Fall 2014 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Lester, Carole
Discipline and Number
HIST 1301 Section 0I2
Time (No time assigned)
Course Title
U.S. History Survey to Civil War

Description of Course:

“Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” simply does not seem compatible with the practice of slavery. How could the Founding fathers feel so strongly about these unalienable rights, yet continue the brutal practice of human slavery? This course seeks to give the student a basis for interpreting the historical evidence surrounding the creation of the United States including the following issues: exploration of new territory, clash of old Empires, the building and maturing of the nation, and the results of sectional differences with a special emphasis on understanding the history of American Slavery and the impact and influence that practice still has on our Nation.

According to Marion Brady, author of "What's Worth Teaching," over 96% of all methods for measuring learning in American colleges and universities test only one cognitive skill: Our ability to recall information. In this course, I think knowledge is more than just information recall. Computers store information. People use information to draw conclusions and to make choices based on values, to solve problems and to improve their lives. Information is important, but skills beyond recall are fundamental to real learning: skills that inspire a range of human capacities.

Required Texts:

Davidson, James W., et al, U.S. A Narrative History, vol. 1, with Connect access, McGraw Hill Publishers, New York, New York, 2012.
ISBN #: 9780077516536 Package: Cnct+ access code (includes eBook) for 1 term AND Vol 1 printed softcover book. Other material will be accessed online

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

1. Reading assigned materials
2. Class Participation in online discussions
3. Complete Writing Assignments
4. Complete Group Assignment and ISeach Paper
5. Complete “Connect” Assignments
6. Complete Exams

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