SRJC Course Outlines

2/27/2024 9:17:46 AMHIST 17.2 Course Outline as of Fall 2003

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  HIST 17.2Title:  U S FROM 1877-PRES  
Full Title:  History of the United States from 1877 to Present
Last Reviewed:1/27/2020

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 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 17B

Catalog Description:
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History of the United States from the Reconstruction Era to present.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
Description: Untitled document
History of the United States from the Reconstruction Era to the present.
(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:
 DSocial ScienceFall 2011
 X1U.S. History  
 DSocial ScienceFall 2010Fall 2011
 D1Anthropology and Archeology  
 D3Ethnic Studies  
 X1U.S. History  
 DSocial ScienceFall 1981Fall 2010
 D1Anthropology and Archeology  
 D3Ethnic Studies  
 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 140 United States History from 1865 SRJC Equivalent Course(s): HIST17.2

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1.  Relate 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
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
   study 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 culture.
7.  Examine the contributions of women, racial and ethnic minorities
   and other under-represented groups to the formulation of America
   ideals and institutions.
8.  Question their own values and popular myths as well as conventional
   historical analysis.
9.  Synthesize the ideas of past 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 uniqueness.
11. Interpret our nation's history so that it can be applied to one's
   everyday life as an individual and as a citizen.

Topics and Scope
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1. Review of Reconstruction, Segregation and the New South
     A. From presidential to radical reconstruction
     B. The social and economic meaning of freedom
     C. The compromise of 1877 and end of Reconstruction
     D. Southern agriculture and Black labor.
     E. White violence, Jim Crow and the politics of segregation.
     F. The New South and Industrialization.
2. An industrializing people.
     A. Railroads west: exploiting an empire.
     B. Smokestack and sweatshops: America industrializes and
     C. Industrial plutocracy: captains of industry or robber barons?
     D. The labor movement and changes in work and leisure.
     E. Gilded age politics: the populist crusade.
     F. From isolation to empire: America looks outward.
3. The modernizing people - 1900-1945.
     A. Progressivism: social justice, confronts industrial capitalism.
     B. Black America and Progressivism: Booker T. Washington
         and W.E.B. DuBois
     C. The great war: America emerges as super power.
     D. The roaring twenties: a speeding America crashes and burns.
     E. The great depression.
     F. The new deal and voices of protest.
4. A resilient people - 1945-1990.
     A. World war II: from isolation to intervention.
     B. World war II: the homefront
     C. The origins of the cold war.
     D. The frenetic fifties: McCarthyism and materialism.
     E. Rebellion in an age of reaction: the civil rights movement.
     F. Vietnam: An American tragedy.
     G. The turbulent sixties: dissent and reform:
         students, women, and anti-war movement.
     H. Nixon and Watergate: Shock compounds tragedy.
     I. America on the rebound: the Reagan eighties.

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1.  Regular attendance and extensive notetaking in class is expected
   and assumed.
2.  Read and study approximately 1-2 chapters in text and anthologies
   per week.
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 objective quizzes.
6.  Extensive in-class essay 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 - 50%
Analytical, expository, or research papers
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
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
40 - 60%
Quizzes, essay exams
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 10%
Attendance and participation

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Edward L. Ayers, et al, AMERICAN PASSAGES, Harcourt College Publishers,

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