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North Idaho College • Coeur d'Alene • Social & Behavioral Sciences • History

The Historian HIST-290

  • Spring 2012

  • Section 01

  • 3.0 Credits

  • 01/09/2012 to 05/10/2012

  • Modified 03/21/2012

Contact Information

Class & Office Schedule

Spring 2012

Instructor: Dr. Jewell

Office Location: 201F MOL

Phone: 769-3326





































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Instructor: Dr. James Jewell

Office: 201F MOL
Phone: 769-3326

Meeting Times

Class meets in LKH 243 on Fridays 10:30-11:45 as schedule in the syllabus and online (also as scheduled in the syllabus).


HIST 290 provides an introduction to the discipline of history, to basic skills for coursework and research, and to major schools of historical writing. This course fulfills a major requirement for transfer institutions in Idaho. Lecture: 3 hours per week


Doing History

Author: Galgano
Publisher: Wadsworth
Edition: 2008
Availability: Campus Bookstore

After the Fact

Author: Davidson and Lytle
Publisher: McGraw Hill
Edition: Sicth



To demonstrate a basic understanding of key ideas, historical schools of thought, and significant historical trends that have shaped and continue to shape the study of history.


To demonstrate an understanding of the research methodology that is the backbone of the field of history and to communicate that understanding both verbally and in writing.


To demonstrate an awareness of how to find and use historical source information from a variety of media sources including, but not limited to oral history, books and other research-based print sources, newspapers, and online-available unpublished historical collections.


To demonstrate the ability to analyze and evaluate information and arguments presented in others' research/publications and, through application in student research papers, construct a well-supported position in a research paper.


This class is a collaborative effort between the students and myself, where discussion and lecture (as well as other sources of informational delivery) will share equally as the means to examine the important points in the study of history, its trends, and important persons and changing points of view, as you prepare to apply what you have learned in a research paper.  As this is a hybrid course, student participation in online discussion assignments is paramount.  Students will gain important insights from both in person and online discussions about the readings and especially the research process as the semester progresses.


ATTENDANCE POLICY/PARTICIPATION POINTS: Strictly speaking attendance is kept, but only used to assist in tabulating your participation points (12% of your grade). It is difficult to participate if you are not in class; therefore, frequent absences will result in diminished participation points or the possible complete elimination of those points altogether. Also, attending the class is the simplest method to ensure that you are well enough versed in the subject to pass the quizzes and be effectively prepared for the final paper.


READING SUMMARY:  This is a very simple way to help assess whether or not students are doing the readings.  All you will be required to do is provide a two sentence summary of the main point about the readings.  This only applies to the days where there is an asterisk next to the date, so it is not every class day.

QUIZZES: There will be two quizzes worth 30 points each (each will include the three major reading themes of this course which should assess understanding of the historiography, research methodology, and topical subjects of the assigned readings).  Both quizzes will include six short identification questions (I will have a sheet, from which you will choose six to answer).


DISCUSSION LEADS/TOPICS:  Each student is responsible for writing a brief (two page) outline from the list of historiographical topics/significant scholars list and each of you will give a brief overview of the information for the rest class.


HANDS ON HISTORY/HISTORICAL DETECTIVE:  This is a very important assigned where students will have to apply their ability to find background information to put an unpublished, uncatalogued historical manuscript into useful context.  You will select letters from my vast personal archives and use all/any tools you can to put the material in usable context.


RESEARCH PAPER:  Since the primary focus of this class is putting what you learn about historiography and the work of history (research) to use, the research paper will serve as the final.  This paper, based on research methodology learned throughout the semester will be 8-12 pages long, with three graded components, the first two of which (topic proposal and annotated sources) are designed to make certain your paper is on the right path.  Essentially you will be working the paper in conjunction with your class preparation from early February forward.  Do not be worried about the length of the paper, you will be doing it in stages, so it will be less frightening.


Grade Breakdown:
Identification Quizzes   30
Readings Summary;    30
Hands on History          20
Discussion Leads         10
Research Quiz              30
Participation                 30
Research Paper           100
  -Proposal                  (5)

 -Sources                     (15)

  -Final Paper              (80)



Course Policies

CELL PHONES/TEXT MESSAGING/OTHER UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR:  Having cell phones go off in class is disruptive and discourteous to your fellow students and me; therefore, turn off both cell phones and pagers unless you have an emergency, about which you must inform me before class starts.  If your cell phone goes off during class I will deduct 15 points each time it occurs.  If I cannot tell which person’s cell phone is going off, everyone in the general vicinity will lose 15 points unless the person steps forward.  Other unacceptable behavior, such as surfing the web if you have a laptop or sleeping will result in students being directed out of class so that those that want to be there will not be distracted, along with the loss of 15 points (doubling with each incident).


Jan. 13:  Course overview:  History, Humanity or Social Science


Historically Thinking

*Jan. 20:  What is History:  Applying the Historical Detective

D/H, Chpt. 1

A/F, Prologue



Jan. 27: From the First Historians to the Modern Era


*Feb. 3:  From Great Men to La Longue Duree


Feb. 10:  Schools of thought from the 20th Century to Today


*Feb. 17:  The Drudgery of Historical Research

A/F, Chapt. 1; D/H, chapt. 2


*Feb. 24:  The Practice of Interpretation

A/F, Chapt. 4, D/H, chapt. 3

Quiz 1 


March 2:  Benefits (and Challenges) of History from the Bottom Up

A/F, chpt. 8, D/H, chpt. 4


March 9:  Same Evidence, New Theories

A/F, chpt. 6; ON LINE Readings-Coming SOON


March 16:  Hands on History

No Readings


March 23:  New Questions, New Answers

A/F, chpt. 14

Hands on History Assignment Due



April 6:  Sources (MEET IN LIBRARY @ class time)

submit paper proposals via email during week/prior to class


April 13:  Go over proposals in class


April 20: (On Line)  submit list of sources no later than class date/time


April 27:  Last Minute Questions/Glitches regarding paper

D/H, chpt. 6

Quiz #2


May 1-4:  Turn in hard copies of research papers to my office


May 10: (@NOON):  Return and Go Over Papers

Additional Items

It is paramount that students understand that this will be a hybrid course, meaning we will not physically meet every Friday, but will have required online assignments every week we do not meet in lieu of the classes when we do not meet. 

Division Policies

For a complete explanation of the North Idaho College Statement on Academic Honesty & Academic Integrity please ferfer to Policy 5.06 & Procedure 5.06.01: 

Academic Dishonesty
Violations of academic integrity involve using or attempting to use any method that enables an individual to misrepresent the quality or integrity of his or her work at North Idaho College. These violations include the following:

Cheating: using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study in any academic exercise.
Fabrication: falsifying or inventing any information or citation in an academic exercise.
Plagiarism: knowingly representing the words or ideas of another as one's own in an academic exercise.
Violation of Intellectual Property: stealing, altering, or destroying the academic work of other members of the community or the educational resources,materials, or official documents of the college. Facilitating Academic Dishonesty: knowingly helping another to attempt to violate any provisions of this policy.

Student Responsibility
As outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, all North Idaho College students have both rights and responsibilities: Please access www.nic.ferpa.StudentCode/index.htm for complete information that pertains to this subject.

North Idaho College, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, provides both services and accommodations to students who meet the guidelines provided in these acts.  For a complete description, please see:

Please contact the North Idaho College Center for Educational Access in Seiter Hall, Room 100 for assistance.  Phone:  208-769-5947

To withdraw from all courses a student must obtain a college withdrawal form from the Registrar's Office, secure the signatures of those persons indicated on the form, and return the form to the Registrar's office. No student may withdraw from the college after the final date of withdrawal from courses except for compelling and extraordinary reasons. In such circumstances a student must petition the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee for late withdrawal from college using the college withdrawal form available in the Registrar's Office.

For complete information regarding student withdrawals, please see the North Idaho College Policy 5.04.01: 

Institutional Policies

Student Responsibilities

As students undertake to fulfill the obligations and duties outlined in this document, the college community of which they are a part undertakes to respect the basic freedoms of students. In recognition of students’ rights and dignity as members of the college, North Idaho College is committed to the principles found in the NIC Student Handbook.

Center for Educational Access/Disability Support Services

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, North Idaho College provides accommodations to eligible students who experience barriers in the educational setting due to learning, emotional / mental, physical, visual, or hearing disabilities.  Instructors will provide accommodations to students only after having received a Letter of Accommodation from the Center for Educational Access. 

If a student would like to request accommodations, he or she must contact the Center for Educational Access so that a Letter of Accommodation may be sent to the instructor.  Students requesting accommodations must contact the Center for Educational Access at the beginning of each semester.


By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You also understand that collection costs and legal fees will be added if the services of a collection agency are utilized.

If you are registered for a class and do not attend, you will still be liable for the tuition unless you drop the class.


Last day for students to withdraw from semester-length classes:

Instructor-Initiated Withdrawal: Instructors have the right to withdraw students for academic reasons up until the same date; in doing so, instructors must notify students through NIC e-mail within 48 hours of submitting documentation to the Registrar's office, and students have the right to appeal the instructor's decision. For more information, see the NIC Procedure:

Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy: All withdrawals, whether for individual classes, total withdrawal from school, or instructor-initiated are not considered to be satisfactory progress for financial aid.  See the Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy:

Additional withdrawal information:


An incomplete is assigned only if the student has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work to within three weeks of the end of the semester (or proportional length of time for a course of less than a semester in length).  Incompletes are issued only in cases of extenuating circumstances, such as severe illness or injury.  Incompletes are not issued in cases in which the student is simply unable to complete his/her work within the specified semester or session.  If a final grade of "I" is recorded, the instructor will indicate in writing to the Registrar what the student must do to make up the deficiency.  The instructor will indicate in the written statement what permanent grade should be entered if the Incomplete is not removed by the deadline.

All incomplete grades must be removed within six weeks after the first class day of the following term, excluding the summer session.  If the Incomplete is not removed by that date, the grade reverts to the grade indicated by the instructor's written statement authorizing the incomplete.

Discrimination and Harassment

North Idaho College has a zero tolerance policy for any acts of discrimination or harassment of any kind.  For more information, please see the NIC Student Handbook, Code of Conduct Article III and Article VIII. Compliance efforts with respect to these laws and regulations are the responsibility of each member of the campus community and are under the direction of the Dean of Students Office for Student Issues (2nd floor, Edminster Student Union Building, (208) 676-7156) and the Human Resources Office (Sherman Administration Building, (208) 769-3304) for employee issues.

Institutional Statement

DROP FOR NON-PAYMENT:  By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You will be dropped from classes if payment is not received by  5 p.m. Pacific Time on the third day of the semester. Students on the waitlist will be given the option to register for classes after students are dropped for non-payment.

REMOVAL FROM CLASS FOR NON-ATTENDANCE:  Attendance is based on your participation in this class. Failure to attend may result in your being removed from this class and may result in your financial aid award being reduced. You are responsible for confirming the accuracy of your attendance record.