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U.S., Colonial Era to Present
A survey of political, economic, and social developments in the United States from its colonial beginnings to the post-World War II era.
This online history course surveys American history from colonization to the present and will encompass such major interpretive themes as the development of American democracy and imperialism, the definition of who is an American at various points in time, and the continuities and discontinuities that connect or not such themes over time and such points in time.
The baseline will consist of a US history textbook to provide chronology, must-know events and people, and the basic story, but the real work will come from the sets of special readings and assignments. Sometimes these will involve classic articles that take one position or another on a certain point of interpretation. Sometimes a piece of recent scholarship to show what is being done in the field today. And sometimes an important primary source, sound clip, or film to introduce you to the practice of historical interpretation.
Ideally the course will draw a thick and straight line of continuity between the earliest days of colonization and the “War on Terror” that confronts us today. Whether or not you agree with such an approach or interpretation will be up to you and the work you do over the coming months. In the end, you will need to be able to argue what you think is the most important theme in American history and how it relates to the course readings and assignments.
|Component||% of final mark||Length of assignment|
|Project 1: Asynchronous Role Play||20%|
|Project 2: Research Paper||15%||7 pages|
|Project 3: Asynchronous Discussion||10%|
|Project 4: Critical Review||5%||4 pages|
|Project 5: Synchronous Discussion||10%|
Participation in discussions, etc.
Throughout the course, we will have forums that I encourage you to participate in to discuss relevant topics with your classmates, TAs and instructor.
Students must write their exam on the day and time scheduled by the University. The start time may vary slightly depending on the off-campus exam centre. Do not schedule vacations, appointments, etc., during the exam period.
Textbooks and Materials
CDS reserves the right to make changes to the required material list as received by the instructor before the course starts. Please refer to the Campus Bookstore website at http://www.campusbookstore.com/Textbooks/SearchEngine/ to obtain the most up-to-date list of required materials for this course before purchasing them.
- Grant, Susan-Mary. A Concise History of the United States of America
- Paul E. Johnson, Sean Wilentz. The Kingdom of Matthias
- Royster, Ida B. Wells-Barnett. Southern Horrors and Other Writings
- John Steinbeck. Grapes of Wrath
- Confessions of Nat Turner and Related Documents
- Theda Perdue. The Cherokee Removal
- Frederick Douglass. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
The course will also include other special readings, films, documents and assignments to enrich your experience and engage you the subject matter. Such extra materials are listed in the unit descriptions.
Students can expect to spend, on average, about 10 - 12 hours per week on the course
Moodle is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into Moodle to access your course. All materials related to your course—notes, readings, videos, recordings, discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, groupwork, tutorials, and help—will be on the Moodle site.
About Credit Units
Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA requires a total of 90 credit units.
To take an online course, you’ll need a good-quality computer (Windows XP/Vista/7, Pentium III, or Mac OS X 10.5, G4 or G5 processor, 256 MB RAM) with a high-speed internet connection, soundcard, speakers, and microphone, and up-to-date versions of free software (Explorer/Firefox, Java, Flash, Adobe Reader). See also Preparing For Your Course.
The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are in our Dates and Deadlines section.
Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for 2014-15 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Canadian students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $605.31; for a 6.0-unit course, $1210.62. See also Tuition and Payment.
The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.
|Letter Grade||Grade Point|
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How does this affect my academics?
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Follow the link above for an explanation of how the GPA system affects such things as the Dean’s Honour List, requirements to graduate, and academic progression.
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All textbooks can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.
All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.
Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.