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History (HIST)
275 McKenzie Hall, 541-346-4802
College of Arts & Sciences
Course Data
  HIST 411   Founding of America 4.00 cr.
Intensive exploration of historical events through interactive games. Possible topics include US Constitutional Convention, French Revolution, Democracy in Athens, India 1947. Repeatable once for a maximum of 8 credits when topic changes.
Grading Options: Graded for Majors; Optional for all other students
Instructor: Ostler JE-mail Office:   385 McKenzie Hall
Phone:   (541) 346-1265
Additional Web Resources AvailableWeb-related Resources: Flyer for HIST 411 Sample syllabus (not finalized, but close)
 
  CRN Avail Max Time Day Location Instructor Notes
  36745 7 25 1400-1550 mw 122 MCK Ostler J Additional Web Resources Available
Academic Deadlines
Deadline     Last day to:
April 2:   Process a complete drop (100% refund, no W recorded)
April 9:   Drop this course (100% refund, no W recorded)
April 9:   Process a complete drop (90% refund, no W recorded)
April 10:   Drop this course (75% refund, no W recorded; after this date, W's are recorded)
April 10:   Process a complete drop (75% refund, no W recorded; after this date, W's are recorded)
April 12:   Add this course
April 12:   Last day to change to or from audit
April 16:   Withdraw from this course (75% refund, W recorded)
April 23:   Withdraw from this course (50% refund, W recorded)
April 30:   Withdraw from this course (25% refund, W recorded)
May 21:   Withdraw from this course (0% refund, W recorded)
May 21:   Change grading option for this course
Caution You can't drop your last class using the "Add/Drop" menu in DuckWeb. Go to the “Completely Withdraw from Term/University” link to begin the complete withdrawal process. If you need assistance with a complete drop or a complete withdrawal, please contact the Office of Academic Advising, 364 Oregon Hall, 541-346-3211 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday). If you are attempting to completely withdraw after business hours, and have difficulty, please contact the Office of Academic Advising the next business day.

Expanded Course Description

This course is based on the "Reacting to the Past" pedagogy developed at Barnard College. In most classes students learn by receiving ideas and information from instructors or texts, or they discuss such materials in seminars. "Reacting to the Past" courses employ a different pedagogy. Students learn by taking on roles, informed by classic texts, in elaborate games set in the past; they learn skills -- speaking, writing, critical thinking, problem solving, leadership, and teamwork -- in order to prevail in difficult and complicated situations. That is because Reacting roles, unlike those in a play, do not have a fixed script and outcome. While students will be asked to adhere to the philosophical and intellectual beliefs of the historical figures they have been assigned to play, they must devise their own means of expressing those ideas persuasively, in papers, speeches, or other public presentations; and student must also pursue a course of action they think will help them win the game. There are several Reacting games. The course will play one, such as "America's Founding: the Constitutional Convention," or "The French Revolution." Students will read many period documents and research their assigned parts.

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