History 383 - Fall 2013 - Dr. Gayle Olson-Raymer
Founders Hall 165, Phone: 826-4788
Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:30-2:45pm and by appointment
Revised on October 31, 2013
The course syllabus - available online at http://gorhistory.com/hist383/Syllabus2013.html - is divided into three parts:
Please consult this course syllabus online for all questions regarding course requirements and assignment due dates - as well as for any changes in the syllabus and/or assignments. Please note, even though the discussion guides are included for each class meeting, they are not the equivalent of the lecture notes. In most cases, the guides will not make sense without attending class. In other words, you must attend class!!!
This course analyzes the historical factors that have produced the very complex and diverse state of California. We will explore California's ethnic, economic, and geographical diversity, we will examine the efforts of those Californians who built the political, economic, and social infrastructure of the state and helped shape what people around the world continue to call the "California Dream," and we will learn about the courageous efforts of many Californians to change the reality of their limited and unequal access to that dream. My goals for teaching History 383 are to help you:
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.
For each class meeting, you will have various reading and Internet-based assignments. Prior to coming to class, please complete all reading and assignments explained in detail on the Course Outline below. Your prior thought and preparation about the assignments will enable us to have a more intellectual conversation during each class meeting. PLEASE NOTE - If you are a History Major or a History Major - Social Science Education Track student, keep all your work for this class with my comments on them for inclusion in your final portfolio for the History Department.
Following are the course requirements:
Book: Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi, Wherever There's a Fight: How ruanaway slaves, suffragists, immigrants, strikers, and poets shaped civil liberties in California. Berkeley: Heyday Books, 2009. Chapters will be assigned as noted in the Course Outline below. Please note that a copy of this book is available on Reserve in the Library.
Primary and secondary documents: Various online primary and secondary documents as noted in the Course Outline below will be required and can be accessed either directly online or through the Library's Oncores program. To learn how to use and access Oncores readings, go to http://library.humboldt.edu/circulation/oncores_accessing.html. To directly access the Oncores readings for this course, simply go to http://oncores.humboldt.edu/cgi-bin/oncores.cgi?crn=41083 and click on the article you wish to read or download.
Assessments: The following will be completed throughout the semester: cold call reading reviews, a social justice research project, and a final examination. 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 (100 total points or 10 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:
- 10 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;
- 8 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.
- 5 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.
- Final Exam (100 points). On Monday, December 16th from 3-4:50pm, you will come to class prepared to take your final exam which consists of two components: PLEASE NOTE - This is revised. You will only have to provide the written component of the final exam - due in class on December 16th. There will be NO ORAL COMPONENT. The exam will still be worth 100 points - 25 points for each question.
- 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.
- Civil Rights/Social Justice Research Project (250 points). Each of you will pick a person or topic related to the struggle for civil rights and social justice in California between 1950-2010. You must then conduct research on your subject and use your findings to create two products: a research paper and a visual, electronic presentation 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 in California that you would enjoy researching and learning about throughout the semester.
- Conducting the research. Examine the primary documents and secondary documents that will inform your understanding of the person or topic.
- Completing the Preliminary Research Design (25 points out of 250 total points). Complete the required research design and turn it in at the beginning of class on September 25th. You can access the Preliminary Research Design Template by clicking here.
- Meeting with your professor for a one-on-one conversation about the progression of your research and your thesis topic. Make an appointment anytime during the weeks of October 2 - October 23 with your professor. During this meeting, you must be able to fully articulate your thesis, discuss how your research is progressing (i.e., things that are going well, stumbling blocks, etc.), and explain what steps still need to be taken.
- Discussing your thesis and research with your colleagues and engaging in a peer review. During class on November 4th, you will come to class prepared to work in a group of 3-4 of your colleagues and explain your thesis and how your research is progressing. Your peers will be reviewing your work and assisting you with clearer articulation of your research goals and findings.
- Turning in a rough draft of your research paper (50 points out of 250 total points). On November 13th, you will submit a solid draft of your research paper.
- Writing your research paper. (100 points out of 250 total points)Write up your findings in your research paper and turn it in on December 16th. Your paper must be at least 8 pages and no more than 10 pages in length. You must address the following six components in your research paper:
- An introduction that explains how and why you selected the person or topic for your research.
- A thesis statement in which you stake a claim and map out the basis for the argument you will be making.
- 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 research paper.
- An explanation of how and why the life of the person or 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 "bottom line" conclusions of your research.
- A bibliography of all your resources. Note that your bibliography will not count as part of your total pages for the project.
- Designing the presentation. Once you have finished your research paper, begin to think about how you can design a visual, electronic presentation that will highlight the story you uncovered during the course of your research. In your presentation on December 16th, you must address the following four components:
- An introduction that explains how and why you selected the person or topic for your tour.
- 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.
- An analysis of your research findings 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.
- Sharing your presentation (75 points out of 250 total points). 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. On the day your project is due - December 16th - you will each share your presentation with a small group of your classmates - between 4-5. Each group will select the best presentation and the person who is selected will then share his/her project with the whole class.
It is possible to accumulate 450 points for this semester's class. Points and grades will be earned as follows:
This course is divided into four units of academic study. Under each of the four units, you will find the topic and a link to the discussion guides for each day's discussion, as well as the required reading and any required assignments that are due.
8/26 - Introduction: California - Land of Mythology and Geographical Diversity. The discussion guides can be found at http://gorhistory.com/hist383/Calif-LandofDiversity.html
Unit I: Colonizing California
Monday, December 16th from 3-4:50 - Final Examination is due AND Social Justice Research Paper and Presentations due
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.