|Course Name:||United States History Since 1877
|Entity:||Banner County High School
|Description:||College United States History Since 1865
Credit through Western Nebraska Community College HIST2020
Instructor: Sandra Wounded Arrow
U.S. History since 1877, WNCC HIST 2020 is the second semester of a two-semester introduction to United States history. This course surveys history that occurred from 1877 to the present in the United States.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisite: ACFS-0600R or Reading Placement Level 3 or instructor approval
Joseph R. Conlin, The American Past: A Survey of American History, Volume II: Since 1865. Boston, MA: Wadsworth. 2010.
Student Learning Outcomes:
Students will be able to:
*Describe political issues following the Civil War
*Compare the Urban developments and the last frontier of the West
*Discuss the causes and appraise the consequences of the world wars.
*Define Big Business
*Trace the development of Reganomics and the effects of the 80s
General Studies Student Learning Outcomes for History:
1. Students will develop an informed, critical, and articulate sense of the past, an appreciation for the diversity of the human experience within the Western World, and an awareness of the role of tradition, people, and past events in shaping the present.
2. Students will write effectively and evaluate the written expression of others.
General Studies Performance Criteria for History:
1a. Identify and relate the causes and consequences of the major
turning points in either the History of Western Civilization or United States History, including but not limited to the Rise and Fall of Rome, the Scientific Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, the Great Depression, World Wars I and II, and the Cold War;
1b. Define the major political, economic, and social trends for the course(s) of study;
1c. Describe the interactions of various peoples with one another, including the short- and long-term consequences of those encounters; and
1d. Trace the migration patterns of peoples across the globe and assess the effects of such movement.
2a. Write logically and persuasively;
2b. Use proper grammar and punctuation;
2c. Read critically the writing of others;
2d. View writing as a process requiring planning, drafting, and revising; and
2e. Use standard English Methods of Instruction:
Most lectures will be delivered in PowerPoint. We will also debate historical issues and watch short film clips on occasion. In
order to succeed in this class, you will need to complete the assigned readings by the dates specified and, most importantly, attend class and take careful notes. The readings complement, but do
not replace, my lectures. Exams are based on the lectures and readings. You are urged to form your discussion group as soon as possible.
Course Requirements and Grading Procedures:
There will be a midterm and a final exam. You will also watch and critique a popular film of your own choice. Your film critique will be between three and three and one-half pages in length. Furthermore,
you will write five position papers using the assigned text. Each of your thoughtful analyses will be at least one page in length. In addition, you will participate in a group that will debate issues from the text. These will be discussed in greater detail during the first week of class. Required work for this course is broken down as follows:
Topics covered in the course:
-The Era of Reconstruction
-Economic Change in the Late Nineteenth Century
-Coping with Big Business
-Winning and Losing the West
-Agriculture and Agrarians
-McKinley, Segregation and Empire
-The Middle Class Comes of Age
-Imperialism and Politics
-The United States and World War I
-The Home Front
-America After the Great War
-When America Was a Business
-The Great Depression
-FDR and the NEW Deal
-America and the World
-Americans in the Second World War
-Entering the Nuclear Age
-Popular Culture in the Fifties
-The Eisenhower and the Kennedy Years
-The African Americans Struggle for Equality
-Reform, War, Disgrace
-The Nixon, Ford, and Carter Years
-The Age of Reagan
-Society and Culture in the Later Twentieth Century
-Politics and the Economy 1993-2009
Academic Honesty—Students are expected to conduct themselves in conformity with the highest standards with regard to academic honesty.
Violation of college, state, or federal standards with regard to
plagiarism, cheating, or falsification of official records will not be tolerated. Students violating such standards will be subject to discipline, as per campus policies articulated in the Student
Attendance Policy—The College assumes that students will seek to profit from the instructional program and will recognize the importance of attending every class meeting of courses for which credit is expected.
Responsibility for notifying faculty of absences, and for arranging
potential make-up, rests with the students.
Attendance is mandatory and, as mentioned earlier, constitutes
approximately 10% of your grade.
Civility—Civil behavior enhances the academic setting, and is expected at all times.
The academic environment welcomes a difference of opinion, discourse, and debate within a civil environment.
Nondiscrimination Policy/Equal Educational Opportunity Policy: WNCC and Banner County Schools are committed to an affirmative action program to encourage admission of minority and female students and to provide procedures which will assure equal treatment of all students. The college is committed to creating an
environment for all students that is consistent with nondiscriminatory
policy. To this end, it is the policy of the college to administer its academic employment programs and related supporting services in a manner which does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability, or marital
status. Student requests for reasonable accommodation based upon documented disabilities should be presented within the first two weeks of the semester, or within two weeks of the diagnosis, to the Disabilities Counselor
Disclaimer: This syllabus and schedule is articulated as an expectation of class topics, learning activities, and expected student learning. However, the instructor reserves the right to make changes in this schedule that, within my professional judgment, would result in enhanced or more effective learning on the part of the students. These modifications will not substantially change the intent or objectives of this course and will be done within the policies and procedures of Banner County School and WNCC.
|Grade Levels:||11 - 12
|Prerequisites:||WNCC HIST 2010