Friday, October 19th
Exam III: Friday, November 16th
Final Exam: Monday, December 10th: 10:00-12:30
MWF class: Writing Assignment due: Monday, December 3rd

Final Exam Date December 10, 2018 - 10:00 AM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Four Exams: 70%         
Writing Assignment: 10%
In-class Quizzes/Assignments: 20%

Please keep up with your grades. Students should keep all copies of graded and ungraded work until course grades have been submitted at the end of the semester. A current running average is always available to you in the ‘Current Class Average’ of Blackboard. Your grade will be based solely on your performance on the above-listed grades. Additionally, all grades will be posted in Blackboard in a timely manner. Please make sure to read the comments sections included with your grade and, additionally, read the comments on your submitted assignments as I make comments in both places. It is your responsibility to read comments and assessment notes and to make the suggested changes on future assignments/exams.
Course Policies
Instructor Policies Additional Required Readings:
Additional weekly readings will be noted in the assignment sheet, posted in Blackboard, and should be completed before class. This material will be included on exams. These readings are not optional. I strongly suggest printing them all and putting them in a folder.

Exams and/or quizzes may consist of essay, short answer, or multiple choice questions. All exams must be taken on Scantrons. Please bring both a pen and pencil to your exam. Any written section on exams or quizzes must be written in ink. Students who will be absent for the exam due to school approved absences: student government, athletics, or other approved activities will take their exam before the absence. All other make-up exams will be essay and will be taken during the final exam test period. I will not contact you to find out why you missed an exam. All make-up exams will be essay. If you fail to take an exam, you will be assigned a 0 until the make-up exam is taken during the final exam period. It is your responsibility to notify me, in writing, which make-up exam is needed. There are no make-ups for in-class quizzes or in-class assignments if you are absent.

Exam Reviews:
Exam reviews are provided before each exam but they should only be considered as an aide in studying for the exam. They are not, and are not meant to be, a substitution for thorough class notes, studying the textbook, and/or missed classes. Exam reviews are not a comprehensive review of all material that may, or may not, be included on exams. You are responsible for all material discussed in class, additional readings and textbook material.

Textbook Use: Please bring your textbook to class. Students are responsible for the material in the textbook. Class lectures will focus on individual topics chosen from the textbook.

Assessment Writing Assignment:
Requirements for this assignment will be discussed in class and included in Blackboard.

Cell Phones / Laptops:
Cell phones will be put away during class. A penalty of 5 points off the final grade will be imposed for each offence if cell phones are not put away. You may use a laptop if you choose to but do be aware that with any quizzes in class - that may or may not be open note - laptops will not be allowed. I strongly recommend taking notes by hand in a spiral notebook but you are welcome to choose the method you prefer.

I recommend speaking to me in person either before or after class or in my office as many issues can be clarified and questions answered much more quickly in person rather than by email. But if it is necessary to email me, please put LSCPA 1302.(and section number) in the subject line of any email. If the class and section number are not listed you will not receive a prompt response as I will not make it a priority to log into each class and search out who you are and what class you are in. It is important that students are aware of the tone and structure of their correspondence. All emails should include a greeting, a clear statement of the question or inquiry, your name and include proper spelling and grammar. 'Texting' abbreviations, lack of punctuation and 'i' are not acceptable. All email must come from the student's assigned Lamarpa.edu email address. Do not email me from google, yahoo, etc. as it is very likely the campus email will send your email to the Clutter folder and I will not receive it. Emails received after 4:00 pm will not get a response until the next day.

Additional Student Study Resources:
Your textbook has this website http://glencoe.mheducation.com/sites/0076621367/sitemap.html which you can use to access study questions / quizzes / etc. should you care to do so. It is not required - but is a very helpful resource.

Dual Credit students: All class requirements, due dates and attendance policies apply to dual-credit students. If you will be absent due to school activities/testing/etc, it is your responsibility to let me know ahead of time to make arrangements for testing and to get with other classmates to get class notes, etc. You are also responsible for your mylamarpa and Blackboard access.

Suggestions to succeed in this class:
Attend class! Students who miss class earn grades that reflect their absences.
Take thorough notes. If I am talking, you should be writing. An excellent source on taking effective notes is: http://www.llcc.edu/student-services/cas/helpful-handouts/note-taking-problem-checklist/
Complete required readings before class.
Study your notes each day.
Ask questions when needed.
Begin studying for exams early.
If you miss class, get the class notes from a classmate.

Academic Integrity:
Academic integrity is essential to learning and I take it very seriously. Academic dishonesty will not be accepted in this class. Students are to submit their own work – not the work of others. If you submit other’s work as your own or use resources not allowed during examinations or writing assignments, not only are you jeopardizing your academic future but you are paying for an education you are not receiving and, moreover, you are wasting your own time and energy in an effort not to learn. Additionally, all student submissions are checked for plagiarism through Blackboard and use of any materials not authorized for use is prohibited. Students will receive a 0 for an assignment or exam if academic dishonesty is discovered. The student will receive an F in the class if the offense is flagrant. This is at the discretion of the instructor.

Attendance Policy Class Attendance:
Class attendance is required. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of class and tardiness is not acceptable. Students who arrive late or leave class early for any reason will be counted absent. Excessive absences will be detrimental to your grade and more than four (4) absences or late arrivals will incur a grade penalty of five (5) points off your final grade. You were aware of the class meeting time when you registered for the class and it is expected that you will arrive on time. If you are absent, please contact a classmate to get the necessary information. Medical appointments and vacations are not excused absences.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
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HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.