History 383 - Fall 2012 - Dr. Gayle Olson-Raymer
Founders Hall 165, Phone: 826-4788
Office Hours in Founders Hall 165 : Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30-5:00 pm and by appointment Office Hours online via email: Wednesdays from 10:30-Noon.
Please note that revisions to the syllabus were made on Wednesday, November 7th.
Course Description, Goals, and Themes
Course Goals: My goals for teaching History 383 are to help you:
Teaching Assistant: We are fortunate to have Samantha Keogh working with us this semester. Samantha is a history major who has done extremely well in California history and will be able to provide many types of assistance as the semester proceeds. You may contact Samantha at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Required Reading. It is essential that you complete the required reading before coming to class. You are required to read the following:
Web Site. My web site is available to assist you throughout the course at http://users.humboldt.edu/ogayle. When you get to the home page, click on "History 383 " where you will find several choices: Course Syllabus, Announcements, Discussion Guides for class meetings.
Attendance: Class attendance is mandatory. If you miss 3 classes, your final grade in the class will drop a full grade. If you miss 5 classes, your final grade will drop two full grades. If you miss 7 classes, your final grade will drop three full grades. More than 8 absences will result in failure.
Required Assignments: The following will be completed throughout the semester: cold call reading reviews, written reading reviews, a social justice research project; participation in the Campus Dialog on Race, and a final examination. For a list of all course requirements and due dates, click here. All assignments are listed in red on the course syllabus. Please note: You will only get credit for all of the following assignments IF you attend the entire class on the day the assignments are due.
- "Cold Call" Reading Reviews (200 total points or 20 points each for 10 reviews ). You will be assigned a total of 20 primary and secondary readings throughout the semester - each of which is available online, through Oncores, or from Wherever There's A Fight. On the 20 days that you have required reading, I will pose questions directly related to the reading to 1/3 or more of all students who are present. Questions will be broad-based and will require analytical thinking. Additionally, at least one question will always address new academic language that you learned in the reading. To prepare you for the class "cold call," you should think about the following for each of the required readings:
- What are the 3-5 ideas/themes/topics that you believe are most important to understand in the reading.
- What are 5-10 new academic language words or phrases you encountered in the reading. You must be able to define them and explain how and why they are important to understand the article's content.
- What questions remain after you completed the reading.
- Because I will be cold calling - not asking for volunteers - you must be ready to engage in a collegial discussion about the required reading. You may use any of your notes about the reading to help you formulate your answers. You will be called upon A MINIMUM OF 10 TIMES THROUGHOUT THE SEMESTER. If you are called upon more than 10 times, you will earn extra credit points for your answers. The following point system will be used to determine the score for the answers:
- 20 points if you engage intellectually in the conversation by addressing the specifics of the question and if your response indicates a deep understanding of the reading assignment;
- 18 points if you engage intellectually in the conversation by addressing most of the specifics of the question and if your response indicates a solid understanding of the reading assignment.
- 14 points if you engage in the conversation by addressing some of the specifics of the question and if your response indicates an average understanding of the reading assignment.
- 0 points if you cannot engage in the conversation, are unable to address the specifics of he question and you have little to no understanding of the reading assignment.
- Written Reading Review (20 total points or 20 points each for 2 written reading reviews). Once during the semester, you will complete a typewritten explanation of what you read or watched. The reviews will be due on October 4th . Please refer to the Course Outline below for the content of this review.
- Civil Rights/Social Justice Research Project (100 points). Each of you will pick a person or topic related to the struggle for civil rights and social justice in California between 1950-2000. You must then conduct research on your subject and use your findings to create a visual, electronic story that you will present to a small group of your classmates. Following are the steps for completing this project:
- Selecting a person or topic. Pick a person or topic of great interest to you - something about the struggle for social justice that you would enjoy researching and learning about during the research project.
- Conducting the research. Find at least 2 primary documents and 2 secondary documents that will inform your understanding of the person or topic.
- Completing the Preliminary Research Design. After you read your documents, complete the required research design that you can access by clicking here. (20 points)
- Designing the presentation. Once you have finished your research, begin to think about how you can design a visual, electronic presentation that will highlight the story you want to tell. You must address the following six components in your presentation:
- An introduction that explains how and why you selected the person or topic for your tour.
- A detailed and historical explanation of how and why your person or topic was/is involved in the struggle for social justice in California. This will be the central focus - the heart of your presentation.
- An explanation of how and why the life of the person or the events related to your topic relate to one or more of the course themes.
- A final analysis and conclusion that addresses what you discovered about California history in the process of your research, how the focus of your research may have changed as your research continued, and what you believe are the most important things about your research that your classmates should understand.
- Visual and written information that is interesting and creative.
- You will submit your presentation electronically on December 4th. (50 points)
- Sharing your presentation. Put your presentation together using your choice of computer technologies - powerpoint, youtube video, short movie, etc. You may be as creative as you wish with your mode of presentation. Please be sure to include all of your historical information in any powerpoint, video, movie, etc when you turn in your final project. On the day the presentation is due - December 4th - you will each share your presentation with a small group of your classmates - between 5-6. Each group will select the best presentation and the person who is selected will then share his/her project with the whole class on December 6th.
- Written portion. You will each write a paper that is a maximum of four double-spaced, typewritten, grammatically correct pages that must include the following four components:
- A brief explanation of your topic and why you chose it.
- A summary of what you expected to find about your topic when you began your research compared with what you actually discovered after you completed your research.
- A discussion of your sources, emphasizing which sources - primary and secondary - you found to be most helpful in the course of your research and why.
- A discussion of how your research findings illustrated at least two of the overall course themes.
- A conclusion emphasizing how your research contributed to a better understanding social justice issues in California.
- A bibliography of all your sources.
- You will submit your paper in class on December 4th. (30 points)
- Final Exam (100 points). On Tuesday, December 11th from 12:40-14:30, you will come to class prepared to take your final exam which consists of two components:
- Written component. Ten days before the exam, you will receive 4 essay questions. Each will address one or more of the course discussions and will require the use of specific examples from classroom discussion notes and required reading materials. You must take notes on each question and turn in your typewritten notes - in any format that helps you study - on the day of the exam.
- Oral component. For the oral component, the class will be divided into four small groups, each of which will work together for 15 minutes i to produce a collective answer to a one of the four questions. Each group will then take 5-7 minutes to present their answer to the class. The remainder of the class will engage in a dialog with the oral presenters about each of the questions and will complete a required evaluation form for the oral presentations.
- Each exam will be assessed as follows:
- 80% of your grade - or 80 points - will be based upon your written notes and the quality of examples used from the classroom and reading materials.
- 10% of your grade - or 10 points - will be based upon the dialog in which you engage during the presentations of the other groups.
- 10% of your grade - or 10 points - will be based on the evaluation form you complete during and after the oral presentations.
- There will be no make-ups for this exam. You must be present on the day it is given to receive your grade.
- Dialog on Race (40 points). During the weeks of October 29-November 9, HSU will be involved in the 14th Annual Campus Dialog on Race. You must be involved in at least three capacities:
- Viewing the Wherever There's a Fight library display and completing the required assignment (30 points) which is due on October 30th and can be accessed by clicking here.
- Attending the discussion with the authors of Wherever There's a Fight - Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi - which will be held on November 2nd from 5-7pm OR attending any other major event, such as viewing the film Precious Knowledge on Friday, November 9th at 7pm in the Goodwin Forum. For those of you who are not able to attend either, you must attend another DOR event. To determine which event you might be interested in attending, go to the schedule at http://www.humboldt.edu/dialogue/.
- Completing the Dialog on Race assessment form (10 points) which can be accessed by clicking here and which is due on Tuesday, November 15th. Another option would be to enroll in Ethnic Studies 480 - the 1 unit course that Dr. Wurlig Bao teaches in conjunction with the Dialog on Race.
- Please note that if you completed a fourth DOR event, you will receive 10 points of extra credit.
Grades. It is possible to accumulate 460 points for this semester's class. Points and grades will be earned as follows:
******* COURSE OUTLINE *******
Introduction: California - Land of Mythology and Diversity (August 21).
Unit I: Colonizing California (August 23 and 28, September 1, 6, and 8)
Tuesday, December 11th from 12:40-14:30 - Final Examination
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, research, critical thinking, historiography and methodology, and oral presentation.