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Course Description: A study of the American frontier from the point of view of those who created it and participated in its development. We will examine the art, music and literature of and about the frontier. We will, throughout the course, note the participation of non-Anglos along American frontiers, and contrast the American frontier with those of other continents. 3:0:3
Educational Philosophy: FACULTY'S EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY: My educational philosophy is based on interaction; built on lectures, readings, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. I will engage each of you in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues, and contradictions.
Learning Outcomes:COURSE OBJECTIVES: For each student to develop an understanding of historical methods, historians' interpretive approaches to history and elements of 19th Century American Frontier history.
Critical Literacy: demonstrate skill in critical thinking through evaluation of historical interpretations and myths, which direct popular conceptions through the weekly reading précis, course examinations and research paper.
Civic Literacy: demonstrate insight into American social and political systems and into ways for contributing to responsible citizen participatory solutions through course discussions, examinations and the research paper.
Values Literacy: demonstrate skill in evaluating changing social norms and their historical effects through course discussion, examination, reading précis and research paper.
Aesthetic Literacy: demonstrate insight into the interplay of artistic interpretation with social conflict, technological and ethical questioning through the course discussion, reading précis, examinations and research paper.
1. The student will be able to evaluate the impact of the expansion and settlement of the American West on the general course of American History.
2. The student will be able to explain the general course and pattern of settlement and its multi-ehtnic nature.
3. The student will be able to discuss the varying nature of the frontier, its different economic components and their contributions.
4. The student will be able to evaluate the nature of the changing government policies with regard to the west, its settlement, people and land use.
Course Assessment: COURSE ASSESSMENT: Course assessment will be based on the following assignments: two essay examinations, 5 written issue papers and classroom discussion. The essay exams will be given during week 4 and week 8 of the course and they will consist of two (2) 3-5 paragraph essays. The topics for the issue papers are listed on the course schedule below. These will consist of 750-1000 word essays addressing the topic, they are evaluative in nature, the student's informed opinion is important to these papers. An essential part of the course is in class discussion, I do not lecture in the traditional sense. I will talk and ask questions. When I ask a question in class you should be able to use a combination of knowledge gained from the readings, your experience and awareness of the world around you, and logic to answer the question and in fact lead others to make additional comments. If you have questions, which I am not addressing, please feel free to ask them. I may ask to hold them for a while we finish another topic, but your questions matter to my and I will do my best to answer them. Your opinions matter as well. History is much more than merely facts, it is an interpretation of facts, an opinion about those facts. While a historian's opinions may be informed by a wide knowledge of history, the only way they reached that point was by study and by voicing their opinion along the way. A spirited but civil discussion about the topics and issues raised in class is my goal.
Grading: 100 points for 5 issue papers 20 points each
100 points for Midterm Exam
100 points for Final Exam
300 points total.
A = 270-300 pts
B = 240-269 pts
C = 210-239 pts
D = 180-209 pts
F = less than 180 pts.
Late Submission of Course Materials: LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS: Assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a grade 10% below the the scored grade unless prior approval has been coordinated and approved with the instructor.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT: Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive. Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems. Printers run out of ink and hard drive crash. Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology. Be sure to save copies of your work to disk, hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes. Cell phones and pagers are very distracting and shall be turned off prior to class, if your cell phone or pager goes off during class, I will confiscate it and turn it in to the Dean's office where you can collect it and explain to the director why your phone messages are more important than your weekly 4.5 hours of instruction.
Plagiarism:Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. <a href="http://www.park.edu/catalog">
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog</a> Page 101
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences
via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate
Catalog Page 100
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