HIST-2020: U S History since 1877 ( Online | Fall 2017 )

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Instructor Information
Instructor Name

John Tyler Stephenson

Instructor Rank

Assistant Professor

Instructor Email jtstephenso1@southwest.tn.edu
Instructor Office

Macon Cove Campus, Fulton 335

5983 Macon Cove

Memphis, Tennessee 38134

Macon Cove Campus Information and Map

Office Hours

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday: 7:30-9:00 

Tuesday and Thursday: 12:30-3:00

Thursday: 7:30-8:15

Friday: By Appointment

At other times by Appointment

If I need to cancel or alter my office hours, I will e-mail you to your Southwest Tennessee e-mail to inform you of any changes.  Please check your PAWS and Southwest Tennessee e-mail for any changes. 

Instructor Phone

901-333-4420

Department Fax

Distance Education and Instructional Technology Office Fax Number: (901) 333-4695

Department Phone

Social and Behavioral Sciences Department Office: Union Avenue Campus, A-216

(901) 333-5195

737 Union Avenue

Memphis, Tennessee 38134

Union Avenue Campus Information and Map

Course Information
Course Description

Students study the history of the United States from 1877 to the present.

Student Learning Objectives

This course is an option under the general education program at Southwest. This course should develop in students an understanding of the present that is informed by an awareness of past heritages, including the complex and interdependent relationships between cultures and societies. In addition, skills in the following areas will be addressed: diversity and global thinking, communication, critical thinking, and responsibility.

Prerequisites

READ0810 and ENGL0810 or Equivalent

Instructional / Learning Methods

This is an online class where students will read and discuss selected topics. Conferences will be conducted with the instructor during the course through the use of email and appointments.

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware, and Software Requirements
Required Text

Title: America Past and Present, Volume 2

Edition: 10th   

Author: Robert A. Divine, et. al.    

ISBN: 13:978-0-205-94689-1

The text is available at both the Macon Cove and Union Avenue Campus Bookstores.

No access code required, only the text.  

Hardware Requirements

If this course requires the use of a computer, these are general recommendations for accessing any of the services that Southwest offers on the Web (e.g. My. Southwest, etc.).

minimum Pentium IV or higher processor (recommended) SVGA monitor, minimum resolution 800x600 (1024x768 strongly recommended) CD-ROM or DVD drive floppy drive, zip drive, or CD-RW drive Mouse or compatible pointing device at least 512 MB of RAM (recommended) (optional) printer This course may not require the use of a computer, however these are general recommendations for accessing any of the services that Southwest offers on the Web (e.g. My. Southwest, etc.). strongly recommended)

If this course requires the use of a computer, these are general recommendations for accessing any of the services that Southwest offers on the Web (e.g. My.Southwest, etc.).

  • minimum Pentium IV or higher processor (recommended)
  • SVGA monitor, minimum resolution 800x600 (1024x768 strongly recommended)
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • floppy drive, zip drive, or CD-RW drive
  • Mouse or compatible pointing device
  • at least 512 MB of RAM (recommended)
  • (optional) printer
Software Requirements

The software listed below in the "General Software Requirements" is recommended for any student accessing Southwest services through the internet. Your course may have specific software requirements.

Many instructors require assignments to be submitted using Microsoft Word. Learn how to obtain discounted software from Microsoft.

General Software Requirements

Operating System:

Windows 98, 98SE, ME, 2000, XP, Vista ( Windows XP Service Pack 2 recommended) Mac OS X (up to 10.4) (OS 10.4 recommended) Linux Windows Supported Browsers: Internet Explorer 6.0, 7.0 Netscape 7.0, 7.1, 7.2 Firefox 1.5, 2.0 Opera 9.0 Mac OS X Supported Browsers: Netscape 7.0, 7.1, 7.2 Firefox 1.5, 2.0 Opera 9.0 Current Anti-Virus protection Reliable Internet connection (broadband recommended but not required) The software listed below in the "General Software Requirements" are recommended for any student accessing Southwest services through the internet. Your course may not require the use of a computer or it may have specific software requirements. Internet connection (broadband recommended but not required)

The software listed below is recommended for any student accessing Southwest services through the internet. Your course may have specific software requirements.

  • Windows 7, Vista, XP
  • Mac OS X (up to 10.6) (OS 10.6 recommended)
  • Linux with a Supported Browser
  • Microsoft Edge+
  • IE 10 & 11: some issues+
  • Firefox (latest)+
  • Firefox ESR+
  • Chrome (latest)+
  • Current Anti-Virus protection
  • Reliable Internet connection (broadband recommended but not required)

Many instructors may require assignments to be submitted using Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Word. To learn how to obtain discounted software from Microsoft, visit http://southwest.tn.onthehub.com.

Assessment and Grading
Method of Evaluation

Tests (100 Points Each -- 300 Points Overall)

There will be three tests worth 100 points each. You will find a list of study questions for each test in the Tests section of the Content page. There is a question for each chapter. I will ask two of these on the test, with 50 points for each essay. I STRONGLY encourage you to prepare your answers ahead of the period when the test is available. Each answer should be roughly two pages each.

The first test will consist of questions from chapters 17-21.  The second test will include material from chapters 22-27 and the third will have the material from the remaining chapters, 28-32.  The third test will only cover that last part of the class.

You will complete the tests on the Quiz page of the PAWS website.

Writing Assignments (100 Points Each -- 200 Points Overall)

There will be two writing assignments of 1.5-2.5 pages, for 100 points each.  Each assignment must be submitted to the Dropbox as a Microsoft Word document.  

The first will address the programs and agencies of the New Deal and the second the parts of President Johnson's Great Society.  

Please refer to the Writing Assginment page on the Content section of the PAWS website.

Late Writing Assignments will only be accepted for a 72-hour period after the due date, with a penalty of 10 points per day.   

Discussions (20 Points Each -- 200 Points Overall)

There is a discussion topic for each lesson.  Please answer the question and respond to at least two other classmate's post. For full credit you must answer the question, for which you will receive 10 points, and then respond to two other classmates, for which you will receive 5 points each. This makes each discussion worth 20 points.  The two low discussion grades will be dropped, so the total points coming from the discussion is 200 points.  There will be no credit for posts after the due date.

Make-ups and Extensions

Make-up   examinations   and   extensions   will   only   be   allowed   with   prior, documented approval of the instructor or with an emergency that is subsequently documented, if possible, with the approval of the instructor.

Grading Scale

 

A = 630 - 700

B = 560 - 629

C = 490 - 559

D = 350 - 489

F = <350 

GRADEBOOK SECTION OF THE PAWS WEBSITE:  The PAWS website includes a grades section where you can check your grade at any time, from anywhere you can access the internet.  Quizzes will automatically be added when you complete them and I will post the grades for the other assignments and examinations when I have them graded.

Testing Procedure / Policy

All tests will be accessed on the Quizzes page of the PAWS website.  

Examination Policy

  • Students who score below 70 or miss an examination are required to schedule an appointment or make contact with the instructor within the following time periods:

  • If you are absent for an examination, you must contact the instructor within five days of when the test closed to discuss the absence.

  • If you score below 70 on an examination, you must contact the instructor within five days of when the grades are posted to schedule an appointment to discuss the examination and preparing for the next examination.

ADA Statement

Southwest is committed to serving all students, including students with disabilities, and adheres to the guidelines set forth in Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). (28 CFR Part 35), (Accessed: 08/17/16)  The College assures that discrimination (or the potential for discrimination) on the basis of disability does not exist related to student programs, activities, and services, including those related to academic programs, research, occupational training, admissions, counseling, financial aid, and extracurricular activities.

(Further Information – 2016-2017 Southwest Tennessee Community College Student Handbook, available online at http://catalog.southwest.tn.edu/index.php?catoid=8 (Accessed: 08/17/16))

Any student who feels he/she has a disability should make an appointment with college counselors (333-4223 or 333-5116), to complete a Self Disclosure form so that appropriate accommodations may be made.  The Student Disability Services Office’s website is http://www.southwest.tn.edu/dss/(Accessed: 08/17/16)

Major Assignments

Please refer to the Method of Evaluation section of the syllabus.

Participation / Attendance Policy

All students are expected to log in on a regular basis to check assignments, email, and participate in discussions.

Additional Policies

Acknowledgement of Syllabus and College and Class Policies:

By September 11, 2017 at 11:59 P.M. Central Time, you are required to take the survey on the PAWS website to acknowledge you received a copy of the syllabus and understand it.  You will also acknowledge the Student Honor Code and the Turnitin.com policy.  You will also acknowledge your pledge to abide by the Student Code of Honor and the Code of Conduct and Discipline as stated in the 2016-2017 Southwest Tennessee Community College Student Handbook and to adhere to all policies in the 2017-2018 Southwest Tennessee Community College Academic Catalog.

The 2016-2017 Southwest Tennessee Student Handbook is available online at: http://catalog.southwest.tn.edu/index.php?catoid=8 (Accessed: January 17, 2016).

The 2017-2018 Academic Catalog is available online at: http://catalog.southwest.tn.edu/index.php (Accessed: August 27, 2017).

Please read the syllabus and these documents prior to acknowledging you have done so.

Turnitin.com

All writing assignments must be evaluated by Turnitin.com.  When you submit your paper to the PAWS Dropbox, it is automatically sent to Turnitin.com.    The Turnitin.com website evaluates papers and compares them to other sources.  These include print, online, and papers submitted at other schools.  The company has a system that records the material on websites.  Your paper will also be compared to papers submitted here in this class, others at Southwest Tennessee Community College, and papers submitted at other schools.  Every time someone submits a paper it is added to the overall collection, to be compared to papers submitted in the future.

If you have any questions or concerns about this, e-mail me and/or make an appointment to discuss matter.  Students may access more information on the Turnitin.com website,     http://www.turnitin.com/en_us/training/student-training (Accessed: 08/17/16)

ADA Statement:

Southwest is committed to serving all students, including students with disabilities, and adheres to the guidelines set forth in Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). (28 CFR Part 35), (Accessed: 08/17/16)  The College assures that discrimination (or the potential for discrimination) on the basis of disability does not exist related to student programs, activities, and services, including those related to academic programs, research, occupational training, admissions, counseling, financial aid, and extracurricular activities.

(Further Information – 2016-2017 Southwest Tennessee Community College Student Handbook, available online at http://catalog.southwest.tn.edu/index.php?catoid=8 (Accessed: 08/17/16))

Any student who feels he/she has a disability should make an appointment with college counselors (333-4223 or 333-5116), to complete a Self Disclosure form so that appropriate accommodations may be made.  The Student Disability Services Office’s website is http://www.southwest.tn.edu/dss/(Accessed: 08/17/16)

Guidelines for Communications
Email Guidelines
  • Students are expected to check their e-mail daily, both their student e-mail and the PAWS website e-mail, and the PAWS website for announcements.  This is the method I will use to make announcements between classes. 
  • All communication must be through the Southwest Tennessee Community College or the PAWS e-mail accounts. 
  • When e-mailing, indicate which class you are enrolled in within the body or subject line of the e-mail.
  • Please include an appropriate subject line for your e-mail
  • Do not just respond to a previous e-mail, unless your e-mail is addressing that topic.

Each student has been provided a Southwest e-mail account. Please do not email your classmates unless the topic relates specifically to this course. E-mails that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden. Below are a few guidelines that you should keep in mind when sending email:

  • Always include a subject line.
  • Typing in all CAPS is considered SHOUTING in Cyberspace. So please use upper and lower case characters when sending e-mails.
  • Remember, without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your e-mails and use good Netiquette
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members.

Online instructors will respond to all e-mails within 48 hours.

Discussion Guidelines

Below are a few guidelines that should be adhered to when using the Discussion forum. Messages that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden.

Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Please try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic. Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the class. Be respectful of other’s ideas. Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks. Be positive and constructive in group discussions. Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.

 

Below are a few guidelines that should be adhered to when using the Discussion forum. Messages that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden.

  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion.
  • Please try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the class. Be respectful of others' ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.
Technical Support
Technical Support

My.Southwest: Submit a Student Technical Support Request. Please provide a full detailed explanation of the problem.

PAWS: For course related questions, contact your instructor. For technical issues with the PAWS website, contact the College Helpdesk at (901) 333-4357.

Course Topics
Tentative Schedule

Please refer to the Course Calendar.

Student Services
Embedded Librarian Service This service may be found inside PAWS courses.
Two Southwest Librarians are assigned to work with you and your instructor throughout the course for the entire semester. The Librarians will suggest library resources and answer questions sent to "Ask A Librarian".

To contact a Librarian, go to the Classlist and select the "Ask A Librarian" tab.
Student Services Links

Academic Support

The Academic Support Center(ASC) provides free services and resources to help Southwest students successfully reach their academic and career goals. These services include tutoring by peer and master tutors, computer labs, success workshops, academic coaching, early alerts from your instructors and areas for individual or group study at numerous locations. The ASC also provides Supplemental Instruction in some of our general education classes and the Center is also responsible for Academic Progress Reporting so that you will be award of your academic standing during the 5th-6th week of the semester. Online tutoring services are offered through Smarthinking 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Simply login to your PAWS to access this online tutoring resource.

Drop/Withdrawal Dates

See the official college catalog for the current withdrawal policies. Important semester drop and withdrawal dates can be found on the college Web site at http://www.southwest.tn.edu.

Academic Misconduct

ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT POLICIES

CHEATING and PLAGIARISM (taking the ideas of another and passing them off as one’s own) WILL NOT BE TOLERATED AND WILL RESULT IN FAILURE.

The Southwest Tennessee Community College Student Handbook, 2016-2017 defines “Academic Misconduct” in the following passage:

(a)  Definition of Academic Dishonesty is any behavior on the part of a student that results in that student’s or any other students’ giving or receiving unauthorized assistance in an academic exercise or receiving credit for work which is not their own. Academic Dishonesty includes but is not limited to:

1.   Cheating

(i)   Knowingly discovering or attempting to discover the content of an examination before the content is presented by the instructor.

(ii)   Obtaining or attempting to obtain, use or supply any person with unauthorized material or device when contemplating or taking an examination.

(iii)  Using or attempting to use or supply any person any material or device dishonestly for an examination.

(iv)  Willfully receiving or supplying any aid not authorized by the instructor.

(v)  Intentionally sharing of information or working together in an academic exercise when such collaboration was not approved by the instructor.

2.   Plagiarism

(i)   Representing to be his or her own, any work which is not the product of his or her own effort or study, if the work would affect his grade, credit, or status in the College.

(ii)   Using another individual’s or group’s words or ideas without clearly acknowledging the source of that information, resulting in their false representation as one’s own individual work.

(iii)  Plagiarism may be either deliberate or unwitting; that is, it is the responsibility of a college student to know what constitutes plagiarism so that ignorance is not a legitimate defense against a charge of plagiarism.

(iv)  Facilitating Academic Dishonesty is intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another to violate any provision of this policy on academic dishonesty.


Further information, procedures, and possible sanctions are in the Southwest Tennessee Community College Student Handbook, 2016-2017.  It is available online at: http://catalog.southwest.tn.edu/index.php?catoid=8 (Accessed: January 17, 2016)

There is also further information available in the 2017-2018 Academic Catalog.  It is available online at http://catalog.southwest.tn.edu/index.php?catoid=20 (Accessed: August 26, 2017) 

Plagiarism can include the excessive use of direct quotations, even if properly delineated and cited.

Students can find more information on avoiding plagiarism at www.plagiarism.org (Accessed: January17, 2016)

 

 

 

 

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited. A student guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly, through participation or assistance, is immediately responsible to the instructor of the class. The instructor has the authority to assign an “F” grade or a zero for the exercise or examination, or to assign an “F” for the course. College sanctions for academic misconduct may include suspension or dismissal from the College. Please see the section in the current Catalog on Academic Misconduct.

Classroom Behavior: Any student engaged in disruptive conduct or conduct violating the general rules or regulations of the College may be ordered to temporarily leave the classroom. Extended or permanent exclusion from the classroom can be achieved only through appropriate procedures of the College.

Open Labs

Macon Cove

  • Academic Support Center: Available during working hours
  • Bert Bornblum Library: Available during library hours
  • Farris 2131: M-R 8-5:30, F 804:30

Union Avenue

  • Academic Support Center - F Building, Room 319, available during working hours
  • Parrish Library - Available during library hours
  • M105: 8-6:30

Gill

  • Computer Lab- Room 101 (Please note - this room is available when classes are not scheduled. Schedule fluctuates each semester.)
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.

Maxine Smith

  • Open Lab- Room 101.
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.

Whitehaven

  • Open Lab Building 6, Room 127
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.
Syllabus Updates The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes.