History 121: Modern US History Online Summer 2015 (2nd Four Week Session)
Instructor: Christopher Marshall
Office: Tainter 321
Phone: (715) 232-1373
Office Hours: By appointment online or by phone
Course Description: In this course, we will examine the major themes in the history of the United States from Reconstruction to the bombings of September 11th. Lectures will explore a range of topics including reconstruction, immigration, the response to industrialization, WWI, the Great Depression and the New Deal, WWII, the Cold War, rights movements from the 1950s through the 1970s, the Vietnam War, Watergate, and the rise of the New Right. Throughout this survey, we will explore the meaning of freedom and American identity in the context of capitalist development and the U.S. as a global power. How did institutions such as the government or schools reflect these changes? What impact did unions or other grassroots organizations have on redefining values and priorities? What issues do we face in the 21st century? To answer these questions we will look at politics, wars, and diplomacy—the traditional focus of historical inquiry—but also at social, intellectual, and economic themes that have been just as important in making us who we are.
Course Objectives: As a result of this course, students should be able to:
· Comprehend the major events in US History since the Civil War and identify their causes, outcomes and the participants
· Evaluate the processes of change in the development of American society and culture from 1865 to the present
· Compare and contrast the experiences of different groups of people based on factors such as race, class, gender, religion, ethnic origin and regional variation
· Understand how to evaluate historical texts and documents in order to draw conclusions about the past
Required Texts: These texts can be found at the University library (Be sure to get Volume 2)
Give Me Liberty! An American History, vol 2. Eric Foner
Voices of Freedom: A Documentary History, vol 2. Eric Foner
Course Requirements and Policies: For those of you that have never taken a four week summer class or online course before (and those who have as well), a few things. First off, expect to spend the same amount of time working on this course as you would if you took HIST 121 with me in the classroom. Given the four-week duration of Summer Term, you should expect to spend a few hours each day on the course. That time will consist of both assignments and a great deal of reading, so be prepared. In addition to the textbook readings assigned in all of my classes, you will be reading an additional lecture each class day to supplement the textbook. Online courses are not meant as an “easy” class. Rather, they are intended to facilitate students who due to work or other commitments cannot easily attend in-person classes.
Given that this is an online class, you WILL need a reliable internet connection. I understand that problems do occur but regular access to the course site is essential to your success. Further, you must have an active UW Stout email account, since email will be the main channel of direct communication for the course.
1. Course Material-You will find all of the course material for each class’s lesson under the content section of the course D2L site. This will usually include the lecture readings or recorded lecture, a power point and primary source readings accessible via links or in attachment. On some days, there will also be links to short video clips. Also included on the content page will be that day’s assignment. You will be responsible for reading all of this material daily.
2. Discussion-Each week, I will post two or three question based on the course material in the text and the discussion section on the D2L site. You will be required to post a response to each question. The post will be an open thread so you can also meet this requirement by responding to the posts of your fellow students. However, your response should focus on the question at hand, disrespectful and mean-spirited responses will not be tolerated. I will allow you one missed response before it affects your grade.
3. Short Assignments and Quizzes-For each topic covered in the course, you will have an assignment due in addition to your discussion response. This will either be a short written assignment which you will give to me in the D2L drop box or a short quiz based on the reading. Each quiz, which will appear in the quiz section of the course site, will be 10 questions (multiple choice, true/false, matching) and you will have 15 minutes to complete it. The time limit is to take in consideration the fact that you will have your notes available while taking the quiz.
4. Midterm Exam/Final Exam-In this course you will be taking both a Midterm and a Final Exam. Each exam will have two sections, a 25 question multiple choice, true/false and matching section worth 50 points and an essay section worth 50 points. These tests, since they are also open note/open book will also be timed and you will have 75 minutes to complete each.
5. Office Hours- Given that this course is conducted remotely, I will not be offering physical office hours. However, I will be on the computer most mornings and thus will be checking my email regularly. In addition, if you wish to speak in person, we can set up an appointment either over the phone or via Skype.
Course Assignments and Weights: These represent the major assignments for the course. Other smaller assignments, as part of course participations, may be included at a later date.
Midterm Exam (25% of Grade)
Final Exam (30%)
Short Assignments and Quizzes-(30%)
93-100 A 73-76 C
90-92 A- 70-72 C-
87-89 B+ 66-69 D+
83-86 B 63-65 D
80-82 B- 60-62 D-
77-79 C+ 59 and below F
Academic honesty is fundamental to your learning process in this class and at the university as a whole. Students are responsible for the honest completion of their work, proper citation of sources and respect of others’ work. Academic dishonesty is classified as intentional cheating, giving false evidence, plagiarism (copying another’s work), and helping another to cheat. This will not be tolerated in this class. If it comes to my attention that you have cheated, you will earn a failing grade for that assignment. If it happens more than once, you will fail the course.
If you are a student who has special needs, please let me know early in the semester so that I may help accommodate those needs. It is my goal that everyone succeeds in this class.
Week 1 (July 6-12) Topic 1-Course Introduction, Civil War Review
Topic 2-Reconstruction Chpt 15
Topic 3-The Gilded Age, Labor and the West Chpt 16/17
Topic 4-The Progressive Era Chpt 18
Week 2 (July 13-19) Topic 1-American Imperialism, and the Great War Chpt 19
Topic 2-The “Roaring” 20s Chpt 20
Topic 3-The Great Depression and the New Deal Chpt 21
Midterm Exam (due by the end of the day July 19)
Week 3 (July 20-26) Topic 1-The Second World War Chpt 22
Topic 2-The United States and the Cold War Chpt 23
Topic 3-Post-War Prosperity Chpt 24
Topic 3-The Age of Discontent Chpt 25
Week 5 (July 27-Aug 2) Topic 1-The Age of Discontent Chpt 25
Topic 2-The Republican Resurgence Chpt 26
Topic 3-The New World Order, Globalization Chpt 27
Final Exam (due by the end of the day August 2)