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1 Development of the United States and Its People United States Society/USSO 101 City College of New York Fall 2018 Professor: Dr. Amy Weiss Classroom: NAC 6/328 E-mail: [email protected] Time: M, W 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM Office Hours: By Appointment COURSE DESCRIPTION This course serves as an introduction to the history of the United States from the colonial period through the beginning of the twenty-first century. It will examine major forces that have shaped both the United States and the modern world including, but not limited to capitalism, democracy, gender dynamics, land policies, nationalism, race, religion, and technology. An analysis of cartoons, films, letters, newspaper articles, photographs, and speeches will be used throughout the course to interpret American history. COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES As part of City College’s General Education Curriculum, this course is designed to enhance your understanding of the United States experience in its diversity. Students successfully completing this course will develop the following proficiencies: 1. Oral and Written Communication Skills : Students will produce well-reasoned written or oral arguments using evidence to support conclusions. 2. Critical Thinking Skills : Students will critically evaluate evidence and arguments. 3. Information Literacy Skills : Students will gather, interpret, and access information from a variety of primary and secondary sources. 4. United States Experience : Students will identify and apply the fundamental concepts and methods of a discipline exploring the United States experience in its diversity. COURSE POLICIES Academic Integrity : All work submitted for this course must be your own. Any ideas or information taken from primary or secondary sources must be properly attributed. Plagiarism will result in failure of the given assignment, without the option to resubmit the work, and might lead to failure of the course. All accounts of plagiarism will be reported to the academic administration. Please see City College’s policy on academic integrity: . Be sure to click on the “CUNY Academic Integrity Policy” located at the bottom of this page. Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with this policy.
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2 Attendance : Attendance is required at all class sessions. Students are expected to arrive on time and stay for the full class period. A sign-in sheet will be passed around at the beginning of class to confirm attendance. Every two late arrivals to class will count as an absence and more than three absences can negatively affect your grade. Students missing more than five classes will typically be dropped from the course. This policy starts from the beginning of the semester, not from the beginning of when a student has enrolled in the course, should that be after the semester has started. Missing class because of internships or jobs, travel plans, or other appointments will count as absences.
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