History 11-Political and Social History of the United States I
Spring 2015
Dr. Ellen Joiner, NEA-181, Office Phone: 310-233-4582
Office hours: Office hours are scheduled weekly via Etudes Chat Room. Students should also use Etudes Private Messenger or joinere@lahc.edu for confidential communications with instructor.
Course Management System- www.myetudes.org

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Course Summary: This class surveys the political, social, and economic history of the United Sates from the Colonial era to 1876 with emphasis on the origin and implementation of the U.S. Constitution. The class also includes the organization and critical analysis of historical sources. This course meets the California State University requirements for United States History.

Student Learning Objectives (SLOs):
1) Organize a chronology of early U.S. History that encompasses the period’s central political, economic, and social developments including Native Americans, Africans, and Europeans

2) Demonstrate knowledge of colonial geography including 16th and 17th century colonial claims, 19th century westward expansion, and sectionalism.

3) Identify the history and principles of the U.S. Constitution and their implications for governance.

4) Analyze the influence of race, ethnicity, status, and religion in the organization of American labor and the formation of American society.

5) Locate primary and secondary sources in the library and on the internet; distinguish between the two types of historical sources and in essay form, critically evaluate each.

Required Books:
Eric Foner, Give Me Liberty: An American History, vol. 1, brief 4th ed., New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2014.
Eric Foner, ed., Voices of Freedom: A Documentary History, vol. 1, 4th ed. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2014.
New and used copies of the textbooks are available in the Harbor College Bookstore.  Give Me Liberty is also available in an e-book format. Voices of Freedom is not available in an e-book. Copies are also on reserve in the Harbor College Library. This course requires reading in both books so be sure to buy them.
If you need help paying for books and other college expenses, contact the Financial Aid Office at http:www.lahc.edu/finaid  

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 colonial period through Reconstruction. History 11 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 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 and understanding my expectations for the course. 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: Reading assignments will typically include one chapter/ week from Give Me Liberty and several assigned primary readings from Voices of Freedom. All assignments and their due dates are listed on the schedule.

2) Online explanations: You will also listen to my explanation of the chapter material in a 30-40 minute recorded lecture at www.ellenjoiner.com

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.

6) Essays: Three 3-page essays (40 pts. each) that evaluate primary sources and a historical resume are also required. Because writing is an important part of this course and of any college course I would encourage you to have successfully completed English 101 before taking this course. Each essay will come with questions that should be addressed in the essay plus detailed instructions. All 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. Written assignments must be completed in order for you to pass the course.

7) Examinations: There are three examinations (matching, 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.

Course Logistics: The course requirements for online History 11 are not that different from the face-to-face version. The main 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 the class according to your schedule. Because of this flexibility, this class requires a higher level of personal discipline and commitment than a traditional face-to-face class. I will provide specific directions but you will need to self-direct to insure that the assignments are completed on time. 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. Essay instructions and assignments are explained at the Modules section of Etudes. 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. If you have a learning disability please let me know immediately via Private Messenger so that we can help you succeed in the course.

Course Grades: Grades for History 11 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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