Syllabus for HIS-114

AMERICAN HISTORY II


COURSE DESCRIPTION

American History II is a continuation of American History I. It covers the period from after the Civil War up to the present time. The issues center on the transformation of the United States from an agrarian nation and a lesser member of the international community to the foremost industrial power of the modern world. This course begins with the period of Reconstruction in the South immediately after the Civil War and continues up through 2002. The course covers the social, economic, and political development of the nation.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

After completing this course, you should be able to:  

  1. Analyze the Reconstruction plans of Lincoln, Johnson, and Congress and identify ways Reconstruction both benefited and failed freed slaves.
  2. Trace the Western migration after the Civil War and its effects on the Indians.
  3. Describe the industrialization of the United States in the period between 1865 and 1900.
  4. Outline the growth of the labor movement.
  5. Identify events that led to the Spanish-American War.
  6. Describe the reforms of the Progressive Era.
  7. Analyze Woodrow Wilson's policies and the conditions that led to World War I.
  8. Explain the major changes to American society in the 1920s.
  9. Discuss the causes of the Great Depression and the manner in which American presidents attempted to correct the problems.
  10. Discuss the events that brought the United States into World War II.
  11. Explain the policy of containment as well as the causes of the Cold War.
  12. Describe the development of the culture of abundance of the 1950s.
  13. Describe the civil rights movement and other protest movements from the 1960s onward.
  14. Explain how and why the United States became involved in Vietnam.
  15. Summarize the foreign policies of Presidents Carter and Reagan and the circumstances leading up to the fall of Communism.
  16. Discuss the post-Cold War period in the United States.

COURSE MATERIALS

You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the College's textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

Required Textbook

ISBN-13: 978-0-312-56858-7

Video Programs

        

The video programs are being offered via streaming video technology through this course site. Each assignment will include the necessary links for accessing the video stream. CDs containing the videos are also available from MBS.

COURSE STRUCTURE

American History II is a three-credit online course, consisting of five (5) modules. Modules include learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.

Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, take a proctored online midterm examination, and complete a final project. See below for more details.

Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Discussion Forums

In addition to posting an introduction to the class in Module 1, you are required to participate in five graded online discussions, each focusing on a different historical topic.

 

Communication with the mentor and among fellow students is a critical component of online learning. Participation in online discussions involves two distinct assignments: an initial response to a discussion question and at least two subsequent comments on classmates' responses. Meaningful participation is relevant to the content, adds value, and advances the discussion. Comments such as "I agree" and "ditto" are not considered value-adding participation. Therefore, when you agree or disagree with a classmate, the reading, or your mentor, state and support your agreement or disagreement. You will be evaluated on the quality and quantity of your participation. Responses and comments should be properly proofread and edited, professional, and respectful.

Written Assignments

American History II has five (5) writing assignments. Many students find it helpful to read over the assignment questions for a module before beginning the reading for the module.

Prepare your written assignments using whatever word processing program you have on your computer. Include your name at the top of the paper, as well as the course name and code and the semester and year in which you are enrolled.

Before submitting your first assignment, check with your mentor to determine whether your word processing software is compatible with your mentor's software. If so, you can submit your work as you prepared it. If not, save your assignment as a rich-text (.rtf) file, using the Save As command of your software program. Rich text retains basic formatting and can be read by any other word processing program.

Midterm Examination

This course requires you to take a proctored online midterm examination.

The midterm is a closed-book, proctored online exam. It is two hours long and covers material in Modules 1 and 2. It consists of multiple choice questions and short essay questions. If you have concerns about the format and/or content of the examination, please contact your mentor at least a week in advance of the scheduled test.

For the midterm, you are required to use the College's Online Proctor Service (OPS). Please refer to the "Examinations and Proctors" section of the Online Student Handbook (see General Information area of the course Web site) for further information about scheduling and taking online exams and for all exam policies and procedures. You are strongly advised to schedule your exam within the first week of the semester.

Statement about Cheating

You are on your honor not to cheat during an exam. Cheating means:

If there is evidence that you have cheated or plagiarized in an exam, the exam will be declared invalid, and you will fail the course.

Final Project: Position Paper

You are required to develop and submit a position paper that you will submit at the end of the semester. This paper and the outline you will develop as part of it will be worth 20 percent of your final grade. (The outline must be submitted at the end of module 3; see the course Calendar.)

For this assignment, you are asked to select one of the Historical Questions in your textbook that you would like to address. As you investigate this question and develop your own position on the topic, you will be required to produce an outline of the issue(s) involved together with your initial opinion. Then you will be required to produce a developed position paper based on your outline.

The position paper is to be submitted in two stages:

Stage 1: Prepare and submit an outline to the mentor for comments and feedback (worth 4 percent of your course grade).

Stage 2: Prepare and submit the completed position paper (worth 16 percent of your course grade).

GRADING AND EVALUATION

Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:

A

=

93–100

C+

=

78–79

A–

=

90–92

C

=

73–77

B+

=

88–89

C–

=

70–72

B

=

83–87

D

=

60–69

B–

=

80–82

F

=

Below 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a nonarea of study course), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.).

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS

First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Students at Thomas Edison State College are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State College expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the College insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty takes the following forms:

Academic dishonesty will result in disciplinary action and possible dismissal from the College. Students who submit papers that are found to be plagiarized will receive an F on the plagiarized assignment, may receive a grade of F for the course, and may face dismissal from the College.

A student who is charged with academic dishonesty will be given oral or written notice of the charge. If a mentor or College official believes the infraction is serious enough to warrant referral of the case to the academic dean, or if the mentor awards a final grade of F in the course because of the infraction, the student and the mentor will be afforded formal due process.

If a student is found cheating or using unauthorized materials on an examination, he or she will automatically receive a grade of F on that examination. Students who believe they have been falsely accused of academic dishonesty should seek redress through informal discussions with the mentor, through the office of the dean, or through an executive officer of Thomas Edison State College.

Plagiarism

Using someone else's work as your own is plagiarism. Although it may seem like simple dishonesty, plagiarism is against the law. Thomas Edison State College takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > "Citing Sources.")

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else's. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

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