Governors State University College of Arts and Sciences
Division of Humanities and Social Sciences
History BA Junior Seminar
PUBLIC HISTORY and CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
Index Number: HIST3099
Spring, 2016; 3 Credits
Thursdays, 4:30-7:20, Room TBA
Instructor: Prof. David Hamilton Golland, Office C3370
Office Hours: Click HERE
Online Course Guide
Introduces and examines sources and methods used in public history. Students will conduct specific research projects focused on civic engagement, local, and/or community history engaging with public and private institutions in the region. Restriction: Junior status or higher.
Rationale: History is increasingly used by institutions and individuals outside of academia, and this course will prepare students for a variety of possible careers related to history. This course includes experiential learning activities. Some sessions of the course will meet in the classroom, while other sessions will meet off-site or through e-learning. The course emphasizes the development of skills that are essential for success in the workplace and the studentís chosen careers. The course is designed to help students build their skills in critical thinking, oral and written communication, and research and information retrieval, and students graduating from the program will have developed the ability to think clearly and critically and to assess and analyze complex issues and arguments.
This is the Junior Seminar in History and will serve to unite transfer history majors with those who have been at GSU since Freshman year.
This is a Writing-Intensive course.
Intended Audience: History majors and other interested students.
Instructional Modality: Lecture/Discussion.
Student Learning Objectives:
Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
Identify the major areas where history is practiced outside the academy
Identify the major areas where the practice of history can inform the body politic
Explain how history is used (and misused) for political ends
Conduct interviews following oral history standards
Required Texts: (Top)
Burns, Andrea A. From Storefront to Monument: Tracing the Public History of the Black Museum Movement. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2013.
Ferguson, Andrew. Land of Lincoln: Adventures in Abe's America. NY: Grove Press, 2007.
Hart, Cynthia, with Lisa Samson. The Oral History Workshop: Collect and Celebrate the Life Stories of Your Family and Friends. NY: Workman Publishing Company, 2009.
Meringolo, Denise D. Museums, Monuments, and National Parks: Toward a New Genealogy of Public History. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2012.
Course Components: (Top)
There are six components to this course:
|Plagiarism Quiz ||5%|
|Human Subjects Training ||15%|
|Oral History Presentation ||25%|
|Book Review ||15%|
|Public Site Report ||15%|
|Civic Engagement Paper ||25%|
The mathematical scores will strictly 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
Note: 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 will receive a B; a student with a mathematical score of 59.999 will receive an F.
Explanation of Course Components:
Plagiarism Quiz. This brief quiz is 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 should print, complete, sign, and deliver to Prof. Golland by February 10. Note: No assignments will be accepted from students who have not successfully completed the plagiarism quiz.
Human Subjects Training. Every student is required to pass human subjects training and get approval for the oral history presentation prior to conducting an oral history interview. This is a two-step process:
1. Register for and complete the free CITI Human Subjects Training Course. You must complete the CITI training and submit a printed certificate to Prof. Golland by the deadline listed in "deadlines," below.
Enter your organization affiliation as "Governors State University."
The course you must take is "Basic Human Subjects - Social & Behavioral Focus."
On page 7 of the registration, for question 1, answer "I am a undergraduate student investigator at GSU."
For questions 2, 3, 4, and 6, answer "no" or "not at this time."
For question 5, answer "Humanities Responsible Conduct of Research Course."
2. Prepare an interview waiver form explaining the purpose of the interview and requesting permission from the interviewee. Get an unsigned copy of this form to Prof. Golland by the deadline listed in "deadlines," below.
Note: Failure to meet the deadlines for this component will endanger your ability to successfully complete the oral history component.
Oral History Presentation. During the seond half of the semester, each student will present a report to class based on an oral history interview. The student will identify an individual for interviewing, complete Human Subjects Training (see above), get a signed waiver from the interviewee (see above), develop questions for the interviewee, conduct the interview, schedule the presentation with Prof. Golland, and report to the class on the entire experience at the scheduled date.
Book Review. This will be a thorough scholarly review of Andrew Ferguson's Land of Lincoln: Adventures in Abe's America, consisting of 2-3 pages. For examples of scholarly reviews, click HERE and HERE.
Public Site Report. Every student must visit a site where public history is conducted. Public history sites include local historical societies, museums, monuments, preservation institutions, etc. The site report should be between 8-12 pages and should thoroughly detail the history, purpose, mission, and activities of the site.
Civic Engagement Paper. Every student must write a historical paper 15-20 pages in length, based on primary and secondary historical sources, about an aspect or aspects of the role of history and historians in the body politic and/or civil society.
|January 28 ||CITI training certificate|
|February 4 ||Unsigned intervew waiver form|
|February 11 ||Plagiarism Quiz Certificate|
|April 14 ||Public Site Report|
|May 5 ||Book Review and Civic Engagement Paper|
Class Schedule (Top)
|January 21 ||Introduction|
|January 28 ||Meringolo, Prologue and Chapter 1 (pp. xii-25)|
|February 4 ||Hart/Samson, Introduction through Chapter 2 (pp. vi-47); Ferguson, Preface and Chapter 1 (pp. ix-37)|
|February 11 ||Meringolo, Chapter 2 (pp. 26-57); Ferguson, Chapter 2 (pp. 38-68)|
|February 18 ||Finish Hart/Samson|
|February 25 ||Meringolo, Chapter 3 (pp. 58-83); Ferguson, Chapter 3 (pp. 69-89)|
|March 3 ||Meringolo, Chapter 4 (pp. 84-108); Ferguson, Chapter 4 (pp. 90-116)|
|March 10 ||Meringolo, Chapter 5 (pp. 109-129); Ferguson, Chapter 5 (pp. 117-151); OH Presentations BC, TW|
|March 24 ||Finish Meringolo; OH Presentations KW, LS|
|March 31 ||Burns, Introduction and Chapter 1 (pp. 1-40); Ferguson, Chapter 6 (pp. 152-166); OH Presentations ZB, MD|
|April 7 ||Burns, Chapter 2 (pp. 41-71); Ferguson, Chapter 7 (pp. 167-198); OH Presentations EL, BH|
|April 14 ||Burns, Chapter 3 (pp. 72-105); Ferguson, Chapter 8 (pp. 199-230)|
|April 21 ||Burns, Chapter 4 (pp. 106-128); Ferguson, Chapter 9 (pp. 231-258)|
|April 28 ||Burns, Chapter 5 (pp. 129-155); Finish Ferguson|
|May 5 ||Finish Burns|
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.
Avoiding Plagiarism by Good Paraphrasing, Quoting and Documentation, By Prof. Timothy C. Gsell
Give credit to your sources, because they deserve it. Many students inadvertently plagiarize the intellectual work of others, and run the risk of receiving an F. It is easy to plagiarize, especially with all the information on the web! Simply fail to give credit where credit is due, and you are a plagiarist. That is all there is to it. But how can one know when credit is due, you ask? Read this carefully:
Document your source if you paraphrase or quote. Failure to do so is an act of plagiarism, even if it is innocent. It is easy to plagiarize even though one does not intend to steal another?s work. Therefore, it is very important to understand the essentials of paraphrasing and quoting discussed below.
If in doubt, consult a handbook on good writing or contact me. I strongly recommend this if your are not sure about documenting written material. The following quotes are from the Prentice-Hall Handbook for Writers, 10th edition. Chapter 45 (The Research Paper). But there are other good handbooks with similar words of wisdom:
A paraphrase is a restatement of the source material in your own words, syntax, and style but preserving the tone of the original?. and of approximately the same length (not as summary). A paraphrase uses the original author?s idea and presents it in your own language. Since in paraphrasing you borrowing someone?s thoughts, you must document the source when you use the paraphrase in your paper (page 470).
A direct quotation records exactly the words of the original source (as well as the exact punctuation and even any spelling errors). Like summaries and paraphrases, direct quotations require citations in your paper crediting the source from which you copied them. In general, use direct quotations only for particularly telling phrases or for information that must be rendered exactly as you found it (page 470).
Plagiarism consists of passing off ideas, opinions, conclusions, facts, words (intellectual property) of another as your own. Plagiarism is dishonest and carries penalties not only in academic environments but in all professions, as well as copyright law (page 470).
Long word-for-word quotations are rarely appropriate to a paper or particularly to a lab report. Use of all or most of a single sentence or an apt figure of speech without acknowledgment from another source is also dishonest and considered plagiarism (page 470).
Even if you acknowledge the source in a citation, you are still plagiarizing when you incorporate in your work faultily paraphrased or summarized material from another author in which you follow almost exactly the original?s sentence patterns and phrasing. Paraphrasing and summarizing require that you fully digest an author?s ideas and interpretations and restate them in your own words. It is not enough simply to modify the original author?s sentences slightly, to change a word here and there (page 472).
A research report or paper loaded with quotations or consisting of long quotations stitched loosely together with brief comments will almost always be an unsatisfactory paper (page 474).
Make use of paraphrases and summaries instead of quotations in most cases where sources are cited. Frequently, the point can be made better in your own words, with proper citations, than in the words of the original (page 474)
Take the plagiarism quiz now!
Wikipedia Research Policy, by Prof. Alan Liu
Click HERE for the article.
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Contact Information: (Top)
David Hamilton Golland
Assistant Professor and Coordinator of History and Social Sciences
Division of Humanities and Social Sciences
Governors State University
Office Location: C3370
The New York Times Online
Professor Golland's Website
Image Credit: National Council on Public History.
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