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HIST 1025 (001), American History since 1865 Fall 2015 Sewall 02 classroom, MWF, 11:00-11:50 Dr. Chris H. Lewis Ph. 492-5878 Office: 42A Sewall Hall E-mail: [email protected] Website: Office Hours: TTh 11:00-12:00, 1:00-3:00; and by appointment E-mail: [email protected] Course Home Page : Sewall Academic Mission: The primary goal of the Sewall Academic Program is to promote critical thinking within the framework of a liberal arts curriculum that emphasizes the interaction between history and culture. To meet this goal, the program offers small, seminar-style classes that foster analytical thought through reading, discussion, and written expression and that require active and consistent student participation. Course Description , : This course is a survey of American history from Reconstruction to the present. We will examine how industrialization, urbanization, and the emergence of the United States as a world power shaped modern America. The lives of European Americans, American Indians, African Americans, Asian Americans, and Chicanos and Latinos were transformed by the emergence of modern industrial America. Shaped by the meeting of diverse peoples and cultures, the United States is becoming a multinational society in a global industrial society. Course learning goals: 1. To understand the difference between fact, opinion, evidence, argument, hypothesis, and theory. 2. To learn to critically analyze, evaluate, and judge competing perspectives on American history, culture, and society. 3. To understand larger cultural and societal changes that have create and shape the society we are living in..
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4. To learn to write critical, analytical essays that use supporting arguments and evidence to support a larger thesis. Required Reading: All required reading is on the course website. The password for the reading is “cclewis”. These readings are “pdf documents” that you can read online or print out and read at your convenience. Class Format: In this class, students are responsible for doing the reading and coming to class to discuss the central issues and arguments in the reading.. Make sure you read the assigned readings before each class. We will try to pose and answer these questions during class through class discussion, debate, and analysis. Class Participation and Attendance : Because this is not a lecture course, active class participation is very important. Class participation and class attendance will be a large part of your grade (15 %). You must participate actively in the class discussions in order to get a high participation grade. Class attendance is required. Class attendance is required. You may miss only 7 class periods in a MWF class. Upon your 8th absence, you will automatically fail the course. If there are extenuating circumstances (for example, hospitalization or extended illness), they will be taken into account on a case-by-case basis in implementing the automatic failure provision, providing that you can present evidence/documentation. So please try to
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