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HISTORY AND THE NEWS
Syllabus

SAS Core Curriculum Goals – This course provides 3 credits in the 21st Century Area (21C) and also in the Historical (HST) subset of the Areas of Inquiry cluster It meets the following specific SAS core curriculum goals:

B. Analyze a contemporary global issue from a multidisciplinary perspective. H. Understand the bases and development of human and societal endeavors across time and place. L. Employ historical reasoning to understand human endeavors. We look for mastery of these goals to be reflected in your op-ed pieces, weekly discussions, and final paper: Environment: The course is either hybrid or else entirely online, according to the section you select. Each version includes an identical online lecture/presentation component and an Op-Ed written assignment each week, as well as the same final paper requirement.

The hybrid version has a face-to-face discussion section each week. Section meetings begin on January 31 and February 1, NOT the prior first week of classes. Sections are led by teaching assistants. Students are enrolled in ONE of the following sections:

Section 01, Friday 9:50 – 11:20 A.M. at MU-111 (CAC) TA= Patrick McGrath (patmcg85@eden.rutgers.edu ) Section 03, Friday 12:35 – 1:55 P.M. at HCK-214 (D/C) TA= Jessica Herzog (jherzog@history.rutgers.edu ) Section 05, Thursday 5:00 – 6:20 P.M. at ARC-105 (Busch) TA= Dara Walker (dwalker@history.rutgers.edu ) Section 06, Thursday 6:40 – 8:00 P.M. at LSH-A142 (LIV) TA= Lance Thurner (lthurner@history.rutgers.edu ) Section 08, Thursday 7:40 – 9:00 P.M. at MU-204 (CAC) TA= Alissa Klots (alissaklots@yandex.ru)

Online discussion groups are as follows:
1-6 Meagan Schenkelberg (mrschenkelberg@gmail.com)
7-9 Jessica Herzog (jherzog@history.rutgers.edu )
10-12 Alissa Klots (alissaklots@yandex.ru)
13-15 Patrick McGrath (patmcg85@eden.rutgers.edu )
16-18 Lance Thurner (lthurner@history.rutgers.edu )
19-21 Dara Walker (dwalker@history.rutgers.edu )

The fully online version (Section 90) uses the Sakai-based Discussions tool for weekly discussions held online beginning at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday morning and continuing through Friday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. Within this fixed time frame, you are expected to enter at least three posts/blogs each week, once on Wednesday as an opener and then twice more in response to what other students are posting. The online discussions are monitored and then graded by teaching assistants. Your online discussion sections will be supervised and graded by one of the above TAs.

Lecture: Each week Prof. Bell selects a current event in the news and gathers one or more experts whom he interviews using a digital camera. The results are several interview segments, running to a total of approximately 80 minutes, the same overall time as for a face-to-face lecture class. These video segments are uploaded for viewing on Sakai by no later than Friday at 4:00 p.m. each week. A poll question is also posted at that time as a possible prompt for the week’s discussion. Please respond to the poll a.s.a.p. so that your opinion is included in the poll result, which is tallied and announced at 4:00 p.m. on the following Monday.

Readings: Also at the beginning of each “week” at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, required and suggested readings are posted on Sakai, along with additional video or audio material.
Opinion/Editorial (Op-Ed) piece: By Wednesday at 10 a.m. of each week, you are required to turn in a 150-200 word Op-Ed piece in which you reflect on the significance of historical background to the selected news event for the week, as developed in the interviews, set-up pieces, and assigned readings (always available on Sakai directly or as links to other URLs). Before undertaking your first Op-Ed, you may wish to read a few Op-Eds in newspapers or online in blogs to get a feel for what constitutes an effective editorial, letter-to-the-editor, or opinion piece. Please consult any day of the New York Times or...
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