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  • Governors State University College of Arts and Sciences
    Division of Humanities and Social Sciences
    Beyond the Dream: Current Black Social Issues
    HIST 5100, Fall 2012, 3 Credits
    Tuesdays. 4:30-7:20, Rm. B1200
    Professor David Hamilton Golland
    Office Hours: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 3:20-3:50 and 4:15-6:15

    Online Course Guide

    Description & Objectives: (Top)
    GSU Catalogue description: "Experts present in workshop format material relating to issues in education, politics, business, economics, social life, and the arts as they relate to recent developments in the black community." This catalogue description is somewhat dated, and is currently under revision. For this course, the "experts" will consist of the professor and the students; there may also be guest speakers.

    History Expected Student Outcomes and Assessment: (Top)
    In this course, students will: Assessment:
    Develop advanced literacy skills; inclusive of reading, writing, and public speaking Text Questions
    Library Activity
    Class Presentation
    Annotated Bibliography
    Book Review
    Demonstrate critical thinking, analysis, reasoning, and problem-solving skills Text Questions
    Library Activity
    Class Presentation
    Annotated Bibliography
    Book Review
    Explore global and cross-cultural themes to build civic knowledge Participation
    Library Activity
    Class Presentation
    Cultivate conceptual knowledge of historical methods, sources, research, data collection, and/or related technologies Library Activity
    Class Presentation
    Annotated Bibliography
    Book Review

    Required Texts, with minimum and maximum prices at Amazon.Com as of March 22, 2012: (Top)
    Book Min. Max.
    Delton, Jennifer, Racial Integration in Corporate America, 1940-1990 (NY: Cambridge, 2009) $1.91 $78.19
    Dyson, Michael Eric, April 4, 1968 (NY: Basic/Civitas/Perseus, 2008) $0.36 $9.98
    Early, Gerald L., This Is Where I Came In: Black America in the 1960s (University of Nebraska Press, 2003) $0.01 $45.00
    Goldberg, David, and Trevor Griffey, Eds., Black Power at Work: Community Control, Affirmative Action, and the Construction Industry (Cornell, 2010) $14.95 $65.00
    Golland, David Hamilton, "A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste: Arthur Fletcher, Religion, and the American Underclass," Claremont Journal of Religion, Vol. I, No. 1 (January, 2012), pp. 86-107.    
    Golland, David Hamilton, "Constructing Equal Employment Opportunity: Arthur Fletcher and the Philadelphia Plan, 1969-1971," presented at the Organization of American Historians Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, April 19, 2012.    
    Lemann, Nicholas, The Promised Land: The Great Black Migration and How it Changed America (NY: Vintage, 1991). $0.01 $25.95
    Medoff, Peter, and Holly Sklar, Streets of Hope: The Fall and Rise of an Urban Neighborhood (Boston: South End Press, 1994) $4.02 $55.99
    Minchin, Timothy J., and John A. Salmond, After the Deam: Black and White Southerners since 1965 (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2011). $25.00 $32.49
    Total Cost $46.26 $312.60
    The two works by me are available for free. One is online; I will distribute the other two weeks before the class when they will be discussed.

    Required films: (Top)
  • Chapelle's Show, Season One (2003, available Netflix, Netflix Instant, Amazon)
  • Do the Right Thing (Dir. Spike Lee, 1989, available Netflix, Amazon)
  • Jungle Fever (Dir. Spike Lee, 1991, available Netflix, Amazon)
  • Malcolm X (Dir. Spike Lee, 1992, available Netflix, Amazon)
  • The Richard Pryor Show (1977, available Netflix, Amazon)
  • Shaft (Dir. Gordon Parks, 1971, available Netflix, Amazon)
  • Take this Hammer (available online)

    Course Components: (Top)
    There are seven components to this course:
    Component Graduate Weight Undergraduate Weight
    Text Questions 10% 10%
    Plagiarism Quiz 0% 5%
    Participation 25% 20%
    Library Activity 20% 25%
    Class Presentation 10% 10%
    Annotated Bibliography 25% 20%
    Book Review 10% 10%
    Total 100% 100%

    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: (Top)
    Note: for all components, graduate students will be held to a higher standard than undergraduates.
  • Text and Film Questions. Due Each Monday by 4:30 (i.e. 24 hours before class), each student must write two questions based on the text and/or film assignment for that week. 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. Click HERE for more information about accessing BlackBoard.

  • 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 should print, complete, sign, and leave in my faculty mailbox (in the CAS office) by 4:30 on September 24 (or hand it to me earlier). Note: No assignments will be accepted from students who have not successfully completed the plagiarism quiz.

  • Participation. Each student is expected to attend every class session and be prepared to actively engage in discussion of the assigned text/film.

  • Library Activity. This is the equivalent of a midterm exam. It is due on Monday, October 15, at 4:30. There are two sections to this assignment.
    Part One is about historians. Choose from the list of historians who appear in the assigned books for the course. Graduates choose six, undergraduates choose three. Write a minimum of 100 words each on the importance of each historian's work to the scholarship on African-American life. The historians from whom you can choose are
    Jennifer Delton
    Michael Eric Dyson
    Gerald L. Early
    David Goldberg
    Trevor Griffey
    Nicholas Lemann
    Peter Medoff
    Holly Sklar
    Timothy J. Minchin
    John A. Salmond
    For a sample component of Part One of the library activity, click HERE (requires Adobe Acrobat reader).
    Part Two is about individuals in recent African-American history. Select individuals found in this list of the Blackpast.Org encyclopedia (the link opens the first page in an alpahbetical list). Note: although Blackpast includes entries from people who lived at various times in history, your choices must be people who were born after 1935 (exceptions can be approved in advance by Prof. Golland). Graduate students choose six and write 600 words; undergraduates choose three and write 300 words. Answer the following questions:
    1. Which individuals did you choose, and why?
    2. What new insights did each of these stories give you on African-American life in recent history?
    Unlike in Part One, you should not separate your response into the individual stories. You should answer these questions for all the individuals together in a single 600-word (graduate) or 300-word (undergraduate) 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 September 25. For your presentation, you must visit one of the Chicago-area African-American cultural institutions. You must then prepare a 15-20 minute class presentation on how that institution addresses the education, politics, business, economics, social life, and/or the arts of African-Americans since 1968. This presentation can consist of a lecture, interactive work with your fellow students, and/or PowerPoint. Within two weeks of the class presentation, the presenter will submit a 3-5 page report on the entire experience (from attending the institution to conducting the presentation).

  • Annotated bibliography. This comprises the first component of the final exam. It is due Monday, November 26, at 4:30 (i.e. 24 hours before the last class). The annotated bibliography must include a paragraph on each of the course's assigned books, articles, and films. 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 book. In other words, write a citation and a brief explanation for each book.
    For sample entries from an annotated bibliography, click HERE (requires Adobe Acrobat reader).

  • Book Review. This comprises the second component of the final exam. it is due Wednesday, November 28, at 7:20 (i.e. 24 hours after the last class). Students may review any one of the required books for the course. Reviews should be 2-3 pages in length and briefly explain the purpose and scope of the work, note the work's strengths and weaknesses, and discuss the importance of the work to the field.
    For a sample scholarly book review, click HERE (requires Adobe Acrobat reader.)

    Please note: failure to submit both the annotated bibliography and the book review by their respective deadlines 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.

    Schedule of Assignments: (Top)
    Remember that text/film questions are due every Monday by 4:30.
    Due Date Read Watch
    August 28 Lemann, pp. 1-107; Dyson, Part One Take this Hammer
    September 4 Lemann, "Washington" Malcolm X
    September 11 Early, all; Finish Dyson  
    September 18 Finish Lemann Shaft
    September 25 Minchin, Introduction-Ch.4 Richard Pryor, Disc 1
    October 2 Minchin, Chs. 5-9 Richard Pryor, Disc 2
    October 9 Finish Minchin Richard Pryor, Disc 3
    October 16 Delton, Introduction and Part II (but not Part I)  
    October 23 Medoff, Introduction and Chs. 1-4  
    October 30 Medoff, Chs. 5-9 Do the Right Thing
    November 6 Goldberg, Introduction and Essays 1-3  
    November 13 Goldberg, Essays 4, 5, 7, and Conclusion (but not Essay #6)  
    November 20 Goldberg, Essay 6; Golland, "Constructing Equal Employment Opportunity;"
    and Golland, "A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste"
    Jungle Fever
    November 27   "Chappelle's Show"

    Other Important Dates: (Top)
    September 24Plagiarism quiz certificate due 4:30 today.
    September 25Class Presentation reservation deadline.
    October 15Library Activity Due 4:30 today.
    November 26Annotated bibliography due 4:30 today.
    November 28Book review due 7:20 today.

    Avoiding Plagiarism by Good Paraphrasing, Quoting and Documentation (Top)
    From 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 (Top)
    Click HERE for the article.

    Writing Center (Top)
    In that writing assignments are weighted heavily in this class, students are encouraged, but not required to attend the Writing Center for assistance in completing the writing assignments. In- depth individual assistance with research papers or any other writing for classes is available through the Writing Center. For one-on-one help, please call 708.534.4508 to make an appointment. On-site tutoring is available by appointment only. The Writing Center desk in the Library offers students the opportunity to ask questions dealing with the research assignments. Click on www.govst.edu/owl to find writing help at home. You may submit a copy of your paper for revision suggestions, obtain information about virtual appointments, and find sources for help with research writing as well as sources for general writing help, including grammar resources.

    Counseling Center (Top)
    The Counseling Center of the Academic Resource Center at Governors State University (GSU) has a staff of experienced professionals who provide a variety of counseling services for GSU undergraduate and graduate students. The counselors support and adhere to the professional, ethical, and legal standards as described by the American Psychological Association, as well as other professional organizations. Our mission is to contribute to the overall quality of campus life for students, and to support the academic endeavors of our students. The Counseling Center is located in the Academic Resource Center, B1215. Office hours are Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. and Fridays 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. For personal counseling, contact Katherine Helm, 708.235.7334. For academic counseling, call 708.534.4508.

    Services for Students with Disabilities: (Top)
    GSU is committed to providing all students equal access to all university programs and facilities. Students who have a documented physical, psychological, or learning disability and need academic accommodations, must register with Access Services for Students with Disabilities (ASSD). Please contact the Coordinator of ASSD in Room B1201 in person; by e-mail, assd@govst.edu; or by calling 708.235.3968. If you are already registered, please contact your instructor privately regarding your academic accommodations.

    Contact Information: (Top)
    Professor David Hamilton Golland
    Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
    Governors State University
    Office Location: E2543
    E-mail: dgolland@govst.edu

    Links: (Top)
  • GSU Homepage
  • GSU Library
  • The New York Times Online
  • Amazon.Com
  • Netflix
  • Google
  • Professor Golland's Website

    Photo Credit: http://www.massvacation.com/blackhistory.php

    Disclaimer: None of the above shall be construed to supercede GSU 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.

    Last Updated 08 January 2013 (DHG)