History 360

HIST 360
Colonial America

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HIST 360
Colonial America
Three hours lecture: (3)

Prerequisite: Three hours of History at the 100 level.
Study of Native American societies before contact, as well as an analysis of the establishment and development of English colonies in the New World before 1750.

Detailed Description of Content of Course
The topics included are intended to give students a broad background of understanding concerning the foundations of American society. Political, economic, social, religious and other topics provide a variety of looks at all aspects of colonial life and society based on the latest interpretation of the historical community.

Topics for the course include the following:
•    The Background for English Exploration and Colonization
•    The Native American
•    The Settlement of Virginia and Maryland
•    The Settlement of New England
•    The Settlement of the Middle Colonies
•    The Settlement of South Carolina
•    Colonial Relations with England in the Seventeenth Century
•    The Colonies in Transition
•    Colonial labor institutions: Indentured Servitude and Slavery
•    Colonial Politics
•    The Frontier and Immigration
•    The Colonial Economy
•    Colonial Society
•    Women in Colonial America
•    Colonial Religion
•    Colonial Culture
•    The Enlightenment in America
•    The Colonial Wars

Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

This course combines a variety of strategies to investigate the early history of America. Lectures provide a synthesis of recent historical studies of the period. The term paper required student analysis, organization and interpretive development. The readings provide essential background information and require substantial analysis and evaluation. Book reviews and article summaries also demand the use of critical thinking skills, organizational structuring, summarizing abilities and writing development.

Goals and Objectives of the Course

Students will understand the reasons and process of colonization in English North America.

Students will understand the culture, society, race relations, and politics of each colonial region.

Students will practice thinking critically and analytically about historical issues, acquire a broader knowledge and deeper understanding of pertinent historical events and processes, and cultivate a familiarity with the concepts of historical argument and interpretation.

Students will develop disciplinary research skills by designing strategies to locate and analyze primary and secondary source evidence, processing and organizing the resultant data, and composing proper citation and bibliographical entries.

Students will apply their critical thinking, research, and compositional skills to the creation and presentation of thesis driven essays that discuss, for example, historical social, economic, political, and/or cultural developments and that address issues such as the causes and consequences of historical change and continuity.

Assessment Measures

Knowledge and understanding of the material covered in this course will be measured using an array of assessment tools that may include, among other things, class attendance and participation, written examinations, formal writing assignments of various types, and informal writing assignments. All exercises are designed to expand the student's ability to evaluate historical events and to develop his or her ability to compose persuasive arguments.

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Review and Approval
October 2010 Reviewed and Approved by Sharon Roger Hepburn