Spring 2016 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
History 1302 is the second half of a two-semester introduction to U.S. history. This course surveys U.S. history from the Civil War to the present. This course will emphasize how contemporary issues in American life developed, continued, and changed over the last one hundred and fifty years. Students will historicize modern-day debates about politics, racial tension, gender identity and inequality, immigration, capitalism, religious freedom, environmental change, human trafficking, and pop culture to better understand how America became what it is today.
American Yawp (free online textbook), http://www.americanyawp.com/
All primary sources are available online, unless otherwise noted.
Additional materials will be supplied by the professor.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Primary Source Reflection Essays
Students will choose ten primary sources on which to write ten 200-word reflection essays. These essays will be very useful during the final exam, when students are allowed to use and reference the 10 primary source essays they write throughout the semester. This assignment requires individual work; this is not a group project. There are summaries of the sources online, but students are required to read, analyze, and write in their own unique voice.
PAL Individual Essays
Students will write three individual 500-word essays on their Problems in American Life Group topic. Each essay will examine the PAL issue in the time period recently covered in class (dates indicated in schedule). Students will utilize the primary sources they bring to the group meetings, as well as any additional primary and secondary sources they find through research outside of class. (Students will learn what is an acceptable digital and physical archive from which to pull sources, but students can contact the TA or professor for help if needed.)
PAL Group Reports & Digital Exhibits
Students will collaborate to create a unique online exhibit detailing the history of one Problem in American Life. Each group will present their digital exhibit on the last day of class. The presentation will factor into the final grade for the PAL Group Digital Exhibit.
Students will digitally submit a take-home exam. The exam question will be announced the first day of class.