History 122:
History, Technology, and Society
Fall 2012
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Instructor: Dr. Pamela E. Mack

Contact information:

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 participation credits, 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%.

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 Top Hat Monocle classroom response system is an experiment added in the middle of the term.  It will be worth one point of extra credit on your final grade if you accumulate enough participation points by using the system and doing the two surveys.  The number of participation points required to earn extra credit will be 2 times the number of class days the system is used (40 points).  The surveys will be worth an extra 5 participation points each, so if you have at least 30 points in Top Hat Monocle and do both surveys you will get the point of extra credit.

The attendance policy for this course is as follows: 5 absences allowed without penalty, 3 points off the final grade for 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.  The notification of absence form is not sufficient 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 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.

Quizzes will be multiple choice tests based on the reading.  They will be posted on Blackboard Wed. at the end of class and are due before class (by 11 am) on Friday.   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 and you are allowed to consult your book while taking the quiz 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 at least a week before they are due 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). This is a required assignment for the course, 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 can read comments left by others and add your own for everyone in your group to read.  You may respond to directly to the question asked or respond to another student. I will place a new discussion topic on the system roughly every other week. Messages posted after the closing deadline (11 am on Mondays) for that topic will get a zero.  Please 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  and/or the comments of other students, 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. You will get only one grade per forum.  Your lowest grade will be dropped if you do all 6.

Participation credits: Participation credit opportunities will be listed in the assignments section of Blackboard under participation credits.  These will be lectures you can attend and movies you can rent and 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 participation credits.  Please paste your writeup into the box rather than submitting it as an attachment (that saves me several steps in grading them).  Each participation credit 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 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 write one essay of 600 to 1000 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://www.clemson.edu/caah/history/FacultyPages/PamMack/essayexams.html and instructions for online tests at: http://www.clemson.edu/caah/history/FacultyPages/PamMack/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 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.)  These assignments should be handed in as attachments--write your essay in your word processor and upload it on appropriate assignment page.  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 pages on an assigned topic that will ask you to 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.)  Late papers will be penalized 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.

You may want to use the writing center for help: "The Writing Center’s fall hours are 9:00am-5:00pm Monday-Thursday and 9:00am-3:00pm Fridays. Our main location is in room 307 of the new Academic Success Center. Starting this semester, we also have walk-in hours from 6:15pm-9:15pm in our new satellite location in the Cooper Library Learning Commons."  

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.  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: 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). 

Portfolio: This course meets the Social Science and STS general education requirements, and so you should be putting essays that you write for this course in the STS and Social Science sections of your general education portfolio.  The prompts are:

Required Books: Reading should be done by the class day for which an assignment is listed.  Three books are required:
Eric Hogsbawm, 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
Aug. 22
Course structure

Aug. 24
Hobsbawm preface
What is Technology?

Aug. 27
Hobsbawm intro-1 Medieval Technology

Aug. 29
Hobsbawm 2 Origins (quiz 1 posted after class)

Aug. 31
Hobsbawm 3 film
quiz 1 (intro-2) due by 11 am
Sept. 3
Hobsbawm 4 The Industrial Revolution, Human Results
Sept. 5
Hobsbawm 5 Agriculture
Sept. 7
Hobsbawm 6 Second Phase of Industrialization quiz 2 (3-5)
Sept. 10
Hobsbawm 8 Standard of Living
Sept. 12
Hobsbawm 10 & conclusion The Land
Sept. 14
Hobsbawm 7 optional The Spread of the Industrial Revolution quiz 3 (6, 8)
Sept. 17

review bb2
Sept. 19

In-class Test
Sept. 21
Lienhard  1 Manifest Destiny

Sept. 24
Lienhard 2
Short Lived Technologies
Sept. 24
Optional PC assignment
Hap Wheeler on "Faith vs Science," 7 pm Hardin 100

Sept. 26
Lienhard 3
Forces Totally New, optional rewrite assignment

Sept. 28
Lienhard 4 Genius quiz 4 (1-3)
Oct. 1
Lienhard 5 Core and Fringe

Oct. 3
Lienhard 6
High Rises 
optional rewrite due
Oct. 5
Lienhard 7
The City
quiz 5 (4-6), first set of PCs due
Oct. 8
Lienhard 8
Oct. 10
Lienhard 9
On the Road

Oct. 11
Optional PC assignment
Blakey on "Race: Why are We So Different," 7:30 pm Strom Thurmond Inst. Aud.

Oct. 12
Lienhard 10-11
Aviation quiz 6 (7-9)
Oct 15-16
Fall Break

Oct. 17
Lienhard 12
A Boy's Life, Radio

Oct. 19
Lienhard 13
quiz 7 (10-12)
Oct. 22
Lienhard 14

Oct. 24
Lienard 15

Oct. 26
Lienhard 16
After Modern
quiz 8 (13-15)
Oct. 29
Oct. 29
Optional PC assignment
Werbos on Energy Challenges and NSF Opportunities, 5 pm Earle Hall 100

Oct. 30
Optional PC assignment
Agyeman on Environmental Justice, 2pm Strom Thurmond Inst. Auditorium

Oct. 31

In-Class Test
Nov. 2
Nye ch. 1 Nye 1 second set of pcs due
Nov. 5
Nye ch. 2 Nye 2
Nov. 7
Nye ch. 3 Nye 3

Nov. 9
Nye 4 Nye 4 quiz 9 (1-3)
Nov. 12
Nye ch. 5 Nye 5 bb5
Nov. 14
Nye ch. 6 Nye 6
Nov. 16
Nye ch. 7 Nye 7 quiz 10 (4-6)
Nov. 19
Nye ch. 8 Nye 8 Argument paper due
Nov. 21-23


Nov. 26
Nye ch. 9 Nye 9
Nov. 28
Nye ch. 10 Nye 10 bb6
Nov. 30
Nye ch. 11 Nye 11, student evaluation of instructors
quiz 11 (7-10)
Dec. 3
http://goldenink.com/computersandnetworks.shtml (parts 1 & 2)
The Development of the Computer last set of pcs due
Dec. 5
Technology and the future

Dec. 6 Optional PC assignment Film: Wasteland (Brazil 2010), 7 pm Hardin 100
Dec. 7

Dec. 11

Final Exam 8 am Hardin 100

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