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Syllabus Winter 2012

Syllabus Winter 2012 - AMERICAN HERITAGE 100 Brigham Young...

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AMERICAN HERITAGE 100 Brigham Young University Winter Semester 2012 11:00-11:50 M/W, 140 JSB (003-007; 029-047; 105) 12:00-12:50 M/W, 140 JSB (001-002; 008-013; 024-028; 048-055; 63; 71; 106-107) 1:00-1:50 M/W, 140 JSB (014-023; 056-062; 65-69; 108-109) Instructor: Jenny Hale Pulsipher Assistant Professor, History Department Email: [email protected] Office: 2142 JFSB Office Hours: M, 3-4 PM Course Materials: Frank W. Fox and Clayne L. Pope, City Upon A Hill,3 rd Edition (required). Packet readings, available in the bookstore (required). iClicker, available in the bookstore (required). American Heritage 100 is a study of the American Founding, focusing particularly on the ideas, people, and economic and political systems that shaped the United States of America and influenced the political systems of many other countries. The course combines insights and methodology from the fields of economics, political science and history. It also draws from the scriptures and teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints relating to divinely inspired principles of good government. Through these materials, lectures, and discussions, this course investigates the Founding not only as an historical event in the past but also as a shaping force in the present. All lectures, quizzes, exams, discussions and assignments are designed to meet the following course objectives: To deepen your understanding of the founding principles and institutions of the United States of America. To demonstrate the relevance of the American Founding to your own life. To evaluate the role the United States has played and now plays in world affairs. To encourage you to take an active part in civic affairs. American Heritage is a challenging course, but one that the Board of Trustees of Brigham Young University considered so important that they mandated it for all students. Like all courses, what you get out of American Heritage will largely be determined by what you put into it. If you consistently read the assignments before class, attend and actively engage in lectures and labs, you will learn a great deal in this course and gain a revitalized appreciation for the principles
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embodied in the American Found ing. If you don‟t prepare and actively engage in the course, you can count on a long, frustrating semester. How To Do Well In American Heritage: Study the texts and readings with great care. Their purpose is to stretch you and make you think. Class lectures are based on the assumption that you are already thoroughly familiar with the assigned reading materials. So read each chapter BEFORE the appointed lecture. Then read the chapter over again. If there are concepts that still elude you, come to the Review Room and talk to the TAs. Come to lab prepared. Show up not only with reading assignments completed but with notes on the readings and questions to ask the TA. Students who do this tend to score high in their preparation quizzes. They also tend to do well in the course as a whole.
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