Fall 2011 TR 11:00-12:15, Library 216
5 hrs per week- 2.5 hrs in class; 2.5, out
Daily: Monitor Blackboard and your BSU e-mail account
Daily -Oral: Bring a comment or question re your reading to class
Prof. Jean Stonehouse
Don’t hesitate to stop by, call, or write
Room #220 Tillinghast Hall; Also MSCA Office 91
Mailbox: History Office, Room 233, Tillinghast Hall, Second Floor.
Office 508.531.2415 MSCA Office 508.531.2271
History Office 508.531.1388 FAX 508.531.6167
E-MAIL (strongly preferred and constantly monitored): email@example.com
No appointment needed
Unfortunately I sometimes need to cancel due schedule conflicts -- usually on Monday
Monday, Wednesday 10:30 – 12:00 Room 220, Tillinghast Hall
Tuesday 10:30 – 12:00 – At the MSCA Office, 91 Burrill Avenue. It’s the small gray building opposite Moakley Center.
Course Objectives – Content
Students will understand:
History as a scholarly discipline
· How historians learn about the past.
How we use primary, secondary, and tertiary sources.
How scholarly and popular articles and books differ.
Historiography: how and why scholarly interpretation of history
changes over time.
· The following topics related to the history of the colonies of Plimoth and Massachusetts Bay and the Province of Massachusetts Bay.
Religious, political and economic background to New England colonization
William Bradford’s Of Plimoth Plantation
The Pilgrims in England
The Pilgrims in Holland
The Decision to Leave Holland
Saints and Strangers
The Mayflower Compact
Selection of a site
Relationship with Native American
Treaty with Massasoit
Social and political history
End of Common Cause and Condition
Relationship with Quakers
King Philip’s War
Dominion of New England
Reaction to English Revolution 1688-9
Annexed to Massachusetts 1691
Dorcester Fishing Company
New England Company
John Winthrop’s History of New England
Religious and political difficulties in England
The charter of the Massachusetts Bay Company
The Cambridge Agreement
“The Model of Christian Charity”
Relationship to England
Anne Hutchinson and Mary Dyer
Hingham Militia Controversy
Winthrop’s Comments 1645
King Philip’s War
Loss of the Charter
Dominion of New England
Essex County Witchcraft Crisis
Reaction to English Revolution 1688-89
Charter 1691 – Creation of the Province of Massachusetts Bay
The Land Bank
Course Objectives – Skills
No college can teach you everything you need to know to succeed in life and at work; but every college should try to give you the skills they need to teach themselves what they need or want to know. We will work on:
· Reading carefully and critically
· Analyzing primary and secondary sources
· Academic writing
· Speaking through contributions to class discussions.
We will not use a traditional textbook.
Instead, think of the materials posted under “Required Reading” on the course Blackboard site as your textbook.
Check more than once as items may change.
For some reading items you will need a Boston Public Library E-Card.
Arrive on time and don’t leave early without telling me the reason before class
Expect to hear opinions you don’t like; treat the ideas and the speaker with respect; keep an open mind
· Eating and drinking: snacks and non-alcoholic beverages are OK so long as they don’t create a distraction
· No private conversations
Cell Phones: Please turn them off unless you need to keep them on for some compelling reason, for example maintaining contact with your children or anyone else for whom you are responsible or taking calls from medical offices. If you must answer, leave quietly to take the call and return when finished. Obviously, social conversations should wait for another time. The same rules apply to text-messaging. Do not use your phones or any other medium to take photographs or record video during class.
Computers: Your computers -- whatever sort-- are welcome for note-taking, and they will sometimes be useful for class purposes. Using them during class time for anything else is discourteous, disruptive, and unacceptable.
Academic Honesty: Everything you submit in fulfillment of course requirements must be your own work. When you use other people’s ideas and texts you must document appropriately. See UW’s statement on “Academic Honesty: Cheating and Plagiarism.”
At the top of each paper
Write the following sentence:
“I certify that I wrote this paper myself; that all quoted material appears inside quote marks with proper attribution in footnotes or endnotes and that I have identified the source of the other materials that I used in the footnotes or endnotes when
Type your name – I’ll think of it as a signature.
Also, explain what help you got for the paper: legitimate help includes having others read and suggest revisions; getting advice from a reference librarian or from the staff of the College Writing Studio; and having someone proofread for you.
Requirements, Assignments and Grading
Communication: Monitor the course "Blackboard site" and your Bridgewater State University e-mail account. I won't open e-mails unless they identify the sender by name.
One Minute Papers: You will have a short time at the end of each class to compose a “One Minute Paper.” These anonymous papers may comment on something discussed in class, contribute insights based on your knowledge, ask for clarifications or information, and/or comment on anything related to the course. One request: don’t ask for information that you could find with a simple computer search. I expect to get a paper every day from every student.
Submitting Assignments – see my “Guidelines for Papers” on Blackboard:
Send Microsoft WORD documents – not Microsoft Works and not Wordperfect. If you use “cloud computing” make sure that I don’t need an account with your provider to access the file.
Send via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The subject line of your e-mail must read: Your last name HIST 440 Topic. For example: Jones HIST 449 Reading Report. The attached file should be named exactly the same way: Your last name HIST 440 Topic – as above.
Submit papers before 4:00 p.m. on the due-date. Papers are “on time” if I have them available on the following Sunday. I will not provide alternative assignments.
Make a copy of each paper before you submit it and save it until you have received your graded copy. Keep a copy of each graded papers until you receive your course grade. Have them available in case I need to see them to check my records.
Reading Reports – 15 points each
These reports are based on the material posted on Blackboard and are meant to be similar to a reading “journal.”
Always begin with an Academic Honesty Statement.
For each item separately write two paragraphs that identifies the most important, historically relevant idea or ideas that you found in it. In the second paragraph, record your response to it and/or a discuss the questions it brings to mind? What do you think about the ideas or information you found? How does it compare it to what you found in other documents?
For the first report due March 3rd, choose 4 major items from the Blackboard “Required Reading” items related to Plymouth
For the Second Report due April 7th, choose 4 major items from the Blackboard “Required Reading items related to Massachusets.
For each report choose items that are significantly different from one another, that is from different eras or topics.
Book Review – 15 points
Due February 10
· Length: 4 pages.
· Select a recent scholarly book-- related to the history of Plymouth and/or Massachusetts 1620-1800 --for which a review is available in The William and Mary Quarterly, The New England Quarterly, The Journal of American History, or The New York Review of Books.
· Begin your paper with an Academic Honesty Statement
1. the author and his/her qualifications;
2. the author’s argument;
3. the most significant primary source evidence presented in support of the author’s argument;
4. the relationship between this author’s work and that of other scholars;
5. your assessment.
· Include the following information from a book review found in one of the journals listed above:
1. information about the review author and his/her qualifications;
2. the review author’s general assessment of the book;
3. the review author’s discussion of the relationship between the work of your author and other scholars (if available).
4. The review author’s suggestions regarding further study of this topic (if available).
Analysis paper – 25 points
Due April 21
· Lenghth: 6 pages
· Sources needed: at least 3 major primary sources; 5 scholarly secondary sources.
· Selecte a suitably limited topic related to the history of Plymouth and/or Massachusetts, 1620-1800.
· Begin your paper with an Academic Honesty Statement.
1. How you selected the topic;
2. How you researched the topic including how you developed the question you used to guide your research;
3. How you selected your primary and secondary sources;
4. What you learned about the topic that you hadn’t known before;
5. How you would answer your research question.
6. How you would explain the significance of your work to a fellow student.
I do not use the “Blackboard Grade book.”
Late papers go to the end of grading pile.
First Reading Report
Second Reading Report
Exams: We will have a mid-term and a final exam. About a week before the exam, I’ll post a study-guide outlining the material covered and the type of essay items used (identification, short response, full essay). I’ll also include instructions for doing the exams on Blackboard. Dates: Midterm during our regular class time on March 15. Final: May 10, 11:00-1:00
As a student in a Massachusetts resident or as a student in a Massachusetts university school, you are eligible for a Boston Public Library “eCard,” and you will need one for this course. To apply for the eCard:
In the light blue section at the top of the page click on “My Account.”
Look for and use the small button labeled, “Get a BPL
eCard.” It’s located below the “sign in” boxes.
Fill out the form on the page that the button opens. Below that, read the conditions and click “I accept.”
Last Modified: October 9, 2012