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History 111 - Fall 2014 - M/W, 3-4:20
Dr. Gayle Olson-Raymer

Founder's Hall 165;  Phone:  826-4788

e-mail: go1@humboldt.edu
Office Hours: Monday and Wednesdays from 1-2:30 in Founders Hall 165, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:20-3 in Gist Hall 218, and by appointment

The course syllabus - available online at http://gorhistory.com/hist111/Hist111Syllabus2014.html - is divided into three parts: Course Description, Course Requirements, and Course Outline.

Please note:

Course Description

This course, which meets the institutions requirements in U.S. history established by the California Legislature (CSU Executive Order 405 and Title 5: 40404), focuses on the "significant events covering a minimum time span of approximately 100 years occurring in the entire area now included in the United States of America, including the relationships of regions within that area and with external regions and powers as appropriate to the understanding of those events within the United States during the period under study and the role of major ethnic and social groups in such events and the contexts in which the events have occurred." It also includes a discussion of "events within a framework which illustrates the continuity of the American experience and its derivation from other cultures including consideration of three or more of the following: politics, economics, social movements, and geography." Additionally, this course meets the five major skills that the History Department believes historians need and that history majors should develop as they progress through the major: writing, critical thinking, historiography and methodology, and oral presentation. Upon completing this class, each of you will:

  1. Be able to apply the academic language, historical principles and methodologies, and value systems and ethics employed in social science inquiry to specific events in American history
  2. Be able to explain and critically analyze human social, economic, and political issues from the a historical perspectives by examining them in contemporary as well as historical settings and in a variety of cultural contexts.
  3. Be able to illustrate how human social, political and economic institutions and behavior are inextricably interwoven.

Teaching Assistants. This semester we are fortunate to have two excellent teaching assistants, both of whom are history majors. They will be available to help you better understand the course content and requirements throughout the semester: Wyatt Reno (wkr25@humboldt.edu) and Morgan Harvey (mrh426@humboldt.edu). Please feel free to communicate with them by email in order to set up any appointments.

Course Requirements Required Reading, Viewing, and Listening.

One of the major goals for this class is to create a collegial academic community in which we can discuss the many exciting stories woven throughout U.S. history. To that end, it is not only essential that we respect the classroom conversations of our colleagues, but that we create an environment in which we all can learn. To do this, we must be aware of learning distractions such as texting on our cell phones and taking note on laptops. To that end, please respect two classroom rules:

For each class meeting, you will have various reading, viewing, and listening assignments. Please complete all assignments prior to coming to class. Your preparation will enable us to have more fulfilling and intellectual conversations in the time that we have together.   The following is required:

Assignments/Assessments. There are three assigment/assessments for this course: 3 unit exams, 1 research project/teach-in, and attendance. Please note that anything you write for this class and turn in to the professor must be duplicated and kept in your own files!
  1. Two take home unit exams (230 total points - 100 points for the first exam and 120 points for the second exam). Each exam is a take home exam and will be posted online three days before the exam is due. Dates for the exams are Unit I on October 1, November 10. Each exam will consist of two parts
  2. Research Project and Teach-In (145 points).  Each of you will conduct a research project on any topic of United States history that we did not thoroughly discuss in class and that occurred between 1960 and the present. For those of you who wish to have a clearer understanding of the research assignment, I will be conducting an extra credit seminar on Tuesday, September 9th at 6pm in Founders Hall, Room 232. There are three steps to this assignment: 
  3. Attendance. You MUST attend classes. While you will not get points for attending class, we will take roll every day. If you miss up to 4 classes, you will be marked down half a grade, up to 8 classes a whole grade, and 9 or more missed classes will be marked down 1-1/2 grades.
  4. Attendance for the last two weeks of class (5 points for each day for a total of 20 points). You MUST attend these four classes. For each day you attend, you will receive 5 points.)
Grades: My job is to provide you with an educational opportunity to learn about American history and why it is an essential ingredient in your college education. As such, I do not GIVE you grades; you EARN them by completing your work, thinking intelligently and analytically about the discussions and required reading/viewing/listening materials, and attending class regularly. Because earning grades is YOUR responsibility, I expect that if you believe you are doing poorly in the course or if you need assistance with any aspect of the course, you will contact me as soon as possible - not in the last few weeks of the course. You will be responsible for picking up your exams and keeping track of the points you earn as the course progresses. Extra Credit:   You can receive extra credit check marks if you complete any of the following listed below. If you receive 5 or more extra credit check marks, it can raise your grade by one-half. For instance, if you have a "B+" in the course as well as 5 extra credit points and you have missed no more than 4 classes, it could raise your grade to an "A-". However, extra credit will not replace any required assignments that you do not complete. Once you complete any extra credit assignment, you must make arrangements to talk with one of the teaching assistants about what you learned - please do not write anything as all extra credit is designed to be oral reporting. Following are some possible extra credit opportunities.
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HISTORY 111 COURSE SYLLABUS - Fall 2014

This class is divided into three units of academic study. Under each of the three units, you will find the topic and link to the discussion guide for each day's discussion, as well as the required reading/viewing/listening for each day.

Unit I: Closing and Opening New Frontiers, 1877 - 1916

8/25 Why History Matters? Understanding how the Empire Makers of World War I Shaped the Contemporary Problems in the Middle East Discussion Guides may be accessed at at http://gorhistory.com/hist111/Intro2014_WWI_Iraq.html

8/27 and 9/3  Discussion: Manifest Destiny, the Closure of the Frontier, and the Price of "Progress". Discussion Guides are at http://gorhistory.com/hist111/ManifestDestiny.html. The power point on "Manifest Destiny" may be accessed by going to this cite - http://gorhistory.com/hist111/unit1index.html - and clicking on "Manifest Destiny, the Closure of the Frontier, and the Price of "Progress powerpoint."

9/8 Looking Back at 9/11: A Delicate Balancing Act between Liberty and Security. Discussion Guides may be accessed at http://gorhistory.com/hist110/BalancingAct.html

9/10-9/15   Industrialization and Urbanization in the Gilded Age. Discussion Guides may be accessed at http://gorhistory.com/hist111/industrial.html

9/17-9/22 The American Quest for Empire. Discussion Guides may be accessed at http://gorhistory.com/hist111/empire.html

9/24-9/29 Politics and the Impulse to Reform. Discussion Guides may be accessed at http://users.humboldt.edu/ogayle/hist111/reform.html

9/29 - Unit I Exam due - This Take home exam is due at the beginning of class. The True/False section discussed above covers required reading and viewing while the Short Answer section covers all class discussion from Unit I. You must be present and remain the entire class to get credit for this exam. Unit I exam will be posted online by 9/26 and may be accessed at _______ (TBA)

Unit II:  Responding to Hot and Cold Wars, 1917 - 1960

10/1-10/6 Causes and Consequences of World War I, Discussion Guides may be accessed at http://gorhistory.com/hist111/WWI.html

10/8-10/13 The Not-So-Roaring Twenties, The Depression, and "A New Deal" for Americans.Discussion Guides may be accessed at http://gorhistory.com/hist111/1920sandNewDeal.html

10/15-10/20 Causes and Consequences of World War II. Discussion Guides may be accessed at http://gorhistory.com/hist111/unit2WWII.html

10/22 World War II and the Eastern Front. Discussion guides may be accessed at http://gorhistory.com/hist111/WWII_EasternFront.html

10/27-10/29 The Cold War in the International Arena. Discussion Guides may be accessed at http://gorhistory.com/hist111/coldwar.html

11/3-11/5  The Cold War in the Domestic Arena. Discussion Guides may be accessed at http://gorhistory.com/hist111/ColdWarDomesticArena.html

11/10 - Unit II Exam due - This Take home exam is due at the beginning of class. The True/False section discussed above covers required reading and viewing while the Short Answer section covers all class discussion from Unit II. You must be present and remain the entire class to get credit for this exam. Unit II exam will be posted online by 11/5 and may be accessed at _______ (TBA)

Unit III - Struggling for Hearts and Minds, 1960-1987

11/10-11/17 The War Within and the Struggle for Civil Rights. Discussion Guides may be accessed at http://gorhistory.com/hist111/CivilRights.html

11/19 Discussion: Pacifism and Dissent in Times of War.. Discussion Guides may be accessed at http://gorhistory.com/hist111/drafthistory.html

12/1-12/3 Discussion: Vietnam. Discussion Guides may be accessed at http://gorhistory.com/hist111/vietnam.html

12/8-12/10 Discussion: The Decline of Liberalism and the Triumph of Conservatism. Discussion Guides may be accessed at http://gorhistory.com/hist111/1970sand1980s.html and http://gorhistory.com/hist111/Watergate.html

12/10 - Unit III Exam due - This Take home exam is due at the beginning of class. The True/False section discussed above covers required reading and viewing while the Short Answer section covers all class discussion from Unit III. You must be present and remain the entire class to get credit for this exam. Unit Iii exam will be posted online by 10/9 and may be accessed at _______ (TBA)

12/17 - Research Project/Teach-in - Wednesday, December 17th from 3-4:50

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