Prof. Kriste Lindenmeyer
office: 703 Administration Bldg.
office hours: W/F 11:00-noon
and by appointment
In this course you will "do" history. In other words, History 201 introduces students to the strategies, methods, and critical thinking skills historians use to apply their craft. The class is required for history majors, but offers the opportunity to learn research and writing strategies that benefit anyone interested in improving their critical thinking skills. Specifically, students are exposed to the standard historical methods for conducting scholarly research, interpreting and collecting primary and secondary evidence, evaluating historiography, and writing quality book reviews and research papers. We will discuss issues concerning academic integrity, ethics and scholarship, public history and popular memory, and the teaching of history. The course will also introduce students to a variety of technological tools employed by historians. Finally, we will examine possible careers and other opportunities for history graduates.
Students should plan sufficient study time each week to complete the reading assignments, post required responses to the course Blackboard website, conduct research in the library and in online resources, as well as write. It is essential to keep up with the weekly assignments in order to do well in the course. The standard rule is that you should spend at least 2 hours outside class for every hour in class. This is a 3 credit course so you should plan on a minimum of six hours per week for working on assignments outside of class.
Weekly assignments are part of a multi-step process designed to help you hone skills necessary for completing a high quality 12-15 page historical research paper.
Identify and be able to discuss historiography as an important tool used by historians to better understand the human experience.
Strengthen research skills used in gathering primary and secondary historical evidence.
Strengthen analytical skills used for interpreting the past and beyond.
Develop a thesis and use evidence to logically answer a historical research question through writing and revision.
Strengthen skills for evaluating and identifying different perspectives.
Identify strategies for strengthening success-oriented skills such as planning ahead, avoiding procrastination, turning assignments in on time, and collaboration.
Attendance and Class Participation
Students are required to purchase CPS clickers for this class. Attendance is mandatory and I will take attendance using the clickers at each class. Attendance and class Participation is an important part of your final grade, so simply coming to class and engaging in class discussions and clicker surveys/quizzes will help to boost your final grade. On the other hand, you will be penalized 10 points for each unexcused absence. Assignment due dates are NOT flexible. Late assignments will be penalized one letter grade per day. Note; the CPS clickers will register your attendance, so don't forget your clicker and keep fresh batteries on hand.
The Course Schedule may be found on the Blackboard Website and at http://www.research.umbc.edu/~lindenme/hist201/schedule.htm
The UMBC Office of the Registrar dates and deadlines for the Spring 2008 term is available at: http://www.umbc.edu/registrar/schedule/S08dates&deadlines.html
I expect students enrolled in this course to uphold the UMBC Policy on Academic Integrity http://www.umbc.edu/provost/integrity/acc_policy/. In the Spring of 2002, the UMBC Faculty and Student Senates adopted the following statement emphasizing the importance of academic integrity:
By enrolling in this course, each student assumes the responsibilities of an active participant in UMBC's scholarly community in which everyone's academic work and behavior are held to the highest standards of honesty. Cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, and helping others to commit these acts are all forms of academic dishonesty, and they are wrong. Academic misconduct could result in disciplinary action that may include, but is not limited to, suspension or dismissal. To read the full Student Academic Conduct Policy, consult the UMBC Student Handbook, the Faculty Handbook, or the UMBC Policies section of the UMBC Directory.
I am convinced that most problems with academic integrity arise from a lack of understanding about the meaning of plagiarism. We will discuss what constitutes good academic integrity and the avoidance of plagiarism. The UMBC library website includes a useful discussion of how to avoid plagiarism and maintain your academic integrity: http://aok.lib.umbc.edu/informationliteracy/plagiarism.php
Online Blackboard Syllabus
I will send all email messages to your UMBC email account unless you change your email address on Blackboard as referenced above (email@example.com) through the personal information section (http://www.umbc.edu/oit/newmedia/blackboard/personalinformation.html). If you do not want to check your UMBC account, change your address in Blackboard, or have all messages to your UMBC account forwarded to your preferred email address (such as aol, hotmail, gmail, yahoo, etc.). For help with this procedure, or if you have other questions about UMBC's Office of Information Technology services visit the OIT helpsite at http://www.umbc.edu/oit/. Helpdesk personnel in the on-campus computer labs can help with most questions. Also feel free to visit me during my office hours or make an appointment (firstname.lastname@example.org). The helpdesk phone number is 410-455-3838.
Recommended, but not required:
World Wide Web Documents
|Assignment Summary||Due Date||Points|
Group Assignments (10 points each)
a) Subject Encyclopedia Assignment (2/1), b) Proposed Research Question (2/13)
c) Historians and Ethics (4/4) d) Proposed Thesis Statement (Indiv. meetings--mid April), e) Public History Debates (4/23)
|Library Research Trail||2/22||100|
|Museum or Historical Site Visit and Evaluation||note revised due date----by 5/7||50|
|Out-of-class Events (possible extra credit)||
Due within 1 week after the
approved event takes place
You may check your grade progress at anytime during the semester at the Blackboard course website.