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Professor Saul Panski

History 1B: United States History from 1877


Course Information:

COURSE: History 1B - United States History from 1877 to the present
SECTION NUMBER: #9243 M/W 8:00-9:25 a.m.
OFFICE PHONE: (310) 900-1600 Ext. 2560
OFFICE HOURS: M/W/TH 11:00-12:00 noon or at a time agreed upon by prior arrangement. Office is in M-1 Modular Building near Allied Health Building.


*This section is designed for students enrolled in the First Year Experience Program. Students should be concurrently enrolled in English 1A, Section #9644


Last day to drop with refund: February 26, 2010
Last day to drop without notation on record: March 5, 2010
Last day to drop with "W": May 14, 2010
Spring recess: April 12-16, 2010
Memorial Day Holiday: May 31, 2010


Course Policies:


History 1B is a Credit/Degree applicable course and the grade is based on points earned from written essays and performance on multiple choice exams. It is anticipated that there will be a minimum of four written essay assignments and four multiple choice exams Each exam and assignment will receive a letter grade with points as follows:
A=4 points
B=3 points
C=2 points
D=1 point
F=no points

NO late assignments will be accepted unless prior arrangements have been made


Grades will be based on accumulated points. Students will earn a grade based on the earned percentage of possible cumulative points from exams and assignments

85% A
75% B
65% C
55% D
Below 55% =F


Students will be evaluated and assessed to demonstrate understanding of subject matter through
the following activities:
A. Essay questions requiring critical thinking skills and knowledge of subject content.
B. Essay questions analyzing historical readings and documents
C. Multiple choice written examinations

1. Attendance at first class
Students who enroll in class but do not attend the first scheduled class meeting may be dropped from the roster. A student who registers for a class and never attends is still responsible for dropping the class.
2. Attendance without official enrollment
Students will not be permitted to attend classes in which they are not enrolled.
3. Attendance during semester
A student may be dropped from class when the number of hours absent exceeds the number of units assigned to the course. If your absences and tardiness exceed the unit value of the course, you can be dropped. This rule also applies to excessive absences due to illness or medical treatment.
4. Children in Classroom
Children are not permitted in classrooms while class is in session. Attendance in class is limited to officially enrolled students and authorized visitors or guests. In addition, students must not allow children to be left unsupervised or unattended anywhere on campus


A. Student Misconduct
1. Dishonesty, including but not limited to cheating, plagiarism or knowingly furnishing false information to the College.
2. Forgery, alteration, or misuse of college documents, records, or identification.
3. Violation of college policies or off -campus regulations, including but not limited to campus regulations concerning student organizations, the use of college facilities, or time, place, and manner of public expression.
4. Continued disruptive behavior, continued willful disobedience, profanity or vulgarity, or continued defiance of the authority of, or abuse of, college personnel or to anyone on campus.
5. Willful misconduct which results in injury or death to a student or college personnel.
6. Assault, battery, sex crimes including sexual assault or rape, or any threat of force or violence upon a student or college personnel.
7. Sexual harassment which includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
8. Obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings, or other authorized college activities including but not limited to its community service functions or to authorized activities held off campus. Obstruction or disruption includes but is not limited to the use of skateboards, bicycles, radios, and roller skates.
9. Unauthorized entry to or use of college facilities, equipment or supplies.
10. Theft or deliberate damage to property of a college staff member, a student, or a visitor to the college including but not limited to the Library, Bookstore, and Food Service areas.
11. Defacing or damaging any college real or personal property.
12. Failure to comply with the directions of a member of the college certificated personnel, college management or supervisor personnel, or campus police acting within the scope of his or her duties.

B. Disciplinary Action

Disciplinary action appropriate to the misconduct as defined above may be taken by an instructor the Dean of Student Services or his or her designee and the Board of Trustees.
Misconduct should be brought to the immediate attention of the Campus Police, or local police department/security force for courses taught off campus.

Removal by Instructor — In addition to an instructor’s right to drop a student
permanently from a class when the student is no longer participating i.e. lack of attendance in the course, an instructor may remove (suspend) a student from his or her class for the day of the incident and the next class meeting. During this period of removal, a conference should be held with the instructor and the student to attempt to resolve the situation that led to the student’s removal and the student shall not be returned to the class from which he or she was removed without the concurrence of the instructor of the class.
1. If a student is suspended for one class meeting, no additional formal disciplinary procedures are necessary.
2. If a student is suspended from class for the day of the incident and the next class meeting, the instructor shall send a written report of the action to his or her dean who shall forward this information to the Dean of Student Services. If the student removed by an instructor is a minor, the President’s designee (Dean of Student Services) shall ask a parent or guardian of the student to attend a parent conference regarding the removal as soon as possible. If the instructor or the parent or guardian so requests, a college administrator shall attend the conference.
3. The instructor may recommend to his or her dean that a student be suspended for longer than two class meetings. If the dean, instructor and student cannot resolve the problem, the suspension will be referred to the President or the President’s designee.
4. During the period following the initial suspension from class for the day of the incident and the following class meeting, the student shall be allowed to return to the class until due process and the disciplinary procedures are completed unless the student is further suspended as a result of actions.

C. Cheating or Plagiarism

“Dishonesty, including but not limited to cheating, plagiarism or knowingly furnishing false information to the college.’’

Examples of Cheating or Plagiarism
1. Representing the words, ideas or work of another as one’s own in any academic exercise (plagiarism), including the use of commercial term paper companies;
2. Copying or allowing another student to copy from one’s paper or answer sheet during an examination;
3. Allowing another individual to assume one’s identity for the purpose of enhancing one’s grade in any of the following: testing, field trips or attendance;
4. Falsifying or attempting to falsify attendance records and/or grade rosters;
5. Changing answers on a previously scored test, assignment or experiment with the intent to defraud;
6. Inventing data for the purpose of completing a laboratory experiment or case study analysis with the intent to defraud;
7. Giving and/or taking information during an examination by any means such as sign language, hand signals or secret codes;
8. Obtaining copies of notes, exams or exam questions by any means other than distribution from the instructor. (This includes copying and removing exam questions from the classroom for any purpose.);
9. Using study aids such as calculators, tape recorders or notes that have been specifically prohibited by the instructor.

Consequences for Cheating or Plagiarism

Given alleged violation of the Standards of Conduct, any or all of the following actions may be imposed:
1. When there is evidence of cheating or plagiarism in classroom work, students may receive an F for that piece of work or may be suspended from all classes for that term and the following term if deemed appropriate.
2. The instructor may assign a failing grade to the examination or assignment in which the alleged cheating or plagiarism occurred. This action is based on information that the instructor had.
3. The instructor may dismiss the student from the class or activity for the present and/or following class session(s)
4. The instructor may recommend suspension or expulsion of the student from the college as stipulated in BP5138, Section IIB6 and 8. This recommendation must be in accordance with El Camino College’s Due Process and Disciplinary Procedures.
5. Complete the Academic Dishonesty Report Form and submit it to the Academic Affairs Office.

Download syllabus for History 1B



Chapter 16 An Industrial Order Emerges, 1865- 1880
Chapter 17 Becoming an Urban Industrial Society, 1880-1890
Chapter 18 Conflict and Change in the West, 1865-1902
Examination #1
Essays #1

Chapter 19 Economic Crash and Political Upheaval, 1890-1900
Chapter 20 The Progressive Era, 1900-1917
Examination #2
Essays #2

Chapter 21 The United States in a World at War 1913-1920
Chapter 22 Prosperity Decade, 1920-1928
Examination #3
Essays #3

Chapter 23 The Great Depression and the New Deal, 1929-1939
Examination #4
Essays #4

Chapter 24 America’s Rise to World Leadership, 1929-1945
Examination #5
Essays #5

WEEKS 11-12
Chapter 25 Truman and Cold War America, 1945-1952
Chapter 26 Quest for Consensus, 1952-1960
Examination #6
Essays #6

WEEKS 13-14
Chapter 27 Great Promises, Bitter Disappointments, 1960-1968
Chapter 28 America Under Stress, 1967-1976
Examination #7
Essays #7

WEEKS 15-16
Chapter 29 Facing Limits, 1976-1992
Chapter 30 Entering a New Century, 1992-2007

Course Material:

Making America 5th Edition, Volume 2: since 1865. Carol Berkin et. al Houghton-Mifflin Publishing. ISBN 10 - 0-618-99460-2-

An e-text copy of this book can also be purchased at www.
eText ISBN--10: 0-618-99503-X . You can purchase access to the e-text for a period of six months.

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