UTA_Early US_Fall 2019_2pm.docx - HISTORY 1301 History of the United States to 1865 Course Syllabus – Fall 2019 Instructor Dr Jonathan M Steplyk

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HISTORY 1301 History of the United States to 1865 Course Syllabus – Fall 2019 Instructor: Dr. Jonathan M. Steplyk, Department of History, University Hall Email: [email protected] Office Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 11:00 – 12:30, University Hall 339 Classroom: University Hall 121 Class Time: Tuesday-Thursday 2:00pm – 3:20pm Textbook: The American Yawp Vol. 1: Before 1877 () (primary source readings are optional unless otherwise specified) Book Review: For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War by James M. McPherson Course Description: A survey of the development of the American nation from the discovery and settlement of the New World to the end of the Civil War era, with emphasis on major forces, individuals, and events shaping that development. Course Objectives: By the completion of this course you should 1) possess a knowledge of important basic facts in American history; 2) be able to analyze the importance of key events and individuals; 3) recognize and discuss intelligently significant trends and movements in U.S. history; 4) understand how the past helps to shape the present and future; and 5) develop skills in receiving, processing, and expressing information. UTA Core Curriculum Objectives: The state of Texas requires specific objectives for general education “core” courses. The state objectives for “general ed” courses require that students learn critical thinking and communication (written, oral, visual) skills; teamwork skills; quantitative reasoning; personal responsibility (ethics) and social responsibility (civics). This course partially satisfies the University of Texas at Arlington component area requirement in American History and addresses Critical Thinking, Communication, Personal Responsibility and Social Responsibility objectives. Grading Policy: Grades will be based on three exams (150 points each), a book review (200 points), three document reading assignments (50 points each), and a comprehensive final exam (200 points).
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Students arriving late on test days will not be given extra time to complete an exam. Final grades are based on the following general point scale: 900 to 1000 points = A 800 to 899 points = B 700 to 799 points = C 600 to 699 points = D 599 points & below = F Testing Materials: Unless otherwise notified, students are responsible for bringing assigned testing materials to class on test days. For this course, you will need three (3) “mini essay book” Scantron sheets (form 886-E) for semester exams and one (1) “answer sheet” Scantron (form 882-E) for the final exam. Book Review: The signature assignment for this course is an essay (4-5 pages long) based on James McPherson’s For Cause and Comrades . In this essay, you will 1) summarize McPherson’s major arguments, 2) discuss his evidence, and 3) explain whether or not you find his arguments convincing. You will also find at least two academic reviews of McPherson’s book and incorporate these into your review, with proper citation. Reviews can be found through databases such as JSTOR and ProjectMuse via the UTA Library website.
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