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  • Governors State University College of Arts and Sciences
    Division of Liberal Arts
    HIST 565, Spring 2012, 3 Credits
    Wednesdays, 4:30-7:20
    Professor David Hamilton Golland
    Office Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 1:00-4:00

    Online Course Guide

    Description & Objectives: (Top)
    Examines the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic history of modern Europe. Addresses the themes of enlightenment, revolution, industrialization, nationalism, imperialism, totalitarianism, the world wars, the cold war, and the geo-political trends toward unification.

    No prerequisites required.

    Expected Student Outcomes: (Top)
    In this course, students will:Assessment:
    Be able to reason causes and consequences of major historical events in modern European history and offer critical thinking interpretations.Online class; annotated bibliography
    Understand the rhetorical arguments modern European thinkers employed to argue for or against the trends of their eras; express critical reading and critical thinking skills; describe the conditions faced by European people in all classes of society; analyze the effects of the enlightenment, French revolution, and industrial revolution on the historical development of the continent; better comprehend the nature of European nationalism; and explain the impact of totalitarianism on the people of central and eastern Europe.Text questions; participation
    Use Modern Language Association (MLA) citation style accurately and consistently.Plagiarism quiz
    Analyze primary source documents.Library activity
    Become familiar with the critique of primary sources by other authors.Book review

    Required Texts, with minimum and maximum prices at Amazon.Com as of September 10, 2011: (Top)
    Aime Cesaire, A Tempest, trans. Richard Miller (Theatre Communications Group, 2002)$7.74$11.16
    Victor Hugo, Ninety-Three (Qontro Legacy, 2010)$9.99$49.45
    Marx & Engels, The Communist Manifesto (Harlan Davidson, 2011)$0.888.99
    Mark Mazower, Dark Continent: Europe's Twentieth Century (Vintage, 2000)$6.99$29.77
    McKay, et al, A History of Western Society, Volume 2: From the Age of Exploration to the Present, 10th Edition (Bedford/St. Martin's 2010)$52.00$71.93

    Required Films, both available online through the Netflix "Watch Instantly" service: (Top)
    The Eye of Vichy
    Battle for Dien Bien Phu

    Course Components: (Top)
    There are six components to this course:
    ComponentGraduate WeightUndergraduate Weight
    Text Questions10%10%
    Plagiarism Quiz*0%5%
    Library Activity20%20%
    Holocaust Museum Report10%10%
    Annotated Bibliography20%20%
    Book Review10%10% (extra credit)
    *No papers for any assignment will be accepted from students who have not submitted documentation of succesfull completion of the plagiarism quiz.

    Explanation of Course Components:

    Text Questions. Each Tuesday by 4:30, each student must e-mail Professor Golland two questions based on the text 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. Professor Golland will compile all of the questions and distribute them to the other students in the class.
    Good historical questions...
  • are argumentative;
  • are open-ended;
  • address causes or effects; and
  • possess the appropriate level of specificity.

    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 and sign, and leave in Prof. Golland's faculty mailbox (in the CAS office) by 4:30 on Tuesday, February 21 (or hand it to him earlier).

    Participation. Each student is expected to actively engage in discussion during every class session.

    The Library Activity is the equivalent of a midterm exam. It is due on Tuesday, March 6, at 4:30. There are two sections to this assignment. The first section is about historians and historical authors. The second section is about individuals in society. For the first section, graduate students must choose six of the authors listed below (undergraduates choose three), then write a minimum of 100 words each on the importance of each author's work on the scholarship on modern European history. The "about the author(s)" section in each book can serve as your starting point, but your research must go deeper. For the second section, graduate students choose six people (undergraduates choose three) from the "individuals in society" column found in each chapter of the McKay textbook. Then answer the following questions, with a minimum of 500 words: 1. Which people did you choose, and why? 2. What new insights did this person's story give you on life in modern Europe?
    Authors from whom you can choose:
  • John P. McKay
  • Clare Haru Crowston
  • Joe Perry
  • Aime Cesaire
  • Victor Hugo
  • Karl Marx
  • Friedrich Engels
  • Mark Mazower
    For a sample component of the library activity, click HERE (requires Adobe Acrobat reader.)

    The Holocaust Museum Report will be a 2-3 page report on the field trip to the Holocaust museum, scheduled for April 2. Answer the following questions, in narrative form: What did you learn from the trip to the Holocaust museum? What did you find most schocking about the Holocaust, as depicted by the museum displays? Based on your knowledge of the Holocaust, what was missing from the museum? And what were your overall impressions of the museum?
    Important: Please arrange to devote the entire afternoon to this field trip. You may need to miss other classes that day; please inform your other professors well in advance of April 2 so that they and I can work out any scheduling difficulties.

    The Annotated bibliography comprises the first component of the final exam for graduate students and the entire final exam for undergraduates. It is due Tuesday, May 1, at 4:30. The annotated bibliography must include a paragraph on each of the course's books. Each paragraph must begin with standard bibliographical information (author name(s), 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. 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.
    For a sample entry from an annotated bibliography, click HERE (requires Adobe Acrobat reader.)

    The Book Review comprises the second component of the final exam for graduate students; it is extra credit for undergraduates. it is due Thursday, May 3, at 7:20. 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. Graduate students failing to submit the review 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.
    For a sample scholarly book review, click HERE (requires Adobe Acrobat reader.)

    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.

    Schedule of Assignments: (Top)
    Remember that text questions are due every Tuesday at 4:30.
    Due DateAssignment
    January 25McKay, Chapter 20; Hugo, all
    February 1McKay, Chapter 21
    February 8McKay, Chapter 22; Marx/Engels, all
    February 15McKay, Chapter 23
    February 22McKay, Chapter 24
    February 29McKay, Chapter 25
    March 7McKay, Chapter 26
    March 21McKay, Chapter 27
    March 28McKay, Chapter 28;
    Mazower, Introduction and Chapter 1.
    We will be joined by students from Prof. Levinson's honors seminar today, in Rm. E2526.
    April 4Mazower, Chapters 2-6; watch Eye of Vichy
    April 9-12McKay, Chapter 29; Cesaire, all;
    watch Battle for Dien Bien Phu
    Class to be held online this week.
    April 18McKay, Chapter 30
    April 25Finish Mazower
    May 2McKay, Chapter 31

    Other Important Dates: (Top)
    February 21Plagiarism quiz certificate due 4:30 today.
    March 6Library Activity Due 4:30 today.
    March 26Last day to withdraw without penalty
    March 28Honors Seminar Class joins us in Rm. E2526 today.
    April 2Field trip to the Holocaust Museum in Skokie.
    May 1Annotated bibliography due 4:30 today.
    May 3Book review due 7:20 today.

    Online Class: (Top)
    In lieu of class on April 11, we will holding an online discussion of the two films online from April 9-12. This will be on discussion board, part of the Blackboard platform. Watch both films in preparation for this class. Then, on April 9, log on to discussion board and read professor Golland's question for your group. You are required to answer the question in no fewer than 100 words, and then respond to at least one other student's answer from your group. Your response cannot be limited to "I agree with..." but must drive the discussion further along by making a new point or asking a pertinent question. The discussion will be closed at midnight Thursday, April 12.

    Classroom Etiquette: (Top)
    This is an upper-division course and 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).

    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 Liberal Arts, College of Arts and Sciences
    Governors State University
    Office Location: E2543
    E-mail: dgolland@govst.edu

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    Last Updated 12 May 2012 (DHG)