History 111 - SPRING 2012
Dr. Gayle Olson-Raymer

Founder's Hall 165;  Phone:  826-4788
e-mail: go1@humboldt.edu
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-3:30, and by appointment

http://users.humboldt.edu/ogayle/hist111/outline2012.html

The course website is available at http://users.humboldt.edu/ogayle/hist111/index.html and the course syllabus at http://users.humboldt.edu/ogayle/hist111/outline2012.html. Any announcements about changes in the syllabus or new extra credit opportunities will be posted on the announcements section of the syllabus at http://users.humboldt.edu/ogayle/hist111/announcements.html. Please check the announcements from time to time. For those of you who wish to have an extended discussion about the syllabus and the course requirements with both your professor and the Teaching Assistants, you may attend the extra credit evening meeting on Thursday, January 26 in Founders Hall 163 from 5-7pm (see "Extra Credit" below for details.)

This course syllabus is divided into two parts: Course Requirements which explains everything required for passing this class, and Course Outline which provides a day-to-day description of each class discussion topic, the required reading for each class, a link to the overheads for each class, and extra credit possibilities linked to the topic of each class. Please consult this course syllabus online for all questions regarding course requirements and assignment due dates - as well as for any changes in the syllabus and/or assignments.

Teaching Assistants: We are fortunate this semester to have five teaching assistants who will be working with us. Troy Valentine (tmv12@humboldt.edu), Victoria Munguia (vm30@humboldt.edu), and Edgar Ramos (er47@humboldt.edu) will be the TAs for the 9:30 class. Jeff Mielke (jeffmelk@gmail.com) and Mariah Cavallero (mkc26@humboldt.edu) will be the TAs for the 11am class. Each of these talented students is planning to become an educator and as future teachers, they are excited about the opportunity of working with you throughout the semester. All of the TAs are available for consultation via email. Additionally, the TAs will hold office hours from 4-5pm before each remediation seminar (described below under "Course Requirements") and by appointment.

Course Description, Major Skills, and Learning Outcomes: This course, which meets the institutions requirements in U.S. history established by the California Legislature (CSU Executive Order 405 and Title 5: 40404), focuses on the "significant events covering a minimum time span of approximately 100 years occurring in the entire area now included in the United States of America, including the relationships of regions within that area and with external regions and powers as appropriate to the understanding of those events within the United States during the period under study and the role of major ethnic and social groups in such events and the contexts in which the events have occurred." It also includes a discussion of "events within a framework which illustrates the continuity of the American experience and its derivation from other cultures including consideration of three or more of the following: politics, economics, social movements, and geography." Additionally, this course meets the four major skills that the History Department believes historians need and that history majors should develop as they progress through the major: writing, critical thinking, historiography and methodology, and oral presentation.

Upon completing this class students will:

  1. Be able to apply the academic language, historical principles and methodologies, and value systems and ethics employed in social science inquiry to specific events in American history
  2. Be able to explain and critically analyze human social, economic, and political issues from the a historical perspectives by examining them in contemporary as well as historical settings and in a variety of cultural contexts.
  3. Be able to illustrate how human social, political and economic institutions and behavior are inextricably interwoven.

HISTORY 111 COURSE REQUIREMENTS - Spring 2012

Collegial Academic Community: One of the major goals for this class is to create a collegial academic community in which we can discuss the many exciting stories woven throughout U.S. history. To that end, it is not only essential that we respect the classroom conversations of our colleagues, but that we create an environment in which we all can learn. To do this, we must be aware of learning distractions such as texting on our cell phones and taking note on laptops. To that end, please respect two classroom rules:

Required Reading. You will be required to read four books as well as several articles on the Internet.   Because one of the main objectives for this class to critically examine the historical materials presented in class discussions and required in the reading, it is essential that you complete the required reading prior to coming to class.

Required Books: A copy of each of therequired books is available at the Library's Reserve Book desk. Required Internet Readings: You will be required to read several internet articles - each of which is listed below in the course syllabus.
Requirements There are three required assessment tools for this course: unit exams, reading analysis quizzes on the required reading from the textbook, and reading analysis quizzes on the two required books. You may click here or go directly to http://users.humboldt.edu/ogayle/hist111/Assessments2012.html for a calendar of these assessment tools.

1. Unit Exams (100 points each for a total of 200 points). You will take two Unit exams this semester. The exams will consist of three required components - written, oral, and evaluative - and one exra credit component as follows:

There will be no make-ups

2. Reading Analysis Quizzes on the required textbooks and miscelleaneous readings (180 total points). You will take nine reading quizzes (each worth 20 points) on assigned chapters from Give Me Liberty by Eric Foner. Each quiz will contain 10 multiple choice questions about important factual issues in each chapter. Additionally, there will be an extra credit question on each quiz from the required reading in Voices of a Peoples History by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove. Consult the syllabus below for dates for each exam.

Hints for studying your Foner text, Give Me Liberty and preparing for each quiz. W.W. Norton has provided an extensive website for student support of this textbook which you can access at http://www.wwnorton.com/college/history/give-me-liberty3/welcome.aspx. Once in the "My Study Space" site, you will see a list of each chapter in the book in a black column that spread across the top of the page. Simply click on the number of the chapter you are reading. Once into each particular chapter, you will find a series of study options in the black margin to the left of your computer screen with the heading, "In this chapter." There are three study options that will help you prepare for the exam:

3. Reading Analysis Quizzes on the two required books (100 total points). You will take two quizzes on the required books by Dalton Trumbo, Johnny Got His Gun and the other on Homer Hickham, October Sky (each worth 50 points) . The two quizzes on the required books will consist of two parts: True/False questions in which you must support each answer with 2-3 sentences about why you believe the answer is either true or false; and short essay questions. Consult the syllabus below for dates for each exam.

Extra Credit . Three extra credit options are available throughout the semester: remediation seminars, syllabus seminar, and outside activities. Please note: Extra credit will not replace any required assignments that you did not complete; rather, it will help out with a "fence sitter" grade. Once you complete any extra credit assignment, please come talk directly to one of the TAs about it during his/her office hours.

Remediation Seminars: After each of the 12 reading analysis quizzes, there will be a remediation seminar conducted by the Teaching Assistants. Dates and times are listed below in the course syllabus. The purpose of these seminars is to help you better understand the material in each quiz. As such, at each seminar the TAs will go over the quiz, discuss the answers, and clarify any questions about the quiz and the readings. If you attend any seminar and if you participate in the discussion, 3 points will be added to your quiz score. These points will raise your quiz score an entire grade. The remediation seminars are completely voluntary.

Syllabus Seminar - Questions about the course syllabus and requirements: On Thursday, January 19th, I will be available in a room to be announced from 5-7pm to discuss any questions you have about the course, course syllabus, exams, book analysis and teach-in, and research teach-in. You will receive extra credit for attending.

Outside activities. We live in a university community and we all have access to many learning activities outside of the classroom. Therefore, you may get extra credit for any of the following:

Grades: Your grades will be based upon the total number of points received on your exams and quizzes - for a total of 480 points. Grades will be distributed as follows:

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HISTORY 111 COURSE SYLLABUS - SPRING 2012

This class is divided into four units of academic study: Closing and Opening New Frontiers, 1877-1916; Responding to International and Domestic Crises, 1917 - 1945; FIghting the Cold War, 1946-1959; and Combating Wars and Ideologies, 1960-1987. Below you will find the topic for each day's discussion, as well as the required reading, a list of extra credit opportunities, and a link to the discussion guides for each day's discussion.

Unit I: Closing and Opening New Frontiers, 1877 - 1916

1/17 Introduction: Why Study History? No required reading. Link to overheads for this discussion: http://users.humboldt.edu/ogayle/hist111/HabeasCorpus.html

1/19-1/24  Discussion: Manifest Destiny, the Closure of the Frontier, and the Price of "Progress". Required Reading for 1/24: Foner, Chapter 15 and Zitkala Sa, The School Days of an Indian Girl at http://www.facstaff.bucknell.edu/gcarr/19cUSWW/ZS/SDIG.html.
Link to overheads for this discussion: http://users.humboldt.edu/ogayle/hist111/manifestdestiny.html

1/26-1/31   Discussion: Industrialization and Urbanization in the Gilded Age. Required Reading for 1/26: Foner, Chapter 16 and Zinn and Arnove, Chapter 11. Link to overheads for this discussion: http://users.humboldt.edu/ogayle/hist111/industrial.html

1/26 -1st Reading Analysis Quiz on textbooks - Foner, Chapters 15 and16; Zinn and Arnove, Chapter 11; and Zitkala Sa.

1/31 - Remediation Seminar from 5-6pm in FH 163

Extra Credit:

2/2-2/7 Discussion: The American Quest for Empire. Required reading for 2/2: Foner, Chapter 17 and Zinn and Arnove, Chapter 12. Link to overheads for this discussion: http://users.humboldt.edu/ogayle/hist111/empire.html

2/2 - 2nd Reading Analysis Quiz on textbooks - Foner, Chapter 17; Extra Credit: Zinn and Arnove, Chapter 12

2/7 - Remediation Seminar from 5-6pm in FH163

Extra Credit:

2/9-2/14 Discussion: Politics and the Impulse to Reform. Required reading: Foner, Chapter 18 and Zinn and Arnove, Chapter 13. Link to overheads for this discussion: http://users.humboldt.edu/ogayle/hist111/reform.html

2/9 - 3rd Reading Analysis Quiz on textbooks - Foner, Chapter 18; Extra Credit: Zinn and Arnove, Chapter 13

2/14 - 3rd Remediation Seminar from 5-6pm in FH 163

Extra Credit:

Unit II:  Responding to International and Domestic Crises, 1917 - 1945

2/16-2/21 Discussion: Causes and Consequences of World War I, Required reading for 2/16: Foner, Chapter 19 and Zinn and Arnove,, Chapter 14. Link to overheads for this discussion: http://users.humboldt.edu/ogayle/hist111/unit2WWI.html

2/16 - 4th Reading Analysis Quiz on textbooks - Foner, Chapter 19; Extra Credit: Zinn and Arnove, Chapter 14

2/21 - Remediation Seminar from 5-6pm in FH 163

Extra Credit:

2/23 Discussion: Pacifism and Dissent in Times of War. Required Reading: Johnny Got His Gun. Link to overheads for this discussion: http://users.humboldt.edu/ogayle/hist111/drafthistory.html

2/23- 1st Reading Analysis Quiz on books - Johnny Got His Gun

2/28-3/1 Discussion: The Not-So-Roaring Twenties, The Depression, and "A New Deal" for Americans. Required reading for 3/1: Foner, Chapter 21; Extra Credit: Zinn and Arnove, Chapter 15 and Foner, Chapter 20. Link to discussion guides for class:http://users.humboldt.edu/ogayle/hist111/1920sandNewDeal.html

2/28 - Remediation Seminar from 5-6pm in FH 163 on Johnny Got His Gun

3/1 - 5th Reading Analysis Quiz on textbooks - Foner, Chapter 21; Extra Credit: Zinn and Arnove, Chapter 15 and Foner, Chapter 20.

3/6 - Remediation Seminar from 5-6pm in FH 163

Extra Credit:

3/6-3/8, and 3/20 Discussion: Causes and Consequences of World War II. Required reading for 3/8 : Foner, Chapter 22 and Zinn and Arnove, Chapter 16. Link to overheads for this discussion: http://users.humboldt.edu/ogayle/hist111/unit2WWII.html

3/8 - 6th Reading Analysis Quiz on textbooks - Foner, Chapter 22; Extra Credit: Zinn and Arnove, Chapter 16

3/20 - 7th Remediation Seminar from 5-6 in FH163

Extra Credit:

Unit III:  FIghting the Cold War, 1946-1959

3/27-29 Discussion: The Cold War in the International Arena. Required reading for 3/27: Foner, Chapter 23. Link to the overheads for this discussion: http://users.humboldt.edu/ogayle/hist111/coldwar.html

3/22 - Units I and II Midterm - Take Home and Oral Exam

3/29 - 2nd Reading Analysis Quiz book - October Sky

Extra Credit:

4/3  Discussion: The Cold War in the Domestic Arena. Link to overheads for this discussion: http://users.humboldt.edu/ogayle/hist111/ColdWarDomesticArena.html

4/5 - Remediation Seminar on Units I and II Midterm

Extra Credit:

Unit IV:  Combating Wars and Ideologies, 1960-1987

4/5 - 4/12 Discussion: The War Within and the Struggle for Civil Rights. Required Reading for 4/12: Foner, Chapters 24 and 25; Zinn and Arnove, Chapter 17. Link to the overheads for this discussion: http://users.humboldt.edu/ogayle/hist111/civilrights.html

4/10 - 7th Reading Analysis Quiz on textbook - Foner, Chapters 24 and 25; Extra Credit: Zinn and Arnove, Chapter 17.

4/17 - Remediation Seminar from 5-6 in FH 163

Extra Credit:

4/17-4/19 Discussion: Vietnam - Guest Professor, Dr. Thomas Mays (9:30 class) and Guy Aronoff (11:00 class) . Required reading: Zinn and Arnove, Chapter 18. Link to the overheads for this discussion: http://users.humboldt.edu/ogayle/hist111/vietnam.html

Extra Credit:

4/24-5/1 Discussion: The Decline of Liberalism and the Triumph of Conservatism. Required Reading for 4/26: Chapter 26 in Foner and Zinn and Arnove, Chapter 20 and 21. Link to the overheads for this discussion: http://users.humboldt.edu/ogayle/hist111/1970sand1980s.html

4/26 - 8th Reading Analysis Quiz on textbooks - Foner, Chapter 26; Extra Credit: Zinn and Arnove, Chapter 20 and 21

5/1 - Remediation Seminar from 5-6 in FH 163

Extra Credit:

5/3 - Discussion: Why Study History ... Revisited. Required Listening for 5/3: ,"A New Era of Jim Crow?," a National Public Radio interview at http://onpoint.wbur.org/2012/04/02/a-new-era-of-jim-crow. Link to the discussion guides for today: http://users.humboldt.edu/ogayle/hist111/WarOnDrugs.html

5/3 - 9th Reading Analysis Quiz - "A New Era of Jim Crow?" You must bring a MAXIMUM one page, typed paper to class in which you include the following:

5/8 and 5/10- Units III and IV Exam- Take Home and Oral Exam

5/8 - 10-:20-12:10 for the 11:00 class

5/10 - 8-9:50am for the 9:30 class

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