History 202 (online)
Colorado State University – Pueblo
Office: GCB 314/Psy 118
Office Hours: MWF 1-2PM, TTh 11-Noon in GCB 314 (the Center for Teaching and Learning).
Before we start, here are a few things that you need to know about this course:
1. It is almost entirely online. While I will be available during regular office hours, it is entirely possible and acceptable to complete all the requirements of this course on your computer, without physically meeting any of your fellow students.
2. This course is asynchronous. That means there are no regular meeting times. You can complete the requirements during normal school hours. You can complete the requirements at home after dinner or at four in the morning if you please.
3. In order to participate in this course, you will need to acquire access to a number of programs. This course will be based in Canvas, like the syllabus that you’re reading now. The assignments will appear in the assignments tab here. Your grades will also be listed on Canvas (but they won’t be tabulated – more on that later). Besides Canvas, we’ll be using Revel (from Pearson) which hosts the main textbook, Milestone Documents for additional readings and Slack for discussion. Don’t worry if this list sounds daunting, the first week of class will be devoted to helping you acquire access to and master all these tools.
This University abides by the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which stipulates that no student shall be denied the benefits of an education “solely by reason of a handicap.” If you have a documented disability that may impact your work in this class and for which you may require accommodations, please see the Disability Resource Coordinator as soon as possible to arrange accommodations. In order to receive accommodations, you must be registered with and provide documentation of your disability to: the Disability Resource Office, which is located in the Library and Academic Resources Center, Suite 169.
You do not have to purchase any physical books because all your reading for this class will be found online. Nonetheless, all students are required to purchase access to two resources; The textbook Learning US History, Volume II by H.W, Brands and an online collection of primary sources called Milestone Documents. [I will know when you have purchased access to both these resources as the publishers provide me a class list.] I will invite you to the Brands textbook online. Milestone Documents will be accessed through their web site, milestonedocuments.com.
There will also be sources from out on the World Wide Web that you should consult in order to complete each assignment. The appropriate links to those (free) sources will be near the bottom of each assignment and will be listed on the class blog shortly after the assignment goes live here on Canvas.
You may be shocked at the amount of reading that is listed at the bottom of each assignment. Relax. You are not expected to read all of it every week. However, you will be expected to read and test on one or two chapters from the Brands book for each assignment. Of course, I encourage you to read more than that if you are so inclined, but reading everything listed at the bottom of each assignment is not a requirement of this course.
Assignments and Grades
10% OF YOUR GRADE will be determined in the first two weeks of class with a broad assignment based upon your ability to meet the technological and organizational requirements of this course in a timely fashion. That means 1) You will make sure I have your preferred e-mail address so that I can invite you to Canvas and you will log in at least once. 2) You will log in to Slack (after I invite you via e-mail) and write a brief, one-paragraph message in the general channel introducing yourself to the class. 3) You will purchase an account from Milestone Documents and integrate it into your Canvas account. 4) I will invite you (via e-mail again) to purchase access to the Brands textbook. Then you will log in to this class. 5) A few other small things. Instructions for ALL these tasks are spelled out in greater detail in Assignment #1. Do all these things by August 31st at 5PM and you will get an “A.” I will take off one full letter grade for every one of those things that you fail to do.
Any form of academic dishonesty will result in a failing grade for the entire course. This includes plagiarism, the taking of words and/or ideas of another and passing them off as your own. If another person’s work is quoted directly in a formal paper, this must be indicated with quotation marks and a citation. If you do not understand this definition of plagiarism, it is your responsibility to discuss this topic with me further. For more on plagiarism, click here.
Week by Week Routine, Readings and Assignment Due Dates
The assignment for each section of the course will be posted in the assignments section on Canvas at 9AM Monday morning three weeks before they are due. The exam questions for the midterm and final will be posted as soon as the previous assignment is completed. This means that in theory you can begin the next assignment a week before you are expected to get your readings done. For regular assignments you will ideally spend one week discussing the question on Slack while preparing your essays and then one week writing your essays (although you are welcome to continue the discussion during the writing period). I will actively participate in the discussion throughout both periods as long as you add me into the conversation. [Please feel free to ask me any questions you may have through public channels as if you have them, many other people in the class probably have them too. You can also visit me during my regular office hours.] Essays are due at 5PM on the Friday that the assignment period ends. That is also when I will record your Brands chapter test grades. No late essays will be accepted for whatever reason as you have plenty of flexibility for budgeting your time.
Look for periodic announcements about the course on Slack on the #general channel. It is YOUR responsibility to keep abreast of these announcements as various requirements and operational necessities may change as needed.
Here is a brief summary of the general topics we’ll cover and the course schedule:
Week 1: Setting up Tech
Week 2: What Is History and What Is a Reliable Source?
Weeks 3 and 4: Industrialization and Its Effects (1880-1900)
Weeks 5 and 6: Age of Reform (1900-1940)
Week 7: Midterm
Weeks 8 and 9: The Cold War Here and Abroad (1945-1960)
Weeks 10 and 11: Radicalism and Reaction (1960-1980)
Weeks 12 and 13: Deindustrialization and the Post-Cold War World (1980-Present)
Week 14: Final Exam
Thank you for reading the syllabus all the way to the end. As a sign that you’ve done so, please dig the Slack invitation out of your e-mail and join. After doing that, click on my name “drjonathanrees” a little more than halfway down the column on the left side of the screen. Then send me a direct message that reads “I have read the entire syllabus!” and you will have completed the first task for #assignment1.