NEW MEXICO JUNIOR COLLEGE

MISSION STATEMENT

United States History to 1877

SYLLABUS

  1. GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION
  2. A. Course Title: United States History to 1877
    B. Course Number: HI 113 - 10313
    C. Semester: Spring 2018
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Ollinger Riefstahl, Alison
    G. Office: Mansur Hall (MH) 129E
    H. Email Address: AOllinger@nmjc.edu
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2814
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 8:30:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST);10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);12:00:00 PM-1:00:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 8:30:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST);12:30:00 PM-1:30:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 8:30:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST);10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);12:00:00 PM-1:00:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 8:30:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST);12:30:00 PM-1:30:00 PM (MST);
    Friday: 10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);12:00:00 PM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    I am also available by appointment. If these days and times do not work for you, please contact me to set up a time that does.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): None
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: Virtual
  3. COURSE DESCRIPTION

    This course surveys the discovery, establishment, and growth of the English colonies; their relations with Great Britain; the revolution; the Confederation; the Constitution; the growth of nationalism; westward expansion; slavery; the Civil War; Reconstruction; economic, political, and social development; and international relations. This is a three credit hour course.

  4. COURSE RATIONALE / TRANSFERABILITY

    This course is designed for the student to gain knowledge of United States history. This course provides an introduction in history for the associate degree. It establishes the basis for further historical study for a humanities requirement for a student’s degree program.

    This course is a general education course with transferability to New Mexico schools, but it is always advisable to check with the receiving four-year school.

  5. REQUIRED / SUGGESTED COURSE MATERIALS

    Required:

    Howard Zinn, A People’s History of the United States
    Free online text option: http://www.historyisaweapon.com/indextrue.html#
    Or the book can be purchased at amazon (both new and used copies) or other retailers:
    ISBN-13: 978-0062397348
    ISBN-10: 0062397346

    All other materials and documents will be provided by the professor and accessible through Canvas.

    Suggested:
    None.

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.

  6. GRADING POLICY

    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F
    

    700 total points possible:

    700-730 = A
    729-660 = B
    659-590 = C
    589-520 = D
    519 and below = F

    10 quizzes 250
    10 assignments 250
    2 essays 100
    1 annotated bibliography 50
    Personal History assignment 50

    Retrieving Grades from T-BirdWeb Portal
    Go to the New Mexico Junior College T-BirdWeb Portal login page. Please enter your User Identification Number (ID), which is your Banner ID, and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). When finished, click Login.

    Tips for Success in Online Courses:
    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.

  7. INSTITUTIONAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:

  8. DEPARTMENTAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    New Mexico Junior College's Social/Behavioral Sciences Department endorses the Core Competencies as established by the State of New Mexico. In compliance with the State Matrix, all histories have been placed in Area V Courses under Humanities and Fine Arts. Within our respective fields, as appropriate, students should:

    A. analyze and critically interpret significant and primary texts and/or works of art (this includes fine art, literature, music, theatre, and film.)

    B. compare art forms, modes of thought and expression, and processes across a range of historical periods and/or structures (such as political, geographic, economic, social, cultural, religious, and intellectual.)

    C. recognize and articulate the diversity of human experience across a range of historical periods and/or cultural perspectives.

    D. draw on historical and/or cultural perspectives to evaluate any or all of the following: contemporary problems/issues, contemporary modes of expression, and contemporary thought.

    Selected Specific Competencies will be used to demonstrate mastery of the above.

  9. SPECIFIC COURSE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    After completing this course, the successful student should be able to:
    · Generalize pivotal ideas, persons and events in America’s past.
    · Articulate key historical events and figures.
    · Analyze events of the past and their bearing on the present by utilizing various primary and secondary sources.
    · Integrate historical perspectives into personal citizenship/civic engagement.
    · Describe the contributions of influential historical figures, both well-known and lesser known, in American history.
    · Recognize causal relationships between the past and present.

  10. REQUIRED TECHNICAL COMPETENCIES AND EQUIPMENT

    Student Requirements
    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.

    Check first-time login page for instructions at www.nmjc.edu/distancelearning/coursescourseschedules/canvasinstructions.aspx.

    Canvas Assistance

    You must have access, on a regular basis, to a computer that supports the Canvas minimum specifications and has an active connection to the Internet. See the minimum computer specification requirements at www.nmjc.edu/distancelearning/coursescourseschedules/Canvasinstructions.aspx.

  11. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    Additional Assignment details will be posted in Canvas, along with all Rubrics used for assessment.

    FINAL EXAM: *Final Exams are scheduled in the regular classroom on tba


    INSTRUCTORS NOTES:

    I reserve the right to edit this syllabus at any time, or to make changes to the class format if adjustments need to be made. If made, these changes will be communicated in writing using the CANVAS system.

    I will not tolerate cheating, plagiarism, disrespect of anyone in this class, and consider these to be grave offenses.

    I am always available for outside help or instruction, and I hope you will find me to be a very tolerant and fair person, albeit one with a dry sense of humor. This is a learning experience for us all, and it is my hope that we can make it an enjoyable one. I look forward to the semester - and hope you do as well.

  12. GENERAL/MISCELLANEOUS

    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at krueda@nmjc.edu.

    Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
    If you experience difficulty with Canvas you may reach the Canvas Helpdesk at canvashelpdesk@nmjc.edu, or by calling the 24 hour helpdesk phone at (575) 399-2199.

    Netiquette
    The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.

    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    Plagiarism
    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.

    Withdrawal Policy
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at www.nmjc.edu, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by TBA. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.

  13. ACADEMIC CALENDAR
  14. FINALS SCHEDULE
  15. COURSE OUTLINE

    (This is a tentative outline.)

    United States History to 1877

    Week One
    Course Introduction and Syllabus
    Historical Thinking Skills – The Four Reads
    History is a Weapon – Howard Zinn

    Week Two
    Goodbye Columbus – the Truth about Columbus
    Crash Course Series Introduction Reflection & The Columbian Exchange

    Week Three
    Marlon Brando, Pocahontas and Me
    Howard Zinn CH 2 – Quiz

    Week Four
    Colonial Ways of Life
    Salem, The Crucible, and McCarthyism
    VA Slavery Legislation
    Film Analysis Article, Clips, & Quiz

    Week Five
    MOVIE ANALYSIS PROJECT– Last of the Mohicans


    Week Six
    From Colonies to States
    The Many Faces of Benjamin Franklin
    Common Sense & What do You Declare?

    Week Seven
    The American Revolution
    Dirty Little Secret
    A People’s History of the United States

    Week Eight
    Movie Analysis Essay – The Patriot


    Week Nine
    The Constitution – Founding Father’s Library


    Week Ten
    Undaunted Courage
    The War of 1812 – Don’t Give up the Ship!


    Week Eleven

    Howard Zinn A People’s History

    Week Twelve
    The Jacksonian Era
    Nullification, Indian Removal & the Bank War – King Andrew
    Howard Zinn’s A People’s History


    Week Thirteen

    The Old South: Chapter 12
    MOVIE ANALYSIS PROJECT: AMISTAD

    Week Thirteen
    Religion, Romanticism, & Reform

    Week Fourteen
    The Gathering Storm:
    The Causes of the Civil War

    Week Fifteen

    Women in the Civil War
    Gettysburg
    Glory

    Week Sixteen
    The Civil War Continued
    Ken Burns – The Civil War