Course Title: U.S. Social and Cultural History Course number: HST 118
Class Meetings: M 7:00-10:10 PM Session/Year: Fall 2006
Section: 4811804 Room: D-204
Instructor Name: Mr. Menzing
Email Address: email@example.com
Instructor Availability Outside of Class: Immediately before or after class
U.S. Social and Cultural History
This course will also examine the history of the United States by exploring the origins of contemporary American culture, its institutions, and values.
Course Length: 18 Weeks
Contact Hours: 3 Lecture: 3 hours per week
Anticipated Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:
Examine the effects of the Industrial Revolution on American Society.
Analyze the effects of mass production and urbanization on American culture.
Articulate the changing definition of American democracy.
Determine the patterns that lead to American involvement in imperialist wars.
Examine the effects of technology on American development.
Analyze the effects of immigration on American history.
Explore contemporary American issues and determine their historical origins.
Articulate the goals, research methodologies, and issues common to most social and behavioral scientists.
Course Prerequisites: College English
Required Text(s): Howard Zinn , A Peoples History of the United States
Robert Heilbroner , The Economic Transformation of America b
Mark Carnes , Past Imperfect by
Recommended Readings: Periodic handouts
Materials and Supplies: Paper, pen, dictionary
Method of Instruction: Lecture
Estimated Homework Hours: 4
Lab: 0 hours Non-Lab:
Technology Needed: Access to a computer, word processing program, disks, and printer
Grading Scale: A 100-90
F 59 or below
Process for Evaluation: The in-class exams are multiple choice, matching and true/false. You will need a Scantron form for all exams. Final exam is comprehensive. The essay is to be based upon two films and should be presented in a compare/contrast style. The films can be chosen by students from the Carnes book Past Imperfect. Essays must be original (absolutely no plagiarism will be tolerated. Students who plagiarize their essays will receive and “F” in the course). Essays should be 4-5 pages, double spaced and typed. All essays should be in MLA format (see website www.saddleback.edu/faculty/tmenzing.edu)
3 Exams (20% each) ………………………. 60%
1 Essay …………………………………….. 10%
Final Exam (comprehensive) ….…………… 20%
Attendance …………………………………. 10%
Attendance: Each absence will result in a 10% reduction in student’s attendance score (e.g., 3 absences = 30% reduction, which means a student will receive a 70% for his or her attendance category score)
Grade Policy FYI: I do not give out grades, students earn them. I do not “round up” grades (e.g., a 79.99% is still a “C”). At the end of the course students will receive the grade they have earned. With the exception of a clerical or mathematical error, I will absolutely never change a student’s final grade. Please do not ask me to consider changing your final grade.
Homework and late assignments: students must keep pace with the reading schedule
Extra Credit Assignments: Students will have the opportunity to visit the “Museum of Tolerance” at some point during the semester. If you choose to attend the museum you should take your student “ID” card (for a reduced price ticket). The museum is closed Saturdays. Also, please call ahead as the museum is often closed for Jewish holidays. In order to receive extra credit students must attach their ticket receipt to the biography of a child that was a victim of the Holocaust (you will learn the fate of the child when you exit the museum). Students should bring this single page biography (with the receipt stapled to it) to the Final Exam. The Final Exam score will be adjusted upward by one letter grade (10%). This is the only extra credit available
Museum of Tolerance
Simon Wiesenthal Plaza
9786 West Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035
General Information: 310-553-8403
Classroom Rules: Common courtesy, no cell phones, be on time.
Lesson Plan: Weekly study guides may be downloaded from the website www.saddleback.edu/faculty/tmenzing
Students with documented disabilities: you must report your requests for reasonable accommodations to the instructor on the first day of class
Suggested Weekly Outline
Week 1 (8/28): The Colonial Struggle
Read: Zinn 1-2, chapter ; Heilbroner, chapter 1 ; Carnes, Christopher Columbus
Week 2 (9/4): LABOR DAY HOLIDAY
Week 3 (9/11): Persons of Mean and Vile Condition
Read: Zinn 3-4, Heilbroner, 2-3; Carnes, Last of the Mohicans
Week 4 (9/18): The Declaration of Economic Independence
Read: Zinn, 4-5; Heilbroner, 4, Carnes, 1776
Week 5 (9/25): Native America and the Intimately Oppressed
Read: Zinn, 7-8; Carnes, Drums Along the Mowhawk
Week 6 (10/2): Preparations for the Age of Manufacture
Read: Heilbroner, 6
Film: Out of Ireland
Week 7 (10/9): The Structural Transformation
Read: Zinn, 8, 9; Carnes, Glory
Week 8 (10/16): Robber Barons and Rebels
Read, Zinn, 11; Heilbroner, 7-9
Week 9 (10/23): Workers and Work
Read, Zinn, 10; Heilbroner, 10; Carnes, The Molly Maguires
Week 10 (10/30): The Socialist Challenge
Read: Zinn, 13, Heilbroner, 11; Carnes, Matewan
Week 11 (11/6): Empire
Read: Zinn, 12 & 14; Carnes, World War One
Week 12 (11/13): The Great Depression
Read: Zinn, 15; Heilbroner, 12-13; Carnes, The Grapes of Wrath
Week 13 (11/20): A People’s War?
Read: Zinn, 16; Carnes, Tora! Tora! Tora!, The Longest Day
Week 14 (11/27): Or Does it Explode?
Read: Zinn, 17; Carnes, The Long Walk Home, Mississippi Burning, Malcolm X
Week 15 (12/4): The Impossible Victory; Vietnam
Read, Zinn, chapter 18; Carnes, Apocalypse Now
Week 16 (12/11): Final Exam