Fall 2020 Course Syllabus
Course: HIST-1302- Section: 71
United States History II
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|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 suburbaniza|
After successfully completing this 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.
1. Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.
2. 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.
3. Teamwork: Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.
4. Social Responsibility: Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.
5. Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.
|Program Student Learning Outcomes|
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The American Yawp: A Massively Collaborative Open U.S. History Textbook, Volume II: After 1877, eds. Locke, Joseph and Ben Wright
Module One: Westward Expansion; Capital and Labor; Immigration, Industrialization, and the Rise of the City
Module Two: American Empire; The Progressive Era; World War I
Module Three: Toward a Modern America; The Great Depression; FDR and the New Deal; World War II
Module Four: The Cold War; The Paradoxical 1950s; The Civil Rights Movement
Module Five: The Turbulent Sixties; Politics of Identify and Protest; The Unraveling
|Final Exam Date||December 2, 2020 - 6:00 AM Through December 6, 2020 - 6:00 PM|
Grading Breakdown: Final Grade Scale:
Introduction Discussion Board 100 pts. A 851-950 (90-100%)
4/5 Discussion Board responses (50 pts. each) 200 pts. B 756-850 (80-89%)
Writing Assignment 125 pts. C 671-755 (70-79%)
4/5 Module Exams (100 pts. each) 400 pts. D 566-670 (60-69%)
Wiki Participation 125 pts. F 0-565 (0-59%)
Total 950 pts.
Introduction Board 11%
Discussion Board Posts 21%
Writing Assignment 13%
Wiki Study Guide Posts 13%
Module Exams 42%
Late Assignment Policy:
A) Discussion Board Responses: Discussion Boards are open from the beginning of the course. Your initial post and your responses to your classmates should be submitted by the due date @ 11:30pm. These are intended to count toward your participation and engagement in the class. Once the Discussion Board has closed after its due date, you will no longer have access to your classmates’ posts—this means that you cannot participate and engage with other students. As such, no late discussion responses will be accepted. In addition, you can miss 1 discussion board assignment with no penalty. If you complete all the discussion board responses, your lowest score will be dropped.
B) Writing Assignment: The writing assignment is due by Sunday, 11/15 @ 11:30pm. You may turn your paper in early. Late assignments will be accepted only up to two days after the due date (Tuesday, 11/17 @ 11:30pm) and will be penalized ten points for each late day. No late writing assignments will be accepted after this two-day period.
C) Wiki Participation: Module study guide wikis are open from the beginning of the course. The editing and commenting functions (you will still be able to view the study guide) will be closed on Mondays @ 11:30pm prior to each module exam opening the following Tuesday. No late Wiki entries will be accepted after that time.
D) Module Exams: I essentially have a no make-up policy for these exams. If you are unable to complete these assignments in the time allotted, you must contact me immediately to discuss your situation. I have provided a contingency plan for a missed exam since you can miss one without penalty. However, if you complete all five exams, your lowest score will be dropped.
The only way that I will reset an exam would be if the Blackboard site itself malfunctioned and if that is the case, you need to provide a screenshot or picture of the error message with your request to re-set it. In addition, I reserve the right to administer a different version of the exam to any student who missed the original one.
Communication: For any questions or concerns not covered in the syllabus or weekly schedule, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get back to you as quickly as I can—usually within 24 hours unless it is a weekend. Emails received after 3:00pm on Fridays may not be answered until Monday. I do not use Blackboard email, so you will not get a response if you use the Blackboard messaging system. In addition, when you email me you must use your LSC-PA email account, include your first and last name, and your class and section number. The class is 1302. The section number for this course is 71.
For any announcements concerning class, I will send out email through the LSC-PA email or make an announcement on Blackboard, so please make a point to check often.
Academic Integrity: Academic integrity is essential to online learning and I take it very seriously. I have a zero tolerance for cheating and plagiarism of any kind. Students are to submit their own work. I have to grade you on what you have learned and I cannot do that if you submit the work of someone else.
My class policy is that if any academic dishonesty is discovered, the student will receive a zero for that assignment—with no possibility for make-up. If the offense is flagrant, the student may receive an “F” for the entire course—with no possibility for make-up. This policy aligns with the policy of Lamar State College-Port Arthur as follows:
Lamar State College-Port Arthur Academic Dishonesty Policy:
Lamar State College-Port Arthur considers academic dishonesty, including collusion, cheating, and plagiarism as defined
in the Student Handbook, to be a serious academic offence. Students guilty of such behavior will be subject to the following penalties:
First offense: Student will receive a failing grade on the exam or assignment with no possibility for a make-up. If the offense is flagrant, the student may receive an ‘F’ in the course. The student's name and documented offense will be forwarded to the proper college officials.
Second offense: Student will receive an ‘F’ in the course with no possibility for make-up. The student's name and documented offense will be forwarded to the proper university officials. All accused students will be given a written notice of the offense, the penalty assessed, and the right of appeal to the department chair/advisory committee.
Again, to be clear. If absolutely any portion your discussion question responses, video summaries, or essay is found to be plagiarized, you will receive a zero for the assignment. If the offense if flagrant—meaning over 50% of the assignment—you will receive an “F” for course. There will be no exceptions to this. If you have any questions at all about what constitutes plagiarism, please do not hesitate to contact me. I will be glad to help you out. It’s not worth the penalty. So, it’s best to do your own work.
|Attendance Policy||Since this is an online course, your participation grade will come from your contribution to a posted discussion forum on Blackboard.|
|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.|
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