US History II — Honors
HIST 1302-701 SYNCHRONOUS
MW 12:00-1:20 pm
16 Week Session AUG
21 - DEC 10
ELECTRONIC OFFICE HOURS
MW 10:30 am
- 12:00 noon
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
TTH 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
F 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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HIST 1302 701 HONORS is a synchronous online course. You WILL need a device with a camera and microphone for discussion. The course is discussion oriented with student participation each class meeting. A percentage of the grade will be based on your participation during each class day. See Discussion below for details.
So, you WILL need a device with a camera and microphone to participate in discussion.
For the official Course Description, Course Objectives, and Course Rationale, see the ACC History Department web site at:
History Department Web page.
Honors courses have limited enrollment to permit a concentrated learning environment. As with all US History II courses, this class will address the principal themes of modern US history since 1877. But US History II: Terrorism in America and the World will take advantage of the honors format to also examine in detail the role of America in world affairs and, in turn, the influence of the world on life in the United States. To make sense of such a sweeping view of history, the class will concentrate on three distinct but interrelated periods:
1877-1920, 1920-1945, & 1945-present
The subtitle of this course is An Interpretive History of Terrorism in America and the World. The name was chosen for a reason. Despite a reputation of being nothing more than a list of names, dates, and places, history is, first and foremost, about people and how they lived their lives. It is about the factors that shaped their existence and the choices that made. Any attempt to write about the past, however, is fraught with danger, because a serious question always looms: how do we know that what we are writing is correct? The obvious answer is, we do not, and cannot, always know the correct answer. But we generally can make good guesses, often very perceptive ones. Consequently, history reflects one's interpretation of the past. Whether you are a professional historian or not, each individual makes her or his own choice about what in history is important to her or him. The purpose of this course is to provide students with a useful framework from which to interpret some of the important themes in modern United States history and the interrelationship of foreign policy on life in America since 1877.
The texts for this course are:
Dennis Merrill & Thomas G. Paterson, Major Problems in American Foreign Relations, vol. II, Since 1914, 7th ed. (New York: Wadworsth, 2009). ISBN-13: 9780547218236
Gerard Chaliand and Arnaud Blin, The History of Terrorism: From Antiquity to al Qaeda or The History of Terrorism: From Antiquity to al Qaeda (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2007). 978-0-520-24709-3
Eric Foner, Give Me Liberty! An American History Seagull, vol. 2, 5th edition (New York: Norton, 2017).
Students can purchase the text for this and all other ACC courses at the ACC Bookstore
Most class meetings will have a reading assignment. See the Course Schedule for the reading assignments. It is essential to complete the assigned reading prior to each class. In addition to the required reading, students will be expected to review the material on the Links page prior to each class. The reading is designed to provide you with the background necessary to understand the lectures. Lectures will build on the material in the course reading NOT merely repeat the same information.
Class attendance is crucial. The bulk of the material on which students will be tested is contained in the lectures. Students cannot expect to pass the course with only a knowledge of the information in the textbook. To do well in the course, students must: come to class, participate in discussion, and take thorough notes.
WARNING: New Federal Financial Aid reporting guidelines require the College to report students who “never attend” a course. ACC in turn requires faculty to report students who “never attended” by the Official Reporting Date. The Official Reporting Date happens very early in the semester.
who are marked “never attended” will be withdrawn from the
course! Be sure to come to the first week or contact me via
email to ensure that you do not get withdrawn.
Any student who misses the first class OR who does not contact me via email by Aug. 31 will be WITHDRAWN.
See the ACC Registration Calendar for the Official Reporting Dates. Please see the ACC Financial Aid office for questions about your financial aid and how the new policy might affect your financial aid status. So, make sure that you come to class.:)
NOTE: Students who stop attending class must fill out the necessary paperwork to withdraw from the course. The instructor will not. If you stop attending class and you do not properly withdraw from the course, then you will receive an F for the course.
There are only three rules for this course: 1.) be on time; 2.) stay awake; and 3.) turn off all pagers, cell phones, and tape recorders, etc., BEFORE entering class. The instructor reserves the right to withdraw any student who fails to abide by the course rules.
Textbook Chapter Quizzes — 5 Points
Students will take 14 quizzes, one for each chapter of Foner, Give Me Liberty! An American History. Each Chapter Quiz is available via the course Blackboard page. The Chapter Quizzes must be done no later than the beginning of class on the date the Chapter is due listed in theCourse Schedule. Students can find a wide range of links available on the Give Me Liberty! webpage and the course Blackboard page to help them prepare for the Textbook Chapter Quizzes.
Discussion — 15 Points
Discussion will be an essential part of this course. The honors format enables students to take advantage of the remarkable learning dynamic of class discussion. All students are encouraged to participate in class discussions on a regular basis. “PARTICIPATING” DOES NOT MEAN GIVING THE “RIGHT” ANSWERS; IT MEANS THINKING ABOUT THE MATERIAL AND SHARING YOUR THOUGHTS. Students will be expected to discuss the assigned readings, the Links, and their research on an onoing basis with the rest of the class. The instructor will determine the merits of class participation. Discussion will comprise 20% of your course grade.
Critical Reviews — 40 Points
Students will complete five (5) Critical Reviews. The lowest grade of the five (5) reviews will be dropped. Each review will examine the assigned reading for that day. Students will determine the success of authors in proving their thesis as they evaluate the reading in light of other works and important course themes. Please see the Course Schedule for the dates by which you must submit your Critical Reviews.
Students will submit their reviews electronically via e-maill as a Word or PDF document to email@example.com. Reviews are due at 10:00 am on the date due. Please see the Critical Review page for details on producing a quality review. Each review will count ten (10) points. Combined, the critical reviews will constitute 40% of your course grade.
The Country Report — 40 points
Each student in this honors class must complete a term research project. In US History II: America and the World, students will complete a Country Report that will include analysis of specific nation's: history, economy, demographics, religion, education, & political structure. The Country Report will conclude with a threat assessment of a their chosen country as a source of terrorist activity. The country will be chosen in consultation with the instructor. Students will then submit a Country Page (3 points), wherein they must explain the: current economic, religious, and political climate, and the significance of the country to national security. Then, students will assemble an Annotated Bibliography (7 Points) of primary and secondary readings for the project where they will describe the utility of each source. Next, students will prepare a detailed Outline (10 points) of their final Country Report that will conform to the specific guidelines on the Outline page. Finally, students will prepare a Final Draft (20 points) of their research in a paper. Combined, the Country Report project will be worth a total of 40 points.
Please see the Course Schedule for the dates by which you must submit your completed: Country Page, Annotated Bibliography, Outline, and turn in your Final Draft. The Country Report will require a sustained effort over the entire semester. Be sure to consult regularly with your instructor for details on how to complete the Country Report.
To earn an A:
To earn a B:
- You must score a combined total of at least 90 on: the textbook quizzes, discussion, four critical reviews, and a completed country report.
To earn a C:
- You must score a combined total of at least 80 on: the textbook quizzes, discussion, four critical reviews, and a completed country report.
To earn a D:
- You must score a combined total of at least 70 on: the textbook quizzes, discussion, & four critical reviews, and the country report.
To earn an F:
- There will be no grade of D given in this class.
- You score less than a combined total of 70 on: discussion, the four critical reviews, and a completed country report.
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Acts prohibited by the College for which discipline may be
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limited to, tests, quizzes, whether taken electronically or
on paper; projects, either individual or group; classroom
presentations, and homework. Some examples of scholastic
dishonesty include, but are not limited to:
Plagiarism, like other forms of scholastic dishonesty,
will result in an F in the course. Plagiarism is defined
as using another's work (whether printed, electronic, or
spoken), without crediting the source. All of the
following are considered plagiarism:
"Giving credit" means citing the source of your
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in the course, the term projects, preparation and
test-taking strategies and any other questions you have
about the course. Just give me a call during my
electronic office hours listed above and on my home page
or we can set up a time.:)
Why? Problems generally are easier to solve
BEFORE they happen. So, it is essential that students and
the instructor make a concerted effort to maintain open
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