Dr. James Rigali:HIS 111 Syllabus

US HISTORY TO 1877

Dr. James Rigali's History Courses
Syllabus

This course will examine the development of a land and peoples that became the United States. It was a complex process which witnessed the development of unique institutions of freedom and slavery. It was a period when a new nation was created in which citizens shared common ideas about equality but were deeply divided by ideas about regional, racial, class, ethnic and gender identities. Through, lectures, readings, discussions, films and music we will explore this rich and complicated history.

Class lectures will focus on several major themes: the meeting of races and cultures from three continents which resulted in a new world for all; the effect of the American environment on immigrant experiences and expectations; the factors that shaped economic growth and the rise of race-based slavery and the consequences of that development; the process by which colonists created a diverse society, but also created an American identity; and the ideological and institutional evolution of a unique American political system.

INTRODUCTION TO THE COURSE
HIS 111 Dr. James H. Rigali, Lecturer
Winter 2005 Office: IB-2423C No. 14
Class Times: M-F 9:00-9:50 Tel: 527-5665 ext 1
Classroom: CC-2153 Email: jrigali@sccd.ctc.edu
  Office Hours: M-Thu 10:00-10:50
  & by appointment

Required Texts:

COURSE STRUCTURE AND ASSIGNMENTS

The course is designed to introduce students to a wide range of viewpoints concerning the development of the United States to 1877. The readings and weekly discussions are designed to introduce students to the ideas, experiences and values of the people who inhabited America. The course starts with the premise that history is not just a set of facts about the past, but an ongoing debate about the meaning and interpretation of the past. Class time and assignments are designed to encourage students to develop critical and analytical skills in evaluating the past as well as encourage students to recognize that understanding the past helps us to think critically about the present. For all these reasons the class is structured to give students an active role in the learning process.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Do all your work and actively participate in all course activities. This means you:

COURSE OBJECTIVES

If you take this course seriously, by the end of it you should be able to:

NSCC GENERAL EDUCATION LEARNING MET BY HIS 111

Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

Attitudes (1). Recognize the value of intellectual, inquiry, personal responsibility and ethical behavior.
Participation: Class Discussion and the Online Discussion Room
To help develop communication and writing skills, as well as to encourage each student to think critically about the issues raised in the course, each student is required to actively participate in the Thursday class discussion and the online discussion room which is linked to the class through the course website. Students can earn up to ten points each week (5 for in class discussion and 5 for online discussion). The discussion will be open from Sunday to Sunday. On Sunday I will close the discussion room for the previous week and open up the discussion room for the next week. Students will not be graded on their spelling and grammar, but on their contribution to discussion. You can use the questions in the Johnson book as a starting point, but you are encouraged to come up with your own questions, to develop your own analysis of the readings, to respond to questions of your fellow students. Both quantity and quality are considered in awarding points. I am not looking for “perfect answers,” but contributions must show that you have read the material and thought about it. For example, comments such as “I liked the reading” or “this is boring” should not be posted and will not earn any points.

GRADES

There will be three exams during the quarter. Grades will be based on performance in the exam and on participation in the weekly discussions, in class on Thursdays as well as in the discussion room which can be found on the course homepage. Grades will be determined according to the following formula:
Participation/ Discussion Room 100 Points 25%
First Exam 80 Points 20%
Second Exam 80 Points 20%
Final 140 Points 35%

NOTE: IF YOU NEED COURSE ADAPTATIONS AND ACCOMODATIONS BECAUSE OF A DISABILITY; IF YOU HAVE EMERGENCY MEDICAL INFORMATION TO SHARE WITH ME; IF YOU NEED SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS IN CASE THE BUILDING MUST BE EVACUATED: PLEASE MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH ME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

TO ENSURE THAT YOU RECEIVE ACCOMODATIONS FOR DISABILITIES PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU PROVIDE ME WITH FULL DOCUMENTATION NO LATER THAN THE 10 TH DAY OF CLASS.