Governors State University
College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Humanities
HISTORY of the UNITED STATES to 1865
HIST 1110, Fall, 2019
Tuesdays, Rm. F1622
Thursdays, Rm. C3331
Tuesdays, Rm. F1622
Thursday, Rm. C3380
|Prof. Eliot Fackler
Office Hours, Suite C3370: TBA
|Dr. David Hamilton Golland
Office Hours, Suite C3370: Click HERE
Provides a historical examination of the United States from the founding of the colonies through Reconstruction with special emphasis on connections between historical transformations and issues of race, class, gender, religion, nation-building, economic development and modernization, and the sectional conflict.
Rationale: Familiarity with the historical developments in the United States is critical to a nuanced and complex understanding of the United States and it's place in the world today.
Intended Audience: This is a required course for history majors and fills a requirement for Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, and Social Science majors. This course also meets the Humanities General Education requirement.
Course Modality: Lecture/Discussion
General Education (GenEd) Information: Students must complete this course with a grade of C or better in order to receive General Education Credit towards graduation. Students who earn a grade of D will receive elective credit towards graduation but will not receive GenEd credit; to complete the GenEd requirement they may either repeat the course for a better grade, or take another appropriate GenEd course. Students who earn a grade of F (or who withdraw from the course without a grade) must repeat the course and earn a C or better to fulfill the GenEd requirement.
Expected Student Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
Identify the major areas of British colonization in North America and distinguish between them on politics, economics, and society
Identify the different perspectives on the major events in U.S. history prior to the Civil War
Explain the basic chronology of the major events in U.S. history prior to the Civil War
Identify primary and secondary sources
Required Textbook: (Top)
Course Components and Grade Weighting: (Top)
There are six components to this course:
|Syllabus Quizzes ||5%|
|BlackBoard Questions ||15%|
|Do Now ||15%|
|Midterm Exam ||20%|
|Final Exam ||25%|
Explanation of Course Components, Grading, Attendance Policy, and Progress Reports.
Syllabus Quizzes. Carefully reading this syllabus is the homework assignment due the second day of class; maintaining their knowledge of it throughout the semester is equally important. Students who do so will ace these brief quizzes, given at the start of the semester and a week before the midterm.
BlackBoard Questions. Upon completion of each homework assignment, each student will post (in the appropriate forum on the "Discussion" page at the course's BlackBoard site) three questions inspired by the reading. These should not be "yes/no" or simple factual questions but rather must represent an informed consideration of the topics covered by the chapter and should be posed so as to lead to further discussion (in fact they will form the basis of class discussion). When there is a primary source document and a textbook chapter assigned, at least one (but not more than two) of the questions must be based on the document. When the assignment is only a textbook chapter or only a primary document, all three questions should be based on that reading. These questions are due by Noon the day before each class. Students are also expected to log in to the forum between Noon and the start of class the next day to read the questions posted by other students.
Do Now. At the start of each class (except on exam days), students will write and submit, on a single page, several sentences explaining one thing they learned during the previous class discussion and one thing they learned from the current class' homework assignment. Students who missed the last class should write about something they learned in the most recent class they attended (in this course).
Participation. Each student is expected to arrive on time and actively engage in discussion and activities during every class session. Students can also seek particpation credit by writing helpful answers on the Student-2-Student discussion forum in BlackBoard. Every two weeks, students must submit in writing a self-description of their participation during those two weeks. Please print the form, which can be found HERE, and submit it at the start of class on the days it is due.
The Midterm Exam will focus on the first half of the course material, including the reading, class discussion, and in-class film. A comprehensive review session will be held prior to the exam. The passing grade is 60 out of 100. Let me know in advance if you have a valid excuse to miss the exam, and I will schedule a makeup. If you miss the exam without telling me in advance, it must be the result of a documentable, verifiable, dire emergency. Students who miss the midterm exam and also miss the makeup exam will not have the opportunity for a second makeup and are advised to immediately withdraw from the course to avoid earning a grade of "F."
The Final Exam, which at 25% is the most valuable component to the course, will focus on the second half of the course material (in other words it will not be cumulative). It will contain the same components as the midterm. A comprehensive review session will be held prior to the exam. The passing grade is 60 out of 100. Students who are absent from the final exam will receive a grade of "Incomplete" if they would otherwise pass the course; such students will be required to arrange with me to take a makeup exam before the end of the following semester. Absent students who would otherwise fail the course will receive a grade of "F" for the course.
The mathematical score for students who pass at least one of the exams will translate into letter grades as follows:
A: Greater than or equal to 90
B: Greater than or equal to 80 and less than 90
C: Greater than or equal to 70 and less than 80
D: Greater than or equal to 60 and less than 70
F: Less than 60
The mathematical score for students who fail BOTH the midterm exam and the final exam will translate into letter grades as follows:
D: Greater than or equal to 60
F: Less than 60
All students will receive the exact grade they have earned, and grades will NOT be rounded up. For example, a student with a mathematical score of 89.999 (who passes at least one of the exams) will receive a B; a student with a mathematical score of 59.999 will receive an F. Students in danger of receiving an F are advised to withdraw from the course prior to the withdrawal deadline.
Attendance Policy: There are no "excused" absences (except as explained in "The Midterm Exam" and "The Final Exam," above). Participation during every class session, and completion of every do-now activity, is required to earn a perfect mathematical score of 100 points. However, you are not required to earn a perfect mathematical score to earn an "A" in this class (see "Grading," above). Every missed class will result in a loss of 0.75 points of participation credit and every missed do-now activity will result in a loss of 1.25 points of do-now credit. Students who miss a significant number of class sessions should consider withdrawal from the course; speak to your advisor in the Undergraduate Academic Advising Center. If the withdrawal deadline has passed, we might be able to accomodate an administrative withdrawal or an incomplete grade; speak to Professor Fackler or Golland.
If you miss a class: first, speak with classmates and borrow notes; second, read the BlackBoard questions for that day (which you should do whether you attend class or not); and third, meet with Professor Fackler or Golland to discuss any questions, comments, or concerns.
Progress Reports: You will receive feedback on your progress in this course in the form of returned and graded Do Now submissions, Participation self-eval forms, quizzes, and exams. Pay close attention to the red marks on each to monitor your progress in each component of the course, and consider the value of each component to calculate your progress towards your final grade.
Most students will not receive formal feedback on their BlackBoard questions. Each time you submit questions by the deadline, you will receive full credit towards your final grade. Please keep track of any missed deadlines on your own.
Professors Fackler and Golland will not seek you out to discuss your progress but you are welcome to speak with them about it. Make an appointment to see them during their office hours (see top of page).
Classroom Rules: (Top)
Students are expected to engage in classroom discussions thoughtfuly, critically, and above all respectfully. This does NOT mean that we cannot disagree. rIndeed, disagreement is a cornerstone to critical inquiry. In the spirit of true critique, we will engage in thoughtful, rigorous discussions of the challenging topics and themes that animate this course.
Please remember to silence your electronic devices and put them away for the class (except for times when their use is appropriate). Do not wear headphones or earbuds during class. Students inappropriately using
electronics will be considered absent and will not receive participation credit for that class session.
Professors Fackler and Golland have a zero-tolerance policy for disruptive or disrespectful behavior. You will be treated like adults and are expected to behave like adults.
Exam Rules (Top)
Please observe these rules carefully. Infractions may result in lost points.
No pencil or red ink.
Clear your desk of all items except a writing implement prior to the start of the quiz or exam.
Keep your eyes on your own quiz or exam.
Write your name first; no extra time will be alloted at the end to write your name.
Do not speak out loud or call out during the exam. If you have a question, raise your hand and I will come to your seat.
You may not leave the classroom during the exam. If you must leave for an emergency, turn in your exam; you're finished. So please handle biological functions in advance.
If you finish early, you may leave.
This is College. (Top)
Congratulations on making it to college! Most people never attend college. You have earned your place here, and are now part of an elite group. Take pride in that, but remember that with this privilege come obligations. Your professors look forward to helping you meet those obligations so that you can graduate into the company of college-educated women and men, what we call the informed citizenry. This is especially important in this age of so-called "alternative facts" and "fake news."
You will find college to be quite different than high school.
Homework is assigned in the syllabus and is to be completed before class. In high school, the teacher usually gave you the homework assignment at the end of each class. In college, all homework is listed on the syllabus, and is due before each class.
Homework pertains to the upcoming discussion, not the previous lesson. In high school, homework was a tool used to reinforce the previous lesson. In college, the purpose of homework is to prepare you for the upcoming class discussion. So if you don't do your homework, you will have difficulty following the class discussion.
Homework is the primary educational tool. In high school, homework was supplemental to the classroom. In college, the classroom is supplemental to the homework. You should expect to spend two hours doing homework for every one hour in the classroom. For a three-credit course, you will spend 2.5 hours in the classroom each week, so you should expect to average 5 hours per week on homework (including the readings and other activities). Some weeks you will spend more time, some less.
If you miss class, do NOT ask your professor "did I miss anything important?" Every class session and everything we do in a course is important. To ask this question is disrespectful of your work, the work of your fellow students, and your professor.
Your instructor is a professor at the top of her/his profession. In high school you had teachers, who (with rare exceptions) taught the work of others. In college you have professors who often spend twice as much time working in their professions as they do teaching. You have heard the phrase "Those who can, do; those who can't, teach." College professors do and teach. Mastery of an academic profession nearly always requires a doctoral degree, so address us as "Professor" or "Doctor," not "Ms." or "Mr."
College is not about memorizing "facts." What we teach are critical thinking skills and the ability to analyze information to draw meaningful conclusions.
College is Rated R. You will not be treated like a child; nor will you be treated as if you were fragile. You will be introduced to ideas and themes which may make you uncomfortable. That is a good thing. Reality is sometimes not for the faint of heart. You should take advantage of your time here to step out of your comfort zone and consider alternate perspectives, especially those that scare you!
Schedule of Assignments: (Top)
Counseling Center (Top)
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In case of emergency, the University's Alert System will be activated. Students are encouraged to maintain updated contact information using the link on the homepage of the myGSU portal. In addition, students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Emergency Procedures posted in each classroom. Detailed information about the University's emergency management plan, information on how to update your contact information, and the Campus Safety Booklet can be found at www.govst.edu/emergency.
Contact Information: (Top)
|David Hamilton Golland, PhD
Associate Professor of History
Department of Humanities, Suite C3370
Governors State University
|Eliot Fackler, MA (abd)
Visiting Assistant Professor of History
Department of Humanities, Suite C3370
Governors State University
The New York Times Online
Professor Golland's Website
Photo Credit: "Am I not a Man and a Brother?" Exhibit: Stanford University; Online Location: http://www.stanford.edu/class/history29s/
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Last Updated 07 November, 2019 (DHG)