Course Policies

Note for History Majors
The History Department requires majors to move through a sequence of courses that begins with History 301, is followed by History 302, and culminates in a senior seminar (History 499) that matches one of the areas of concentration they have chosen for the major. History 499 must be taken in the student’s last semester of work or after 18 units of upper-division work in the major. Those 18 units must include at least 6 units, that is, two courses, in the concentration of the History 499 being taken. Students in History 499 are required to assemble a portfolio that contains their work in their upper-division history courses. This portfolio is designed to enable students to show development in the major and mastery of key analytical, mechanical, and presentation skills. As part of this process, history majors (or prospective history majors) should save all work from upper-division history courses for eventual inclusion in this portfolio. For portfolio guidelines, see www.csulb.edu/history.  For questions and/or advising about the portfolio, contact  Dr. Igmen and/or Dr. Alkana. Students are also advised not to take upper division history courses before finishing History 301.

 Academic Honesty (Plagiarism or Cheating in any way): Cheating and plagiarism are serious offenses and will not be tolerated. They are violations of university regulations. All students will be held to a high standard of academic integrity, which is defined as “the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception.” Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarizing, fabricating of information or citations, facilitating acts of academic dishonesty by others, having unauthorized possession of examinations, submitting work of another person or work previously used without informing the instructor, or tampering with the academic work of other students.

The university defines plagiarism as “the act of using the ideas or work of another person or persons as if they were one’s own, without giving credit to the source… Acknowledgement of an original author or source must be made through appropriate references, i.e., quotation marks, footnotes, or commentary. Examples of plagiarism include, but are not limited to, the following: the submission of a work, either in part or in whole, completed by another; failure to give credit for ideas, statements, facts or conclusions with rightfully belong to another; in written work, failure to use quotation marks when quoting directly from another, whether it be a paragraph, a sentence, or even a part thereof; or close and lengthy paraphrasing of another’s writing or programming.” (http://www.csulb.edu/divisions/aa/catalog/2009-2010/academic_information/cheating_plagiarism.html)

All acts of academic dishonesty will be subject to disciplinary action. All written assignments for the course must be submitted electronically through Beach Board to Turnitin.com in order to ensure the authenticity of the presented written work. A single act of cheating or plagiarism by an undergraduate student will result in a failing grade on that assignment. A single act of cheating or plagiarism by a graduate student will result in a failing grade in the course, regardless of other graded course assignments. All plagiarism cases will be referred to the Office of Judicial Affairs and, depending on the severity of the case, further disciplinary actions may be taken, including suspension and expulsion, based on University policy. For more information, please see http://www.csulb.edu/divisions/aa/research/our/information/policies/cheating/

Policy on Attendance and Participation
This class will be taught in an atypical “flipped environment,” where the bulk of the class materials and content will be consumed by the student at “home.” Class time will be spent applying and understanding key concepts and content from the home readings.  In this class I will act a facilitator rather than a lecturer. Class time will thus be a mixture of explanation, discussion and hands on application of the key concepts from our readings and discussions.  Class Participation and attendance are mandatory.  Activities will assume knowledge of class videos and readings and will build on them, not reiterate them. Rather than simply receiving historical knowledge, you will produce it, within a highly structured classroom environment. To succeed in this joint endeavor, you will need to be organized and motivated, attend class regularly, and participate actively in discussions and class activities. As an analogy, this course is like a laboratory — not a lecture – course. The course materials in this class are difficult, but you must come to class prepared to discuss and engage in with the reading for the day.

Students are also expected to arrive at class meetings ON TIME and refrain from packing up early.  Further – and perhaps MOST IMPORTANTLY — students who miss more than two class sessions will have a full grade deduction in the final course grade.  Students who miss more than three classes will have a two-grade deduction in the final course grade.  Students missing more than four classes will receive a WU (Unauthorized Withdrawal) grade for the course.

An Introduction to the “Flipped” classroom.
The laboratory, hands on, aspect of this course, aligns its pedagogical strategies with the flipped philosophy. While not totally a flipped course, this primer may be of interest to students in this course. The basic concept behind a flipped classroom is that what was traditionally done in the classroom becomes homework and what was traditionally done at home (homework) is done in the classroom. This means during class time you will work on assignments, papers, and activities as well as participate in group discussions. The lecture portion of the class will be viewed at home by watching video lectures posted on Beachboard, assigned reading from the textbook and/or on-line articles and activities.

You will find the at home assignment for each week in the content page on Beachboard. Each week‘s learning module will contain the start and end date, brief overview of the lesson, a “To Do List” for the weeks assignments, learning outcomes for the lesson, video lectures and a rubric to assess the assignments. You should expect about 2-3 hours commitment to complete the weekly at home learning module.

Each student is expected to complete the learning module before coming to class. It is your responsibility to ask for help or clarity as needed to complete the assignment. The at home assignments will prepare you for the in class activities. I will NOT lecture on the homework assigned, instead during class time we will apply the concepts and lessons from the work completed at home. Therefore, in order to participate in the in-class assignments, you must complete your homework prior to the start of class time, which coincides with the week’s end date.

At home assignments will be either submitted online by the assigned time, or will be collected at the beginning of the class for credit toward the exercises, activities, response statements and textbook questions component of your grade. At home assignments will also be used to explore the assigned concepts in one of the following formats: group discussions, papers, and/or in-class application exercises. In order to earn credit for the in-class assignments (perspective essays, case studies, exercises, In class reflections and textbook questions) you must be prepared and present. Prepared means completing the at home assignments and seeking clarity as needed prior to the start of class. Detailed descriptions of they types of content and activities is listed below. Grading rubrics will be posted on Beachboard for your reference.

Examples of Course Content:

 Content (Consumed Before Class)
Readings are also an integral part of the course content. You are expected to read all assigned works and be prepared to actively discuss them in class. To this end, you’ll be required to answer weekly discussion questions about the readings or be asked to turn in your reading notes (see At-home Activities below).

At-home Activities (Before Class)
At-home activities will be posted in each before-class module. They serve as an essential bridge between class preparation and the in-class activity and serve as an indicator that students have completed the weekly content. In this class these acitivities will take the form of discussion questions, note taking, and sometimes brief quizzes. Any and all written responses will be submitted through Dropbox on Beachboard.  No late before-class work will be accepted.

In-Class Activities
In-class activities are our hands-on application of the ideas learned in the before-class instructional materials. Your role in this is critical. Students are no longer in a passive listening mode, as you would be in a lecture environment. Rather, you must be an active participant, taking notes and paying close attention to the materials. No make-ups for in-class activities will be possible without an excuse deemed acceptable according to University Policy.

After Class
For some modules, there may be additional after-class activities the complete the work for the week. This will vary and will be address in each individual module.

Technology Skills and Requirements
For this course, you should be comfortable with technology and have easy access to a computer and the Internet. Other technology skills needed to succeed in this course include:

Beachboard
Ensure you have an active, working account. You should familiarize yourself with how to upload files, access lectures, participate in discussions, and view videos as well as connect to hyperlinks. If you have technical difficulties you should seek assistance from the CSULB CSULB Technology Help Desk at http://web.csulb.edu/divisions/aa/academic_technology/thd/.

Tips for Success
Organization and communication will be the key to your success in this course. You should be fully prepared to have your work done according to our course schedule. Any questions should be asked in a timely fashion of either your peers or myself. If you stay on top of your coursework and come prepared to class you should do well. Do not hesitate to ask any questions you may have at any point in the course. Email it best for reaching me as in-class time will be dedicated to projects and activities.

Student Conduct:
Students must conduct themselves so others will not be distracted from the pursuit of learning. This means students must treat each other as well as the instructor with proper respect. No reading of outside materials in class, no headphones. Given the digital nature of this class the use of all electronic devices is both required and encouraged, but they should be used for class based work only. Texting, social media or surfing the web for personal information will not be tolerated and will result in your being asked to leave, thus losing valuable participation points for the day. Students will also be disciplined for conduct which constitutes a hazard to the health, safety, or well being of members of the college community or which is deemed detrimental to the college’s interest.

Make-up Examinations:
Projects and papers are due on the date and time scheduled. No make-up dates will be allowed unless the instructor feels the absence at the time was justified. If the absence was unavoidable or otherwise justified, the student and instructor will coordinate for a new due date.

Policy on Withdrawals:
University policy on withdrawals applies.  Please refer to the current California State University, Long Beach Catalog of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies for more detailed guidelines. Remember, To ensure that students make timely progress toward their degrees, CSULB will begin limiting the number of times that students can withdraw from or repeat courses, based on maximums established by the CSU Chancellor’s Office. Effective Fall 2009 undergraduates will be limited to 16 units of withdrawals and 28 units of repeats of which a maximum of 16 may be for grade forgiveness (first attempt does not count toward the GPA).  Courses repeated or withdrawn from prior to Fall 2009 will not count toward these limits. Only courses attempted at CSULB count toward the limits.  Do yourself a favor and be sure to follow these policies carefully as failure to follow these policies may result in a grade of F for the course.

NEW POLICY ON THE FLU
According to NEW University Policy: “Because of an anticipated increase in seasonal and H1N1 flu, any student who has influenza-like illness should stay home until 24 hours after fever is gone. Absent students should notify instructors prior to each missed class by email or telephone. As much as possible, instructors will accommodate students who are absent due to influenza-like illness, but it may not always be possible to make up work missed. In considering students’ requests to withdraw from courses, flu illness will be considered a “serious and compelling reason.” More information about influenza is available by following the “Medical Advisory, Flu information” link on the university home page, www.csulb.edu.”

Policy on reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities
Students with disabilities who need reasonable modifications, special assistance, or accommodations in this course should promptly direct their request to the course instructor.  If a student with a disability feels that modifications, special assistance, or accommodations offered are inappropriate or insufficient, s/he should seek the assistance of the Director of Disabled Student Services on campus located in Brotman Hall (BH-270, 562-985-5401).

Having read this syllabus, you agree to all its contents and are now bound by said content. In other words, by reading the syllabus you acknowledge that you understand and agree to abide by all the rules of this class and you agree to meet all the above requirements to the best of your ability.