House Bill 2504

Summer I 2013 Course Syllabus

HIST-1302-20 - American History - History of the United States, 1877 to Present

Faculty Information
SemesterSummer I 2013
InstructorWilbur, Christina Annette
Phone(409) 984-6006
E-mailwilburca@lamarpa.edu
Department
Liberal Arts
Chair:Barbara Huval
Phone:(409) 984-6330
E-mail:huvalbj@lamarpa.edu
Office
Hours:By appt.
Building:Ruby Fuller Education (RF)
Room:105
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Course Information
Course Number60010
Course Description Survey of United States history from the post-reconstruction period to the present.
Course Prerequisites None
Required Textbooks

Brinkley, Alan. The Unfinished Nation: A Concise History of the American People, Vol. 2. (McGraw-Hill).



Larson, Edward. Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America’s Continuing Debate Over Science and

Religion. (Basic Books).



Algeo, M. Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure: The True Story of a Great American Road Trip



Thompson, J Lee. Theodore Roosevelt Abroad: Nature, Empire and the Journey of an American President. (Palgrave).





Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. Regular and on-time class attendance is required. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class meeting. More than two (2) absences will result in a reduction of your final grade by one (1) letter grade. Students late to class will be counted absent. Arrive to class on time.

If you find you need to drop the class, it is your responsibility to do so by the required dates.
Course Grading Scale  90 - 100 = A     80 - 89 = B     70 - 79 = C     60 - 69 = D     Below 59 = F
Determination of Final Grade Grading: Grading will consist of:

40% Two (2) exams

40% Two (2) Book Reviews

10% One (1) Book Test: Theodore Roosevelt Abroad.

10% Hybrid Assignment Participation / Quizzes



        
Final Exam Date July 8, 2013 - 10:10 AM
Major Assignments Class Assignment and Reading Schedule

It is recommended that you read the assigned chapter(s)/article handouts before class.

Chapter readings are from: Brinkley, The Unfinished Nation, Vol. 2.

Article handouts will be passed out in class the day before they are to be discussed.



Mon. 6/3: Welcome to class, syllabus and book review instructions & requirements.



Tue. 6/4: Chapter 15: Reconstruction and the New South. (Brinkley)



Wed 6/5: Chapter 16: The Conquest of the Far West. (Brinkley)

         Article handout: ‘Final Frontiers, Vanishing Americans’. (Lives and Times)

        

Thur. 6/7: Chapter 17: Industrial Supremacy. (Brinkley)

         Hybrid Assignment: See Blackboard.

                                                                    

Mon. 6/10: Chapter 18: The Age of the City. (Brinkley)

        

Tue. 6/11: Chapter 19: From Crisis to Empire. (Brinkley)

        

Wed. 6/12: Chapter 20: The Progressives. (Brinkley)

         Article handout: ‘Theodore Roosevelt, President’.

         Book Test: Theodore Roosevelt Abroad.

        

Thur. 6/13: Hybrid Assignment: See Blackboard.



Mon. 6/17: Chapter 21: America and the Great War. (Brinkley)

Exam I: Brinkley, The Unfinished Nation, Ch. 15- 21; Theodore Roosevelt

Abroad; article handouts, class lecture and hybrid assignments.



Tues. 6/18 Chapter 22: The New Era. (Brinkley)

                 

Wed. 6/19: Chapter 23: The Great Depression. (Brinkley)

         Book Review I due: Summer for the Gods.

                

Thurs. 6/20: Hybrid Assignment: See Blackboard.

        

Mon. 6/24: Chapter 24: The New Deal. (Brinkley)

         Article Handout: ‘15 Minutes that Saved America’. (Annual Editions)



Tues. 6/25: Chapter 25: The Global Crisis, 1921-1941. (Brinkley)

        

Wed: 6/26: Chapter 26: America in a World War. (Brinkley)

         Article Handout: ‘Flight of the Wasp’ & ‘Ike at D-Day’. (Annual Editions)

         Book Review II due: Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure.



Thur. 6/27: Hybrid Assignment: See Blackboard.

        

Mon. 7/1: Chapter 27: The Cold War. (Brinkley)

         Article handout: ‘Cold War America’.

        

Tues. 7/2: Chapter 28: The Affluent Society. (Brinkley)



Wed. 7/3: Chapter 29: Civil Rights, Vietnam, and the Ordeal of Liberalism. (Brinkley)

         Article Handout: John F. Kennedy: ‘A Moral Imperative: Equality of Treatment’ &

         Lyndon B. Johnson: ‘We Shall Overcome’: The Voting Rights Speech.

        



Thurs. 7/4: Hybrid Assignment: See Blackboard.

         Chapter 30: The Crisis of Authority. (Brinkley)



Mon. 7/8: Final Exam: Brinkley, The Unfinished Nation, Ch. 22-30; Summer for the Gods, Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure,

article handouts, class lecture, and hybrid assignments.

        



Please note that this schedule follows the outline of the book therefore you have no excuse for not being prepared for class. Test material will also cover lecture material that is not covered in the book - so please take notes during class. A failure to do so will be detrimental to your grade. Additionally, failure to read the assigned chapter readings will almost guarantee a failing grade. The textbook is required for a reason.



Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates Mon. 6/3: Welcome to class, syllabus and book review instructions & requirements.



Tue. 6/4: Chapter 15: Reconstruction and the New South. (Brinkley)



Wed 6/5: Chapter 16: The Conquest of the Far West. (Brinkley)

         Article handout: ‘Final Frontiers, Vanishing Americans’. (Lives and Times)

        

Thur. 6/7: Chapter 17: Industrial Supremacy. (Brinkley)

         Hybrid Assignment: See Blackboard.

                                                                    

Mon. 6/10: Chapter 18: The Age of the City. (Brinkley)

        

Tue. 6/11: Chapter 19: From Crisis to Empire. (Brinkley)

        

Wed. 6/12: Chapter 20: The Progressives. (Brinkley)

         Article handout: ‘Theodore Roosevelt, President’.

         Book Test: Theodore Roosevelt Abroad.

        

Thur. 6/13: Hybrid Assignment: See Blackboard.



Mon. 6/17: Chapter 21: America and the Great War. (Brinkley)

Exam I: Brinkley, The Unfinished Nation, Ch. 15- 21; Theodore Roosevelt

Abroad; article handouts, class lecture and hybrid assignments.



Tues. 6/18 Chapter 22: The New Era. (Brinkley)

                 

Wed. 6/19: Chapter 23: The Great Depression. (Brinkley)

         Book Review I due: Summer for the Gods.

                

Thurs. 6/20: Hybrid Assignment: See Blackboard.

        

Mon. 6/24: Chapter 24: The New Deal. (Brinkley)

         Article Handout: ‘15 Minutes that Saved America’. (Annual Editions)



Tues. 6/25: Chapter 25: The Global Crisis, 1921-1941. (Brinkley)

        

Wed: 6/26: Chapter 26: America in a World War. (Brinkley)

         Article Handout: ‘Flight of the Wasp’ & ‘Ike at D-Day’. (Annual Editions)

         Book Review II due: Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure.



Thur. 6/27: Hybrid Assignment: See Blackboard.

        

Mon. 7/1: Chapter 27: The Cold War. (Brinkley)

         Article handout: ‘Cold War America’.

        

Tues. 7/2: Chapter 28: The Affluent Society. (Brinkley)



Wed. 7/3: Chapter 29: Civil Rights, Vietnam, and the Ordeal of Liberalism. (Brinkley)

         Article Handout: John F. Kennedy: ‘A Moral Imperative: Equality of Treatment’ &

         Lyndon B. Johnson: ‘We Shall Overcome’: The Voting Rights Speech.

        



Thurs. 7/4: Hybrid Assignment: See Blackboard.

         Chapter 30: The Crisis of Authority. (Brinkley)



Mon. 7/8: Final Exam: Brinkley, The Unfinished Nation, Ch. 22-30; Summer for the Gods, Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure,

article handouts, class lecture, and hybrid assignments.
General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes
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.

Empirical and Quantitative Skills:Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.

Teamwork:Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.

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.



SLO 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.











Course Student 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 (PSLO 1,5, 6, Alpha) Measured by: embedded test questions, group discussion; pre-test/post-test



2. Identify how the United States emerged as an industrial power and its impact on business owners, farmers, workers, and immigrants. (PSLO 1,2, 5, Alpha) Measured by: embedded test questions or short essay, group discussion; pre-test/post-test



3. Analyze the development of US foreign policy through the age of imperialism and WWI.(PSLO 1,5, Alpha) Measured by: embedded test questions, group discussion; pre-test/post-test



4. Trace the causes of the Great Depression and the measures enacted to aid the economy. (PSLO 1,5, Alpha) Measured by: embedded test questions, group discussion; pre-test/post-test



5. Describe the role of the US in WWII and the Cold War. (PSLO 1,2,5,6, Alpha) Measured by: embedded test questions or short essay, group discussion; pre-test/post-test



6. Chronicle the stages of American cultural movements and politics after the world wars.(PSLO 1,5, Alpha) Measured by: embedded test questions, group discussion; pre-test/post-test



7. Understand how the US came to realize the limits of being a political, economic and military superpower. (PSLO 1,5, Alpha) Measured by: embedded test questions, group discussion; pre-test/post-test



8. Create an argument through the use of historical evidence.(PSLO 1, 2, 5, 6) Measured by embedded short essay test questions;or essay project



9. Analyze and interpret primary and secondary sources.(PSLO 1, 2) Measured by embedded test question, group discussions; or researched essay project



10. Analyze the effects of historical, social, political, economic, cultural, and global forces on this period of United States history. (PSLO 1, 5, 6) Measured by embedded test questions; researched essay project; group discussion
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.

    All work is due on the day listed on the syllabus. There is no extra credit. Technical difficulties will not relieve the student from deadlines for submitting assignments. It is your responsibility to maintain appropriate technology capability to complete the hybrid requirements for the class. Failure to submit coursework according to the due dates because of technical difficulties will not be an appropriate excuse.
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.





E-mail: Should you have any concerns, questions or just need to get in touch with me please feel free to email me at wilburca@lamarpa.edu. Please be sure to include your name and what section you are in. It is your responsibility to activate your lamarpa.edu mail account.



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 offence: Student will receive a failing grade on the exam or assignment with no possibility for a make-up. If the offence is flagrant, the student may receive an ‘F’ in the course. The students name and documented offence will be forwarded to the proper college officials.

Second offence: Student will receive an ‘F’ in the course with no possibility for make-up. The students name and documented offence will be forwarded to the proper university officials. All accused students will be given a written notice of the offence, the penalty assessed, and the right of appeal to the department chair/advisory committee.

Disability Accommodations:

It is the policy of Lamar State College-Port Arthur to accommodate students with disabilities, pursuant to state and federal law and the College’s commitment to equal educational opportunities. Any student with a disability, who needs accommodation, for example, in seating placement or arrangement for examinations, notes, etc., should inform the instructor with a copy of the letter from the Office of Student Disability at the beginning of the course.
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.
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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

Mission

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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