Syllabus for HIS-425
DIALOGUES ON THE EXPERIENCE OF WAR: WAR AND REINTEGRATION
Dialogues on the Experience of War: War and Reintegration (HIS-425) focuses on the various ways in which Americans have dealt with war and its effects on service members. A major emphasis is placed on the humanities, addressing war and the trauma associated with it from historical, literary, and philosophical perspectives.
- Experiences in war
- Civil-military relations
- Nationalism and duty
After completing this course, you should be able to:
CO1 Determine the psychological issues faced by service members experiencing war.
CO2 Analyze military practices that have affected service members.
CO3 Compare how wartime political policies from various conflicts have affected service members.
CO4 Compare primary sources of service life in various conflicts.
CO5 Evaluate societal expectations of military service.
CO6 Assess how American service members’ experiences of war have changed over time.
CO7 Differentiate how military service policies in various conflicts affected the reintegration of service members into civilian society.
CO8 Judge how changing views of nationalism or duty affect military recruitment and retention.
You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the University’s textbook supplier, MBS Direct.
- Snow, Donald M., and Drew, Dennis M. From Lexington to Baghdad and Beyond: War and Politics in the American Experience. 3rd ed. Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe, 2009. Print.
Beginnings: The Revolution
- Cox, Caroline. A Proper Sense of Honor: Service and Sacrifice in George Washington’s Army. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2004. Print.
- Kaplan, Catherine. “Theft and Counter-Theft: Joseph Plumb Martin's Revolutionary War.” Economics and Early American Literature 41, no. 3 (2006): 515–534. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org/stable/25057467
Logistics: Supplies and Economics
- Lynn, John A., ed. Feeding Mars: Logistics in Western Warfare from the Middle Ages to the Present. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1993. Print.
Experiences in War
- Dean, Eric T. Jr. Shook Over Hell: Post-Traumatic Stress, Vietnam, and the Civil War. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1997. Print.
- Hanson, Victor. D. Ripples of Battle: How Wars of the Past Still Determine How We Fight, How We Live, and How We Think. New York: Doubleday, 2003. Print.
- Lynn, John A. Battle: A History of Combat and Culture. Philadelphia: Perseus Books Group, 2003. Print.
- Santoli, Al. Everything We Had: An Oral History of the Vietnam War by Thirty-Three American Soldiers Who Fought It. New York: Ballantine Books, 1981. Print.
Dialogues on the Experience of War: War and Reintegration is a six-credit, online course consisting of eight modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.
- Module 1: The American Revolution
Course objectives covered in this module: CO2, CO3, CO7, CO8
- Module 2: War and Warrior in Western Culture
Course objectives covered in this module: CO5, CO6, CO8
- Module 3: The Reality of War Versus the Ideal
Course objectives covered in this module: CO1, CO2, CO5, CO8
- Module 4: Logistics and War
Course objectives covered in this module: CO2, CO6
- Module 5: Combat in the Civil War and World War II
Course objectives covered in this module: CO1, CO5, CO6
- Module 6: Vietnam War
Course objectives covered in this module: CO2, CO4, CO6
- Module 7: The Civil and Vietnam Wars and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Course objectives covered in this module: CO1, CO6
- Module 8: War and Politics
Course objectives covered in this module: CO2, CO3, CO5, CO6
For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, and complete a final project. See below for details.
Consult the Course Calendar for due dates.
This course requires you to participate in eight graded discussion forums. There is an ungraded but required Introductions Forum in Module 1.
Deadlines for posting discussion threads are given in the Course Calendar. For posting guidelines and additional help with discussion forums, please see the Online Student Handbook located within the General Information section of the course website.
You are required to complete eight written assignments. The written assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules.
Students will construct a research paper that will investigate the topic of American Veteran Reintegration into Society. Students may chose a facet of the subject, from the given list, during a time period after any American military conflict.
Although the final paper is due in the last week of the course, students will be required to submit selected components of the project in specified weeks of the course, as detailed in the Final Project section of the course and the Course Calendar.
GRADING AND EVALUATION
Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:
- Discussion forums (8)—22 percent
- Written assignments (8)—48 percent
- Final project—30 percent
- Topic approval—Accepted/Needs revision
- Preliminary bibliography—Accepted/Needs revision
- Final paper—30 percent
All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:
To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a course not in your area of study), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings).
STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS
First Steps to Success
To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:
- Read carefully the entire Syllabus, making sure that all aspects of the course are clear to you and that you have all the materials required for the course.
- Take time to read the entire Online Student Handbook. The Handbook answers many questions about how to proceed through the course and how to get the most from your educational experience at Thomas Edison State University.
- Familiarize yourself with the learning management systems environment—how to navigate it and what the various course areas contain. If you know what to expect as you navigate the course, you can better pace yourself and complete the work on time.
- If you are not familiar with web-based learning, be sure to review the processes for posting responses online and submitting assignments before class begins.
Consider the following study tips for success:
- To stay on track throughout the course, begin each week by consulting the Course Calendar. The Course Calendar provides an overview of the course and indicates due dates for submitting assignments, posting discussions, and scheduling and taking examinations.
- Check Announcements regularly for new course information.
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If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > Citing Sources.)
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Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.
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Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism
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Disciplinary Process for Plagiarism
Acts of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism violate the Academic Code of Conduct.
If an incident of plagiarism is an isolated minor oversight or an obvious result of ignorance of proper citation requirements, the mentor may handle the matter as a learning exercise. Appropriate consequences may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool in addition to a lower grade for the assignment or course. The mentor will notify the student and appropriate dean of the consequence by e-mail.
If the plagiarism appears intentional and/or is more than an isolated incident, the mentor will refer the matter to the appropriate dean, who will gather information about the violation(s) from the mentor and student, as necessary. The dean will review the matter and notify the student in writing of the specifics of the charge and the sanction to be imposed.
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- Lower or failing grade for an assignment
- Lower or failing grade for the course
- Rescinding credits
- Rescinding certificates or degrees
- Recording academic sanctions on the transcript
- Suspension from the University
- Dismissal from the University
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