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History 201 Fall 2007 syllabus

History 201 Fall 2007 syllabus - History 201 United States...

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History 201: United States History to 1865 Dr. Phillip G. Payne 134 Doyle Hall E-mail: [email protected] URL: http://web.sbu.edu/history/ppayne Office Telephone: 375-2460 Class Schedule : History 202 05 U. S. History to 1865 10:30-11:20 p. 211 History 201 06 U.S. History to 1865 11:30-12:20 p. 211 History 475 01 World War II 1:30-2:20 p. 211 Office Hours : MWF 9:30 – 10:15 Course Description : History 201 is a survey of the history of United States. We begin the course with contact between the peoples of the Americas, Europe, and Africa and continue until the end of the Civil War. Major themes covered will be the political, social, economic, and cultural developments from the colonial period through the mid-nineteenth century. Objectives : I want you to develop the following skills and competencies: the ability to assess and think critically about historical issues and the interpretation of those issues; a basic factual knowledge of this historical period; some skills in analyzing historical data and reaching informed conclusions about those data. Reasoning and Inquiry Goals identify the thesis of a piece of historical writing and analyze how authors develop and support their theses with evidence; recognize the difference between primary and secondary sources, and understand the uses and importance of each type; identify the value and validity of different kinds of source materials; use the library and various bibliographic aids to identify and locate different sources relevant to a particular topic; The ability to write a paper that includes: o sound research; o a thesis that is based on research and argued throughout the paper; o proper citations; o summarizing other works; o clear and correct prose. the ability to orally communicate clearly and effectively as demonstrated by the ability to to participate clearly and thoughtfully during in class discussion; Demonstrate an appropriate level of computer literacy by Using word processing software and e-mail effectively and efficiently;
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Make us of the on-line course components; Conducting solid research on the World Wide Web including a critical evaluation of web-based content. Books : DigitalHistory.org http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/ (Hereafter referred to as DH). John Hollitz, Thinking Through the Past: A Critical Thinking Approach to U. S. History Edward Countryman, ed., How did American Slavery Begin ? Examinations, Assignments & Attendance : In this course we will be making use of my faculty web page ( http://web.sbu.edu/history/ ppayne ) and WebCT. You will need to regularly check each site as well as your SBU and WebCT e-mail accounts. I will be using the web sites to distribute course handouts and other materials. I do not have an attendance policy except that quizzes cannot be made up unless you have an official university excuse or dire personal emergency. It is important that you attend class. I will make announcements in class regarding the scheduling of WebCT quizzes, assignments, and handouts. We will have both in-class and on-line quizzes administered via WebCT.
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