Santa Ana College Course Syllabus

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Santa Ana College

Course Syllabus

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:


Phone: None

Instructor Availability Outside of Class: Immediately before or after class

U.S. Social and Cultural History

Course Description:

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

B 80-89

C 70-79

D 60-69

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

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
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 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

Essays Due

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