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U.S. History to 1877

I.     Course Prefix/Number: HIS 111

       Course Name: U.S. History to 1877

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

None

III.   Course (Catalog) Description


Course surveys the political, economic, social and cultural development of the United States from discovery through Reconstruction.  IAI S2 900

IV.   Learning Objectives

A.        Describe the major eras covered
B.        Describe the achievements of the United States in political, cultural, and social terms
C.        Compare representative works of literature and philosophy produced within this period
D.        Critique the values expressed in the religious, philosophical, and literary texts of this period, and discuss the current relevance of these values
E.        Explain the ethnic, cultural, and religious diversity of the United States and the origins of political, cultural, and ethnic conflict
F.        Apply conflicting interpretations of United States history
G.        Analyze primary and secondary sources of the American past

V.    Academic Integrity

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.

VI.   Sequence of Topics

A.    Introduction to Historical methodology and Historiography
    B.    European expansion and the collision of cultures
    C.    Colonial settlements and ways of life
    D.    18th Century Enlightenment and the Great Awakening
    E.    Revolutionary America
    F.    The development of the U.S. Constitution
    G.    Origins of the party system and the age of Jefferson
    H.    The Age of Jackson
    I.    Industrialization and urbanization
    J.    Women and the family in the 19th century
    K.    Culture and society in the 19th century
    L.    Territorial expansion
    M.    Antebellum South
    N.    Slavery
    O.    The Civil War
    P.    Reconstruction

VII.  Methods of Instruction


Each class will include a variety of instructional methods such as: lectures, in-class discussion, group activities, document and film analysis, and the use of new technologies.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required


Students will be required to:
A. Read a standard textbook and research materials.
B. Write outside of class the equivalent of 13-15 double-spaced typed pages in the form of a term paper, summaries of Journal articles, short research papers, and/or other kinds of writing.
C. Participate in in-class and out-of-class activities.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress


At least three exams will be given.

Students will also be evaluated on a combination of written assignments and in- and out-of- class assignments.

XI.   Other Course Information



If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.