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Instructor: Dr. Krister Swanson - firstname.lastname@example.org
MW: 5:00-6:50, Room HSS - 101
The Course Textbook is The American Promise Value Edition, by Roark, Cohen, et al
A History of the United States, Value Edition (Combined Version, Vols. I & II)
ISBN: 0-312-48734-7 Click here for the official book website
The book is available in the Moorpark College Bookstore.
Key Course Assignments:
Midterm Reviews: PPT or Text Version
Midterm Essay: Discuss the convergence of 2 or more of the following themes during 3-4 moments in U.S.History. The themes are:
Final Exam (60 points, or 20%): A traditional in class exam scheduled for May 5th, which is the week prior to finals week for classes being held on the traditional schedule. Please make sure you bring a 50 question scantron form and a bluebook (both available in the Moorpark College bookstore) with you.
Final Exam Reviews: PPT or Text
Final Essay Topics (you will choose one and write on its development between 1885-2010):
Short Research Paper (60 points, or 20%): This 5-7 page paper based entirely on primary source documents related to a particular topic. We will discuss the specific requirements of this paper in class on February 5th, in the meantime you need to begin developing a paper proposal that outlines your proposed topic and the documents you plan to use, this proposal is due Febraury 22nd. Here are some important guidelines for writing the research paper.
PowerPoint Presentation (30 points, or 10%): This is intended to be a fun and informative activity for you and the whole class. Your small group (3-4 students) will pick a topic of interest and historical value that took place between 1700-1877. Then develop a PowerPoint presentation, complete with well-organized text and helpful images, for presentation to the class. The goal is an interesting and informative 10-12 minute presentation that strengthens our understanding of your topic. Your topic is due on February 10th; please feel free to start discussing possible topics with me as soon as possible. Here are some important guidelines for your presentation. Please note that your PPT must be on a different topic than your paper.
Attendance and Class Participation (90 points, or 30%): This category is fairly self-explanatory. It includes class attendance, regular participation in class discussions and debates, and select in-class assignments. I will break this grade down into three 30-point assignments. Attendance is absolutely critical to your success in this class, please note that you will lose 6 points for each missed class session.
Class Schedule can be
found on the syllabus