History 82- History of Working People in the U.S. -II

Instructor: Dr. Ellen Joiner, Office -NEA-181 Phone: 310-233-4582

e-mail: joinere@lahc.edu

Office Hours: Online via Etudes Chat Room or Private Messenger

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Course Summary:

"We've taught about the Carnegie's and the Fords, and all of those millionaires, but not what working people do." Dolores Huerta

This course studies working people in the history of the United States from Reconstruction to the present.  Issues of class, gender, and race within the context of work and the influence of organizations and collective action are also examined. Emphasis is also placed upon the defining role of the American Constitution and its impact upon labor.

Student Learning Outcomes:

1. Define primary and secondary sources within the context of U.S. labor history and demonstrate their use in historical research, organization, and writing.

2. Evaluate constitutional issues that impact working people in the 19th and 20th centuries.

3. Trace the chronological development of industrial capitalism and evaluate its impact on working people.

4. Examine the formation of labor unions, their relationship to working class community, and to the Populist, Progressive, New Deal, and Cold War eras.

5. Evaluate the intersection of race, gender, and ethnicity within U.S. History and their influence on American labor.

6. Assess the connection between corporate growth, American global domination, and the role of labor.

Required Books: Roy Rosenzweig, et.al., Who Built America? Working People and the Nation’s History, vol. 2, 3rd ed., Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2008. This book is required and may be purchased from the Harbor College Bookstore or online.

Required Materials: Because this class is completely online it is mandatory that you have a personal computer and online access.  Do not take this course and plan to use your employer or friend’s computer.  The class has specific dates when assignments must be submitted so depending upon someone else’s computer will not work.  You must have your own computer in order to put in the time that is required.

Course Requirements:  This course surveys U. S. History from the perspective of working people as the country develops as a nation and as a society.  History 82 is completely online.  On the first day of class you will be able to log onto the class which is found at http://myetudes.org    After logging on you will immediately click the Assignments, Tests, and Surveys icon and follow the instructions given there.  During the first week of class several face-to-face orientation sessions for Etudes will be offered in the computer lab and in the Learning Resource Center at Harbor College. The dates and times of these sessions will be posted at the Etudes Announcements page. These sessions are not mandatory but if you are unable to attend an orientation session it is vital that you spend the very first week of class learning to use the Etudes system. There will be a series of assignments the first week to orient you to the class.

The class is organized on a weekly basis with assignments opened each Monday morning at 8 a.m. and closed at 11 p.m. the following Sunday night.  Each week’s assignment will be found at the Assignments, Tests, and Surveys section. A weekly assignment will typically include:

1) Textbook reading:  Textbook assignments will typically be one chapter/ week.  Each chapter also includes primary source readings. The primary sources (those will be the readings in gray) are assigned on the syllabus and I will remind you of these each week at Tasks, Tests, and Surveys.  You are not required to read all of the primary sources for each chapter, just those that are assigned.

2)  Online explanations: You will also listen to my explanation of the chapter material in a 30-40 minute lecture at  this website www.ellenjoiner.com  Go to the History 82 schedule and click on the specific week's lecture.

3)  Modules: To help you understand and learn the reading material the modules sections list key terms and individuals from each chapter. You are not required to  write on the Modules. This section is to be used as you are reading the text in order to help you identify the important terms from your reading.

4)  Practice tests: Each week you will take a practice test which reviews the chapter reading material. Weekly practice tests are required and the score counts toward your final grade. The practice tests are for practice so they are open book and within the one-week time frame you may retake the tests in order to improve your score. The score on the final time that you take the practice test will be the score that goes into the grade book and will count toward your course grade.  

5)  Discussion Board: Each week I will also post a question that the class will discuss throughout the week. You are required to participate in at least 10 discussions that I will initiate (10 pts/discussion) throughout the semester.

 Essays: Three 4-page analyses of primary sources (40 pts. each) are also required. Written assignments will be submitted to turnitin.com and checked for plagiarism.  According to LACCD and Harbor College policy copying another person’s work or ideas without giving them credit is illegal and will not be accepted.

Examinations: There are three examinations (true-false, multiple choice-40 pts. each) and a final (50 pts.) in the course. The examinations will be taken online at the Etudes site and, unlike the practice tests, will be timed and may not be retaken.  The schedule for reading assignments, exams, and essays are listed in the schedule below.  More specific instructions for all assignments will be given each week so it is very important that you carefully read and follow each week’s instructions at the Assignment, Tests, and Surveys icon.

 The course requirements for online History 82 are not that different from the face-to-face version.  The primary difference is that within the time frame of each week you are able to decide when you will complete the assignment and can work on this class according to your schedule. This is not a self-directed class.  You will have specific assignments each week that will need to be finished by the Sunday night (11 p.m.) deadline. After the deadline, the assignment will close and you will not be able to access it.  Essay assignments will be given at least two weeks in advance in order to give you time to work on them. I hold a weekly “office hour” when I will be in the Chat Room to directly answer questions that you may have.  I will post the time and day of the Office Hour each week on the Announcement page.  If you have other questions contact me through Private Messenger and I will get back to you as soon as possible.  Don’t hesitate to also post questions in the Chat Room or at Questions? On the Etudes site.  Other students in the class are very willing to help you. 

 Grades for History 82 are determined on a percentage of the total points. The total points for the practice tests, exams, and essays will be available to you at the Etudes grade book.  I will keep a separate record of the discussion participation and add those points at the end of the semester. If at any point throughout the semester you would like to know your grade just ask me via Private Messenger.  Grades are private information so I won’t discuss your grade in an open forum of the Discussion Board or Chat Room. 90% of the total course points = A, 80%=B, 70%=C, 60%= D.




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