The goal History 7A is to analyze issues relevant to the understanding of North American History from pre—history to Reconstruction. This course will emphasize the various social, political, cultural and economic forces that shaped United States history. Crucial to the interpretations which are the guiding influences of this class will be the historical perspectives of people traditionally ignored by many historians (Chicanos, Native Americans, women, Africans) There will also be an effort to place history of the United States in a world historical context throughout the quarter. It is important to understand that historical events do not occur without having an impact on other regions of the world.
Objective of the Course
Through class lectures, discussion of readings, position papers and films the student will gain an accurate and greater understanding of the study of world history. This objective will be accomplished by:
Developing a degree of independence and thought in the study of U.S. History.
Developing and/or improving skills in written expression.
Developing a better understanding of the relationship between people and the historical process.
Brands, H.W. American Stories Vol. 1
Kicza, John, Resilient Cultures
Melton, A. Mc Lauren, Celia: A Slave
Johnson, Paul E., A Shopkeepers Millennium: Society and Revivals
Course Requirements: Click on links below to get guidelines for assignments.
Students are required to take one mid-term and one final examination, and will write (1) one brief (4-5 page 1000-1250 words) paper based on one of the required texts. (Resilient Cultures or Shopkeeper’s Millennium) The paper must be typed and double-spaced with one-inch margins in Courier 12 font. Papers that do not fulfill these standards will not be accepted. Essays must fulfill all standards for historical interpretations. A student will not receive a grade in the class without completing the required essay and taking the final. To clarify, there are 2 essay opportunities during the semester and a student can only turn in one essay. No rewrites.
50% of the discussion grade is a one page discussion paper that is due the Friday before the discussion week. The other 50% of the discussion grade is given to students who actively and meaningfully contribute to class discussions.
WORD COUNT: A page of written material is equivalent to between 250-275 words regardless if the page fulfills font and margin standards. Discussion papers have minimum counts. Essays must fall within 4-5 pages or 1000-1350 words.
All written assignments must be posted by the deadlines on the class website. Essays are due 10 minutes before the beginning of the class session for which the assignment is due. All papers will only be posted electronically (no hard copy is necessary). Grading Grading will be based on the following work (total points):
Mid-Term 100 points
Final 100 points
Discussion Papers and Participation 350 points
Essay 100 points
Book Quizzes 75 points 3 x 25
Chapter Quizzes 200 points 10 x 20
Presentation 75 points
Total 1000 points
-point assignment grade break-down: Final Grade break down:
A 100-90 1000-900
B 89-80 899-800
C 79-70 799-700
· Please remember that college policy forbids eating, drinking, or smoking in classrooms. If you engage in any disruptive behavior I will ask to speak to you about it. The classroom must be a place where there can be a free exchange of ideas. In order to create this environment, everyone must feel comfortable to express ideas in a manner they believe is reflective of their understanding of the material regardless of their educational or cultural background. Freedom of speech and the tenets of academic freedom are highly valued in this classroom. The best way to avoid any sort of difficulty is to be consistently professional and treat the instructor and classmates with courtesy. If you have concerns, do not hesitate to discuss it with the professor.
· If you are planning on cheating or plagiarizing….DON’T. When you are caught, you will receive a zero on the assignment. If you are found to be cheating or guilty of plagiarism on a paper or the final you will receive an “F” in the course.
· Class will begin and end as scheduled. I expect you to be on time, in your seat by the beginning of class and to remain for the entire class period. All class meetings are required, if you cannot attend class make sure to contact me by phone or e-mail.
Attendance Policy: Attendance will be taken each class session. 20 points will be deducted from the students final grade total for every combination of 3 absences/tardies. Absences will be excused with the proper medical or legal documentation. IT IS THE STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO DROP THE CLASS. ALL CLASS MATERIALS MUST BE RETURNED FOR THE PROFESSOR TO DROP ASTUDENT OR GIVE A FINAL GRADE IN THE COURSE.
Cell Phone Policy All cell phones and electronic gismos must be turned off (powered off) and put away before entering the classroom. Any student* that does not comply with this policy will be excused from the class meeting.
No electronic reproductions of the in-class lectures and/or images are allowed without the written consent of Prof. Zárate.
*Students that have special circumstances that require access to a cell phone during the class period must have approval from the instructor prior to the start of class.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students will demonstrate through original written and/or oral analysis their
ability to identify important events in historical eras; evaluate variables of
historical phenomena; and analyze the causes and impact of significant change in
a global context.
Students will demonstrate awareness and critique the value of varied sources of
historical information including professorial lectures, secondary texts, primary
documents, visual arts, fiction, oral histories, community studies and/or current
Students will demonstrate responsibility as self-directed listeners, readers, and
Students will compare and contrast the experiences and issues of subsets of
minorities with that of mainstream in power, including concerns of race, class,
Students will demonstrate respect for the diversity of opinions on historical
Students will apply their analysis of history to create a plan for fulfilling
their own civic responsibilities as community and international citizens.
Syllabus and Reading Assignments Week 1 – August 29-September 2
Traditional History Readings: Brands Ch. 1, Start Resilient Cultures
Wednesday, August 31
Syllabus Quiz (Optional)
Friday, September 2
Discussion Paper on Bender Article Due (250 words)