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Summer 2016 Syllabus for HIST-D017C-62Z
HIST-D017C-62Z - David Howard-Pitney
United States History From 1900 to the Present
Call Number: 01147
Term: Fall 2012
4 units
De Anza College Online Education Center • LC 107 • Phone: 408-864-8969 • FAX: 408-864-8245 •
American civilization from 1900 to the present. A survey of the United States history (political, economic, intellectual and social development.)
Instructor Information: David Howard-Pitney
Professor of History at De Anza since 1990. PhD & MA, University of Minnesota. Books: "Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X, and the Civil Rights Struggle" and "The African-American Jeremiad".

Phone: 408-864-8559
Office Location: F21-q
Office Hours: M 11:30-12:20; T 2:40-3:30; W11:00-11:50; Th 9:30-10:20 or by Appointment
ADVISORY Eligibility for EWRT 1A or ESL 5 is advised.

l) Be prepared to spend 10 or more hours per week to use and study course materials. Read and study the text and other assigned reading and materials as required.

2) Take the Online Orientation for this section, 62Z, of History 17C on the De Anza College Distance Learning Website by Noon September 30.

3) This course section is offered only through the "HistoryClass" online format, so students must purchase access to HistoryClass. All exams and graded work will be taken online in HistoryClass.
Read below in this Syllabus under "Textbook" heading the instructions on two ways to obtain access to HistoryClass and the textbook.
[Bookstore: Phone: 408-864-8455]
Purchase the following items at Either the De Anza College Bookstore Or on the HistoryClass web site:

1. Roark, et al., "The American Promise," 5th Edition, Volume C if in Bookstore, Vol. II if bought online).

2. Howard-Pitney, "Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, & the Civil Rights Struggle of the 1950s and '60s." Note, this book is ONLY available at the college bookstore-- it CANNOT be purchased on the HistoryClass web site.

3. An Access Card to "HistoryClass," the course's online format. All assignments and graded work work will be done on HistoryClass.

There are two ways to buy access to Historyclass AND two ways to purchase the "American Promise" textbook.

Read the Below Instructions:

You can access HistoryClass for your course in one of two ways:
OPTION 1. With an access card that you buy in your bookstore packaged with The American Promise, 5th ed., Vol. C. The access card in this package contains an activation code that you will be asked to enter.
OPTION 2. As an online purchase directly from Bedford/St. Martin's. Along with buying access to HistoryClass online, you may also buy online, if you wish, the American Promise vol. II e-book instead of buying a hard copy of American Promise vol. C at De Anza Bookstore.
In either case, you'll either register your code bought with your hard textbook Or purchase access online, by going to the following URL and screen:

More Detailed Directions: OPTION 1. Register a code printed on an access card purchased at your campus Bookstore in a plastic-wrapped package with American Promise, 5th ed., Vol. C. Make sure to save and keep the card. It's part of a package, so don't throw it out by mistake. The card will have directions you need to register the code contained in it. When you go to the URL above, choose "Students Register Your Code", scroll down until you find your book and correct volume, click "Register", and follow the simple directions.

OPTION 2: Purchase access directly from Bedford/St. Martin's.
1. From the URL above, click on "Students Purchase Access Today"
2. Scroll down until you find your book and choose the correct volume, and click "Purchase" (Note: the textbook itself will be labeled Volume C and your HistoryClass Access Card will list Volume II- this is inconsistent but, don't worry, you will register for the correct class).

3. Select the state or province where your institution is located from the drop-down menu. Then, select your institution and then your course (from the drop down menus)**. Click "Next"
4. Complete the registration form, including your first and last name, and email address. Create a username and password for yourself that you easily remember for use throughout the term. Click "Next"
5. Enter your payment information including name as it appears on the credit card, card number, expiration date, and billing address. Click "Next" and confirm all account information. Click "Place Your Order."

If you have trouble with a log-in ID or password, contact technical support: 1-800-936-6899 or via e-mail at
Media Availability
Internet Access Required
Written Assignments
There is a major Essay based on the "Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, & the Civil Rights Struggle" book due December 6. See HistoryClass web site for complete info.

There are also 4 short essays of 250 words on each of the 3 course exams.

Students will also compose 4 Discussion Board assignments of at least 150 words each.
Extra Credit
One's History 17C course grade will be raised by 1/3 of a letter grade for getting a C, by 2/3 of a grade for a B, and one full letter grade for receiving an A, in any one of the following 2-unit courses: HIST-107X-95, HIST-052X-95 or HIST-053X-95. These courses typically meet 4 times; they are not online. Only one class may count for extra-credit. For complete info., see College Schedule of Classes.

HIST-107X-95: Community History. J-Town: Japantown's 20th Century Transformations. Units:2 Instructor: Mary Jo Ignoffo Room: CHC. Dates/Times Lectures: Mondays 10/15, 10/29 , 4:00- 7:45 PM. Field Studies: Friday 10/26 and Saturday 11/3 Description: This class will explore transformations within San Jose's Japantown (J-Town) throughout the twentieth century. It will analyze how the first immigrants from Japan happened to settle there, the impact of internment during World War II, and how the area was a "ghost town" during the war. It will outline how some non-Japanese Americans helped many internees hold on to their properties. This class will examine the make-up of other ethnic groups which have had an impact on the area and institutions that helped to mold the community. Among these institutions are an unusually high number of churches, including Methodist and African-American churches, Buddhist and Shinto temples, and congregations of Central and South Americans. Late in the twentieth century, J-town had a significant impact on a national redress movement for those interned.

HIST-052X-95: Topics in History of Transportation- "Rolling Thunder: Railroads into California" Units: 2 Instructor: Chatham Forbes Room: CHC Dates/Times: Lectures: Thursdays, 11/1, 11/15; 6:30 - 10:00 PM Field Studies: Saturdays 11/3 and 11/17. Course Description: The transforming technology of the nineteenth century was steam, and steam powered the railroad into the western wilderness, terminating in California. Over time, railroads became the dominant economic and political power in California and the West, and comparably powerful in the nation as a whole.

HIST-053X-95: Topics in California Political and Diplomatic History -Saving Marin County: the Politics of Wilderness - 2 units Instructor: Chatham Forbes Room: CHC Dates/Times: Lectures: Thursdays, 11/29, 12/6; 6:30 - 10:00 PM Field Studies: Saturdays, 12/1, 12/8 Course Description: Barely a mile across the Golden Gate from crowded San Francisco, pristine Marin County needed protection from major real estate developers when the Golden Gate Bridge opened in 1937. Influential citizen activists responded successfully to preserve the County's treasured wilderness areas.

Final Grade
You may access your final grades through the Star System [408-777-9394 or 650-917-0509], and on the Internet through the College's Portal system [].
Additional Information
Please see HistoryClass web site for complete information.
Testing / Grading
There will be 1 Sample Quiz/Exam (on American Promise Chapter 21) for 10 points.

There will be 5 QUIZZES (each on an American Promise chapter) worth 20 points each, for a total of 100 Quiz points.

There will be 3 EXAMS, worth 60 points each, for a total of 180 Exam points. Each Exam will cover only the reading and other course materials assigned for its portion and will not cover material previously covered by an exam; no Exam, including the Final exam is cumulative.

There is an ESSAY for 60 points based on the Martin Luther King & Malcolm X book.

There will be 4 Discussion Board Activities, worth a total 35 points.
Alternate Exams
Quizzes and exams are available for taking on HistoryClass up until their due dates but not afterward. Only one graded assignment will be allowed to be made up after it is due, so I strongly advise students NOT to delay taking a quiz or exam until just before its due.
Final course letter grades will be assigned on the basis of students' total points and overall performance relative to one another (ie, "on a curve").
Grades will be based on students' total points sums. Course letter grades will be assigned by students' performances relative to one another.
Assignments Schedule
All graded work is performed online on HistoryClass. See HistoryClass Weekly Assignments tab for complete information.

Sample Quiz/Exam on American Promise Chapter 21. I strongly recommended taking it by Sept. 30; it is due absolutely by October 18.

Quiz 1 (on American Promise Chapter 22) is Due on HistoryClass by Thursday, October 4; 11:55 PM.

Quiz 2 (on American Promise Chapter 23) is Due by Thursday, October 11; 11:55 PM.

EXAM 1 (both Multiple Choice & Essays sections, on American Promise Chapters 21-24), Due by Friday, October 19; 11:55 PM.

Quiz 3 (on American Promise Chapter 25) is Due by Thursday, October 25; 11:55 PM.

Discussion Board 1 Activity, Due by Wednesday, October 31; 11:55 PM.

Quiz 4 (on American Promise Chapter 26) is Due by Thursday, November 1; 11:55 PM.

EXAM 2, Parts I & II, Due by Friday November 9; 11:55 PM.

Discussion Board 2 Activity, Due by Wednesday, November 14; 11:55 PM.

Quiz 5 (on Chapter 25) is Due by Thursday, November 15; 11:55 PM.

Discussion Board 3 Activity, Due by Wednesday, November 21; 11:55 PM.

Discussion Board 4 Activity, Due by Wednesday, November 28; 11:55 PM.

ESSAY on Martin Luther King & Malcolm X Book, Due by Thursday, December 6; 11:55 PM.

EXAM 3 (NOT a cumulative Final Exam), Due by Friday, December 14; 11:55 PM.
Policy on Copying and Cheating:Students who submit the work of others as their own or cheat on exams or other assignments will receive a failing grade in the course and will be reported to college authorities.
De Anza College Bookstore Contact Information
Phone: 408-864-8455
Videostream Information
This course utilizes streaming video which can be accessed via the Catalyst system. Please view the Catalyst website at to login. Please note that you will be unable to login until the first day of class. Be sure you are using your correct username and password - do not use your social security number or international "99" number. If you need help logging in or finding your student ID, please view the short instructional video at: Additional instructions and assistance can be found on the Catalyst website.

Due to licensing restrictions video programs are not available for downloading.

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