Spring 2021 Course Syllabus
Course: HIST-1302- Section: 01H
United States History II
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Instructor Information
Instructor Christina Wilbur
Phone(409) 984-6394
Location:Student Center - Room: 409
Hours:TTH 10:45-1:15 / W 9:30-2:30 or by appointment
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been exposed to COVID 19 or diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition on the COVID 19 Notification Form (available via a link on the Student Code of Conduct COVID19 webpage). This information will be provided to the Dean of Student Services. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
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 suburbaniza
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 Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

All course materials are provided within Blackboard. There is no need to purchase any textbooks.

The American Yawp textbook is an online textbook that you will access through Blackboard.

Required Materials: 2 blue books for exams. You can get these in the LSCPA Bookstore or online. They are usually less than $2.00 each. If you get the small ones, please get two for each exam for a total of 4 blue books.

Lecture Topics
Week 1
1/19/21:Capital and Labor

Week 2
1/25/21:The West

Week 3
2/1/21: Life in Industrial America

Week 4
2/8/21: American Empire

Week 5
2/15/21: The Progressive Era

Week 6
2/22/21: WWI and Its Aftermath

Week 7
3/1/21: The New Era

Week 8
3/8/21: The Great Depression
Spring Break - March 15-19
Week 9
3/22/21: World War II

Week 10
3/29/21: The Cold War
Week 11
4/5/21: The Affluent Society

Week 12
4/12/21: The Sixties

Week 13
4/19/21: The Unraveling
Week 14
4/26/21: The Triumph of the Right

Week 15
5/3/21: May 5 (Wednesday) is the last class day of the semester

Major Assignments
Week 1
Introduction post due by 5:00 pm Thursday
Course Policy Agreement due by 5:00 pm Thursday

Week 2
Discussion Post #1: Social Darwinism due by 5:00 pm Thursday

Week 3
Assignment #1: The American West due by 5:00 PM Thursday.

Week 4
Post #2: The City due by 5:00 PM Thursday

Week 5
Assignment #2: Roosevelt and the Empire due by 5:00 PM Thursday

Week 6
Post #3: The Ladies due by 5:00 PM Thursday

Week 7
Assignment #3: Let the Good Times Roll! due by 5:00 PM Thursday
Tuesday, March 2nd: Mid-Term Exam

Week 8
Spring Break - March 15-19
Week 9
Post #4: Why Nazis? due by 5:00 PM Thursday

Week 10
Week 11
Assignment #4: Bombs and Baking due by 5:00 PM Thursday

Week 12

Week 13
Assignment #5: Civil Rights due by 5:00 PM Thursday

Week 14
Post #5: The Changing Tide due by 5:00 PM Thursday

Week 15

Tuesday, May 11th, 8-10:30 Final Exam

Final Exam Date May 11, 2021 - 8:0 AM   Through  May 11, 2021 - 10:30 AM
Grading Scale This class will use a 200-point grading scale. The total points earned will result in your final grade. All assignments will be clearly marked with their point value. Submitting an assignment does not guarantee that you will earn the total point value – you must follow the directions and achieve the standards set out in the directions for each assignment to earn the necessary point values.

200-180: A 179-160: B 159-130: C 129-110: D 109-0: F

200-180: A 179-160: B 159-130: C 129-110: D 109-0: F

Major Assignments: 62.5% Discussions: 12.5% Exams 25%
Determination of
Final Grade
This class will use a 200-point grading scale. The total points earned will result in your final grade. All assignments will be clearly marked with their point value. Submitting an assignment does not guarantee that you will earn the total point value – you must follow the directions and achieve the standards set out in the directions for each assignment to earn the necessary point values.

200-180: A     179-160: B     159-130: C     129-110: D     109-0: F

Major Assignments: 62.5% Discussions: 12.5% Exams 25%

Assignment #1: The American West     25 points
Assignment #2: Roosevelt and the Empire    25 points
Assignment #3: Let the Good Times Roll!    25 points
Assignment #4: Bombs and Baking     25 points
Assignment #5: Civil Rights     25 points
Mid-Term Exam 25 points
Final Exam 25 points

Discussion posts 5 posts at 5 points each    25 points

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. You will be able to see your running point total in 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 on your submitted assignments as I make comments both on the assignment itself and in the grading notes section. It is your responsibility to read comments and assessment notes and to make the suggested changes on future assignments/exams.
Course Policies
Instructor Policies Technology:
You may use a laptop in class should you care to. If I find that you are not using it responsibly, I will ask you to put it away and not bring it to class anymore. Please put cell phones up during class. If you choose not to do so, I will ask you to leave the classroom.

Time Requirements for this Course:
The standard expectation for a college-level class is approximately 10-12 hours a week. A class that is a 3-hour credit class will require 3 hours outside study time for each hour in class. Our class is considered a 3-hour credit class and therefore the additional study/working on assignments time is applicable. Please make sure to adjust your schedule accordingly.

Suggestions for the course:
This class moves very quickly and there is very little time to catch up if you get behind. Deadlines are firm. Make it a priority to read daily and to stay on schedule with the readings, videos, quizzes, and assignments. These take time. Additionally, remember that you not only have to read the material, but you also must make time to study the material. I recommend that students print out the assignment schedule and refer to it daily and plan their schedules accordingly.

Classroom expectations:
It is expected that students come to class prepared and are ready to participate. Students are also expected to arrive to class on time, conduct themselves appropriately, and respect their classmate’s opinions. Students are not to sleep in class or leave class early. If you need to leave class early, please discuss the matter with me beforehand.

Assignment Due Dates:
It is imperative that assignments are turned in on time. All assignments and posts are due by 5:00 PM on Thursday evenings on the due date listed in the schedule. You are allowed one late day only for the major assignments – i.e., the assignment must be turned in by 5:00 PM the next day. Late assignments will be assessed a penalty of 20% of the point total for that assignment. For example, if an assignment has a 30-point total, I will begin grading your assignment at 24 points. After the grace period has passed, no late assignments will be accepted. Discussion posts are not accepted late.

If you submit an assignment well before the due date, please know that I will not be grading submissions until after the due date has passed. I strongly suggest NOT trying to work ahead too much and submitting all your assignments in a rush. If you do so, you will miss out on the suggestions and comments that are made as we go forward. All submission links will allow you to submit multiple times up until the due date if you find that you need to update an assignment before the submission link closes.

Uploading Assignments:
All assignments must be uploaded in the required format. All assignments – unless instructed otherwise – i.e. a video submission – must be submitted as Word document. Do not submit in Google docs, pages, or PDF’s. It is your responsibility to make sure that you have submitted your assignment as directed in the instructions. If I cannot open your assignment, I will not grade it. Additionally, if you have difficulty uploading your assignment due to Blackboard or other technical issues, you should email me a copy of the assignment immediately – not the next day. It will be considered late if I do not have an email copy of the assignment by the due date.

When you submit an assignment, Blackboard sends you a confirmation email with an individual submission number. Please make sure that you receive this confirmation and save it. If there are issues regarding the submission of your assignment, I may ask to see the submission confirmation.

Technology Responsibility:
It is assumed that students are proficient with the technological/computer requirements and the Blackboard system. If not, there are numerous resources within the Student Resources tab in Blackboard to assist you. A lack of computer proficiency is not an excuse for the failure to submit assignments, etc. It is your responsibility to understand how to navigate Blackboard, upload files, view video, etc.

The mid-term and final exams will consist of discussion/essay questions. Students will be provided with possible questions ahead of the exams. Exams will cover material from your textbook, articles, video presentations, and class lectures. I will not contact you to find out why you missed an exam. Make-up exams will only be allowed if the student is absent due to an unforeseen medical emergency and will be given at my discretion. Make-up exams will not be the same exam given to the class.

If you will be absent for a school-approved activity – LSCPA athletics or student government, etc., you must make sure your assignments are turned in on time and take examinations before you leave. It is your responsibility to make arrangements with me to take examinations if you will be absent for a school-approved activity.

You will complete 5 major assignments during this course along with the 5 discussion posts. The directions for each assignment will vary and you will need to read the instructions for each one closely and follow those directions. The assignments will be posted in the Assignments section of Blackboard.

Assignments from a previous course or repeating the class:
You may not submit assignments that were created for another class. You also may not resubmit assignments from a previous attempt in the class. All work must be original when submitted. Assignments that are found to have been reused will receive a 0.

Extra Credit:
There is no extra credit for this course.

You must put the class and section number in the subject line of the email. Having to look you up through multiple class rolls so that I can respond to a question delays your response and is a poor use of my time. I am teaching different classes through different modalities. It is important that I know what class you are in so that I can answer your question. You are welcome to email me and I do try to respond in a timely manner within 24 to 48 hours during the week. I am available during normal business hours – Monday-Friday 9am-4pm. Emails received in the evening will not get a response until the next day. I do not respond to email on the weekends.
Please use your lamarpa email to communicate with me as email from Gmail, Yahoo, iCloud, etc. may end up in clutter folder and I will not see it, and therefore, not respond. Most questions can be answered by reading the class syllabus, assignment sheet or other directions available to you in Blackboard. Since we will communicate extensively through email, 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
•    Include proper spelling and grammar. 'Texting' abbreviations, lack of punctuation and 'i' are not acceptable.

Academic Integrity:
Academic integrity is essential to online 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 submit an assignment using resources not allowed, 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.

Please see the tab in Blackboard that references proper citations for this class.
All student submissions are checked for plagiarism and use of any materials not authorized for use for an assignment is prohibited. Should this be an issue with any assignment you submit, you will receive a 0 on the assignment and, possibly an F in the class. If an issue arises with your work, I do reserve the right to go back and reassess/regrade previously submitted work to see if academic dishonesty has occurred with previous submissions. Assigning an F for the course for plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty is at my discretion if the offense is flagrant or repeated. Please note that I decide if an offense is flagrant or repeated – not the student. Directions regarding formatting and citations are included in Blackboard. You are to familiarize yourself with these instructions and how to cite and document properly.

Attendance Policy Research continually indicates that regular attendance in class leads to better grades. Given the Covid-19 crisis we are experiencing, it is imperative that you do not come to class if you are sick. My attendance policy this semester is that you should attend class unless you are sick or have been told to stay home.

The more class you miss, the more challenging the class will be. Assignments are still due in Blackboard on the due date, even if you are not in class. Please note that attendance will be taken every day and a failure to attend can have consequences if you receive financial aid or other benefits.

Students are expected to arrive on time. If late arrivals become problematic, grade deductions will be incurred at a rate of 3 late arrivals = 1 point off final grade. 6 late arrivals = 2 points of the final grade, etc.

If it is necessary, due to Covid-19, for our class to pivot top online, then it will be required that you log into Blackboard to complete your readings, submit quizzes, assignments, and exams.

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 the Office for Disability Services 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.
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341

If you have a grievance, complaint, or concern about this course that has not been resolved through discussion with the Instructor, please consult the Department Chair.