SRJC Course Outlines

5/28/2024 4:07:19 AMHIST 17.1 Course Outline as of Spring 2002

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  HIST 17.1Title:  U S TO 1877  
Full Title:  History of the United States to 1877
Last Reviewed:11/25/2019

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled03 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  HIST 17A

Catalog Description:
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History of the United States through the Reconstruction Era.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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History of the United States through the Reconstruction Era.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1981
Social and Behavioral Sciences
American Institutions
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 CArts and HumanitiesFall 2020
 DSocial Science  
 X1U.S. History  
 DSocial ScienceFall 2010Fall 2020
 X1U.S. History  
 DSocial ScienceFall 1988Fall 2010
 D1Anthropology and Archeology  
 X1U.S. History  
 DSocial ScienceFall 1981Fall 1988
 D1Anthropology and Archeology  
 X1U.S. History  
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 4Social and Behavioral ScienceFall 1981
 XAU.S. History  
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 CID Descriptor: HIST 130 United States History to 1877 SRJC Equivalent Course(s): HIST17.1

Certificate/Major Applicable: Not Certificate/Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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The students will:
1.  Organize lecture materials, audio-visual presentations and textual
   readings into a coherent base for study of history.
2.  Recognize that history is not dogma; that it is a process of
   interaction between factual sources and those who interpret them.
3.  Demonstrate critical thinking and analytical skills in a series
   of objective tests, written examinations and critical papers that
   probe the American past.
4.  Apply historical learning to in-class discussions of past
   controversies and contemporary concerns.
5.  Integrate geographical knowledge with historical study - the human
   story moves through both space and time.
6.  Identify and employ atypical and non-traditional source materials
   such as fiction, music, cinema and sport to study American popular
7.  Examine the contributions of women, racial and ethnic minorities,
   and other underrepresented groups to the formulation of American
   ideals and institutions.
8.  Question their own values and popular myths as well as conventional
   historical analysis.
9.  Synthesize the ideas of part and current historians and (from this
   synthesis) develop their own means of addressing fundamental
   historical questions of causation and consequence.
10. Debate the claim that the heritage and institutions of the United
   States are to some degree unique and explore the causational
   rationale that underwrites this alleged uniqueness.
11. Analyze the connections between the study of our nation's history
   and one's perspective of our society and one's place within it.
12. Describe the values, themes, methods and history of the discipline
   and identify realistic career objectives related to a course of
   of study in the major.

Topics and Scope
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1.  A colonizing people - 1492-1776.
     A. Patterns of discovery and exploration.
     B. Three worlds meet: red, white, black.
     C. Colonizing America: mercantilism and the rise of capitalism.
     D. Colonizing America: New England and the Puritan experience.
     E. Colonizing America: The south and black bondage.
     F. A maturing colonial society: the roots and origins of an American
        character, consciousness and culture.
     G. The gathering imperial crisis: Britain vs. America.
2.  The revolutionary people - 1775-1828.
     A. The quest for national liberation.
     B. The war within a war: rebel vs. loyalist.
     C. Crisis and the constitution.
     D. Federalists vs. republicans: politics and society in the early
     E. Westward expansion and a second war for independence.
     F. Preindustrial America:  a society in transition.
3.  An expanding people - 1820-1877.
     A. Technology and freedom: a burgeoining north.
     B. The world the slaveholders made.
     C. The world the slaves made.
     D. Jacksonian America and the reform impulse.
     E. The west as catalyst for sectional crisis.
     F. Severing the bonds of union: the civil war.
     G. Reconstruction: the unfinished revolution.
4.  Orientation to the values, themes, methods and history of the
   discipline and identify realistic career objectives related to a
   course of study in the major.

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1.  Regular attendance and extensive notetaking in class is expected
   and assumed.
2.  Read and study appropriate chapters in text and anthologies.
3.  Read and write papers in response to assigned or approved books
   and/or articles.
4.  Participate in discussions as directed by the instructor.
5.  Prepare for scheduled quizzes.
6.  Prepare for extensive in-class mid-term and final examinations.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
30 - 65%
Reading reports, Essay exams, Term papers
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 20%
Quizzes, Exams
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
25 - 45%
Multiple choice
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 5%
Attendance and note-taking

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Gary Nash, et al, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, VOL I, 5th ed., Addison Wesley
    Longman, 2000.
Mary Beth Norton, et al, A PEOPLE AND A NATION, VOL I, 5th ed.,
    Houghton Mifflin, 1999.
Alan Brinkley, THE UNFINISHED NATION, VOL I, 3rd ed., McGraw Hill, 2000.

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