About

Location and Instructor:
Baruch College, CUNY
Spring, 2011
HIS 1005, XZ13, MW, 4:10-5:25pm, Vertical Campus 10-160
Instructor: Thomas Harbison
E-mail: thomas.harbison@baruch.cuny.edu
Office hours: Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:00-4:00pm or by appointment
Office location: 137 E. 25th St., Room 320

Course Description:
This course surveys United States history from the post-Civil War years to recent times. Topics include Reconstruction, industrialization, the growth of the United States as a world power, the prosperous Twenties, the depressed Thirties, and the issues and events of the decades since World War II. A recurring theme in your textbook, primary documents, and course lecture and activities will be the changing definition of freedom through the decades studied in this course.  At each step, you will critically analyze evidence to construct historical arguments and challenge the interpretations of others.

Textbook
Foner, Eric. Give Me Liberty! An American History (Volume 2), Seagull Edition. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2005. ISBN: 0393932567

Attendance:
Attendance at all class sessions is important. There will be material covered in lectures and class activities not covered by the reading assignments. More than two unexcused absences will affect your overall grade. You are allowed four absences before being dropped from the course. If you arrive to class after I have taken attendance, it is required that you speak to me after class. Repeated lateness will affect your grade.

Classroom Etiquette:
Out of respect for others in the classroom, silence electronic devices and refrain from chatting when class is in progress.

Academic Dishonesty:
The university’s policy on plagiarism can be found online at http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/academic/academic_honesty.html. The minimum penalty for cheating or plagiarism is a failed grade on the exam or assignment. I am required to bring all cases of cheating and plagiarism to the attention of the Dean of Student Affairs.

Course Blog:
The blog is located at https://blogs.baruch.cuny.edu/his1005spring2011/
You have all been registered as authors on the blog.  You should have received an email with your username and password.  If you have any trouble accessing the blog, please notify me at thomas.harbison@baruch.cuny.edu.  It is required that you participate in blog assignments.  Please see below for more information.

Exams, Quizzes, and other Assignments:

Exams: There will be two exams for this course: a mid-term and a final.  The mid-term will be given in class.  The final will be given during the final exam time slot designated by Baruch for our particular class (announced at http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/exams/).  The exams will cover material from the readings, lectures, and blog and will consist of identifications, short-answer and essay questions.

Blog assignments: For most classes, you will be given an assignment to complete on our course blog.  I will post the question, and you will respond according to the assignment.  In most cases, this will involve raising and/or answering questions reflecting on the reading.  In some cases, it will include posting images or video that demonstrate a historical argument that you have constructed.  In other cases, it will require that you respond to your classmates’ posts in the comments area.

In class: You will be asked to participate in written or spoken activities during our class time.  In addition to the blog, this is an opportunity for you to raise historical questions and answer those of your classmates.

Your final grade will be calculated as follows:

Attendance/Participation: 20%
Blog/Homework: 30%
Midterm: 25%
Final Exam: 25%

Schedule of Readings, Assignments, and Exams:

See the Schedule page.

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