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Instructor: David Hamilton Golland

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December 30: Grades have been submitted, but while you wait for them to be processed, you may feel free to send me an e-mail at dgolland@gmail.com asking for your grade.

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  • Description and Objectives
  • Quiz and Exam Rules
  • Classroom Etiquette
  • Required Texts
  • Grade Weighting
  • Absence Policy
  • Identifications
  • Final Questions

    Online Syllabus and Course Guide

    This website contains the schedule of assignments, completed quizzes, a list of possible identifications questions, professor Golland's contact information, important online links, and all the supplemental readings (online handouts) needed for the course. Please select an item from the list at the left. The information below is available in lieu of a hard-copy syllabus.

    Section 8891
    8:00-10:15, Room5S-118
    10:30-11:20, Room 1P-111 (Williamson Theater)
    Section 8896
    10:30-11:20, Room 1P-111 (Williamson Theater)
    11:45-2:00, Room 2N-107

    Description and Objectives:
    Core 100 is an introduction to the historical, political, social, and economic institutions of the United States. The course is designed to address three important topics. The first topic is the study of the American Revolution and the adoption of the Constitution and an examination of some of the critical institutions and issues of American Democracy. The second is African American slavery and the struggle to achieve full emancipation. The last section of the course will review the emergence of the modern welfare state and the current revolt against big government. We will conclude by analyzing the nature of a market economy and the debate over the proper balance between state-directed and market-directed economic activity.

    Students are expected to attend each class. Students absent for more than one class will have their grades reduced by one-third of a letter grade, e.g. a B+ will be changed to a B, etc. students missing more than three classes will not receive credit for the course.

    Required Texts:
    These United States, 2008 Ed. (Three Volume Set)

    Quiz and Exam Rules
    Please observe these rules carefully. Infraction will result in lost points.

    *Please clear your desks 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.
    *No pencil or red ink.
    *Write your name first; no extra time will be alloted at the end to write your name.
    *Do not speak during the quiz or exam. If you have a question, raise your hand and the instructor will come to your seat.
    *You may not leave the classroom during the quiz or exam. If you must leave for an emergency, turn in your quiz or exam; you're finished. So please handle biological functions in advance.
    *If you finish early, please wait quietly until the instructor has called the time.

    Grade Weighting:
    10% Journal entries from lecture/film series
    90% Examinations (30% x 3)
    Class participation is expected, so failure to participate in every class session will result in an appropriate reduction in your grade.

    The mathematical scores will translate into letter grades as follows:
    98 or higher: A+
    93 or higher: A
    90 or higher: A-
    88 or higher: B+
    83 or higher: B
    80 or higher: B-
    78 or higher: C+
    73 or higher: C
    70 or higher: C-
    68 or higher: D+
    63 or higher: D
    60 or higher: D-
    Less than 60: F

    Some students will receive a grade one notch higher than that dictated by their mathematical score. For instance, a high F (above 57) could become a D-; a D- could become a D+; a D could become a D+; etc. There are two ways in which a student can earn a "Bump-up."

    1. "Bump-Up" for Improvement: Students who score at least ten points higher on the final than on the midterm.

    2. "Bump-Up" for Standard Deviation: Students who earn a grade on one component of the course which is at least 20 points lower than their grades on all other components of the course.

    Please note that these "Bump-ups" are the ONLY exceptions. All other students will receive the exact grade they have earned. As an example, a student with a mathematical score of 89.999 who does not qualify for a "Bump-up" will receive a B+; a student with a mathematical score of 59.999 who does not qualify for a "Bump-up" will receive an F.

    Students who fail two or more examinations will fail the course regardless of their mathmatical score and are not eligible for "Bump-ups."

    Classroom Etiquette:
  • Cellphones and Beepers: For the sake of your fellow students, please remember to silence your phones and pagers. Each time your phone rings during the class may result in as much as one point off your final grade--at my discretion. Please notify me if you are an emergency services worker on call while off-duty.

  • Eating and Drinking: As long as you clean up after yourself, I have no problem with eating or drinking in the classroom. It should go without saying that "drinking" refers to non-alcoholic beverages.

  • You will be treated like an adult, so you are expected to behave like an adult. When class has started, you are expected to be attentive to the lesson. You don't need permission to leave the room, just do it. But you have a responsibility to arrive in class on time and not leave class more than absolutely necessary.

  • Dismissal Distractions: Packing up or otherwise making noise prior to my dismissal of the class is an unnecessary distraction both to me and your fellow students. Accordingly, each time you do so may result in as much as one point off your final grade--at my discretion. Please notify me in advance if you need to leave early for any reason.

    Absence Policy/Missed Quizzes/Missed Exams:

  • No students will be retroactively excused from any examination for any reason other than an emergency, which must be documented. Students who know in advance that they will need to miss an exam may inform the profesor and have the documentation requirement waived. All makeup exams, whether arranged in advance or due to a documented emergency, will carry a penalty.

  • Students who otherwise succesfully complete the course but fail to attend the final examination will receive a grade of ABS (absent from final) and will be required to attend a makeup examination during the following semester. Failure to attend the makeup final exam will result in immediate failure of the course.

  • Students who are absent from the final examination but would have failed the course based on pre-final exam performance will not receive a grade of ABS but will automatically fail the course. Such students who also were absent for quizzes 12-18 (10-14 in the summer) will receive a grade of WU, or "Withdrawn Unofficially," which is the equivalent of a grade of F.

    Second Exam Identifications Study List:
  • Arabian Slave Trade
  • Greco-Roman Slave Trade
  • Slave Societies
  • Societies with Slaves
  • Triangle Trade
  • Bleeding Kansas
  • Compromise of 1850
  • Lincoln-Douglas Debates
  • Missouri Compromise
  • Popular Sovereignty
  • The Compromise of 1877
  • Emancipation Proclamation
  • Ku Klux Klan
  • Presidential Reconstruction
  • Redemption
  • Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas
  • De facto Segregation
  • De Jure Segregation
  • Freedom Rides
  • Montgomery Bus Boycott

    Final Exam Questions:
    Instructions: This optional final exam assignment is designed to increase your grade on the exam on which you scored lowest. Please answer ONLY the question corresponding with that exam, in no more that 2 pages, 12-point font, default margins, Times New Roman. Submit it to my e-mail address, dgolland@gmail.com, in MSWord for Windows or WordPerfect for Windows, by 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, December 20, 2008. If you are unsure which exam was your lowest, send me an e-mail at the same address and I will tell you.

    Exam One Question: Describe in detail how a bill becomes a law.

    Exam Two Question: Describe the differences between "societies with slaves" and "slave societies."

    Exam Three Question: What were the causes of, and attempted solutions to, the Great Depression?

    Disclaimer: None of the above shall be construed to supercede CSI/CUNY policy or local, state, or federal laws. Any instructions or information on this website found to be in violation of said policies or laws can and should be ignored.

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    Last Updated 18 October, 2009 (DHG)