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This course examines U.S. history from 1870 to
the present using the history of women and gender as the primary analysis. The
class lectures, multimedia presentations, and readings emphasize U.S. women's
history (incorporating factors of race, class, region, ethnicity, and age), but
also trace how the changing definitions of gender for both males and females has
affected general historical trends. Students are responsible for all lecture and
multimedia material presented in class as well as assigned readings on the World
Wide Web and in required texts. Weekly assignments can be found on the
Of course, I expect students
enrolled in this course to uphold the
UMBC Code of Student
Conduct for Academic Integrity. During the Spring, 2002 semester 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
- Kriste Lindenmeyer, ed. Ordinary Women,
Extraordinary Lives: Women in American History.
- Mary Beth Norton, ed. Major Problems in
American Women's History
- Anne Moody. Coming of Age in Mississippi
- Mary Crow Dog. Lakota Woman.
- Additional reading assignments are linked to
the World Wide Web (WWW) from the online
- Midterm Examination (100 points) There
will be a midterm examination covering material presented in class and
assigned readings. The exam will consist of multiple choice/short answer
questions (50 points) and two topical essay questions (25 points each).
Thursday, March 6th.
Formal Paper (100 points) This assignment asks you to compare and
contrast the lives and philosophies described in Mary Crow Dog's Lakota
Woman and Anne Moody's Growing Up in Mississippi. What are the
similarities and differences in the lives of these two women? What factors
contributed to these similarities and differences, and why? There are many
topics that you could address in your paper, but be sure to keep your analysis
focused on the historical trends reflected in the lives of these two women. In
other words, do not write a literary criticism. Instead use the perspectives
of historical analysis: Time, place, gender, race, class, and ethnicity. The
two books provide most of the information you will need to complete this
assignment. However, the best papers will also be informed by additional
research examining the times in which these women lived. For example, you
might consult additional works on the black civil rights movement, or the
American Indian movement. Another approach might be to look at newspaper or
magazine articles from the period. Use your imagination to find an approach
that will help to make your paper unique. You will turn-in a print version of
your paper at the start of class on April 29th. I also require that you
submit an electronic version of your paper via the course dropbox in
Blackboard. Late papers will be penalized 10 points per day.
- Final Examination (100 points) The
final examination will cover material presented in class and the assigned
readings since the midterm. In other words, the final is not comprehensive. It
will consist of multiple choice questions and two topical essay questions (25
points each). Tuesday, May 20th, 10:30am-12:30pm.
- Weekly Online Quizzes (10 @ 10
points each = 100 points) Students are required to complete an online quiz
each week based on the assigned readings. The quizzes are housed on the course
Blackboard site. The format may be multiple choice or a short essay. Each
week's quiz is due by 9:30 am, Thursday. There are no make-up quizzes.
(Although I will offer 11 quizzes. Students may earn up to 110 points in the
Events (2 @ 10 points each = 20 points) Students may earn up to
20 extra credit points by attending and
evaluating approved out-of-class events or films. All events, films,
documentaries must be approved in advance by me. March is Women's History
month, so there are always several events appropriate for this class. All
evaluations should be submitted to my
email account (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Evaluations are due within one-week after the event. You must submit your
last evaluation by midnight April 26, 2003.
*Possible Extra Credit
There are no make-ups for the weekly quizzes. I
will offer make-up examinations for the midterm and final. However, arrangements
for make-ups must be made the day the examination is scheduled
or before. Warning: I am strict about this policy and make-up
examinations are more difficult.