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SURVEY OF AFRICAN HISTORY

PERSPECTIVES 1010

Course Syllabus

Fall Semester 2013


INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Claudette Tolson
I obtained my bachelor’s degree in history from Loyola University of Chicago. I completed my master’s degree in history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I completed my PhD at Loyola University. I enjoy teaching and writing. I have taught elementary school, high school and college in various locations. During the past few years, I have published historical articles for several academic publications. In 2009, I moved to Atlanta from Chicago to teach for Georgia Perimeter College. I am an online Assistant Professor of History. I am very excited to be here and I am looking forward to working with you. Some of my students call me Dr. T.


TELEPHONE: Students, the quickest way to get a response is to call my cell phone (773-593-6673). Once the course officially begins, you may call this number seven days a week between 10am-Midnight EST. You should not hesitate to call me if you have questions or concerns. If I am unavailable, please leave a detailed message and I will get back with you.

VIRTUAL OFFICE HOURS

Unless otherwise noted below OR in iCollege NEWS my office hours are
Tuesdays 11-4

Wednesdays 11-4
ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION:

You should submit messages to me directly through iCollege. You should avoid submitting e-mail directly to my GPC e-mail account (claudette.tolson@gpc.edu) unless you are having technical difficulties within the iCollege system. You will receive a response within 24 hours Monday-Friday and within 48 hours Saturday-Sunday.
GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION
COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Perspectives 1010-Survey of African History
A survey of African history from antiquity to the present. This course will provide a broad historical survey of African institutions from the earliest traces of human civilization to the emergence of independent nations in contemporary times.
3 Credit Hours
PREREQUISITE:
Exit or exemption from Learning Support Reading and all ENSL requirements except ENSL 0091.

TEXTBOOK AND OTHER COURSE MATERIALS


Joseph E. Harris. Africans and their History. Plume. 1998.

You can get this textbook from the GPC Online Warehouse, on the Internet at various websites and the Clarkston Campus Library Reserve (2 hours).
Online supplementary reading (including primary sources) and audio-visual materials available in iCollege.

SYNCHRONOUS SESSIONS:


We will meet on two Thursdays, October 10th and November 14th from 7-8pm via Wimba to discuss historical issues. All instructions, dates, times and topics will be posted in iCollege NEWS, calendar and Wimba. These sessions will be optional and students may receive 1-10 points per session.

ADDITIONAL EXTRA CREDIT
You can earn 5 points of extra credit for completing the syllabus survey. The syllabus survey verifies that you understand and agree to the terms of my syllabus.

COURSE READINGS & ASSIGNMENTS:
See the grading system below, the Calendar, Announcements and Messages.
AVAILABILITY
Assignments/Exams will only be available during certain time periods. Students should refer to the course calendar.
EXPECTED EDUCATIONAL RESULTS:


This course will provide the student with:

1.

an introduction to the histories of African civilizations, societies and nations.

2.

the opportunity to explore the issues and challenges generated by the military, politics, and social realities that affect the development of numerous African nations

3.

knowledge of how history gives context to human origins in Africa and its provocative relationship to emerging world civilization.

4.

knowledge of the origins and development of the Atlantic Slave trade.

5.

the ability to identify and question problems and issues with the recording and interpretation of Africa and its rich history.

6.

the historical roots of current events in Africa.

7.

the historical examination skills for African historiography through various written sources.

8.

the current African issues, problems, solutions and success stories.


11. EXPECTED STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES


By the end of the course, students will have the ability to:

1.

identify historical issues and explain the way those issues are interpreted.

2.

cite knowledge of the African past and understand how it relates to the economic conditions and political climate of the 21st century.

3.

describe the cultural values of Africa.

4.

think more critically about the role of the Africa in the world.

5.

evaluate the relevance of historical information via the internet.

6.

analyze Africa before European contact.

7.

use the different types of resources necessary to explore African history.

8.

know how history gives context to human origins in Africa and its provocative relationship to emerging world civilization.

9.

identify the impact of Africa and Africans upon African-Americans.

10.

understand the ways in which different thinkers have formulated their approach to African history.










GRADES

GRADING RUBRICS:
Grading rubrics will be used to explain your assignment grades. You should really follow the criteria so that you know what I expect. These rubrics will help you understand why a certain score was assigned to your work.

METHODS OF EVALUATION

There are several requirements for this course. I will describe each one briefly and indicate the weight in the final grade.

Test #1: This exam is worth 100 points. It is worth 20% of your final grade. The midterm exam will cover selected material from Chapters Preface-6. The exam is open-book. You can take your exam at home. Tests will be administered through iCollege.

Test #2 This exam will cover selected material from Chapters 7-12. This exam is worth 100 points. The exam is valued at

20% of your final grade. The exam is open-book. You

can take your exam at home. Tests will be administered through iCollege.
Test #3 (part a and b): Tests will be administered through iCollege.

The first part of the exam will total 15% of your final grade. It is open-book and will cover selected material from Chapters 13-17.

The second part of the exam is the Africa Assessment which will be worth 5% of the final exam grade. Note: You will be able to take this exam early in the semester for practice (no credit). More information will be posted in the iCollege NEWS.
Discussions: These are worth 20% of your grade. There are 8 discussions. The discussions are worth 12.5 points each. Interacting with other students is the key to the online learning environment. You are encouraged to respond to each other. See the grading rubric below.

Quizzes: These are worth 16% of your grade. There are 16 quizzes worth 5 points each for a total of 80 points. NOTE: There are 16 self-assessment quizzes that are not graded but will help you assess your progress. NOTE: THE NO-SHOW QUIZ DOES NOT COUNT TOWARD YOUR GRADE.
Assignments: These are worth 4 % of your grade. There are 2 assignments worth 10 points each for a total of 20 points. For each assignment you will be required to submit a reflection of one section of the textbook.

DISCUSSION BOARD GRADING RUBRIC
Note: The instructor acts as more of a facilitator than a participant in these discussions so you will need to actively participate with your classmates.


Criteria

12.5 points

12-7 points

6-1 points

0 Points

Shows true analytical thinking with good writing skills.

Postings show true analytical thinking after reading the postings of classmates. Student focuses on topic. Refers to text material and outside sources as support for analysis when necessary. Absolutely no grammatical errors, offensive language, jokes and symbols.

Postings show the beginnings of analytical thinking, but have no real depth. Student could have used text and other material for

analysis but did not. A few grammatical errors and other problems.



Postings are simplistic and show no analytical thinking. Numerous grammatical errors throughout and other problems.

Makes no entries



Poses questions that lead students to deeper thinking

Posting shows true analytical thinking with text linked to other historical/present day situations.

Student clearly demonstrates an understanding of the material. The student engages in a lively discussion with other students and provides good detailed feedback.



Postings show no real curiosity about the students in the class.

Student demonstrates a limited understanding of the material and has limited interaction with others.



Poses no statements to the class on the material covered.

Makes no entries

Timeliness and number of postings

Makes one post, answers two or more postings by other students throughout the week of the assigned discussion. Refers to other students by name.

Makes at least one original posting and responds to at least one other student by the due date.

Makes at least one original posting by due date.

Makes no entries



GRADING CRITERIA:

Item 1: Three Objective Exams which will consist of multiple choice questions (20% each/total 60% of course)
Item 2: Discussion Boards 20%
Item 3: Quizzes 16%
Item 4: Assignments 4%

GRADING SYSTEM:

The grading system used at Georgia Perimeter College is as follows:



A

90-100 Excellent

B

80-89 Good

C

70-79 Average
A grade of "C" is the minimum grade required for certain courses, as specified in the Programs of Study and Course Descriptions section of this catalog.

D

60-69 Poor
A grade of "D," while giving hours credit, will not apply toward the degree in courses requiring a "C" or better.

F

Below 60 Failure

WF

Withdrawal / Failing
"WF" indicates that the student withdrew from the course while doing unsatisfactory work. (See Course Withdrawal

"http://www.gpc.edu/~acadaff/cat/AcademicPol.html" \l "als" Course Withdrawal in the Catalog.) No credit toward graduation is given for a course in which a grade of "F" or "WF" is received.



POINT VALUES FOR THIS COURSE:

A= 100-90 (450 to 500 points)

B= 89-80 (449-400 points)

C= 79-70 (399-350 points)

D= 69-60 (349-300 points)

F= Below 60 (299 or less)
IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING ANY “DOWN TIME” FROM THE INTERNET, contact me immediately.

Also note these policies:

1. Illness policy: Illness is never an excuse for failing to submit your assignments and exams in on time. You need to send me a message immediately whenever you become ill. If your illness is serious and requires medical attention you must submit a doctor’s statement to me. I will take your illness under consideration when submitting your final grade.
2. Netiquette policy: Please note that you must avoid using language that is inappropriate in any way through any type of communication for this course. I expect every student to submit work that uses correct grammar and respects everyone. Avoid using slang or expletives. Any student who violates this policy may be penalized by one final letter grade and may also be reported to the proper authorities.
3. Academic Dishonesty Plagiarism policy:
What is Academic Dishonesty?

Academic Dishonesty includes:

1. Cutting and pasting from another source such as the internet and directly placing the text into your paper as if it were your own words-even if you use a citation.

2. Buying a paper.

3. Asking someone else to write your paper or a portion of it and submitting it as

your own.


4. Using another person's work without proper credit.
5. Copying and submitting your classmates’ work
When in doubt, be sure to ask. Academic Dishonesty really hurts you in the long run because you do not learn and you are only showing yourself that you do not believe in your own abilities to do well without cheating=Loser.

Academic Dishonesty will be addressed in this course:
First/Second Academic Dishonesty Offense=F on the exam, quiz or assignment(s)
Third/Fourth Academic Dishonesty Offense=reduction of one final letter grade
Fifth or more Academic Dishonesty Offense=F for the entire course

4. Late Work/Incomplete Grade policy:

All work must be completed and submitted on time. Late discussion board assignments will be subject to point deductions and are usually allowed only in case of hospitalizations (you must provide documented proof). You will not be able to take an exam in iCollege once the examination period is closed unless you are hospitalized (you must provide documented proof). No exceptions. Incompletes are not encouraged and will only be granted under extreme circumstances.



5. Communication policy: You are required to read all NEWS each week and check your messages inbox. Throughout the course, I will post important NEWS and send you messages in your inbox.
6. Attendance Policy Preamble and Attendance Policy

“Students’ academic success is the major priority of the College. Because regular participation enhances the learning process, students are expected to adhere to the attendance policy set forth by the College and individual faculty members. Differences in content and teaching styles exist among courses, which can impact students’ learning. Therefore, students are strongly encouraged to attend all classes and prepare themselves thoroughly in advance for assignments, tests, and other course-related activities. Students are accountable for assignments and material covered during an absence.”

Since, we meet online, I expect students to login to the course at least five times a week.

7. Withdrawal Policy-If you wish to withdraw from this course you must do so officially with the GPC Registrar.
Some points:

1. Be sure to turn in all work on time.


2. Be sure to acknowledge the work of at least two other classmates in the discussion boards. Please make thoughtful and useful statements. You should read all of the posts each week. Sample discussion boards will be posted in the Course Resources folder.

3. Be sure to complete your work thoroughly. Take your time. Be sure that you have answered all aspects of the assignment-well. I can tell when students have rushed to put something together at the last minute or just did not attempt to do their best. Also, avoid using exclamation points with short phrases. I would prefer that you show your enthusiasm with more words.


4. Be sure to submit your own work. It is ok to add quotes and/or citations but you should avoid lots of paraphrasing. I want to read your work-not a condensed version of someone else's work. Do not ask others to submit work for you. You will receive an F for the course.
5. Be sure to use respectful language so that you will not be penalized.

6. Review the grading rubric before you submit your work. Have you completed everything? In many cases, I have found that students could have earned more points if they would have reviewed and completed the rubric before they submitted their work. I use the grading rubrics for your grades and you will be graded accordingly.

7. Remember when you post an assignment and respond to other students you are being graded. Do not write as you would in a social networking setting like Facebook or MySpace. You must stick to the topic and avoid slang, jokes, etc. Try to write as formally as you can in the discussion boards that are graded.

8. If you would like I can review one assignment for you before you submit it for a grade. However, you need to contact me well before the due date.

9. As always be sure to let me know if you have any questions or concerns.


NOTE: IMPORTANT GPC STATEMENTS

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT STATEMENT

If you are a student who is disabled as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act and requires assistance or support services, please seek assistance through the Center for Disability Services. A CDS Counselor will coordinate those services.



EQUAL OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT

No person shall, on the grounds of race, color, sex, religion, creed, national origin, age, or disability, be excluded from employment or participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity conducted by GPC.



AFFIRMATIVE ACTION STATEMENT

Georgia Perimeter College adheres to affirmative action policies to promote diversity and equal opportunity for all faculty and students.



GOOD LUCK EVERYONE

NOTE: COURSE CALENDAR BELOW


Week

Activity

Discussion

Other Assignments

1. Monday, August 19-Saturday, August 24
Orientation Week
Module 1

Be sure to complete the

No-Show Quiz this week so that you can avoid being reported as a no-show after

Sunday, August 25


Read the entire syllabus if you have not already
Secure your textbook
Read all NEWS

Contact me with any questions or concerns




Read: Harris, Preface-Chapter 1


Participate in the Eight Nouns Discussion Board



Complete the Syllabus Survey in Assessments

Study with Key Terms

Take Self-Assessment Quiz #1

And Quiz #1



2. Sunday, August 25-Saturday, August 31
Module 2


Read: Harris, Chapter 2



NONE

Study with Key Terms

Take Self-Assessment Quiz #2 and Quiz #2




3. Sunday, September 1-Saturday, September 7
Module 3

NOTE: Monday, September 2 is Labor Day-No Classes


Read: Harris, Chapter 3


Participate in Introductions Discussion Board

Study with Key Terms

Take Self-Assessment Quiz #3

And Quiz #3
Take The Africa Practice Assessment (no credit)



4. Sunday, September 8-Saturday, September 14
Module 4


Read: Harris, Chapter 4


NONE



Study with Key Terms

Take Self-Assessment Quiz #4

And Quiz #4


5. Sunday, September 15-Saturday, September 21
Module 5

Read: Harris, Chapter 5


Discussion Board #1 Due



Study with Key Terms

Take Self-Assessment Quiz #5

And Quiz #5


6. Sunday, September 22-Saturday, September 28

Module 6

Read: Harris, Chapter 6



NONE

Study with Key Terms

Take Self-Assessment Quiz #6

And Quiz #6



7. Sunday, September 29-Saturday, October 5
Module 7

Read Harris, Chapter 7


Discussion Board #2 Due

Study with Key Terms

Take Self-Assessment Quiz #7

And Quiz #7


8. Sunday, October 6-Saturday, October 12


Module 8



Read: Harris, Chapter 8



WIMBA SESSION on Black Athena

Thursday, October 10th 7-8pm see Wimba and NEWS in iCollege for more information



Study with Key Terms

Take Self-Assessment Quiz #8

And Quiz #8

TAKE THE FIRST EXAM-SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6-TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8




9. Sunday, October 13-Saturday, October 19
Module 9
NOTE: Tuesday, October 15 Last Day to Withdraw and Midpoint for Full Term Courses



Read: Harris, Chapter 9


Discussion Board #3 Due

Study with Key Terms

Take Self-Assessment Quiz #9

And Quiz #9
Assignment #1 Due on Saturday, October 19 by 11:59pm-See the NEWS for more information


10. Sunday, October, 20-Saturday, October 26
Module 10

Read Harris, Chapter 10

NONE



Study with Key Terms

Take Self-Assessment Quiz #10

And Quiz #10



11. Sunday, October 27-Saturday, November 2
Module 11

Read Harris, Chapter 11

Discussion Board #4 Due

Study with Key Terms

Take Self-Assessment Quiz #11

And Quiz #11


12. Sunday, November 3-Saturday, November 9

Module 12

Read Harris, Chapter 12


NONE


Study with Key Terms

Take Self-Assessment Quiz #12

And Quiz #12



13. November 10-Saturday, November 16

Module 13

Read Harris, Chapter 13


Discussion Board #5 Due
WIMBA SESSION on Shaka Zulu

Thursday, November 14th

7-8pm see Wimba and NEWS in iCollege for more information



Study with Key Terms

Take Self-Assessment Quiz #13

And Quiz #13



14. Sunday, November 17-Saturday, November 23
Modules 14 and 15

Read Harris, Chapter 14 and 15


Discussion Board #6 Due

Study with Key Terms

Take Self-Assessment Quiz #14

And Quiz #14

Study with Key Terms

Take Self-Assessment Quiz #15

And Quiz #15





15. Sunday, November 24-Saturday, November 30
Module 16
NOTE: Wednesday, November 27 Student Study Day-No Classes
Thursday, November 28-Sunday, December 2 Thanksgiving Holiday

Read Harris, Chapter 16 and 17



NONE


Study with Key Terms

Take Self-Assessment Quiz #16

And Quiz #16
TAKE THE SECOND EXAM-SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24-TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26


16. Monday, December 2-Tuesday, December 3

SHORT WEEK!
NOTE: Last Day of Class, Tuesday, December 3

NONE

NONE


Assignment #2 Due on Tuesday, December 3 by 11:59pm


17. Wednesday, December 4-Tuesday, December 10
FINALS
NOTE: See your grades in iCollege by Friday, December 13


Course Wrap Up



NONE



TAKE THE FINAL EXAMS Parts a and b-Sunday, December 8-Tuesday, December 10

NOTE: THIS SYLLABUS IS SUBJECT TO CHANGES OR UPDATES AS NEEDED





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