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HISTORY 4170-001
History and Tourism
Spring 2020

Instructors: Prof. Pamela E. Mack and Prof. Joshua Catalano
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COURSE DESCRIPTION: This  both a history of tourism in the United States and an analysis of heritage tourism. How have historical sites as tourist attractions changed over time? What is their significance to communities? What debates are shaping their future?

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES: By the end of the course students should be able to:

COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Analyzing and drawing conclusions from the reading will be central to the course, so it is essential that you do the reading and come prepared to discuss it in class. Attendance will be taken by seating chart and five absences will be allowed without penalty. Note that this is a different system than Canvas's absence percentage so Canvas will show your number of unexcused absences but will not incorporate the penalty into your grade (the professor will do that at the end of the semester). Absences will be excused only for official university-sponsored activities (where you are given an excuse letter), significant illness or personal or family problems, job interviews, and all absences specifically allowed in a disability letter. You are expected to use your allowed unexcused absences wisely to cover special activities, minor illnesses, travel plans, and car problems. When an excused absence is requested the absence must be discussed with the professor and/or documented.  Notifying the professor of your absence with the absence notification form or through Canvas is not sufficient documentation to excuse an absence--please meet with the professor or email or show documentation. 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 if you must leave early--if you leave early without explanation you will be penalized half an absence.

If you have an official university excuse letter for the national championship game (band, traveling with the team...) whatever absences are covered by that letter are excused. Otherwise that is an appropriate use of one of your five allowed unexcused absences

A numerical grade 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.   On papers and essays, grades above 95 out of 100 are rarely given except for unusually fine work.


PAPERS: Papers uploaded to Canvas by the beginning of class are on time.  Papers handed in later that day get a 2 point penalty for lateness.  Each calendar day after that is an additional 2 point penalty for lateness.

ACCOMODATIONS: The instructors are happy to honor disability letters.  Students with disabilities requesting accommodations should make an appointment with Dr. Margaret Camp (656-6848), Director of Disability Services, to discuss specific needs within the first month of classes. Students should present a Faculty Accommodation Letter from Student Disability Services when they meet with instructors. Accommodations are not retroactive and new Faculty Accommodation Letters must be presented each semester.

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.  Note that 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 a 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 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).

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:  You are welcome to bring technology to the classroom as long as you can handle it responsibly and respectfully.  Use of laptops, tablets and cell phones during class for purposes not related to this course is disrespectful to the instructor and distracting to other students.  Do not carry on conversations—either out loud or in electronic form—or do work for another class or play games in class.  You may use your devices to take notes during class or to look up further information on a topic being discussed.  Students using their devices during class may be called on to share what they are learning with the rest of the class.

TEXTS: Four required books are available in the bookstore:

William Irwin, The New Niagara: Tourism, Technology, and the Landscape of Niagara Falls, 1776-1917, paper copy on reserve in the library
Jessie Swigger, "History is Bunk": Assembling the Past at Henry Ford's Greenfield Village, on e-reserve (access through Canvas)
Tony Horwitz, Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War, paper copy on reserve in the library Franklin Vagnone and Deborah Ryan, Anarchist's Guide to Historic House Museums, on e-reserve (access through Canvas)
Andrew Denson, Monuments to Absence: Cherokee Removal and the Contest Over Southern Memory, on e-reserve (access through Canvas)
Vagone and Denson are on ereserve in the library. Find them by going to Library Resources on the Canvas menu and use password MackSP20

SCHEDULE: Readings are listed under each lecture or discussion topic.  Underlined lecture titles are links that lead to notes.

Jan 8
syllabus, introduction
guest speaker: Elizabeth Casner
issues in history and tourism
Irwin introduction and ch. 1
Martin Luther King Holiday
Irwin chs. 2-4
Irwin ch. 5-6
 Irwin ch. 7 and epilogue
 Feb. 3
Swigger introduction and ch. 1, Irwin reflection paper due
Swigger chs. 2-3
Swigger chs. 4-5
Swigger chs. 6-7
Article about living history interpretation at Greenfield Village (linked in Canvas), notes
workshop: e-learning day plan in Canvas
Horwitz chs. 1-2, Swigger reflection paper due
Horwitz chs. 3-5
guest speaker
Horwitz chs. 6-8
Mar.   2
Horwitz chs. 9-10
Horwitz chs. 11-12
workshop--meet at the archives in the lower level of Strom Thurmond
Horwitz chs. 13-15
Vagnone preface and introduction, Horwitz reflection paper due
Spring Break
Vagnone ch. 1
Vagnone ch. 2
Vagnone ch. 3
Apr.   1
Vagnone ch. 4
Vagnone ch. 5
Denson introduction and ch. 1, Vagone reflection paper due
Denson ch. 2
Denson ch. 3-4
Denson ch. 5-6
Denson ch. 7 and Epilogue
final demonstrations, Denson reflection paper due
Apr. 28
Takehome final exam due 10:30 am

University Policies for HIST 4170

Student Accessibility Services: Clemson University values the diversity of our student body as a strength and a critical component of our dynamic community. Students with disabilities or temporary injuries/conditions may require accommodations due to barriers in the structure of facilities, course design, technology used for curricular purposes, or other campus resources. Students who experience a barrier to full access to this class should let the professor know, and make an appointment to meet with a staff member in Student Accessibility Services as soon as possible. You can make an appointment by calling 864-656-6848, by emailing studentaccess@lists.clemson.edu, or by visiting Suite 239 in the Academic Success Center building. Appointments are strongly encouraged – drop-ins will be seen if at all possible, but there could be a significant wait due to scheduled appointments. Students who receive Academic Access Letters are strongly encouraged to request, obtain and present these to their professors as early in the semester as possible so that accommodations can be made in a timely manner. It is the student’s responsibility to follow this process each semester. You can access further information at the Student Accessibility Services Website and the Office of Access and Equity Website.

Email Policy / Response Time: Clemson does not provide me with a phone; email is my preferred method of contact for university business. You can expect a response to your email inquiries within 36 hours, excluding weekends and university holidays.

Copyright: 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.

Privacy Policy:  Because privacy regulations stipulate that faculty and staff communicate with students through authorized University channels, use your University email account (preferred) or Canvas's messaging system to contact me.  This course is designed with your privacy in mind. If, however, you feel that an assignment or technology tool undermines your right to privacy or is uncomfortable for you personally, please contact me immediately. We will work together to determine an alternative assignment that will help you achieve the course learning outcomes.

Online Conduct: 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 conduct:

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.

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.

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.

See the Undergraduate Academic Integrity Policy website for additional information about academic integrity at Clemson.

Academic Grievances: Students are advised to visit the Ombuds' Office prior to filing a grievance. After discussion with the undergraduate academic ombudsman, students should contact Undergraduate Studies (656-3022) for assistance filing official paperwork.

Non-Discrimination: Clemson University is committed to providing a higher education environment that is free from sexual discrimination. Therefore, if you believe you or someone else that is part of the Clemson University community has been discriminated against based on sex, or if you have questions about Title IX, please contact the Title IX Coordinator, Alesia Smith, who also serves as the Executive Director of Equity Compliance, at 110 Holtzendorff Hall, 864-656-3181 (voice) or 864-656-0899 (TDD). The Title IX Coordinator is the person designated by Clemson University to oversee its Title IX compliance efforts. Please consult the University's Title IX policy for full details.

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