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 - 30066
    C. Semester: Fall 2017
    D. Days/Time: M W F 9:00:00 AM - 9:50:00 AM
    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: BUC240
  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:

    Tindall, George Brown and David Emory Shi. America: A Narrative History. Brief Vol. 1, 9th ed. New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 2013.
    ISBN 978-039391266-3

    Additional materials will be supplied by the instructor.

    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
    

    This class will be a mixture of lecture, discussion, and activities. Each week we will complete the chapters as detailed in the Course Outline. For each chapter there is a module in CANVAS with the assigned materials and assessments as required. Grading is based on the following components:

    16 Reading/Vocab quizzes = 400 points

    3 Movie Analysis Papers (3-5 pages) @ 50 points each = 150 points

    3 essay exams @ 50 points each = 150 points

    16 additional assignments related to in-class activities (Discussion Board, Reflection Paper, Virtual Field Trip, Research Wiki etc) @ 25 points each = 400 points

    Attendance and Participation = 100 points

    Total Points Possible: 1200

    Grading Scale:
    1200 - 1080 pts = A
    1079 - 960 pts = B
    959 - 840 pts = C
    839 - 720 pts = D
    719 and below = F

    This course has a total of 1200 points possible. It should be remembered that I can only evaluate you on what you submit to the class. I do not GIVE grades - you EARN them. You have the responsibility for your grade in your hands; I am the facilitator for your educational experience - but you are the driving force.

    Please note that I will NOT discuss grades over email, you must make an appointment to see me or stop by for office hours to discuss grading and assessments. If my office hours are not conducive to your schedule please make an appointment with me for a time that is convenient. I am very flexible and willing to meet with you outside of my posted office hours.

    Quiz and Exam Formats:

    Your chapter quizzes are all objective online assessments. You have the ability to utilize your book while taking them. They are not timed,
    and you may have your resources with you, but it can ONLY BE TAKEN ONCE.

    Your in-class exams are essay based and they may be written in class or submitted through CANVAS depending on the unit. The goal of the essay is to learn how to write a short essay, a long essay, and to do a Document Based Question that integrates primary and secondary sources into the answer. Your exams are not cumulative, they are on each unit on its own.

    Movie Analysis Papers:

    You are going to watch two movies and write a critical analysis/review of each of them for class. I do not want a synopsis of the movie, I want you to pay attention to things like the style, the message, portrayals of stereotypes, and how these elements might reflect or contradict the things we have been studying in class or how it highlights things we may not have looked at. You will be given a handout with questions and topics to cover in the reviews. This should not be a taxing exercise, but one in which you will critically review an artistic work and see how it relates to the history of this country and how we view that period or event in history in our contemporary culture. What do these films tell us about our history and how do they inspire us?

    Discussion Boards:

    In this course we will read several outside articles and documents related to the chapters as assigned. For some, you will be asked to post to a Discussion Board forum or write a reflection paper as part of your weekly work. Discussion Boards will require you to post your own thread which needs to be substantive and academic in tone and vocabulary, and to then reply to five other posts written by your classmates. You also need to follow the rules of common courtesy and reply to those who post to your thread (what I call housekeeping your thread). You should follow the rules of common courtesy and polite conversation, calling others by name and referencing their point before you make your own. These exercises are worth 25 points each and will contribute 200 points towards your final grade. These take the place of a research paper so the writings need to be academically challenging, reflective, and introspective. We will also discuss some of these topics in class to ether get you started on a unit or to wrap up the unit before an exam.

  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. 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 Tuesday, December 12 2017 from 10:00-11:45 a.m.


    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.

  11. 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 specialneeds@nmjc.edu.

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend 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.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    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.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    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
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. 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 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21, 2017. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.

  12. CRITICAL INCIDENT AND EVACUATION PLAN
  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
    Old World, New World: Chapter 1 - Quiz
    Crash Course Series Introduction Reflection & The Columbian Exchange

    Week Three
    Britain and its Colonies: Chapter 2 - Quiz
    Marlon Brando, Pocahontas and Me
    Howard Zinn CH 2 – Quiz

    Week Four
    Colonial Ways of Life: Chapter 3
    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: Chapter 4
    The Many Faces of Benjamin Franklin
    Common Sense & What do You Declare?

    Week Seven
    The American Revolution: Chapter 5
    Dirty Little Secret
    A People’s History of the United States

    Week Eight
    Exam 1
    Movie Analysis – The Patriot


    Week Nine
    Shaping a Federal Union: Chapter 6
    The Constitution – Founding Father’s Library
    The Federalist Era: Chapter 7

    Week Ten
    The Early Republic: Chapter 8
    Undaunted Courage
    The War of 1812 – Don’t Give up the Ship!
    The Dynamics of Growth: Chapter 9

    Week Eleven
    Nationalism and Sectionalism: Chapter 10
    Howard Zinn A People’s History

    Week Twelve
    The Jacksonian Era: Chapter 11
    Nullification, Indian Removal & the Bank War – King Andrew
    Howard Zinn’s A People’s History


    Week Thirteen
    EXAM 2
    The Old South: Chapter 12
    MOVIE ANALYSIS PROJECT: AMISTAD

    Week Thirteen
    Religion, Romanticism, & Reform: Chapter 13
    An Empire in the West: Chapter 14

    Week Fourteen
    The Gathering Storm: Chapter 15
    The Causes of the Civil War

    Week Fifteen
    The War of the Union: Chapter 16
    Women in the Civil War
    Gettysburg
    Glory

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