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California History HIST-C218 (CRN: 32192)

• Spring 2014

• Instructor: Matthew Greedy

• Email: matthew.greedy@cerrocoso.edu



Important Dates
Jan 31 Last day to request a refund for full-term* classes (10% date)
Feb 3 Last day to drop a full-term* class without entry on permanent records (20% date)
Mar 28 Last Day to withdraw from full-term* classes with a "W" (60% date)


Required Text:

I shall accept no other textbook other than the one below. California : An Interpretive History 10th edition by James J. Rawls & Walton Bean.



Course Description:

The course covers the political, economic, social and cultural development of California from the earliest times to the present. Advisory: Reading Level 1, Writing Level 2.



Student Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify and explain major ideas and events shaping California History from just prior to European exploration to the present

  2. Evaluate important historical theories that describe the formation of the political, social, and cultural constructs shaping California History from just prior to European exploration to the present..

  3. Compare the contributions of different ethnic groups towards the accomplishments of California History

  4. . Identify and evaluate the role of women on the history of California.

  5. Describe and formulate ideas on how and why California History impacts, regional, United States and International historical events.

Attendance Policy

Regular active participation is expected of all students enrolled in the college. Students not actively participating may be dropped from the course: specifically,

A student shall be dropped by the instructor for lack of active participation prior to the census (20%) date and any time up to the 60% date when the student is not actively participating.

 

A student also shall be dropped by the instructor anytime up to the 60% date when he or she has been absent from or not actively participating in class for the total of two consecutive weeks [14 days]. Students also may be dropped when non-consecutive absences number the equivalent of two weeks of the course.



 

In general, it is the responsibility of the student to be aware of his or her current attendance/participation status. Students who have been absent or not actively participating in a course should notify the instructor of the reason. Notification in no way relieves the students of responsibility for work missed. Students are responsible for officially withdrawing from any course in which they no longer wish to be enrolled. Non-attendance/non-participation does not release the student from this responsibility.

 

Disability Accommodation: 
The college will make reasonable accommodations and/or academic adjustments to ensure that students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate in the college’s courses. Students with disabilities, who are requesting academic accommodations, auxiliary aides or services, should contact Access Programs at 760-384-6250 or go to the following web site for further information and forms: www.cerrocoso.edu/specialservies/programs/dsps.htm

Plagiarism and Cheating
If it is determined that you have plagiarized an assignment or assisted in plagiarizing an assignment, you will not get credit for this assignment, and you will be reported to the Vice President of Student Affairs. See the college catalog regarding the college policy on plagiarism:

 

Grading Policy:

Your Chapter(s) quizzes will count for 40% of your grade; your class discussion will count for 35% of your grade; your final paper will count for 25% of your grade. Your Paper is due 15th week of class.

Quizzes:

Quizzes will consist of multiple-choice questions taken from your text book readings . These quizzes will be weekly, with exception of the first one. They will be online. They will be timed so you need to be prepared to take the quiz before you start it. You will only have one chance to take the quiz. You must take the quiz during the week of its availability. I will grade the quizzes on the curve.



Discussion Board:

You will need to participate in the weekly forum. The forum board will count for 35% of your grade. You are to discuss the topic/question that I provide for the week. You can earn 3 points total for your discussion posting. You will receive one point for answering the question using a thesis statement and providing support for you answer from the text. The thesis statement should incorporate the question being asked. For example, the first question is “What is the relationship between the California indigenous peoples and their environment? Your thesis statement should be structured along the following lines: “The California indigenous peoples' environment, material and cultural world were shaped by their environment in the following ways:.... ” Make sure that you use the question to construct your thesis statement (you can use this tool to help) and then demonstrate how your position is supported by the text.

You will earn another point if your position is well developed and supported with page and paragraph numbers from the required textbook. I do not want you to use outside sources. One reason for this is because your classmates will need access to the same source as yourself in order to participate in the forum with you.

You will receive another point for responding to an answer of a fellow student. You are required to agree or disagree with some or part of your fellow student(s) answer with a reasoned explanation supported by the text.

When citing from your textbook to support a position that you take it is required that you use (page and paragraph numbers) for ease of reference checking.

I advise you to check your points every week and if you do not have 3 full pts on a weekly basis email me immediately. I shall determine if your posting and response qualifies as an answer to the question. Please read my lecture or any other course materials and chapter before attempting an answer to any of the questions. I expect that your answer will cover all the relevant material from your chapter or primary source material and not just a section of it. If it does not you may not receive a point. Postings are due by Sunday night. The first week posting is due the same Sunday as the second week's posting because it may take time to secure the textbook. Outside the first week, no late postings accepted. I post a new discussion question on Mondays. It is important that you email me immediately if you are unclear about the points or any other issue related to the discussions. Also, if you have any questions about the class, please email me directly. Do not post general comments or questions about the class on the forums. This board is reserved only for relevant historical discussion.



Term Paper:

For your final paper you will select and read one historical book. I shall only accept books; you are not allowed to select a journal article. This book must be chosen from the selected bibliography that is located at the end of each chapter in your California an Interpretive History textbook. You will then answer the following question: Do you think that the work you read is relevant to the chapter associated with it in the textbook? If the answer is yes, please explain how it is relevant and cite sources from you textbook as well as from this work to indicate this. If the answer is no, then please explain why it misses the mark and cite sources from you textbook as well as from your chosen work to make your case. Your essay should be at least 4 to 6 pages in length. Your font size should be no bigger than 12 point. The paper should be double-spaced. Paper is due May 6th by 11pm. Please email this to me.

 

 

 



Weekly Outline of Assignments

 

This schedule is subject to change.



Please check the website weekly for more details and on assignments.

 

 



Week One:

First: orient yourself with the website and read the syllabus.

Second: Read chapters one and two from California: An Interpretive History.

Third: Read my lecture material for these chapters.

Fourth: go to the discussion forum and write a short essay on the following learning objective: What is the relationship between the California indigenous peoples and their environment? In other words, how did their environment shape their material social and cultural world?

Fifth: take quiz when available, check the website weekly for updates..



[Please check discussion board weekly to check for any additional information about assignments and feedback on your posts.]

 

Week Two

First: Read chapters three, four and five from California: An Interpretive History.

Second: Read my lecture material for these chapters.

Third: go to the discussion forum and write a short essay on the following learning objective:: What impact did the Spanish have on the indigenous people of California?

Fourth: take quiz when available, check the website weekly for updates.

[Please check in weekly on the discussion board to check for any additional information about assignments]

Week Three:

First: Read chapters 6, 7, and 9 from California: An Interpretive History.

Second: Read my lecture material for these chapters.

Third: go to the discussion forum and write a short essay on the following learning objective:: Describe the relationship between the Spaniards then Mexicans in Californian and the American immigrants turn conquers. Do you think if the Larkin plan would have been successful- that the long-term relationship between Yankees and Mexicans in California would have been different?

Fourth: take quiz when available, check the website weekly for updates.

[Please check in weekly to check for any additional information about assignments]



Week Four:

First: Read chapters 8 and 16 (from this chapter read only the section on the Comstock lode) from California: An Interpretive History.

Second: Read my lecture material for these chapters.

Third: go to the discussion forum and write a short essay on the following learning objective: What was the impact of the Gold Rush on California?

Fourth: take quiz when available, check the website weekly for updates.

[Please check in weekly to check for any additional information about assignments]



Week Five:

First: Read chapters 10, 11 and 12 from California: An Interpretive History.

Second: Read my lecture material for these chapters.

Third: go to the discussion forum  and write a short essay on the following learning objective: Do you think that the Gold Rush helped to create an American person that was even more authentically American than other Americans?  Discuss American exceptionalism and the Turner thesis in your answer?

Fourth: take quiz when available, check the website weekly for updates.

[Please check in weekly to check for any additional information about assignments]



Week Six:

First: Read chapters 13, 14, and 15 from California: An Interpretive History.

Second: Read my lecture material for these chapters.

Third: go to the discussion forum  write a short essay on the following learning objective: What were the conditions that led to the constitution of 1879?

Fourth: take quiz when available, check the website weekly for updates.

[Please check in weekly to check for any additional information about assignments]



Week Seven:

First: Read chapters 16, 17, and 18 from California: An Interpretive History.

Second: Read my lecture material for these chapters.

Third: go to the discussion forum and  write a short essay on the following learning objective: What were the conditions that led to the failure of political reform?

Fourth: take quiz when available, check the website weekly for updates.

[Please check in weekly to check for any additional information about assignments]



Week Eight:

First: Read chapters19 and 20 from California: An Interpretive History.

Second: Read my lecture material for these chapters.

Third: go to the discussion forum and  write a short essay on the following learning objective: What were the conditions that led to modern American liberalism in California? What was the role of the middle class in making this reform successful?

Fourth: take quiz when available, check the website weekly for updates.

[Please check in weekly to check for any additional information about assignments]



Week Nine:

First: Read chapters21 and 22 from California: An Interpretive History.

Second: Read my lecture material for these chapters.

Third: go to the discussion forum and  write a short essay on the following learning objective: Describe the nature of American liberalism in California and what led to its decline.

Fourth: take quiz when available, check the website weekly for updates.

Week Ten: SPRING BREAK

Week Eleven:

First: Read chapters 16's section on Rise of Southern California, and chapter 23 and 24 from California: An Interpretive History.

Second: Read my lecture material for these chapters.

Third: go to the discussion forum and  write a short essay on the following learning objective: Describe the conditions that led to the rise of southern California?

Fourth: take quiz when available, check the website weekly for updates.

[Please check in weekly to check for any additional information about assignments]



Week Twelve:

First: Read chapters 25, 26, and 29's section on "Farm Fascism in the 1930's" from California: An Interpretive History.

Second: Read my lecture material for these chapters.

Third: go to the discussion forum and write a short essay on the following learning objective: What was the impact of the Great Depression on California?

Fourth: take quiz when available, check the website weekly for updates.

[Please check in weekly to check for any additional information about assignments]



Week Thirteen:

First: Read chapters 27, 28, and 30 from California: An Interpretive History.

Second: Read my lecture material for these chapters.

Third: go to the discussion forum and  write a short essay on the following learning objective: What was the impact of World War II on California?

Fourth: take quiz when available, check the website weekly for updates.

[Please check in weekly to check for any additional information about assignments]



Week Fourteen:

First: Read chapters 31, 32, and 29 from California: An Interpretive History.

Second: Read my lecture material for these chapters.

Third: go to the discussion forum and  write a short essay on the following learning objective: What impact did the civil rights movement and the counter-culture movement have on California?

Fourth: take quiz when available, check the website weekly for updates.

[Please check in weekly to check for any additional information about assignments]



Week Fifteen:

First: Read chapter 33 from California: An Interpretive History.

Second: Read my lecture material for these chapters.

Third: go to the discussion forum and  write a short essay on the following learning objective: What impact did the Reagan Revolution have on California?

Fourth: take quiz when available, check the website weekly for updates.

Fifth: Term Paper due  this week copy in an email to: matthew.greedy@cerrocoso.edu

[Please check in weekly to check for any additional information about assignments]

Week Sixteen:

First: Read chapters 34, 35, and 36 from California: An Interpretive History.

Second: Read my lecture material for these chapters.

Third: go to the discussion forum and  write a short essay on the following learning objective: What will California society be like fifty years from now?

Fourth: take quiz when available, check the website weekly for updates.

[Please check in weekly to check for any additional information about assignments]



 


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