syllabus - History 272 Y 5 2010-11 Class Meeting Time: Tue...

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History 272 Y 5 Professor Yonatan Eyal 2010-11 Class Meeting Time: Tue and Thu, 1:00pm-2:00pm Teaching Assistants: TBA e-mail: [email protected] Office: North Building Office Phone: 905-569-4492 Office Hours: Tue & Thu, 2pm-3pm, and by appointment INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN HISTORY This year-long class provides an entry-level survey of American history from the initial period of European entry into the western hemisphere through the present day. Ranging broadly over themes political, economic, social, and cultural, it aims to provide students with an introduction to American history and to the process of studying the past. Given the constraints of the academic calendar, coverage will be selective and topical rather than comprehensive and linear. In other words, the course focuses on the major trends and ideas of the nation’s past, but will necessarily leave certain topics out given the time limitations. Subjects will include European colonization and settlement; interactions among Native Americans, Africans, and Europeans; society and culture in seventeenth-century New England and the Chesapeake; the imperial geopolitics of the eighteenth century; the Seven Years’ War and the American Revolution; the Confederation, the Constitution, and the early republic; Jefferson-ianism and Jacksonian Democracy; expansion and the Mexican War; sectionalism and the Civil War; problems of capital and labor in the Gilded Age; Progressivism and the two world wars; the New Deal, the Cold War, and mid-century society; and the United States since the 1960s. In addition to these chronological flashpoints, we will address more general thematic concerns such as concepts of the frontier, economic growth, patterns of dominance and resistance, gender and race relations, religion and American thought, and the relationship between politics and culture. Assigned readings will include both primary sources (i.e., texts contemporary to the period we are studying) and recent historical writing. The American Pageant will serve as a general textbook for the course, providing a running narrative of important developments in American history. You should read this text carefully and keep up with the assigned schedule, as this book includes most of the key factual information for which you will be held responsible. Lectures will be delivered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, while mandatory small tutorial groups will meet at other times during the week. Attendance and participation in tutorial discussions and in the larger lecture will count for 25% of the final course grade, as outlined below. Students enrolled in the course will be required to take three term tests , as specified below, and one final examination at the end of the course at a time and place to be determined by the UTM Registrar’s Office. Students will also write two term papers of 6-8 pages each. The papers should draw on the assigned readings and show understanding of course materials through the various stages of the year. These are not research papers and should include no
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syllabus - History 272 Y 5 2010-11 Class Meeting Time: Tue...

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