House Bill 2504

Fall 2011 Course Syllabus

HIST-1302-73 - American History - History of the United States, 1877 to Present

Faculty Information
SemesterFall 2011
InstructorWilbur, Christina Annette
Phone(409) 984-6341
E-mailwilburca@lamarpa.edu
Department
Liberal Arts
Chair:Barbara Huval
Phone:(409) 984-6330
E-mail:huvalbj@lamarpa.edu
Office
Hours:M 5:30-6:30, Virtual Office Hour T 1-2 pm
Building:Ruby Fuller Education (RF)
Room:105
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Course Information
Course Number90066
Course Description Survey of United States history from the post-reconstruction period to the present.
Course Prerequisites Prerequisite: Basic skills competency in reading and writing required.
Required Textbooks Roark, James L. The American Promise: A Compact History, Vol. 2. 4th ed. Bedford/St. Martin’s.

Egan, Timothy. The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl. Any edition. ISBN: 9780618773473

Attendance Policy Class meeting:

Online via Web CT. Please make sure that your computer and Internet connection will meet the technical requirements for the course.



It is very important that you log on to Web CT on a regular basis to check announcements, mail and to keep up with assignments. A failure to do so will be detrimental to your grade

Course Grading Scale  90 - 100 = A     80 - 89 = B     70 - 79 = C     60 - 69 = D     Below 59 = F
Determination of Final Grade Grading will consist of :

3 exams –50%

1 Critical Book Review – 15%

Discussion Posts/Participation – 20%

Video/Class assignments – 15%

Final Exam Date December 5, 2011 - 12:00 AM
Major Assignments Chapter 19/20: The South and the West Transformed/Big Business and

Organized Labor

08/29-09/02         Chapter 21: The Emergence of Organized Labor

09/05-09/09         Chapter 22: Gilded Age Politics and Agrarian Revolt

09/12-09/16         Chapter 23: An American Empire

09/19-09/23         Chapter 24: The Progressive Era

Exam I (09/19 - 09/23 by 11:59 p.m.)

09/29-09/30         Chapter 25: America and the Great

War                          

10/03-10/07          Chapter 26/27: The Modern Temper/Republican

Resurgence and Decline        

10/10-10/14          Chapter 28: New Deal America /

Critical Book Review Due: The Worst Hard Time (Sunday 10/16 by

11:59 p.m.)

10/17-10/21          Chapter 29: From Isolation to Global War

10/24-10/28          Chapter 30: The Second World War

Exam II (10/24 – 10/28 by 11:59 p.m.)

10/31-11/04          Chapter 31/32: The Fair Deal and Containment/Society and Culture

1945- 1960        

11/07-11/11          Chapter 33: Conflict and Deadlock: The Eisenhower Years

11/14-11/18          Chapter 34: New Frontiers: Politics and Social Change

11/21-11/25          Chapter 35: Rebellion and Reaction in the 1960s and 1970s

11/28-12/02          Chapter 36: A Conservative Insurgency

12/05-12/06 Final Examination (12/05 – 12/06 by 11:59 p.m.)





Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates Chapter 19/20: The South and the West Transformed/Big Business and

Organized Labor

08/29-09/02         Chapter 21: The Emergence of Organized Labor

09/05-09/09         Chapter 22: Gilded Age Politics and Agrarian Revolt

09/12-09/16         Chapter 23: An American Empire

09/19-09/23        Chapter 24: The Progressive Era Exam I (09/19 - 09/23 by 11:59 p.m.)

09/29-09/30         Chapter 25: America and the Great War                          

10/03-10/07          Chapter 26/27: The Modern Temper/Republican Resurgence and Decline        

10/10-10/14          Chapter 28: New Deal America /

Critical Book Review Due: The Worst Hard Time (Sunday 10/16 by

11:59 p.m.)

10/17-10/21          Chapter 29: From Isolation to Global War

10/24-10/28          Chapter 30: The Second World War

Exam II (10/24 – 10/28 by 11:59 p.m.)

10/31-11/04          Chapter 31/32: The Fair Deal and Containment/Society and Culture

1945- 1960        

11/07-11/11          Chapter 33: Conflict and Deadlock: The Eisenhower Years

11/14-11/18          Chapter 34: New Frontiers: Politics and Social Change

11/21-11/25          Chapter 35: Rebellion and Reaction in the 1960s and 1970s

11/28-12/02          Chapter 36: A Conservative Insurgency

12/05-12/06 Final Examination (12/05 – 12/06 by 11:59 p.m.)





General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes
Reading:Demonstrates the ability to analyze and interpret a variety of printed materials.

Writing:Produces clear, correct, and coherent prose adapted to purpose, occasion, and audience.

Speaking:Communicates orally in clear, coherent, and persuasive language appropriate to purpose, occasion, and audience.

Listening:Demonstrates the ability to analyze and interpret various forms of spoken language.

Critical Thinking 1:Applies qualitative and/or quantitative skills analytically and creatively to subject matter.

Critical Thinking 2:Demonstrates the ability to evaluate arguments and construct alternative strategies.

Computer Literacy 1:Uses computer-based technology to communicate, solve problems, and acquire information.

Computer Literacy 2:Demonstrates an understanding of the limits, problems, and possibilities associated with the use of technology.

Intercultural Competence 1:Demonstrates awareness of similarities and differences between cultural groups.

Intercultural Competence 2:Demonstrates the ability to recognize global interconnectedness.

Intercultural Competence 3:Demonstrates a general knowledge of cultural evolution.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Associate of Arts

1. Communicates with appropriate modes of expression to individuals or groups.

        A. Demonstrates thesis clarity

        B. Organizes information

        C. Uses support

        D. Presents ideas in appropriate mode of expression



2. Demonstrates awareness of cultural differences and similarities.

        A. Identifies cultural characteristics (beliefs, values, perspectives, or practices)

        B. Interprets works of human expression within cultural context

        C. Shows awareness of one’s own culture in relation to others



3. Uses critical thinking skills

        A. Identifies problem, argument, or issue (to determine extent of information needed)

        B. Differentiates the facts from opinions as relates to situation

        C. Constructs possible solutions or prediction or consequences

        D. Uses logical, sound reasoning to justify conclusion

Course Student Learning Outcomes Student Outcomes: Students will be able to:

1. Summarize U. S. history from the end of Reconstruction up to the present.

2. Discuss the events and movements which continue to affect modern America.

3. Understand the influence of geography on the development of the American nation.

4. Analyze the effects of social, political, economic, cultural, and global forces on the

study of history.

5. Understand the evolution and current role of the U. S. in the world.

6. Identify and understand differences and commonalties within diverse cultures.

7. Utilize historical data and apply critical thinking when making judgments about our

nation’s leaders, events, and movements.



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
  • No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

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

  • Electronic devices (including but not restricted to cell phones, MP3 players, and laptop computers) shall not be used during examinations unless specifically allowed by the instructor.

  • Use of electronic devices during normal class hours distracts other students, disrupts the class, and wastes valuable time. Instructors have an obligation to reduce such disruptions.

  • Turn your cellphones to vibrate when you enter the classroom.

  • Late work is not accepted.

  • E-mail:

    Should you have any concerns, questions or just need to get in touch with me please feel free to email me at cawilbur@lamar.edu or via the Web CT system. I will answer all e-mails within 24 hours – if not before. Please be sure include your name and what class you are in. I will not reply to email from personal email accounts such as Yahoo and Hotmail. It is your responsibility to activate your lamarpa.edu mail account.

  • Exams:

    Exams will be available for 5 days. You will have 2 hours to complete your exam in one sitting. There is no excuse for missing an exam and there is no make up exam.

    Exam dates are as follows: (These dates are also listed on the suggested reading schedule included in the syllabus).

  • Discussion Posts:

    Two discussion questions will be posted weekly and will generally follow the reading schedule. You are required to respond to both questions and to two (2) of your classmates response postings for a minimum of four (4) posts per week. A response should be a minimum of 150 words and thoughtfully respond to the question in such a manner that I can tell that you have read the assigned material. A calendar will be posted showing opening and closing dates for posts.

  • Class participation:

    As this course is taught solely online your participation grade will be based on your responses to the discussions questions, your classmates postings and logging in on a regular basis. Attendance will be counted with participation.

  • Extra Credit: There is no extra credit.

  • Book Report Requirements: The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who

                                     Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

    Requirements and proper form for the book report assignment will be posted in more detail on Web CT. Report is due Sunday, October 16th by 11:59 p.m. Reports will be typed in 12 pt. font (Times New Roman), double-spaced, and three (3) pages in length. Reports will be turned in via Web CT. Additionally, please make sure that your paper is in a version of Word or a PDF so that I may open it. If a report is turned in and does not meet these specifications, it will be returned. You will need to correct it so that it meets the requirements and turn it in again. It is important to follow directions. You are in college.

    Save your papers as follows and then submit: Lastname_Firstname_WorstHardTime_1302.73_PA_2011.













Additional Information I will not discuss your grades over the phone or by email. If you want to discuss your grades, you must come to my office, in person
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statue 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 210D, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6251.
Copyright Violations Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester, by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally. No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class, including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.

Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.

Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.

If you are in doubt about what material can be freely used, ask your professor or contact the Dean of Library Services, at (409) 984-6216.
Assessment Statement Assessment is a process by which LSCPA can help you learn better and gauge the level of progress you have made to attain knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values. It also helps your professors understand how to improve teaching and testing methods in your classes, and it helps each department understand and improve degree and certificate programs.

Periodically LSC-PA will collect assessment data for research and reporting purposes, including statistical data and sometimes copies of your work. Be assured that all material the college uses for assessment purposes will be kept confidential. To ensure anonymity, your name will be removed from any material we use for assessment purposes, including video-recorded performances, speeches, and projects.

If you object to allowing LSC-PA to use your material for assessment purposes, submit a letter stating so to your professor by the 12th class day. You will still be required to participate in whatever assessments are being done; we just won’t use your data.

What’s the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSC-PA’s assessment efforts include class grades, surveys, standardized tests, and other tools.
Privacy Notice Federal privacy laws apply to college students. This means that college employees, including instructors, cannot divulge information to third parties, including parents and legal guardians of students. Even if the students are minors, information about their college work cannot be shared with anyone except in very limited circumstances.

Anyone requesting information about a student should be referred to the Registrar. Instructors will be notified in writing by that Office about what information may be released and to whom.

Please remember that releasing private information about a student, however innocuous it may seem, can be a violation of federal law, with very serious consequences.

Circumstances under which information may be released:

An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of information. The note must specify what information may be divulged, and it must specify the name of the person to whom the information may be given.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student by providing a copy of a filed tax return that shows that the student was listed as a dependent of that parent or guardian. The tax return must be for last complete tax year. Again, this documentation must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student if the student logs on to My.LamarPA.edu and sends an email to the Registrar granting permission. The email must specify what information may be given and the name of the person to whom it may be given.

Co-enrollment students are protected by the same privacy laws as adult students.

The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.

College-Level Perspectives This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:

  • Establishing broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which s/he lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.

  • Stimulating a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.

  • Developing a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.

  • Developing personal values for ethical behavior.

  • Developing the ability to make aesthetic judgments.

  • Using logical reasoning in problem solving.

  • Integrating knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

Degree Plan Evaluation A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.

  1. Sign in to your my.lamarpa.edu account.

  2. Click on the “My Services” tab.

  3. Click on the “Student” tab.

  4. Click on Student Records.

  5. Click on Degree Evaluation.

  6. Select the term you are planning on registering for (i.e. Summer I, Summer II, Fall, or Spring)

  7. Verify that the Curriculum Information (your MAJOR) is correct

  8. Click on “Generate New Evaluation” at the bottom of the screen.

  9. Click the radio button next to Program

  10. Click on the Generate Request button.

All of the classes that you have taken that apply to your declared major will be listed on the right. If you have a class that still needs to be completed, a “NO” will be listed on the right next to the required class.

HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.

Lamar State College - Port Arthur

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Lamar State College - Port Arthur, a member of The Texas State University System, is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality and affordable instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The College embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life.

Core Values

  • Shared commitment by faculty, staff and administration to a mission characterized by student learning, diversity, and community involvement

  • General education/core curriculum that develops the values and concepts that allow the student to make a meaningful contribution in the workplace or community

  • Academic and technical programs designed to fulfill our commitment to accommodate students with diverse goals and backgrounds, using a variety of delivery methods, on and off campus

  • Technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the knowledge, skills and behavior necessary for initial and continued employment

  • Student achievement characterized by attainment of individual goals and measured by successful accomplishments and completion of curriculum

  • Co-curricular opportunities that develop social, financial and civic acuity

Principles

Lamar State College - Port Arthur operates in the belief that all individuals should be:

  • treated with dignity and respect;

  • afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

  • given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights; and,

  • provided an opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

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