History 304: The American Civil War

Syllabus for Summer 2009

Dr. Thomas Summerhill summerhi@msu.edu

Dr. Peter Knupfer knupfer@msu.edu

DESCRIPTION

Conflict between the North and South from the 1830s to the end of Reconstruction. Evolving sectional conflict. Military campaigns. Social, economic, and political consequences of war. Race, class, and ethnicity and their effects on reform movements and Reconstruction.

ASSIGNMENTS

One weekly essay or writing assignment, due by evening of Saturday of the week assigned;

A final exam

Unless otherwise instructed, each week you are to prepare either an assignment using primary sources listed in the course syllabus or participate in an online discussion, on the following schedule.

  • During Week 1: Online debate
  • Due, end of Week 2: Biographical assignment
  • During Week 3: Online debate
  • Due, end of Week 4: Lesson plan/museum exhibit idea
  • During Week 5: Online debate
  • Due, end of Week 6: Primary source reaction paper
  • During Week 7: Online debate

GRADING

Unless otherwise instructed, each week you are to prepare either an assignment using primary sources listed in the course syllabus or participate in an online discussion, on the following schedule.

  • During Week 1: Online debate (10%)
  • Due, end of Week 2: Biographical assignmentn (15%)
  • During Week 3: Online debate (10%)
  • Due, end of Week 4: Lesson plan/museum exhibit idea (15%)
  • During Week 5: Online debate (10%)
  • Due, end of Week 6: Primary source reaction paper (15%)
  • During Week 7: Final Exam (25%)

Grading Scale

  • 4.0 = A
  • 3.5 = AB
  • 3.0 = B
  • 2.5 = BC
  • 2.0 = C
  • 1.5 = CD
  • 1.0 = D

10% for each of three debate participation = 30%
15% for each of three papers = 45%
25% for final exam = 25%

CLASS SCHEDULE

Each week will cover various topics and will have required lectures to view, assignments to do, as well as required and supplimental readings. Below is a link to the overall class schedule as well as a direct link to each week's schedule.

  • Overall Schedule [link]
  • Week 1 Schedule [link]
  • Week 2 Schedule [link]
  • Week 3 Schedule [link]
  • Week 4 Schedule [link]
  • Week 5 Schedule [link]
  • Week 6 Schedule [link]
  • Week 7 Schedule [link]

REQUIRED TEXT

Michael Fellman, Lesley J. Gordon, Daniel E. Sutherland, This Terrible War: The Civil War and its Aftermath (New York: Pearson Education, 2003).

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

In accordance with Michigan State University’s policies on “Protection of Scholarship and Grades” and “Integrity of Scholarship and Grades,” students are expected to honor principles of truth and honesty in their academic work. Academic integrity means, amongst other things, not plagiarizing. Plagiarism includes submitting someone else’s work (words, ideas, etc.) as their own now will the knowingly permit another student to copy and submit their work. Additional discussion of academic integrity is available on the Ombudsman´s website.

CONTACT INFO

For our course, we have broken the class into teams. The teams will work as pods to complete a number of tasks collaboratively. You will have access during the course to you team dropboxes and forums. If you have problems accessing your team materials, have questions about your team, or are not in a team, contact History Online Courses Support: online.courses@matrix.msu.edu.

Post questions you have about the course on the Frequently Asked Question Forum found under Lessons Tab. You may want to check there first if you have questions about the course's organization, assignments, materials, progress, policies, procedures, etc. Contact your team instructor if you have any specific concerns or questions about team materials, assignments, or grading. Your team instructors are as follows:

Teams 1, 2, 3, 4,: Sebastian Mercier: mercie14@msu.edu

Teams 5, 6, 7, 8,: Andrea Vicente: vicentea@msu.edu