T, 5:30-8:20 pm
The student will achieve a clear understanding of the major historical currents in the development of the Great Plains of North America. In the process the student will demonstrate a firm grasp of important historical concepts as well as an ability to evaluate major historical problems relating to the Great Plains. At the same time the student will show evidence of a precise and well-reasoned analysis of the causes and consequences of those historical events and trends. The student will also be able to identify conflicting historical interpretations, with particular emphasis on the "Webb Thesis," and to distinguish such differing points of view from actual fact.
Each student will also demonstrate a clear understanding of the principles and practices of sound historical research and of effective writing and research.
The final course grade will be determined primarily by an assessment of the student's quality of research and presentation of a formal paper of 12-15 pages in length (including end notes). Each student will present their paper in seminar and will offer a thorough and thoughtful critique of at least two other student papers.
Each student will also be required to submit and present two formal book reviews, typed and double-spaced, using the format provided in class. The student will consult with the professor regarding the selection of the topics and books to be read. The reviews will be approximately two and a half to three pages in length (no more than four pages).
Each student will also be required to write a "take-home" essay to be submitted during final exam week. The discussion question will focus upon Webb's The Great Plains.
59 & below F
To be provided in class.
Class attendance is required, with participation in class discussions being factored into the determination of the final course grade.