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Essentials of U.S. History

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Course Description
    Instructor: Dr. Scott S. Tighe
    Time: 5 weeks, Sunday through Saturday
    Total study hours: 50 hours
    Credits: 4
    This class traces the history of what became - in the 1770s and 1780s - the United States of America. It probes political, diplomatic, economic, social, and cultural developments of the past 400+ years. After exploring the colonial history of the region, we will move on to the Revolutionary Era before focusing on the build up to the American Civil War. The final class periods will center on American life after 1865 when the nation was transformed from primarily agricultural to industrial to technological. In its investigation of the industrial and post-industrial eras, the course gives special attention to the assertion of American economic and military power abroad and the roles of immigrants, minority races, and women in the social transformations of the times.
Required Text
  • America: The Essential Learning Edition (Ebook), David Emory Shi George Brown Tindall.
  • Course Objectives
    • To gain a narrative of the major events that characterized the rise of the United States to its present position.
    • To gain a knowledge of the major debates and changes that have accompanied this transformation.
    • To gain an understanding of how the current issues faced at present by the United States relate to its recent history.
    • To gain an awareness of how historians think, write and teach.
    Grading Policy
      This course is worth 100 points and the passing score is 60%.
    Evaluation.
    • Essay Assignment --> 10%
    • Final Exams --> 30%
    • Weekly Exams --> 60%
    • Total = 100%
    Descriptions of Evaluation Assignments
    • Examinations
    • There will be four examinations and 1 final exam at the end of the summer session. The examinations cover information from the textbook and lectures. The final covers only material since the previousexam. A typical exam is comprised of multiple choice and identification questions. The course will enforce Feng Chia University standards of academic integrity.
    • Essay assignment
    • Students will submit a short essay of 3 pages (double-spaced). Assignment instructions for the short paper will be distributed the first week of class. The textbook is sufficient for any necessary research. The professor and teaching assistant are available for consultation and will give a rough read and advise revisions for any paper submitted a week before the due date.
    Teaching Remark/ Class Management Rules.
    • 1. Online tests must be completed within a limited time. Students are required to adjust their learning progress by completing the unit and all course contents and online quizzes before the end of the course, including interim and final examinations.
    • 2. Attendance and participation are expected. Students with disabilities and special needs should consult with the professor early in the semester.
    • 3. Academic Honesty
    • Defining academic misconduct as any act by a student that misrepresents the students’ own academic work or that compromises the academic work of another scholastic misconduct includes (but is not limited to) cheating on assignments or examinations; plagiarizing, i.e. misrepresenting as one’s own work any work done by another; submitting the same paper, or substantially similar papers, to meet the requirements of more than one course without the approval and consent of the instructors concerned; sabotaging another’s work within these general definitions, however, Instructors determine what constitutes academic misconduct in the courses they teach. Students found guilty of academic misconduct in any portion of the academic work face penalties ranging from lowering of their course grade to awarding a grade of F for the entire course.