Fall 2021 - HIST 212 D100

The United States to 1877 (3)

Class Number: 3957

Delivery Method: Remote

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 14, 2021
    5:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    Recommended: HIST 104.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

The emergence and development of American civilization from the establishment of the colonies through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Breadth-Humanities.

COURSE DETAILS:

2021 Alert: In Fall 2021 this course will be conducted remotely. Enrollment in this course acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, should register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.

Overview: This course surveys events from the founding of British America at Virginia to the end of Reconstruction. Lectures and readings will trace key social, cultural, and environmental developments. The goal is to develop temporal reasoning skills, knowing not only what happened and why, but how broader contexts shaped events. Life was less inevitable than contingent. The challenge is to master the personal and specific as well as the general and conceptual. The goal is to understand the past on its terms. Students will engage lectures, primary documents, and secondary texts. Discussions and exams will focus on big themes. The two five-page papers will analyze pre-selected sets of documents available through Canvas.

Mode: Recorded lectures will be accessible through a MyMedia site. The regularly scheduled meeting time will be used to discuss lectures and readings; there will not be separate tutorial sections. Weekly quizzes, papers, and exams will be administered through the Canvas “assignments” platform. 

Topics: Colonialism, environment, industrialism, nationalism, political culture, racialism and racism, religion

Grading

  • Weekly Quizzes 10%
  • Midterm 30%
  • Papers 30%
  • Final Exam 30%

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

Mary Rowlandson, The Sovereignty and Goodness of God               

Thomas Paine, Common Sense                                                           

Sojourner Truth, Narrative of Sojourner Truth                                 

Selected American Civil War Diaries and Journals                          

John Locke & Ben Wright, The American Yawp


Registrar Notes:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS

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TEACHING AT SFU IN FALL 2021

Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.