Civilization courses are designed to explore in some depth the complex dimensions of man's world. These courses study the cumulative experiences of the past to provide an understanding of how the past influences the present and the outlook for the future. Individually and collectively what we are is the product of what we have been. This course traces the history of the American people from the first permanent settlement to the development of major power status at the beginning of the 20th Century.
In our examination of our heritage we intend to alert students to the value of this discipline as an integral part of their general education, as a tool for understanding human behavior. If experience is a good teacher, then history, the study of past experience, is a vital ingredient for self-knowledge.
The discipline provides other benefits:
(All are applicable to American Civilization)
Murrin, Johnson, McPherson, Gerstle, et al.: Liberty, Equality, Power: A History of the American People, Vol. I, 1996
You are ONLY responsible for the following pages in your textbook:
8-10; 12-14; 16-17; 31-5; 41-2; 57-64; 67-72; 85-8; 93-8; 102-5; 133-42; 165-72; 174-88; 194-204; 206-7; 214-21; 229-43; 282-310; 312-39; 359-65; 366-92; 394-418; 420-46; 448-80; 482-515; 518-52; 605-54; 658-91; 694-720
Highman, John. Strangers in the Land. Patterns of American Nativism. 3rd ed., 1990. (039543308-8)
for the final exam.
TESTS / DATE / CONTENTS
I: Sept. 12 / Lecture notes, plus relevant textbook pages, / (Chapters 1-4, pp. 1-142) handouts and films.
II: Oct. 3 / Lecture notes, plus relevant textbook pages, / (Chapters 5-7, pp. 144-243) handouts, films and the Constitution.
III: Oct. 24 / Lecture notes, plus relevant textbook pages (Chapter 9, pp. 282-310)
IV: Nov. 14 / Lecture notes, plus relevant textbook pages, / (Chapters 10-15, pp. 312-480) handouts and films.
Final: TBA / Lecture notes, plus relevant textbook pages / (Chapters 16-22, pp. 481-720) handouts, films, and Strangers in the Land.
[ALL TESTS, INCLUDING THE FINAL, ARE NONCOMPREHENSIVE.]
NOTE: A sample test will be distributed with this syllabus. It will familiarize the student with the instructorÝs method of testing. RETESTS ARE PERMITTED FOR ALL FAILED EXAMS, EXCEPT FOR THE FINAL. Maximum grade on all Retakes is "C".
A historical research paper of a minimum of five (5) typewritten, double-spaced pages on an assigned topic is worth 20% of your final grade. (Consult list of topics on attached sheet.) The essay should be in proper academic form; it should NOT be a mere compilation of information but a thoughtful interpretation of an historical event, person or period. It should contain an introduction and conclusion and be supported by documentation in the form of endnotes and a bibliography. Correct spelling, grammar and punctuation are essential.
SELECTION DATE: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 1997.
DUE DATE: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 1997.
NOTE: A PENALTY OF ONE POINT WILL BE ASSESSED FOR EACH DAY'S LATENESS.
Independent Research Assignments
To understand the background of the lectures and to participate intelligently in the discussions which will be part of each class period, it is absolutely essential that you READ the assignment before coming to class. I will not REPEAT what is in the textbook. I will use it as a starting point to probe deeper into each of the designated topics.
Handouts will be distributed in class from time to time. They are an integral part of the course. Please read them carefully.
The instructor reserves the right to change or modify any part of this syllabus at his discretion.
Students are encouraged to visit the instructor should any questions arise. Office hours are listed above.
Regular attendance at all classes is expected. You must adhere to the attendance policy established by the institution. It can be found in the Student Handbook, 1997-1998, p. 61. During the orientation part of the first class meeting, I will further elaborate on my absentee policy.
PLEASE READ THIS SYLLABUS COMPLETELY AND CAREFULLY. REFER TO IT FROM TIME TO TIME THROUGHOUT THE SEMESTER. IT WILL ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE.
FILM SCHEDULE (Visual Literacy)
[Another Style of Learning]
DATE / FILMS / NO. RUNNING TIME
Aug. 29 America: Home from Home / VT-283 pt. 2 / 50"
Sept. 5 America: Making a Revolution / VT-283 pt. 3 / 50"
Sept. 19 America: Inventing a Nation / VT-283 pt. 4 / 50"
Sept. 26 Gone West& / VT-283 pt. 5
Oct. 10 America: A Firebell in the Night / VT-283 pt. 6 / 50"
Oct. 17 The Civil War / VT-283 pt. 7 / 50"
Oct. 31 The Civil War
Nov. 7 America: Domesticating a Wilderness
Nov. 21 America: Money on the Land / VT-283 pt. 8 / 50"
OBJECTIVES OF FILM
A. For historical literacy - to dispense information.
B. To motivate study and to encourage discussion.(First part of the following class period will analyze the film).
C. To show the film as historical document and as an example of historical interpretation.
D. To teach you to apply the same type of critical thinking to the message you receive through the visual media as you apply to the printed word. In short, to enhance analytical skills.