CORE 130G - AMERICAN CIVILIZATION
Hafey-Marian Hall - Room 301 M-W-F 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM
Instructor of History, King’s College
THE CORE CURRICULUM
The CORE Curriculum is central to all undergraduate degrees at King's College. It lays the foundation for a liberal education that will be reinforced in the major program and continued throughout life. CORE courses are broadly based so that fundamental human issues and problems are approached from diverse viewpoints represented by a variety of disciplines.
THE CORE CURRICULUM: CIVILIZATION SEQUENCE
Civilization courses are designed to explore in some depth the complex dimensions of the human experience. These courses study the cumulative experiences of the past to assist in understanding our complex world and assist in the responsible shaping of the future of that world.
CIVILIZATION: HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES
1. To be familiar with the main stages of civilization as an expanding force which has produced
important forms of political, social, economic, and cultural organization which are our common heritage;
2. To identify major events, persons, and ideas which contributed to the development of
western, including American, and non-western attitudes and institutions;
3. To develop concepts which give meaning and order to the raw material of man's recorded past;
4. To identify and to analyze significant problems and situations as they relate to the continuing
issues of contemporary life.
1. To improve understanding of the major events which have influenced the modern world;
2. To understand the influence of the past on contemporary events and problems;
3. To be an intelligent consumer and evaluator of information about events taking place in the world;
4. To develop a global perspective which recognizes the political, economic, and cultural
interdependence of all nations.
CORE 130: AMERICAN CIVILIZATION
Civilization is the first course in the Civilization sequence of the CORE
Curriculum. The study of American Civilization is celebration as well as it is
critique. It examines achievements and failures; triumphs and tragedies; hopes
and frustrations. It cannot lay claim to prognostication yet it should offer
guidance and direction in shaping the future. The study utilizes static data to
evaluate and to analyze the dynamic forces and ideas by which men and women
have shaped the American story of their times.
This discipline asks that we focus on the past that we might see the
present more clearly as well as better respond to the forces and ideas of our
times. Historical literacy is essential to the education of the professional
man or woman of the 21st century and his or her ability to judge and decide
both private and public issues in a context which respects appropriate
traditions. American Civilization focuses on the development of the
Specific Benefits of CORE 130: AMERICAN CIVILIZATION
1. It hones skill at evaluating data for authenticity or spuriousness, reliability or unreliability; it
trains the mind to weigh and to ponder before acceptance or rejection.
2. It expands understanding and knowledge of the uniqueness of the American democratic experience.
3. It encourages the development of independent thinking, as well as the application of deductive and inductive
reasoning, in the formation and validation of hypotheses and conclusions.
4. It compels acknowledgment of the complexity and variety of the American experience and
recognizes the painful price paid by so many in the past.
5. It confronts us with the moral problem of making judgments about those who occupied
center stage in our American past.
6. It stimulates and develops problem-solving, skeptical judgment and decision-making analysis.
James West et al. NATION OF NATIONS: A Concise Narrative History of the
Any form of academic
dishonesty (plagiarism, etc.), as discussed in your Student Handbook, can
result in a failing grade in the course and additional action by college
officials. Let this be a “word to the
The General Course Outline identifies specific readings from your text. There will be additional readings announced in class. Both your text reading and additional readings, if assigned, must be read prior to classroom lecture and discussion.
Three (3) brief research papers will be assigned. Guidelines and topics for each assignment will be distributed as appropriate. Exploration of various research resources including the library and reliable on-line sources will be encouraged in the completion of these assignments. Upper-class students will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in applying the writing and critical thinking developed in CORE 110 and CORE 100. All students will be expected to submit papers in typed or word processed form.
***Handwritten work will NOT be accepted. Papers not submitted on time will be severely penalized by two (2) points per day!
There will be three (3) written tests given during the semester including the final examination. The first two tests are listed in your course outline. The third (final) examination will be given according to the Registrar's examination schedule. The tests will be based on the lectures and text reading materials, as assigned. The general structure of the tests may be identification, multiple choice, short answer and/or essay. Each test will be non-comprehensive and will review the most recent materials covered.
QUIZZES AND EXTRA-CREDIT
Throughout the semester there may be quizzes and extra-credit assignments given to help you acquire, maintain, or (just maybe?) exceed your grade goal.
Regular participation is expected from each student. Your participation will be noted and weighed in the overall semester grade evaluation (10%) as a growth/development factor.
As learning partners, you and I are expected to attend classroom lectures/discussions on a regular basis. Students are responsible for all materials discussed and be prepared to actively participate in lectures
and classroom discussions. I am responsible for the presentation of subject matter in an environment conducive to your learning experience. Rules of the College regarding class attendance will be followed strictly. There will be a MAXIMUM ALLOWABLE ABSENCE of THREE (3) - excused OR unexcused. Students arriving after the roll is taken will be marked absent and must meet with the professor after class if they wish to have the absence changed. Absence on the day of a scheduled test will NOT be excused unless a serious reason has been explained to the instructor (in advance, if possible) and arrangements for a make-up test are made within five (5) class days of the scheduled test. It is the RESPONSIBILITY OF THE STUDENT to arrange the make-up with the professor. It will be within the discretion of the professor to permit any and all exceptions to these rules based on the evidence presented. Three consecutive absences or a pattern of absence (or lateness) over a three week period will initiate an Excessive Absence Report to the College Student Services Office.
SEMESTER GRADE EVALUATION
The determination of the final semester grade will be based on the successful completion of all requirements for the course using numerical values as follows:
• Tests: Total - 60% = Tests I, II, and III - 60% (20% each)
• Written Assignments -30% ( each 10%)
• Participation - 10%
The general grading scale to be used is as follows:
A+ = 98 A = 95 A- = 92
B+ = 88 B = 85 B- = 82
C+ = 78 C = 75 C- = 72
D+ = 68 D = 65 F = 59
OFFICE CONTACT / OFFICE HOURS
*Personal consultations are welcome and encouraged.
*Test reviews and "rough drafts" of papers are strongly encouraged during office hours or at other convenient times.
Office: HM 312
Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
Other times by appointment.
Phone: 208-5900 Ext. 5637
Messages may be left with the Faculty Assistants in Hafey Marian Hall, 208-5900 - Ext. 5702.
GENERAL COURSE OUTLINE:
(This schedule is tentative and is subject to amendment by the instructor.)
Review of Syllabus & Overview 8/30
Worlds, New Worlds, and Settlements in
Mosaic of Eighteenth Century
5-6 The Creation of A New Republic-American People & Revolution
7-8 The Republic Launched
The Bill of Rights
Second War for
12 The Fires of Perfection
13-14 The Old South , Western Expansion, and the Rise of Slavery Issue
16 The Civil War & the Republic
New South and Trans
19-20 Industrial Order, Urban Order
21 The Political System Under Strain
22 The Progressive Era and Toward a New Century
December 10th (Last Class) Final Review
Test #1 – October 4, 2004
Test #2, November 8, 2004
Final Exam: Scheduled by the Registrar (Week of December 13-17)
PAPER DUE DATES
Paper #1 – September 27, 2004
Paper #2 – November 3, 2004
Paper #3 – December 6, 2004
OTHER IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
September 6: Labor Day – No Classes
October 15–17: Fall Recess – No Classes
October 22-24: King’s Homecoming
November 24-28: Thanksgiving
Library Internet Resources
Library of Congress Government Guide
Internet Public Library, President of the United States
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