Dr. Mark Stoll
Office: HH 135 Office hours: Monday, Wednesday 12:00–1:30; and by appointment
📧 Mark.Stoll@ttu.edu 🌐 http://www.markstoll.net/
Dig the Crazy Purpose of the Course
This course explores the culture, society, politics, and tumultuous events of the 1960s, with particular attention to the early environmental movement. World War II and its aftermath created the world within which the 1960s flourished. The election of Ronald Reagan in 1980 marked an end to its optimistic sense of possibility and experiment. Course material will focus on the era from 1945 to 1981.
This is a writing intensive course. In addition to writing exams, students will produce a research paper on an aspect of the 1960s.
· Adam Rome, The Genius of Earth Day
· David Stradling, The Environmental Moment, 1968-1972.
· Mary Rampolla, A Pocket Guide to Writing in History, 10th ed.
You will write one take-home exam and one analytical book review. In addition, you will write one research paper.
Style: All formal written work will be typed, double-spaced 12-point Times New Roman, with 1" margins top and bottom and 1" margins on each side, and page numbers in the margin. Include a cover sheet. Do not add any space between paragraphs. Grammar and punctuation must be correct. For links to online writing advice, see https://www.depts.ttu.edu/provost/uwc/undergraduate/index-original.php. Also, the University Writing Center (paid for by your fees!) would be happy to help you polish your writing. They can help you in person or via the Internet and can be reached through their Website.
Take-home Exam: You will write one take-home exam.
Review: You will write an analytical book review on a book selected in
consultation with the professor. Papers must be between four and six pages in
length. No footnotes or bibliography are needed. Cite sources for quotations by
putting the page number(s) in parentheses after the quotation marks and before
any punctuation, thusly: (p. 57).
Instructions for the analytical book review: The book review will have three sections:
Research Paper: You will research and write a paper between twelve and sixteen pages long on a topic of their choice. In frequent consultation with the professor, you will master the secondary literature and find primary sources on your chosen subject. You will choose your subject in consultation with the professor. Use footnotes or endnotes and a bibliography. For style consult Turabian or Chicago Manual of Style.
You will turn in your choice of paper topic with a preliminary bibliography, which counts as 10% of the paper grade.
Presentation: Students will give 10-minute presentations of their papers in the last week of class. The class will have an opportunity to ask questions afterwards. The presentation should last 10 minutes, with 10 minutes for questions and discussion. To make sure there is time for all presentations, the professor will keep a strict account of the time.
A presentation should give the thesis of the research paper, a brief summary of the contents, and discuss the sources used and any issues, problems, or interesting aspects of the research and writing of the paper.
You will sign up for a presentation day and time on Monday, November 28.
Grading: The final grade will be calculated on the following basis:
· 5% Quiz
· 10% Book review
· 20% Take-home exam
· 5% Thesis and bibliography
· 55% Research paper
· 5% Presentation
You have the option of submitting a re-write of your research papers, due on Dec. 13 at 5:00 p.m. The average of the grades of the two papers will be entered as the grade for the paper.
Plagiarism: Using text written by someone else (even in a close paraphrase) without clear and unambiguous acknowledgment is academic dishonesty and will result in an “F” for the course.
Attendance: The professor will call roll at the beginning of each class. Students with a perfect attendance record will receive three bonus points on their final grades. Students with more than two absences will receive 1 point off their final grades for each absence over two. The instructor will accept excuses in cases of true need if appropriately documented. Students who leave class early may be counted absent. Three tardies count as one absence. Students more than 10 minutes late will be counted absent.
Electronics in the classroom: Electronic devices distract both the student and nearby students. All electronic devices must be turned off and put away during class time. Texting or other use of cell phones or laptops is prohibited. Laptops may be used with permission of the instructor for class-related activities only, such as note-taking. This means no e-mail, social media, Internet surfing, video watching, or other non-academic activities. Students using unauthorized electronic devices during class will be asked to leave and counted absent for the day.
§ “Religious holy day” means a holy day observed by a religion whose places of worship are exempt from property taxation under Texas Tax Code §11.20. A student who intends to observe a religious holy day should make that intention known in writing to the instructor prior to the absence. A student who is absent from classes for the observance of a religious holy day shall be allowed to take an examination or complete an assignment scheduled for that day within a reasonable time after the absence. A student who is excused under this provision may not be penalized for the absence; however, the instructor may respond appropriately if the student fails to complete the assignment satisfactorily.
§ Any student who, because of a disability, may require special arrangements in order to meet the course requirements should contact the instructor as soon as possible to make any necessary arrangements. Students should present appropriate verification from Student Disability Services during the instructor’s office hours. Please note: instructors are not allowed to provide classroom accommodations to a student until appropriate verification from Student Disability Services has been provided. For additional information, please contact Student Disability Services in Weeks Hall or call 806-742-2405.
§ Academic integrity is taking responsibility for one’s own work, being individually accountable, and demonstrating intellectual honesty and ethical behavior. Academic integrity is a personal choice to abide by the standards of intellectual honesty and responsibility. Because education is a shared effort to achieve learning through the exchange of ideas, students, faculty, and staff have the collective responsibility to build mutual trust and respect. Ethical behavior and independent thought are essential for the highest level of academic achievement, which then must be measured. Academic achievement includes scholarship, teaching and learning, all of which are shared endeavors. Grades are a device used to quantify the successful accumulation of knowledge through learning. Adhering to the standards of academic integrity ensures that grades are earned honestly and gives added value to the entire educational process. Academic integrity is the foundation upon which students, faculty, and staff build their educational and professional careers.
§ Students are responsible for understanding the principles and policies regarding academic integrity at Texas Tech University and abide by them in all class and/or course work at the University. Academic misconduct violations are outlined in the Code of Student Conduct. The University policies and procedures regarding academic integrity can be found in the Student Handbook. The Student Handbook and the Code of Student Conduct can be found online at www.ttu.edu/studenthandbook.
§ It is the aim of the faculty of Texas Tech University to foster a spirit of complete honesty and high standard of integrity. The attempt of students to present as their own any work not honestly performed is regarded by the faculty and administration as a most serious offence and renders the offenders liable to serious consequences, possibly suspension.
§ Academic or “Scholastic” dishonesty includes, but it not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, collusion, falsifying academic records, misrepresenting facts, and any act designed to give unfair academic advantage to the student (such as, but not limited to, submission of essentially the same written assignment for two courses without the prior permission of the instructor) or the attempt to commit such an act.
§ The Department of History adheres to Texas Tech University’s statement and related policies on issues of academic integrity as detailed in OP 34.12 (see above).
§ Any student found to be in violation of these policies will be subject to disciplinary action at both the departmental and university levels. At the departmental level, such action may include one or more of the following:
o a failing grade (F) for the assignment in question
o a failing grade (F) for the course
o a written reprimand
o disqualification from scholarships and/or funding
§ Expected Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, the students will be able to (1) describe major events and themes in the history of the Sixties era and early environmentalism; (2) explain the ways events and social and cultural developments shaped American environmentalism; (3) describe the history of early environmental institutions and policies; (4) develop analytical arguments in written and/or oral forms by analyzing critically major historical events, people, ideas, values, and institutions that shape society’s contemporary environmental successes and problems; (5) know how to write a research paper, including development of an argument, use of primary and secondary sources, and proper footnote and bibliography style.
Assessment of Expected Learning
Outcomes: Essay exams assess outcomes
1, 2, 3, and 4; discussion assesses 1, 2, and 3; the research paper assesses
outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.
Schedule of Happenings
The professor reserves the right to change this syllabus at his discretion. Changes will be announced in class and posted on the class Webpages. © 2022 Mark R. Stoll. All rights reserved. All lectures given in this class are the intellectual property of the instructor. Any attempt to reproduce or transmit lectures or lecture notes for profit, either directly or through a third party, is an infringement of the instructor’s copyright interest.