Governors State University College of Arts and Sciences
Division of Humanities and Social Sciences
BA Program in History
MODERN U.S., 1945-PRESENT
HIST4160, Spring, 2017, 3 Credits
Tuesdays, 4:30-7:20, Rm. C3380
Instructor: Dr. David Hamilton Golland, Office C3370
Office Hours: click HERE
Online Course Guide
Focuses on the issues of the Post-World War II era and beyond. It provides a context for in-depth study of more recent events, with an emphasis on content, methodology, and potential applications of U.S. history.
Restriction: Sophomore status or higher. No prerequisites.
Rationale: The half-century between the Second World War and first four years of the 21st century forms a coherent and significant unit of the United States history. To understand the impact of World War II on the U.S., this course begins by investigating the Great Depression and its impact across the world. This course will focus upon the events that fundamentally altered out nation and its role in the world. Recent international and domestic changes as well as trends in scholarly analysis makes a comprehensive understanding of this era central to students of history. It should also prove useful to students of politics, mass communications, economics, public policy, etc. and those simply interested in America’s recent past.
Intended Audience: History majors and other interested undergraduates.
Instructional Modality: Lecture/Discussion.
Student Learning Objectives:
Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
Analyze, synthesize, and evaluate the historical development of American society by reporting on a major figure, major events and trends in modern American history.
Communicate, analyze and problem-solve in a format requiring active participation and oral presentation.
Explain enhanced knowledge of the terminology and facts, principles, and generalizations concerning the historical development of American society since 1945.
Use Modern Language Association (MLA) citation style accurately and consistently.
Explain plagiarism is and how to avoid plagiarizing.
Required Texts and Films: (Top)
Berry, Mary Frances. And Justice for All. NY: Knopf, 2009.
Freeman, Joshua B. American Empire. NY: Viking, 2012.
Golland, David Hamilton. Constructing Affirmative Action. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2011.
Patterson, James T. The Eve of Destruction. NY: Basic Books, 2012.
Purnell, Brian. Fighting Jim Crow in the County of Kings. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2013.
Randall, Gregory C. America's Original G.I. Town. Walnut Creek, Calif.: Windsor Creek, 2010.
Sugrue, Thomas J. The Origins of the Urban Crisis. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1996.
McWhorter, John H. Losing the Race. NY: The Free Press, 2000.
We will also read a chapter from Golland's forthcoming biography of Arthur Fletcher, which will be distributed in class.
Fruitvale Station, 2013
The Manchurian Candidate, 1962
North Country, 2005
The required films are not available at the GSU bookstore. They can be found via instant, DVD, and/or Blu-Ray format via various services including Netlfix, Amazon, and Hulu. GSU does not officially endorse any of these platforms. It is your responsibility to determine the best platform for your use to allow sufficient time to watch the film before it is due.
Course Components: (Top)
There are five components to this course:
|Plagiarism Quiz ||5%|
|Library Activity ||25%|
|Class Presentation ||20%|
|Annotated Bibliography ||20%|
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:
Participation. Participation consists of two parts: class participation and homework participation. Students' ability to participate fully will be contingent on completion of the scheduled homework assignments. Attendance will not be taken.
Class participation: Each student is expected to actively and meaningfully engage in discussion and activities during every class session.
Homework participation: Each Monday by 4:30 PM (i.e. 24 hours before class), each student must write two questions based on the homework assignment for that week (identified on the chart below in YELLOW). The questions should be the starting point for discussion, and should not be about the text or film per se but should be stimulated by the assignment--a genuine quest for further knowledge inspired by the homework. Questions should be posted on DiscussionBoard, which is on your BlackBoard site for this course. When there is more than one item (book, film) assigned, your questions cannot be limited to a single item.
Please note that at 30%, successful participation is the single most important component of this course.
Plagiarism Quiz. This brief quiz will be based on "Avoiding Plagiarism," which can be found under "Rules," 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 deliver to Prof. Golland before submitting any written assignment. Note: No assignments will be accepted from students who have not successfully completed the plagiarism quiz.
Library Activity. This is the equivalent of a midterm exam. There are two sections to this assignment.
Part One is about the historians whose work we are reading for this course. Write a minimum of 100 words each on the importance of each historian's work to the scholarship of the period we are studying. You should not limit your discussion to the book we are reading by that historian but should move beyond to discuss the historian's overall importance to the field of history. For a sample component of Part One of the library activity, click HERE (requires Adobe Acrobat reader).
Part Two is about individuals in history. Select three real-life individuals whose stories you have come across during your studies in this class. Answer the following questions in a single essay of 300 words:
1. Which individuals did you choose, where did you find out about them, and why did you choose them?
2. What new insights did each of these stories give you on life during the period we are studying?
Unlike in Part One, you should not separate your response into three individual stories. You should answer these questions for all the individuals together in a single 300-word essay.
Class Presentation. This will be completed by each student on a different class date. Students should sign up for a presentation date with Professor Golland by by email or in class. For your presentation, you must analyze one particular event or group of people in period we are studying. You must then prepare a 15-20 minute class presentation on your event or group. This presentation can consist of a lecture, interactive work with your fellow students, and/or PowerPoint. Within two weeks of the class presentation (or the last day of class, whichever is earlier), you must submit a 3-5 page report on the entire experience (including the presentation).
The Annotated bibliography is the equivalent of a final exam. The annotated bibliography must include a paragraph on each of the course's books and films, including those assigned in homework as well as those experienced in the classroom. Each paragraph must begin with standard bibliographical information (author or editor's name, title, location of publication, publisher name, year published, and number of pages) as well as a brief synopsis of the item. In other words, write a citation and a brief explanation for each book, film, TV program, musical piece, etc. For sample entries from an annotated bibliography, click HERE (requires Adobe Acrobat reader).
Please note: failure to submit the annotated bibliography by the deadline will be the equivalent of being absent from the final exam, and will result in a grade of "Incomplete" for the class if the student would otherwise pass the course, and a grade of "F" if the student otherwise would not pass the course.
|Date ||Read/Watch ||Questions Due on |
|January 17 || || ||In class: The Nuremberg Trials|
|January 24 ||Freeeman through Ch. 2; Randall through Ch. 5 ||January 23 ||In class: Brothers on the Line|
|January 31 ||Freeman through Ch. 5; Finish Randall ||January 30 ||Plagiarism Quiz certificate due|
Park Forest Museum and Tour
|February 7 ||Freeman through Ch. 7; Sugrue through Ch. 5 ||February 6 ||Schedule presentations|
|February 14 ||Freeman through Ch. 9; Finish Sugrue; Manchurian Candidate ||February 13 ||Presentations: AR, AJ|
|February 21 ||Freeman, Ch. 10; Purnell through Ch. 4 ||February 20 ||Presentations: BS|
|February 28 ||Freeman, Ch. 11; Finish Purnell ||February 27 ||Library Activity due|
In class: Freedom Riders
|March 7 ||Freeman, Ch. 12; Patterson through Ch. 7 ||March 6 ||In class: Hearts and Minds|
|March 21 ||Freeman, Ch. 13; Finish Patterson ||March 20 ||Scottsboro Boys Panel|
|March 28 ||Freeman, Ch. 14; Golland through Ch. 3 ||March 27 ||Presentations: BH, MD|
|April 4 ||Freeman, Ch. 15; Finish Golland ||April 3 ||Presentations: PB, EM|
|April 11 ||Freeman, Ch. 16; McWhorter through Ch. 4; Rocky ||April 10 ||Presentations: ZR, PR|
|April 18 ||Freeman, Ch. 17; Finish McWhorter; North Country ||April 17 ||Distribute Golland on Fletcher, Ch. 7|
|April 25 ||Freeman, Ch. 18; Berry, Chs. 8-11 ||April 24 ||In class: Philadelphia|
|May 2 ||Finish Freeman; Golland on Fletcher, Ch. 7; Fruitvale Station ||May 1 ||Annotated Bibliography due|
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.
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
Associate 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
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Last Updated 11 June 2017 (DHG)