Governors State University College of Arts and Sciences
Division of Arts and Letters
HISTORY of the UNITED STATES since 1865
HIST 1120, Spring 2018, 3 Credits
Thursdays, 4:30-7:20, Rm. C3380
Instructor: Dr. David Hamilton Golland, Office C3370
Office Hours: click HERE
Online Course Guide
Provides a historical examination of the United States from the Civil War through the present with special emphasis on connections between historical transformations and issues of race, class, gender, industrialization, immigration, urbanization, reform/social movements, and World Wars I and II.
Rationale: Familiarity with the historical developments in the United States is critical to a nuanced and complex understanding of the United States and its place in the world today.
Intended Audience: This is a required course for history majors and fills a requirement for Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education majors.
Course Modality: Lecture/Discussion
Expected Student Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Identify the major regions of the U.S. and distinguish between them on politics, economics, and society
2. Identify the different perspectives on the major events in U.S. history since the Civil War
3. Explain the basic chronology of the major events in U.S. history since the Civil War
4. Identify primary and secondary sources
Textbook and Films (Top)
||The American Yawp
A Free and Online, Collaboratively Built American History Textbook
Click HERE to access.
Required films (to be screened on your own):
Gangs of New York, available on Netflix DVD and Amazon Instant Video.
Far and Away, available on Amazon Instant Video.
Brothers on the Line, available on Netflix Instant Video and Amazon Instant Video.
Dr. Strangelove, available at Netflix DVD and Amazon Instant Video.
The Manchurian Candidate, 1962 version, available at Netflix DVD and Amazon Instant Video.
Extra Credit: 13th, Dir. Ava DuVernay, 2016, available at Netflix Instant.
Governors State University does not officially endorse Netflix or Amazon. The above availability is suggestive of where students might view these films.
Course Components: (Top)
There are six components to this course:
|Syllabus Quiz ||5%|
|Do Nows ||15%|
|BlackBoard Questions ||15%|
|Plagiarism Quiz ||0%|
|Midterm Exam ||15%|
|Film Review ||15%|
|Final Exam ||20%|
|Extra Credit Film Review ||15%|
Explanation of Course Components:
Syllabus Quiz. Carefully reading the entire 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 this brief quiz.
Do Nows. At the start of each class, students will write and submit, on a single page, two to three sentences explaining one thing they learned during the previous week's discussion and one thing they learned from the current week's reading.
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.
Plagiarism Quiz. This brief quiz will be based on "Avoiding Plagiarism," which can be found below. Students must take the quiz at the University of Indiana School of Education Plagiarism Test Site. Successful completion of the test will result in a certificate, which you must print, complete, sign, and leave in my faculty mailbox (in the division office) by class on February 22. Note: The film review will not be accepted from students who have not successfully completed the plagiarism quiz, resulting in a grade of zero for that assignment.
Participation. Each student is expected to 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 three 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. It will consist of a multiple-choice section, a chronology section, and a short-answer section. A review session will be held prior to the exam. Let me know in advance if you have a valid excuse to miss the exam. I will schedule a makeup but there will be a 5% penalty. If you miss the exam without telling me in advance, it must be the result of a documentable, verifiable, dire emergency, which likewise will carry a 5% penalty. Students who miss the midterm exam and also miss the makeup exam will not have the opportunity for a second makeup and should withdraw from the course to avoid earning a grade of "F."
The Film Review, which is due before midnight on Friday before the last class (4/27/18 11:59pm), must examine in detail one of the six films assigned in this class (and accurately reference the others): Lincoln, Gangs of New York, Far and Away, Brothers on the Line, Dr. Strangelove, The Manchurian Candidate, or Freedom Riders. The review should be between 600 and 800 words, should include an introduction, a body, and a conclusion, should state the genre of the film (comedy, drama, documentary), and should discuss how the film explores its historical period and how accurately it portrays its historical period.
The Final Exam 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 review session will be held prior to the exam. 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 (which will carry a 5% penalty). Absent students who would otherwise fail the course will receive a grade of "F" for the course.
The The Extra Credit Film Review is due before midnight on the day after the last class (5/4/18 11:59pm). It must examine in detail the Extra Credit documentary film Thirteenth. The review should be between 600 and 800 words, should include an introduction, a body, and a conclusion, should discuss how the film explores its historical period and how accurately it portrays its historical period, and demonstrate that the student is informed by what we learned about the passage of the 13th Amendment in the film Lincoln.
The mathematical scores will translate into letter grades as follows:
90 or higher: A
80 or higher: B
70 or higher: C
60 or higher: D
Less than 60: F
Grades will NOT be rounded up. For example, a student with a mathematical score of 89.999 will receive a B; a student with a mathematical score of 59.999 will receive an F.
Students who fail both exams will fail the course regardless of the mathematical score.
|Class Date ||Read/Watch ||Questions Due on BlackBoard (12:00 Noon) ||Notes|
|January 18 || || ||Introduction; start Lincoln|
|January 25||SyllabusChapter 16||January 24 ||Syllabus Quiz I|
Finish and discuss Lincoln
|February 1 ||Chapter 17
Gangs of New YorkFar and Away ||January 31 || |
|February 8 ||Chapter 18
Chapter 19 ||February 7 ||Participation Self-eval Form due|
|February 15 ||Chapter 20 ||February 14 || |
|February 22||Chapter 21 ||February 21 ||Plagiarism Quiz due|
Syllabus Quiz II
|March 1 ||Chapter 22 ||February 28 ||Participation Self-eval Form due|
Review for Midterm
|March 8|| || ||Midterm Examination|
|March 22 ||Chapter 23
Brothers on the Line ||March 21 || |
|March 29 ||Chapter 25
Dr. Strangelove ||March 28 || |
|April 5 ||Chapter 26
The Manchurian Candidate ||April 4 ||Participation Self-eval Form due|
|April 12 ||Chapter 27 ||April 11 || |
|April 19 ||Chapter 28 ||April 18 ||Start Freedom Riders|
|April 26 ||Chapter 29 ||April 25 ||Participation Self-eval Form due|
Finish Freedom Riders
Review for Final
|April 27||Film Review due before Midnight || ||Not a class day|
|May 3|| || ||Final Examination|
|May 4||Extra Credit due before Midnight || ||Not a class day|
Classroom Etiquette: (Top)
This is an upper-division course and students are expected to comport themselves in a manner similar to behavior standards in the workplace. Please remember to silence your phones and pagers and put them away for the class (except for times when their use is appropriate).
Please observe these rules carefully. Infractions will 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 exam.
Keep your eyes on your own quiz or exam.
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. I begin grading exams as soon as the first student has finished; if you'd like to stay, it's possible I'll get to yours before the end of the class, so let me know if you're staying.
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Contact Information: (Top)
David Hamilton Golland
Associate Professor of History and and Coordinator of Humanities
Division of Arts and Letters
Governors State University
Office Location: C3370
The New York Times Online
Professor Golland's Website
Photo Credit: Migrant Mother (1936)
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Last Updated 25 April, 2018 (DHG)