History 1220-001:
History, Technology, and Society
Spring 2015
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Instructor: Dr. Pamela E. Mack

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Student Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course students should be able to:
This adds up to 110 points.  I will automatically drop the quizzes, the discussion board, or the connection assignments, whichever is lowest. You must take the quizzes (though you can then drop your results if you wish), but you may if you wish simply skip either the discussion board or the participation credits.  However, your grade will benefit if you do all the assignments and drop the one you did worst on.  If you do all the assignments another alternative is that you  may, by request, count all three 10 point assignments and reduce the value of some other assignment by 10 points, for example, your argument paper could count 15% instead of 25%.  Note that because of the complications of this system Blackboard will not correctly calculate your grade; you will need to use the system explained above to do your own calculation on the basis that the professor will use at the end of the semester.

In this course numerical grades out of 100 will be converted to final letter grades by the system 90-100=A, 80-89=B, 70-79=C, 60-69=D, below 60=F.  

The attendance policy for this course is as follows: 6 (changed from 5 because of weather issues) absences allowed without penalty, 2 points off the final grade in the course for each additional absence.  Excuses will be accepted only for major problems; students are expected to use their allowed absences wisely to cover special activities, minor illnesses, and car problems. When an excused absence is requested the absence must be documented and beyond the student's control.  Lateness will be dealt with in the following way: no penalty for up to five minutes, one half absence after 5 minutes. Please speak to the professor or the teaching assistant taking attendance in advance if you must leave early--if you leave early without doing so you will be penalized half an absence.  If the professor or a substitute does not arrive within 10 minutes of the scheduled starting time of the class students may leave.

Fairly detailed lecture notes for this class are posted on the web (access them by clicking on the lecture title in the schedule below).  Hopefully, you will find that this allows you to listen and think about the material presented in class rather than struggling to write down the details.  However, think about whether you are a person who doesn't remember something unless you write it down; you may decide that you need to take detailed notes yourself rather than simply annotate the notes posted on the web.   When you are listening to lectures concentrate on the ideas and connections presented; this course is not about learning a set of facts but about learning how to analyze the connection between technology and society.

Top Hat classroom response system:  We will be using the Top Hat (www.tophat.com) classroom response system in class for surveys and student questions. You will be able to submit answers to in-class  questions using Apple or Android smartphones and tablets, laptops, or through text.  Grading is based on approximately 50 questions posted during the semester: 5 points for answering at least 45  questions, 4 points for 40-44, 3 points for 35-39, 2 points for 25-34, 1 point for 10-24.  Questions asked in the discussion area count in your total, so if you answer 38 questions but also posted two discussion questions your score would be 40 for 4 points out of 5 on the 5% of your grade from Top Hat.  Note that before you register for a Top Hat account you will be able to answer questions but you will not get points for those answers.

You can visit tinyurl.com/TopHatStudentGuide for the Student Quick Start Guide which outlines how you will register for a Top Hat account, as well as providing a brief overview to get you up and running on the system.  An email invitation will also be sent to your email account (if you don't receive this email, you can register by visiting our course website https://app.tophat.com/e/176730).  Top Hat will require a subscription.  There are two options to choose from:

If you need to purchase a subscription card at the bookstore instead of online please email the professor (unfortunately the price will be higher).  If you already have a clicker you can get a discount: contact support@tophat.com before purchasing a Top Hat subscription.  Send a picture of your clicker (with the serial number visible) as well as your name and course information. Once our support representative can confirm the clicker hasn't been previously submitted, they will issue a $10 coupon that you can apply at checkout.

Quizzes will be multiple choice tests based on the reading.  They will be posted on Blackboard Wednesdays at the end of class and are due before class (by 11 am) on Fridays.   Quizzes are found by going into Blackboard and clicking on assignments and then on quizzes.  Quizzes will be 10 questions each.  I want you to have plenty of time but I do want people to do the reading before taking the quiz, so you have one hour to do the quiz (which should take most people about 10 minutes).  Your grade will be lowered if you go over one hour. Your lowest quiz grade will be dropped if you do all 11.

Blackboard discussion questions (bb) will be posted approximately every two weeks on the Blackboard learning system.  You must go to the discussion board for your group to find the questions (you will be assigned to one of four groups during the first full week of classes--if you added late please email the professor to get in a group). This assignment is rather like the journals some other courses assign.   The goal of the Blackboard discussion is to allow more discussion of the reading and the lectures than is possible in class. You will not be able to see other responses until after you post your own.  I will place a new discussion topic on the system roughly every other week. Messages posted after the closing deadline (usually 11 am on Mondays) for that topic will get a zero.  You find the discussion board by clicking on Groups-discussion, then on the group that appears, then on the question you want to answer, then on create thread (please do not create new forums).  Write or paste your message directly in the text box in Blackboard.

Your participation in this system will be graded on the basis both of quality and quantity. Contributions to the internet discussion should be thoughtful comments on the reading and/or the professor's notes, at least 300 words (we will not grade ones that are shorter).  They must be your own work--cutting and pasting from other sources is cheating.  To get an A you need to say something new and worthwhile about the question (not just repeat what other students have said).  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 should be from outside sources, which should be cited.  Blackboard discussion grades will available on Blackboard before the middle of the term so that you can see how you are doing. Your grade for the Blackboard discussion board will be the average of your 5 highest grades for individual topics out of 6 topics posted.  You will get only one grade per forum, but if you write additional posts in the same forum they will be considered in your grade for that forum.  Your lowest grade will be dropped if you do all 6.

Connection assignments:  Connection assignment opportunities will be listed in the assignments section of Blackboard under connection assignments.  These will be lectures you can attend and movies you can view (you are on your own to obtain the movies).  In either case, you will turn in a write-up or critique of the lecture you attended or the film you viewed in order to get credit.  If you hear of lectures that might be suitable, send the professor an email with the information and I will consider adding them to the list.  The topics are found on Blackboard under assignments and then connection assignments.  Please paste your writeup into the box rather than submitting it as an attachment (that saves me several steps in grading them).  Each connection assignment is worth two points and the maximum grade you can earn is 10 points, so most students will do five, out of at least 10 choices.  The assignments are divided into three sets with different due dates.  Any given assignment must be done by the due date listed in that assignment, but you have free choice which ones you do.

Two tests will be given during regular class meetings.  The final exam will be held at the scheduled exam time in the usual classroom. 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 write one essay of 600 to 1000 words from a choice of two questions; on the final you will write two such essays.  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.  On the first test only a rewrite option will be available; see instructions at http://pammack.sites.clemson.edu/lec122sts/rewrite.htmlOn the final exam you will write two essays, one based on the third book and one cumulative.  The tests, the argument paper, and the final exam will be handed in via Blackboard 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.)   For these longer assignments, write your essays in Word (or in some other wordprocessor and save in Richtext form) and submit in Blackboard as an attachment.  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.

The argument paper will consist of a paper of about 4-6 double spaced pages that will take a stand on a controversial aspect of the relationship between technology and society. Topic assignments will be posted at Argument paper assignment . The higher grades will go to papers that exhibit logical 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 Blackboard 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.) Write your essays in Word (or in some other wordprocessor and save in Richtext form) and submit in Blackboard as an attachment. Late papers will be penalized two points if turned in after 11 am and an additional two 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. 

Accommodations: The instructor is happy to honor disability letters.  Students with disabilities requesting accommodations should make an appointment with Dr. Arlene Stewart, Director of Disability Services, to discuss specific needs within the first month of classes.  Disability letters are available both for learning disabilities that require accommodations and for chronic illnesses that may cause absences from class. Students should present a Faculty Accommodation Letter from Student Disability Services when they meet with instructors. Student Disability Services is located in Suite 239 Academic Success Building (656-6848; sds-l@clemson.edu). Please be aware that accommodations are not retroactive and new Faculty Accommodation Letters must be presented each semester.

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Academic Integrity:  As members of the Clemson University community, we have inherited Thomas Green Clemson's vision of this institution as a "high seminary of learning."  Fundamental to this vision is a mutual commitment to truthfulness, honor, and responsibility, without which we cannot earn the trust and respect of others.  Furthermore, we recognize that academic dishonesty detracts from the value of a Clemson degree.  Therefore, we shall not tolerate lying, cheating, or stealing in any form.

This includes representing someone else's work as your own or handing in the same paper to two different courses without permission of the instructors.  Be careful to avoid plagiarism--text you take from a web site, from a book, or from the online class notes must be either quoted with the source given or restated almost entirely in your own words, with the source given.  The catalog defines as one form of academic dishonesty: "Plagiarism, which includes the intentional or unintentional copying of language, structure, or ideas of another and attributing the work to one’s own efforts."  Note the word unintentional--if you forget to put quote marks or a reference you can be found guilty of academic dishonesty even if it was not your intention to cheat.

It is cheating to cut and paste or otherwise copy portions of an argument paper, exam, or discussion board posting from a book, web site, or from the online class notes, even if you change a few words, unless you quote and give the source.  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 your 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).

The catalog states: "When, in the opinion of a course instructor, there is evidence that a student has committed an act of academic dishonesty, that person must make a formal written charge of academic dishonesty, including a description of the misconduct, to the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies. The reporting person may, at his/her discretion, inform each involved student privately of the nature of the alleged charge. In cases of plagiarism instructors may use, as an option, the Plagiarism Resolution Form available from the Office of Undergraduate Studies."

Laptops and Cell Phones: Unlike many history courses, the use of laptops is encouraged in this course.  However, because this is a large freshman level course, that use is subject to rules to prevent distraction for other students and to keep a positive learning atmosphere (research has shown that multitasking interferes seriously with cognitive abilities). 

General Education: This course meets the Social Science and STS general education requirements, and your argument paper will serve as your STS and Social Science artifact.  The competencies are:

Required Books: Reading should be done by the class day for which an assignment is listed.  Three books are required:
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

This syllabus is a contract between the professor and the students.  Please study it carefully, as you are expected to follow the rules and do the assignments contained in the syllabus even if the professor doesn't remind you.  The professor reserves the right to make changes in special circumstances, but will discuss any changes with the students.

Class Schedule:
in class
work due by 11 am
Jan. 7
Course structure

Jan. 9
Hobsbawm preface
What is Technology?

Jan. 12
Hobsbawm intro-1 Medieval Technology

Jan. 14
Hobsbawm 2 Origins
Jan. 16
Hobsbawm 3 The Industrial Revolution
quiz 1 (intro-2) due by 11 am
Jan. 19

Martin Luther King holiday
Jan. 21
Hobsbawm 4 Human Results bb1 due by 11 am
Jan. 23
Hobsbawm 5 Agriculture quiz 2 (3-5) due 11 am
Jan. 23
Optional CA assignment
Panel discussion on Ferguson 3:30 pm Lee Hall Auditorium

Jan. 26
Hobsbawm 6 Second Phase of Industrialization
Jan. 28
Hobsbawm 8
Standard of Living bb2
Jan. 29
Optional CA assignment
Lecture by Eric Langenbacher on the fall of the Berlin Wall, 6 pm Hardin 100

Jan. 30
Hobsbawm 10 & conclusion
The Land quiz 3 (6,8)
Feb. 2

Feb. 4

In-class Test
Feb. 6

The Spread of the Industrial Revolution
Feb. 9
Lienhard  1 Manifest Destiny

Feb. 11
Lienhard 2
Short Lived Technologies first set of CAs due
Feb. 13
Lienhard 3
Forces Totally New
quiz 4 (1-3)
Feb. 16
Lienhard 4 Genius  Film will be shown in class--no laptops or other devices allowed bb3
Feb. 18
Lienhard 5 Core and Fringe

Feb. 20
Lienhard 6
High Rises
quiz 5 (4-6), optional exam rewrite
Feb. 23
Lienhard 7
The City

Feb. 25
Lienhard 8

Feb. 27
Lienhard 9
On the Road
quiz 6 (7-9)
Mar. 2
Lienhard 10-11
Mar. 4
Lienhard 12
A Boy's Life, Radio
Argument paper due
Mar. 6
Lienhard 13
Invention, please bring laptops
quiz 7 (10-12)
Mar. 9
Lienhard 14
Mar. 11
Lienard 15
Mar. 11
Optional CA assignment
Lecture by Sheryll Cashin on "Place, not Race," 5 pm

Mar. 13

Class will not meet; film assignment: Day After Trinity documentary; quiz is due as usual
quiz 8 (13-15)
Mar. 16-20

Spring Break

Mar. 23
Lienard 16 After Modern, review
Mar. 25

In-Class Test
Mar. 27
Nye ch. 1 Nye 1 second set of CAs due
Mar. 30
 Nye ch. 2 Nye 2
Apr. 1
Nye ch. 3 Nye 3 bb5
Apr. 3
Nye ch. 4 Nye 4 quiz 9 (1-4)
Apr. 6
Nye ch. 5 Nye 5
Apr. 6
Optional CA assignment Lecture: Michael Meng "Why Do We Study History,"
6:30 pm
Academic Success Center 118

Apr. 8
Nye ch. 6 Nye 6
Apr. 9
Optional CA assignment
Lecture: Sven Beckert, "Empire of Cotton: The Global Origins of Modern
Capitalism" 5 pm Academic Success Center

Apr. 10
Nye ch. 7 Nye 7 quiz 10 (5-7)
Apr. 13
Nye ch. 8 Nye 8
Apr. 15
Nye ch. 9 Nye 9 bb6
Apr 17
Nye ch. 10 Nye 10 quiz 11 (8-10)
Apr. 20
Nye ch. 11 Nye 11
Apr. 22
Online reading part 1 and 2 The Digital Age, student evaluation of instructors

Apr. 24

last set of CAs due
Apr. 28

Final Exam 8:00-10:30 am Hardin 100

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