Instructor: Dr. Pamela E. Mack, Department of History
Contact information: Email:
try to respond to emails within 24 hours on class days)
preferred form of address: Prof. Mack or Dr. Mack
History Department phone number for phone messages: 864-656-3153
|CT2 Learning Outcomes||Learning Outcomes for this Class|
|These are essential critical thinking skills...||...and this is how we “do” them in
Discussion board questions
(db) will be posted at least a week before they are due.
These will be critical thinking exercises either to reflect on
the material covered in class or to start you off on the
analysis for your argument paper.
Your participation in this system will be graded on a scale of 10, but in every case you must write at least 250 words long (we will not grade shorter ones). To get an 9 or 10 you need to say something worthwhile about the question. Your response should be organized and clearly written and should bring new information to the discussion. Some of that new information can be personal experience, but some must be from the reading or film or lecture assigned. You may use outside sources as well if you wish, but they must be cited. There will be 11 discussions and I will drop the lowest grade. You will get only one grade per topic, but if you write more than one post on a topic all your posts will be taken into account in deciding your grade for the topic. Posts after the deadline for that topic will receive no credit.Two tests will be given during regular class meetings. The final exam will be held at the regularly scheduled time. Both the in-class tests and the final will be essay tests and open books and notes will be permitted. You may use web pages, but be careful to avoid plagiarism and be aware that the test will still take place even if the internet is down at test time. Tests may be written either on your laptop or on paper. On the in-class tests you will do a few short answer questions and then write one essay of 600 to 1200 words from a choice of two questions. On the final exam you will write two such essays, one based on the third book and one cumulative. There is advice on taking this kind of test at: http://pammack.sites.clemson.edu/essayexams.html and instructions for online tests at: http://pammack.sites.clemson.edu/lec122sts/onlinetests.htm. Makeup exams will be available only for students who have excused absences. In other cases there will be a mechanism to get partial credit. The tests, the argument paper, and the final exam will be handed in via Canvas and screened by the Turnitin plagiarism detection system. (This system does keep a copy of your paper--if you have a problem with that please speak to the professor.) These assignments should be handed in as uploads--write your essay in your word processor and upload it on the appropriate assignment page. The argument paper will consist of a paper of about 4-6 double spaced pages on an assigned topic that will ask you to analyze the impact of some technology on society. You must consider its different impact on different parts of society--whom did it hurt and whom did it help? Topic assignments will be posted at Argument paper assignment. The higher grades will go to papers that exhibit critical thinking, an analytical framework, specific evidence, the ability to inform and communicate, sound organization, and a concise and coherent argument that answers the specific question assigned. In this paper the premium will go to those that make a persuasive argument. Papers will be handed in via Canvas and screened by the Turnitin plagiarism detection system. (This system does keep a copy of your paper--if you have a problem with that please speak to the professor.) Late papers will be penalized two points if later than 11 am and an additional 2 points for each calendar day late. Very late papers will be penalized no lower than a 65 if the paper merits at least a 75.
It is cheating to cut and paste or otherwise copy portions
of a argument paper, exam, or discussion board posting from a
book, web site, or from the online class notes, unless you quote
and give the source. Changing a few words is not sufficient to
make the material your own. It is poor writing for more than
about 20% of your paper to consist of quotes. In most cases when you
use specific material from any source you should paraphrase:
cite the source and put the
ideas into you own words (generally no more than 5
consecutive words should match the source but if the words are
mostly the same it could still be plagiarism even if there
aren't 5 consecutive words).
Education: This course meets the Social
Science and STS general education requirements, and your
argument paper is the artifact that demonstrates that. The
|Eric Hobsbawm, Industry and Empire: The
Birth of the Industrial Revolution
(make sure to get the 1999 edition, not the 1968 edition)
|John H. Lienhard, Inventing Modern: Growing Up with X-rays, Skyscrapers, and Tailfins||David E. Nye, Technology Matters : Questions to Live With|
II. Class Schedule for Hist 1220:
due by 11 am
and Critical Thinking
before the Industrial Revolution
(quiz 1 posted after class)
||Hobsbawm 3||The Industrial Revolution||quiz 1 (intro-2) due by
||Hobsbawm 4||Human Results||db1
||Hobsbawm 6||Second Phase of Industrialization||quiz 2 (3-5)
||Hobsbawm 10 & conclusion||The Land|
||Hobsbawm 7 optional||The Spread of the Industrial Revolution||quiz 3 (6, 8)
||Lienhard preface & 1||Manifest
||Short Lived Technologies||db4
||Lienhard 4||Genius||quiz 4 (1-3)
|| Lienhard 7
||quiz 5 (4-6)
No class--Prof. Mack away at a
conference--but quiz is still due
||quiz 6 (7-9)
Boy's Life, Radio
||Lienhard 13||Invention||quiz 7 (10-12)|
||Lienhard 16||After Modern||quiz 8 (13-15)|
|| In-Class Test
||Nye ch. 1||Defining Technology||
|| Fall Break
||Nye ch. 2 & 3||The
argument against determinism and Can
Technology be predicted?
||Nye 4||Historical theory||quiz 9 (1-3)|
||Nye ch. 5||Freedom||db10|
||Nye ch. 6||Technology and the environment||
||Nye ch. 7||Work||quiz 10 (4-6)|
||Nye ch. 8||Who selects technologies?||Argument paper due|
||Nye ch. 9||Risk||
||Nye ch. 10||Knowledge|
|optional conference and
Makeup DB: https://www.clemson.edu/caah/sites/lincoln-conference/program/index.html
||Nye ch. 11||Choosing
||quiz 11 (7-10)|
||Online reading part 1 and 2||The Development of the Computer||db 11
and the future
||Final Exam 8
am Hardin 100
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dynamic community. Students with disabilities or temporary
injuries/conditions may require accommodations due to barriers
in the structure of facilities, course design, technology used
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professor know, and make an appointment to meet with a staff
member in Student Accessibility Services as soon as possible.
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All materials found in this course are strictly
for the use of students enrolled in this course and for purposes
associated with this course; they may not be retained or further
disseminated. Clemson students, faculty, and staff are expected
to comply fully with institutional copyright policy as well as
all other copyright laws.
Appropriate online academic conduct means
maintaining a safe learning environment based on mutual respect
and civility. All participants in Clemson courses are expected
to behave professionally by adhering to these standards of
Online communication that fails to meet these
standards of conduct will be removed from the course. Repeated
misconduct may result in being blocked from online discussions,
receiving a grade penalty, or being dismissed from the course.
Such misconduct in the online environment may also be reported
to officials for appropriate action in accordance with
University policy. If you ever encounter inappropriate content
in our course, please contact me with your concerns.
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have inherited Thomas Green Clemson's vision of this institution
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a mutual commitment to truthfulness, honor, and responsibility,
without which we cannot earn the trust and respect of others.
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the value of a Clemson degree. Therefore, we shall not tolerate
lying, cheating, or stealing in any form.
A simple definition of plagiarism is when someone presents another person's words, visuals, or ideas as his or her own. See the first section of the syllabus for specifics on how this is defined in this course. The instructor will deal with plagiarism on a case-by-case basis. I will use, at my discretion, the Plagiarism Resolution Form. All infractions of academic dishonesty will be reported to Undergraduate Studies for resolution through that office.
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