Fall 2014

American History & Government Courses

Fall 2014 Session 1 (Online) - August 16 to October 10

AHG 501 O1A: The American Revolution (2)  ** CLOSED **

This course focuses on three topics: political developments in North America and the British empire and the arguments for and against independence, culminating in the Declaration of Independence; the Revolutionary War as a military, social and cultural event in the development of the American nation and state; and the United States under the Articles of Confederation.

Instructor: Robert M.S. McDonald, United States Military Academy

Schedule: Thursdays, 6:15 pm to 9:30 pm ET

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

AHG 503 O1A: Sectionalism and Civil War (2)  ** CLOSED **

A study of the sectional conflict beginning with the nullification crisis. The course will not only examine the political, social and economic developments in the period leading to the civil war, but will emphasize the political thought of Abraham Lincoln, Stephen Douglas, and John C. Calhoun.

Instructor: Lucas Morel, Washington and Lee University

Schedule: Saturdays, 9:30 am to 12:45 pm ET

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet  Supplemental Course Packet (revised 7/24/14)

AHG 505 O1A: The Progressive Era (2)  ** CLOSED **

The transition to an industrial economy posed many problems for the United States. This course examines those problems and the responses to them that came to be known as progressivism. The course includes the study of World War I as a manifestation of progressive principles. The course emphasizes the political thought of Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and their political expression of progressive principles.

Instructor: Christopher Burkett, Ashland University

Schedule: Wednesdays, 6:15 pm to 9:30 pm ET

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

AHG 510 O1A: Great American Texts - Moby-Dick (2) ** CLOSED **

Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is not only a classic work in American literature but a thorough political analysis of both the virtues and limitations of American democracy. While at at times, Melville expresses hopeful confidence in his country's national purpose, Moby-Dick also provides some well-founded skepticism about the coherence of American political life in practice. In Moby-Dick Melville confronts a tension inherent in the two principles that define the American regime: human rights founded in nature and the democratic imperative of popular consent. If consent is always necessary to the government of the nation, what can be done when the people themselves lack the virtue to protect those natural rights? The journey on the Pequod, therefore, is more than just a whaling adventure; it is Melville’s attempt to understand how the nation can reconcile its fundamental principles of government.

Instructor: J. David Alvis, Wofford College

Schedule: Wednesdays, 8:15 pm to 11:30 pm ET

Course Materials: Syllabus  There is no course packet for this course.

AHG 642 O1A: Political Parties (2)  ** CLOSED **

This course examines the development of American political parties, focusing on the meaning of parties and historic moments in the rise and fall of political parties from the Founding era to the present. Topics may include re-aligning elections, changing coalitions within American parties, and the contemporary Democratic and Republican parties.

Instructor: Eric Sands, Berry College

Schedule: Tuesdays, 8:15 pm to 11:30 pm ET

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

Fall 2014 Session 2 (Online) - October 11 to December 6

AHG 502 O2A: The American Founding (2) ** CLOSED **

This course is an intensive study of the constitutional convention, the struggle over ratification of the Constitution, and the creation of the Bill of Rights. It will include a close examination of the Federalist Papers and the antifederalist papers.

Instructor: Scott Yenor, Boise State University

Schedule: Wednesdays, 8:15 pm to 11:30 pm ET

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet  Supplemental Course Packet

AHG 504 O2A: Civil War and Reconstruction (2)  ** CLOSED **

This course will examine military aspects of the war, as well as political developments during it, including the political history of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Gettysburg Address and the Second Inaugural. The course also examines the post-war amendments and the Reconstruction era.

Instructor: Dan Monroe, Millikin University

Schedule: Saturdays, 9:30 am to 12:45 pm ET

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet  Supplemental Course Packet

AHG 510 O2B: Great American Texts–The Lincoln-Douglas Debates (2)

After a brief survey of 19th century American politics and its relationship to the Founding, we will cover all seven Lincoln-Douglas debates, studying one debate per class. We will assess the arguments and rhetoric of both ambitious party leaders and place the debates in the larger context of American political and constitutional history, looking forward to the presidential election of 1860. Besides clarifying Lincoln's thought and political tactics, we will examine Stephen Douglas's role in what remains today the world's oldest political party, his expansionist foreign policy, and his views of federalism, slavery, and popular sovereignty, among other major concerns of antebellum America. What might the debates teach us about American politics today?

Instructor: Ken Masugi, Johns Hopkins University

Schedule: Wednesdays, 6:15 pm to 9:30 pm ET

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet  Supplemental Course Packet

AHG 510 O2C: Great American Texts–American Lives (2)

This seminar will examine four great American autobiographies: Benjamin Franklin, Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, and Calvin Coolidge. As we examine these works, we will examine the author's understanding of self-government, American political principles, the American mind, and the American character.

Instructor: Peter W. Schramm, Ashland University

Schedule: Tuesdays, 6:15 pm to 9:30 pm ET

Course Materials: Syllabus There is no course packet for this course.

AHG 606 O2A: America between World Wars (2)

In the 1920s, changes in America that had been underway for several decades came fully into view. This is the period when cultural wars first appeared (e.g., The Scopes Trial) and the transformative effects of industrial capitalism touched every part of American life. In the 1930s, an economic crisis challenged received views of the proper relationship of the government to the economy. The course examines various political and economic changes that occurred in this period, with a special emphasis on the New Deal.

Instructor: David Krugler, University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Schedule: Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:15 pm to 10:00 pm ET

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

AHG 620 O2A: The Reform Tradition in America (2) 

America has lived through three periods of sustained interest in reforming its political and social life, the first in the decades preceding the Civil War, the second in the decades preceding the First World War and the third in the decade or two following World War II. The course examines aspects of these reform movements, particularly their connection to religion and Protestant theology.

Instructor: Emily Hess, Ashland University

Schedule: Mondays, 8:15 pm to 11:30 pm ET

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

AHG 632 O2A: The American Presidency I–Washington to Lincoln (2)  ** CLOSED **

This course is an examination of the political and constitutional development of the office of president from the Founding era through the Civil War. It focuses on how the presidency shaped American political life as the country grew and struggled with rising sectional tensions.

Instructor: Scot Zentner, California State University, San Bernardino

Schedule: Tuesdays, 8:15 pm to 11:30 pm ET

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet  Supplemental Course Packet

AHG 660 O2A: The Vietnam War (2)  ** CLOSED **

This course examines the origins, progress, and outcome of the Vietnam War from 1945 through 1975. This class is taught primarily through the close examination of documents with an emphasis on the changes that took place in American culture - politically, socially, intellectually, and militarily - as a result.

Instructor: William Atto, University of Dallas

Schedule: Mondays, 6:15 pm to 9:30 pm ET

Course Materials: Syllabus  There is no course packet for this course.

Research Methods

AHG 690 - Research Methods - Fall 2014

AHG 690 A: Research Methods (2)

Students enrolled in the MAHG program who plan to complete their degree via the Thesis or Capstone Project tracks should enroll in AHG 690/Research Methods around the time they will complete 20 semester credit hours. AHG 690 is meets once for about two hours as a group. The student then works one-on-one with the instructor to develop a thesis or capstone project proposal. The course is complete when the student has received approval for their proposal.

Tuition is due for AHG 690 no later than the date of the student's attendance at the first group meeting. Tuition is charged at the then current on-campus tuition rate regardless of the format in which AHG 690 is taken. Once the student attends the group session the student is committeed to AHG 690 and no refund of tuition is available should the student later withdraw from AHG 690 to pursue the comprehensive exam option.

Schedule:

AHG 690 Research Methods (Online): TBA

Register

For more information about the course and upcoming sessions please contact Professor David Tucker at dtucker@ashbrook.org.

Comprehensive Examination

AHG 693 - Comprehensive Examination - Fall 2014

AHG 693 A: Comprehensive Examination (0)

The Fall 2014 Comprehensive Examination for MAHG and MASTAHG degree candidates will feature five questions. Candidates will respond to any three of these questions in an extended essay format.

Schedule:

Exam questions released: Friday, October 31th at noon Eastern
Student responses due: Monday, November 17th at noon Eastern
Students informed of results: Week of December 1st

Students must have completed (or will complete during the Fall 2014 semester) all 32 semester credit hours (MAHG) or all 24 semester credit hours of required AHG-prefixed course work (MASTAHG) to be eligible to register to take the exam.

MASTAHG Education Courses

Fall 2014 (Online)

EDCI 522 OL1: Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century Classroom (3)  ** CLOSED **

This course provides teachers with an overview of how theoretical and curricular foundations have evolved to form the current 21st century model of classroom instruction. It provides practical instruction on how key technologies are being utilized to meet the needs of the 21st century student. Instructors provide a theoretical framework for technology integration that find praxis with critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity and innovation. The meshing of instructional methods, curriculum, and technology are the thematic focal points of content with a practical emphasis on learning how these technologies work. This course meets the requirements for the Curriculum Foundations standard in the MASTAHG Core.

Instructor: Deanna Romano, Ashland University

Schedule: 09/02/2014 through 11/21/2014 (12 weeks)

EDCI 522 OL2: Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century Classroom (3)  ** CLOSED **

This course provides teachers with an overview of how theoretical and curricular foundations have evolved to form the current 21st century model of classroom instruction. It provides practical instruction on how key technologies are being utilized to meet the needs of the 21st century student. Instructors provide a theoretical framework for technology integration that find praxis with critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity and innovation. The meshing of instructional methods, curriculum, and technology are the thematic focal points of content with a practical emphasis on learning how these technologies work. This course meets the requirements for the Curriculum Foundations standard in the MASTAHG Core.

Instructor: Deanna Romano, Ashland University

Schedule: 10/13/2014 through 12/05/2014 (8 weeks)

EDCI 522 OL3: Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century Classroom (3)  ** CLOSED **

This course provides teachers with an overview of how theoretical and curricular foundations have evolved to form the current 21st century model of classroom instruction. It provides practical instruction on how key technologies are being utilized to meet the needs of the 21st century student. Instructors provide a theoretical framework for technology integration that find praxis with critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity and innovation. The meshing of instructional methods, curriculum, and technology are the thematic focal points of content with a practical emphasis on learning how these technologies work. This course meets the requirements for the Curriculum Foundations standard in the MASTAHG Core.

Instructor: Deanna Romano, Ashland University

Schedule: 10/13/2014 through 12/05/2014 (8 weeks)

EDCI 533 OL1: Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners: Social, Historical, and Legal Issues Related to the Education of English Language Learners (3) ** CLOSED **

While it is aptly suited for every teacher in our diverse classrooms, this course is required for candidates seeking Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Endorsement. This course explores historical, social, and policy issues surrounding the education of diverse learners particularly English Language and limited English proficient learners in K-12 settings in the U.S. With the population changes and demographics realities of the 21st Century, educational professionals will be better prepared by investigating theories and themes of cultural identity, intragroup differences, migration, language use, and how these factors intersect with school performance. This course will emphasize the roles of school in collaboration with family and community structures to elicit strengths and enhance positive outcomes for students. This course meets the Diversity standard for the MASTAHG core. Field/Clinical Hours: 20.

Instructor: Donna Villareal, Ashland University

Schedule: 08/18/2014 through 10/11/2014 (8 weeks)

EDFN 502 OL1: Critical Dialogues in the Teaching and Learning Professions (3)  ** CLOSED **

Critical theory, critical pedagogy, and critical discourse analysis emerged following World War I in Europe, and entered American education from the 1970s onward. Through these perspectives, education professions can learn to identify sources of socio-cultural power that shape, control, limit and empower the practice of education as an institution of culture. The perception of the classroom teacher by society, individual communities, and the teachers themselves is shaped by a complex intersection of political power, economics, gender and sexual discourses, and historical meta-narratives. This course will provide an overview of these discourses through the lens of critical theory to discuss the nature and characteristics of the teaching profession in contemporary U.S. schooling. This course meets the Diversity standard for the MASTAHG core.

Instructor: Nate Myers, Ashland University

Schedule: 09/02/2014 through 11/21/2014 (12 weeks)

EDFN 503 OL1: School and Society (2)  **CLOSED**

School and Society is a course designed for students to reflect on antecedents of the current educational system (philosophical, political, economic, and social influences which have shaped it) and societal interactions which continue to affect it. Using this understanding, students will focus on the role of the educator in developing schools as educational communities. This course meets the requirements for the Social and Historical standard in the MASTAHG core.

Instructor: Cathryn Chappell, Ashland University

Schedule: 09/02/2014 through 11/21/2014 (12 weeks)

EDFN 503 OL2: School and Society (2)  ** CLOSED **

School and Society is a course designed for students to reflect on antecedents of the current educational system (philosophical, political, economic, and social influences which have shaped it) and societal interactions which continue to affect it. Using this understanding, students will focus on the role of the educator in developing schools as educational communities. This course meets the requirements for the Social and Historical standard in the MASTAHG core.

Instructor: Cathryn Chappell, Ashland University

Schedule: 10/13/2014 through 12/5/2014 (8 weeks)

EDFN 503 OL2A: School and Society (2) ** CLOSED **

School and Society is a course designed for students to reflect on antecedents of the current educational system (philosophical, political, economic, and social influences which have shaped it) and societal interactions which continue to affect it. Using this understanding, students will focus on the role of the educator in developing schools as educational communities. This course meets the requirements for the Social and Historical standard in the MASTAHG core.

Instructor: Jane M. Piirto, Ashland University

Schedule: 09/02/2014 through 11/21/2014 (12 weeks)

EDFN 506 OL1: Qualitative Research (3)  **CLOSED**

This course acquaints students with a qualitative inquiry. In addition to providing an introduction to the theoretical perspectives informing qualitative research, the course focuses on techniques for and issues of gathering, analyzing, and reporting qualitative data. The social and ethical issues of research are emphasized. This course meets the requirements of the Inquiry standard of the MASTAHG core.

Instructor: Rosaire I. Ifedi, Ashland University

Schedule: 10/13/2014 through 12/05/2014 (8 weeks)

EDFN 506 OL2: Qualitative Research (3) ** CLOSED **

This course acquaints students with a qualitative inquiry. In addition to providing an introduction to the theoretical perspectives informing qualitative research, the course focuses on techniques for and issues of gathering, analyzing, and reporting qualitative data. The social and ethical issues of research are emphasized. This course meets the requirements of the Inquiry standard of the MASTAHG core.

Instructor: Rosaire I. Ifedi, Ashland University

Schedule: 10/13/2014 through 12/05/2014 (8 weeks)

EDFN 507 OL1: Understanding Statistical Research for Classroom Professionals (3)  **CLOSED**

This course is designed to prepare non-mathematicians to critique and understand statistical research and research designs as they apply to classroom and school practices. Students will analyze a variety of research questions in education and learn to follow these questions through relevant research studies, to learn how to structure links between research and practice that are reasonable, and that protect and justify the experiential knowledge of education professionals. This course meets the requirements of the Inquiry standard of the MASTAHG core.

Instructor: Howard Walters, Ashland University

Schedule: 09/02/2014 through 11/21/2014 (12 weeks)

EDFN 510 OL1: The World in Your Classroom: Multicultural and Global Education (3) **CLOSED**

The goal of this course is to equip educators with the knowledge and practical skills necessary to implement multicultural curricular and pedagogical strategies, thereby enabling them to meet the diverse learning needs of all students. By developing multicultural competence, using culturally relevant instruction and pedagogy, and practicing culturally responsive teaching, educators will improve their ability to positively impact student achievement both individually, and holistically. Also, by developing an understanding of the prevailing conditions, developments, and trends associated with world educational issues, educators will be equipped to prepare their students for the increasingly globalized world. This course satisfies the Diversity requirement of the MASTAHG core.

Instructor: Cathryn Chappell, Ashland University

Schedule: 09/02/2014 through 11/21/2014 (12 weeks)

EDFN 521 OL1: Theory and Practice of Curriculum Development (3) **CLOSED**

Students examine the impact of curriculum theories and practices, including contemporary curriculum discourses; technology utilization and management; major groups and individuals in society who influence curriculum; trends and innovations in curriculum, approaches to evaluation of curriculum experiences; professional techniques of curriculum development; and the role of students, teachers, administrators, scholars, parents, and other groups in shaping curriculum. Current literature and research are emphasized. This course meets the requirements for the Curriculum Foundations standard in the MASTAHG core.

Instructor: Rosaire I. Ifedi, Ashland University

Schedule: 09/02/2014 through 11/21/2014 (12 weeks)

EDFN 521 OL2: Theory and Practice of Curriculum Development (3) ** CLOSED **

Students examine the impact of curriculum theories and practices, including contemporary curriculum discourses; technology utilization and management; major groups and individuals in society who influence curriculum; trends and innovations in curriculum, approaches to evaluation of curriculum experiences; professional techniques of curriculum development; and the role of students, teachers, administrators, scholars, parents, and other groups in shaping curriculum. Current literature and research are emphasized. This course meets the requirements for the Curriculum Foundations standard in the MASTAHG core.

Instructor: Nate Myers, Ashland University

Schedule: 09/02/2014 through 11/21/2014 (12 weeks)

EDIS 550 OL1: Social and Educational Perspectives of Disability (3)  ** CLOSED **

The application of a deficit model to define and respond to individuals with disabilities in schools contributes to community marginalization and social stigmatization. This class focuses upon the interpretative framework of the perceptions and implications of disability within society and the educational community. It will utilize diverse perspectives to explore how the construct of disability impacts the community identity and participation rights of individuals with disabilities. The promotion of socially just practices will be explored. This course meets the requirements of the Diversity standard of the MASTAHG core.

Instructor: Allison P. Dickey, Ashland University

Schedule: 09/02/2014 through 11/21/2014 (12 weeks)