Governors State University College of Arts and Sciences
Division of Arts and Letters
HISTORY of the UNITED STATES since 1865
HIST 1120, Spring 2020, 3 Credits
Tuesdays, 4:30-7:20, Rm. TBA
Instructor: Dr. David Hamilton Golland, Office C3370
Office Hours: click HERE
Online Course Guide
March 23-May 5: Modified (Online) Instruction. See SCHEDULE Below.
All office hours ONLINE.
Click here for the FINAL EXAMINATION.
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.
Freedom Riders, Dir. Stanley Nelson, 2011
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. All 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 turn in to me by the deadline. Note: The film review (and extra credit assignment) 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. 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. The passing grade is 60 out of 100. 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 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, which 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 The Extra Credit Film Review 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 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.
Online Midterm Exam: (Top)
The online midterm exam will consist of two parts, which I call "Part A" and "Part B." Observe the deadlines closely; late penalties will be assessed if necessary. Early submissions are welcome and encouraged.
Due by 4:30PM on March 24.
Instructions:Complete Section IV of the original exam, "Identifications," found in the Midterm Exam Review Sheet. Use the body of the email message, not an attachment, to send me your responses. You will write a total of eight identifications, two from each topic. Each identification will be 2-3 complete sentences, including the Who, What, When, Where, Why, Context, and Historical Significance.
Click HERE when you are ready to write your email.
Due by 7:20PM on March 24.
Instructions:After I receive your email completing Part A, I will reply to you via email with two additional items. These two items will be my choice, but they will be from the list in Section III of the original exam, "Matching," found in the Midterm Exam Review Sheet. You will need to write full identifications for these two additional items, following the same instructions for Part A/Section IV.
Click HERE when you are ready to write your email.
Online Instruction: (Top)
From March 23 through the end of the spring semester, GSU will be engaged in modified instruction to comply with social distancing measures in response to the CoViD-19 pandemic. For each class session starting March 31, we will engage in synchronous (same-time) instruction. Instead of coming to campus and going to the classroom, please log in to BlackBoard at 4:30PM and navigate to this course. Then, just as you do each week when to enter your homework discussion questions, go into the Discussion Board page. There you will find a new forum with the appropriate date, titled "March 31 Online Class," "April 7 Online Class, etc." (They will appear just before class time and disappear just after.) The first entry in the forum each week will be written by me, and will include instructions. As usual, submit your BlackBoard questions by noon the day before, and be prepared to write your do-nows.
Please note: modified instruction will not be as comprehensive as normal, face-to-face instruction. This is not an attempt to create a fully-fledged online course, but to develop a stopgap measure to continue instruction during the pandemic. An online course is no substitute for a face-to-face course.
With that said, remember that even with a face-to-face course, most college-level learning is on your own. College courses include significant homework, and most of what we do together in class is to reinforce the homework. That part hasn't changed. All that has changed is the location of the classroom, which will now be on BlackBoard.
Classroom Etiquette: (Top)
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.
Counseling Center (Top)
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Academic Honesty (Top)
Students are expected to fulfill academic requirements in an ethical and honest manner. This expectation pertains to the following: use and acknowledgement of the ideas and work of others, submission of work to fulfill course requirements, sharing of work with other students, and appropriate behavior during examinations. These ethical considerations are not intended to discourage people from studying together or from engaging in group projects. The university policy on academic honesty appears in the catalog appendix, which can be found on the website at http://catalog.govst.edu/content.php?catoid=1&navoid=37.
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Title IX Statement:
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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
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 14 June, 2020 (DHG)