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HIS 330 U.S. Military History
Moon, Joshua L.


Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

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Course

HIS 330 U.S. Military History

Semester

S1B 2013 BL

Faculty

Joshua L. Moon, PhD

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

PhD, Florida State University
MA  History, Florida State University
BS  History, United States Military Academy

Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone

915-443-6349

E-Mail

joshua.moon@park.edu

joshua.moon@us.army.mil

Semester Dates

14 JAN - 10 MAR 2013

Class Days

----F--

Class Time

5:00 - 10:00 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Alan Millett & Peter Maslowski. For the Common Defense: A Military History of the United States of America. Free Press: 1994 ISBN# 0029215978 (Paperback)

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Course Description:
HIS 330 U.S. Military History: This course is an overview of the U.S. Military experience from pre-Revolutionary to the Present with a focus on those the nation thinks about, prepares for, and conducts warfare. The course will examine the interaction of the military, cultural, social, institutional, and international factors that have shaped U.S. Military history. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

 I am an active duty Army Officer and I understand the challenges on your time. Therefore, I will strive to make this class as interactive as possible through lectures, movies, videos, and challenging writings.
 
Keep in mind that the study of history is an indispensable component of any solid education. Students of history gain a sense of perspective, an appreciation for the complexities of human affairs and an understanding of change over time that enables them to understand present events in unique and interesting ways, which complements their study of other academic disciplines. Given recent events, a historical understanding of World History seems particularly relevant. Such an understanding can illuminate, among other things, past issues that are the sources of some current problems.
 
As you go through this course, keep in mind that the study of history is not an exact science. Historical analysis does not yield sure formulas for determining precisely what factors or influences produced various outcomes. At best, historians provide an interpretation of historical events based on careful analysis of evidence in order to discover the “truth” about a certain event or issue in the past. The quality and objectivity of their interpretations are subject to the relative skill and bias of the historian. Considering these facts, you must therefore develop your own ability to evaluate historical interpretations critically in order to substantiate or refute existing interpretations. By evaluating historical interpretations, you can consider uncharted territory of historical analysis and possibly develop new interpretations of past events. 

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Interpret and analyze the “American way of war”
  2. Describe and compare American military models
  3. Analyze changing American military policies and goals
  4. Examine American military use of technology
  5. Analyze American relationship with, preparation for, and application of war


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Learn to read and communicate critically
  2. Write a well researched paper
  3. Facilitate an active learning environment by preparing yourself ahead of class
Core Assessment:

Core Assessment Grading Rubric: Due at the end of Week 6

Abstract (10 points): The abstract should be 40-60 words in length.

Thesis Statement (10 points): introduction with clear thesis statement

Your Analysis (50 points):

1. America’s paradoxical love-hate relationship with war

2. How this relationship influences American warfare

Conclusion (10 points): conclusion paragraph that reiterates key points

Writing Mechanics (20 points):

Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling, Length, Paper format, Chicago Style OR MLA Style for non-History Majors

Communication Skills covered by these "writing mechanics" are part of the class rubric - see the course syllabus. This is also important to the discipline of History so that you can clearly convey your ideas to your reader. Keep in mind, however, that the large majority of the paper's point value (80%)  is based on the content.

Total Possible: 100 points

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:
  Your grade will be determined through class participation and discussion of the readings, a core assessment (historical essay), a mid-term exam, a map quiz, and a final exam.

Weekly Class Participation (10 points a week/ total of 80 points)

It is imperative to read assignments prior to class. Also, class participation and discussion are mandatory to engage the critical thinking processes. 

Core Assessment historical essay (100 points)

 The paper  will consist of a well written examination of a topic pertaining to this course. The paper will be based on a topic of the student’s choice relating to the course and selected from the time frame covered by this course. The topic MUST BE APPROVED by the professor. A working title should be submitted by the 3rd week of class. Your work must be 8-10 pages in length (not counting cover page, if used, and reference pages) and cited using Chicago or MLA style documentation. A minimum of five (5) sources are required, of which one (1) must be a primary source, and only one (1) may be an Internet source. Try to avoid sites that do not have scholarly peer review (i.e. Wikipedia). A published source which is accessed in the online format such as the Military History Quarterly is not considered an online source. The Park library has a good selection of texts and other online resource databases. This can be accessed from the Library site on MyPark. 

Paper Guidelines:

    • The paper is due at the end of Week 6
    • Double-spaced, font size 12, Times New Roman typeset
    • Use margins of one-inch on all four sides
    • Minimum length: 2000-2500 words (approximately 8 -10 pages)
    • Include an introduction paragraph with a clear statement of thesis or purpose, and a conclusion paragraph that reiterates your key points.  
    • Papers will be evaluated for both content (evidence and argument), quality of research, and style of presentation. Proofread your paper!!
    • The student is held responsible for fully understanding what constitutes plagiarism and Park University's and the instructor's regulations regarding consequences of plagiarism detection and fabrication

Core Assessment Grading Rubric: Due at the end of Week 6

Abstract (10 points): The abstract should be 40-60 words in length.

Thesis Statement (10 points): introduction with clear thesis statement

Analysis  (50 points):

1. America's paradoxical love-hate relationship with war

2. How this relationship influences American Warfare

Conclusion (10 points): conclusion paragraph that reiterates key points

Writing Mechanics (20 points):

Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling, Length, Paper format, Chicago Style OR MLA Style 

Communication Skills covered by these "writing mechanics" are part of the class rubric - see the course syllabus. This is also important to the discipline of History so that you can clearly convey your ideas to your reader. Keep in mind, however, that the large majority of the paper's point value (80%)  is based on the research and ontent.

Total Possible: 100 points

Exams: There will be two examinations during this course (one midterm and one final.) Examinations cover materials presented in the book, lectures, and class discussion. They will consist of two parts, Identification and Significance (ID/ Sig) section and an essay portion. The ID/Sig terms will be graded on the students understanding of the historic significance of an individual or specific event. The essay question will be based on broader themes covered in your lesson outlines. Both exams will allow you to synthesize from the course readings, notes, and lectures as you demonstrate your ability to communicate in writing. Both exams are worth 100 points.  Exams are open book, open note.

Mid-term Exam (100 points)

The midterm exam will be administered during week 4 and will be worth 100 points. This exam will cover materials from Weeks 1-4.  The exam is 2 hours and will be open-book and open note.

Map Quiz (20 points)  

This is a map-identification quiz. It will administered during week 7. You will have 30-minutes to correctly identify the locations of important places in U.S. Military History. 

Final Exam (100 points) 

The final exam will be administered during week 8 and will be worth 100 points. This exam will cover material from weeks 5-8. The exam is 2 hours and will be open book and open note.

Grading:
  Grading Philosophy:

A is exceptional achievement.

B is above the average performance of a 1st or 2nd year college student and is earned by exceeding the standard.

C is the average expected of a 1st or 2nd year student and is earned by meeting the standard.

D is below average and marginally meets the course standard.

F is obviously failing to meet the course standard.

 Course Grading Scale:

A = 90 - 100% (or 360 to 400 points)

B = 80 - 89% (or 320 to 359 points)

C = 70 - 79% (or 280 to 319 points)

D = 60 - 69% (or 240 to 279 points)

F = < 60% (239 or fewer points)

Grading:
Each student is responsible for completing:

  • Class participation, and discussion of the readings (10 points each Week): 80 points total
  • Mid-term Exam (Week 4): 100 points
  • Core Assessment Historical Essay (due in Week 6): 100 points
  • Map Quiz (Week 7): 20 points 
  • Final Exam (Week 8) : 100 points
  • Total Points for Term:  400 points

Late Submission of Course Materials:

 Eight-weeks go by very quickly in an upper-division class. Please know that you should plan on spending AT LEAST 12 hours a week reading and studying.  If you know you will be miss class due to duty or mandatory training, NOTIFY me at once, so other arrangements can be made.

Weekly work must be submitted no later than the day of class it is due in accordance with the syllabus. It is your obligation to make other arrangements to turn in assignments if you have duty or mandatory training. If do not make prior arrangements or promptly notify me about an emergency, assignments will be penalized by 10% a day until the requirement is submitted. I will not accept an assignment more than 5 days late. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
  The fundamental objective of this course is to learn. That means we must all work together and learn from each other. In order to accomplish this, we must treat each other with respect. Everyone will have the opportunity and freedom to express their ideas. Be sure to review the Park Student Code of Conduct.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
 Week 1: JAN 18:  Introduction and the Colonial Wars:  Lecture, Discussion. Reading Assignment: Millett, (Intro. and Ch. 1-2 )

Week 2: JAN 25: The American Revolution and National Expansion: Lecture, Discussion. Reading Assignment: Millett, (ch. 3-5) .

Week 3: FEB 1: The American Civil War: Lecture, Discussion; Reading Assignment: Millett (ch. 6-7).

Week 4: FEB 8: Post-war and wars of Imperialism: Lecture, Discussion; Reading assignment: Millett (ch. 8-9).  Mid-term Exam taken in class

Week 5: FEB 15: World War I: Lecture, Discussion Reading assignment: Millett (ch.10-11)

Week 6: FEB 22:  Inter-war and World War II: Lecture, Discussion; Reading Assignment: Millett (ch. 12-14). Research Paper due in drop box on 22 FEB.

Week 7 MAR 01: Wars in the Nuclear Age:  Lecture, Discussion, Reading Assignment: Millett (ch. 15-17). Map Quiz taken in class.

Week 8: MAR 08: Post-Cold War: Lecture, Discussion; Reading assignment: Millett (ch. 18). Final Exam taken in class.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

Additional Information:






 

I am looking forward to a great and rewarding experience with you.


Josh Moon, PhD


Adjunct Instructor of History


Park University


Bibliography:



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Evaluation and synthesize information from sources                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Superior selection of source information to answer the question



 
Adequate selection of source information to answer the question Inadequate selection of source information to answer the question  
Content of Communication: grammar/punctuation/spelling/typing/sentence structures/readability/paragraphing                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
Park Mission Statement: communicate effectively                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
0 errors in grammar/punctuation/spelling/typing/sentence structures/documentation.  Superior organization and readability.  Superior thesis with support. 1 to 3 errors in grammar/punctuation/spelling/typing/sentence structures/documentation.  Adequate organization and  readability.  Adequate thesis with support. 4 to 6 errors in grammar/punctuation/spelling/typing/sentence structures/documentation.  Inadequate organization and readability.  Inadequate thesis and support.  
Community and Civic Responsibility                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Superior analysis of community and civic responsibility as applied to two military models Adequate analysis of community and civic responsibility as applied to two military models Inadequate analysis of community and civic responsibility as applied to two military models  

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