Syllabus - Birdville ISD

HIST 1301
Fall 2015
INSTRUCTOR: Mrs. Richmond
E-MAIL: [email protected]
COURSE OBJECTIVES: History 1301 covers the European background, discovery and exploration, colonization,
the war for independence, the Constitution, early national period, Jeffersonian and Jacksonian America, expansion,
the sectional struggle, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. The course is a survey of political, social, military,
intellectual, economic, and religious factors which have shaped our collective past.
PREREQUISITE: Pass TSI Reading with a score of 78 or RDNG 0363 with grade of C or achieving an 11th grade
level on the Nelson Denny test.
Brinkley, Alan. The Unfinished Nation: A Concise History of the American
People, 7 ed. (Vol 1 and 2)
Course goals are linked to required Core Curriculum Intellectual Competencies, Perspectives,
and Exemplary Educational Objectives as defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating
Board. Specific core requirements are linked to the class schedule.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
1. Create an argument through the use of historical evidence by using appropriate reading,
listening, writing, and critical analysis skills. The student will be able to
a. comprehend text materials and other documents;
b. demonstrate an understanding of lectures, presentations, and film;
c. prepare written work as assigned.
2. Analyze and interpret primary and secondary sources. The student will be able to
a. comprehend primary and secondary sources as part of a larger understanding of the
discipline of history and how historians work;
b. demonstrate an understanding of various interpretations of specified historical events.
3. Analyze the effects of historical, social, political, economic, cultural, and global forces on
this period of United States history. The student will be able to
a. identify the causes of the American colonial independence movement of the 1770s;
b. trace the development of the United States government from the Articles of
Confederation to the Constitution;
c. describe the growth and evolution of the United States government from the adoption of
the Constitution through the Civil War and Reconstruction;
d. describe the development of political parties in the United States;
e. trace the territorial growth of the United States through 1876;
f. contrast the agrarian economy of the United States prior to 1800 with the emerging
industrialized economy of the first half of the nineteenth century.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the social growth and development of the United States
during this period. The student will be able to
a. describe the trans-Atlantic slave trade and American slavery from colonial times to the
outbreak of the Civil War;
b. identify various immigrant groups in colonial America and the early United States and
their contributions to American culture;
c. summarize the societal and cultural impact of eighteenth and nineteenth century social
movements such as the First and Second Great Awakenings, American independence,
industrialization, the women’s rights movement, and the abolition movement.
5. Demonstrate an understanding of how history is related to other disciplines. The student will
be able to
a. comprehend the relationship of history to economics;
b. comprehend the relationship of history to sociology;
c. comprehend the relationship of history to psychology;
d. comprehend the relationship of history to literature;
e. comprehend the relationship of history to philosophy;
f. comprehend the relationship of history to the arts;
g. comprehend the relationship of history to other relevant disciplines.
6. Demonstrate an understanding of the United States’ place in a global society, both
historically and as a prelude for understanding both the present and the future. The student
will be able to
a. explain the motivations for European colonization of the New World;
b. explain how colonization affected the Native American populations of the continent;
c. describe the political and diplomatic development of the early republic and the
significance of these developments on succeeding events;
d. explain the concept of Manifest Destiny as it has shaped the geography of the United
States and the American character;
e. identify the causes and results of major United States conflicts during this period of
f. explain the nature of relationships between the United States and other nations during this
period of history;
g. trace the events from 1850 to 1861 that led the United States into the Civil War;
h. describe Presidential and Congressional reconstruction and the impact on the South in
particular and the nation as a whole.
**A note on academic dishonesty: The instructor and the college require a high level of academic behavior and
honesty from students in this course. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism,
collusion, the submission for credit of any work that was used in whole or in part for another course without
obtaining permission of the instructor in advance, the submission for credit of any work that is attributable in whole
or in part to another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to another student, or the attempts to commit
such acts. Students who violate the college rules on academic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties,
including the failure of that assignment and possible removal from the course. Since academic dishonesty harms the
individual, all students, and the integrity of the college, policies regarding academic dishonesty will be strictly
ATTENDANCE: Attendance is required for all classes. If you need to miss class for any reason, please let me
know ahead of time. If you miss more than 2 classes, you will start to receive automatically-generated emails from
TCC regarding absences. Also, your guidance counselor and the school staff may also become involved if you miss
too many classes. If you miss class for an excused reason, it is your responsibility to make up the notes you’ve
missed – make friends with someone in class for this purpose. Do not miss tests. I do not normally give makeup
exams unless you have a documented illness (a doctor’s note) or another very good reason for missing.
Tests: 4 exams = 400 points.
Exam 1 – Monday and Tuesday, September 28th and 29th
Exam 2 – Monday and Tuesday, October 20th and 21st
Exam 3 – Wednesday and Thursday, November 11th and 12th
Exam 4 – Wednesday and Thursday, December 14th and 15th
Exam Content:
50 Multiple Choice Questions worth 1 point each.
2 short answer questions worth 25 points each.
Quizzes and daily assignments:
Reading quizzes and graphic organizers as assigned for a total of 200 points.
I will provide the Scantron forms and the Blue Books for the tests
Your final grade will be calculated as follows:
Final grade:
***If you require special accommodations because of a disability, you must register through the DSS (Disability
Support Services) office. No special accommodations can be made without being registered through their office.
Unit I
Origins of America
31 August-29 September
Unit II
The Constitution
30 September-20 October
The New Nation
Unit III
Jackson’s America
21 October-12 November
Unit IV
The 1850s
16 November-15 December
Colonial Period Revolution
Early Conflicts
Nationalism and Sectionalism Westward Expansion
The Civil War
I retain the right to alter this schedule but will inform students of any such alterations.
I will post corresponding power points and resources on my faculty homepage –
click on the TCC Dual Credit tab