Course Schedule

Download a copy of the Course Description (2017)

Week 1:

Course introduction, syllabus, questionnaire and writing sample

Reading for week 2: ‘The First Americans,’ pages 4-7.


Week 2:  

Lecture Topic: 1600-1800, Colonial Life and American Independence

Reading Test on ‘The First Americans,’ pages 4-7

Reading for week 3: ‘Colonial Life in America,’ pages 20-23


Week 3:    

Lecture Topic: The Early 1800s, Westward Expansion and Industrialization

Reading Test on ‘Colonial Life in America,’ pages 20-23

Reading for week 4: ‘West to the Pacific,’ pages 40-43


Week 4:

Lecture Topic: 1860-1870, Civil War and Reconstruction

Reading Test on ‘West to the Pacific,’ pages 40-43

Reading for week 5: ‘Reconstruction, ’ pages 54-57


Week 5:

Lecture Topic: The Late 1800s, Assimilation and Immigration

Reading Test on ‘Reconstruction, ’ pages 54-57

Reading for week 6: ‘The Amerindians’ Last Stand,’ pages 66-71


Week 6:  

Lecture Topic: The 1920s and 1930s, Boom and Bust

Reading Test on ‘The Amerindians’ Last Stand,’ pages 66-71

Reading for week 7: ‘Crash and Depression,’ pages 96-99


NOTE: Our May 26th class is cancelled. Make-up class: TBA


Week 7:     

Lecture Topic: The 1940s and 1950s, Hot and Cold Wars

Reading Test on ‘Crash and Depression,’ pages 96-99

Reading for week 8: ‘Cold War and Korea,’ pages 116-119


Week 8:   

Lecture Topic: The 1960s and 1970s, Changing Times

Reading Test on ‘Cold War and Korea,’ pages 116-119

Reading for week 9: ‘Black Americans,’ pages 112-115


Week 9:

Special Lecture Topic: Contemporary America, 1980s-2000s

Reading Test on ‘Black Americans,’ pages 112-115

Reading for week 10: ‘An End to the Cold War?,’ pages 132-135


Week 10:   

Special Lecture Topic: Contemporary America, 1980s-2000s

Reading Test on ‘An End to Cold War?’ pages 132-135

Workshop on final exam preparation


Week 11:   

Special Lecture Topic: Contemporary America, 1980s-2000s

Make-up test: Write or Re-write one in-class test from weeks 2-10


Week 12:

Special Lecture Topic: Contemporary America, 1980-2000

Reading-Lecture-Writing Test (TOEFL practice)

Workshop on final exam preparation


Week 13:

Special Lecture Topic: Contemporary America, 1980s-2000s

Workshop on final exam preparation. Essay draft, outline, source list due


Week 14:

Special Lecture Topic: Contemporary America, 1980s-2000s. 
             Workshop on final exam preparation


Week 15:

Final Exam


Download a copy of the Course Description (2017)