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History (HIST)
275 McKenzie Hall, 541-346-4802
College of Arts & Sciences
U - Some or all of the seats in this section are reserved for students in Freshman Interest Groups (FIG) or Academic Residential Communities (ARC)
Course Data
  HIST 211   Reacting to the Past >2 4.00 cr.
Centers on complex, exciting role-playing simulations of decisive historical events and the development of key analytical skills in close readings of classic texts.
Grading Options: Optional for all students
Instructor: O'Neal JE-mailHomepage Office:   203 Alder Bldg
Phone:   (541) 346-8830
Office Hours: 1330 - 1500 W F'20: and By Appointment
See CRN for CommentsPrereqs/Comments: Hidden History
 
  CRN Avail Max Time Day Location Instructor Notes
  17756 2 25 1615-1745 tr 00 REMOTE O'Neal J !U
Academic Deadlines
Deadline     Last day to:
September 27:   Process a complete drop (100% refund, no W recorded)
October 3:   Drop this course (100% refund, no W recorded; after this date, W's are recorded)
October 3:   Process a complete drop (90% refund, no W recorded; after this date, W's are recorded)
October 4:   Process a complete withdrawal (90% refund, W recorded)
October 4:   Withdraw from this course (100% refund, W recorded)
October 5:   Add this course
October 7:   Last day to change to or from audit
October 11:   Process a complete withdrawal (75% refund, W recorded)
October 11:   Withdraw from this course (75% refund, W recorded)
October 18:   Process a complete withdrawal (50% refund, W recorded)
October 18:   Withdraw from this course (50% refund, W recorded)
October 25:   Process a complete withdrawal (25% refund, W recorded)
October 25:   Withdraw from this course (25% refund, W recorded)
November 15:   Withdraw from this course (0% refund, W recorded)
December 2:   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, 101 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 employs an exciting new approach to education called Reacting to the Past. Reacting courses consist of elaborate games, set in the past, in which students are assigned roles informed by classic texts. Students in the class learn to construct arguments from the same intellectual sources their assigned characters would have used, and then support their positions through reasoned, sometimes impassioned, writing and speeches. As students take control of an unfolding historical drama and struggle for their characters to prevail, they become deeply engaged, both intellectually and emotionally, with the subject matter. Professors act as game masters, determining students' roles, preparing them to play, grading their work, and very occasionally nudging the game as it develops.

The content of the games varies-from the French Revolution to the creation of India to the US Constitutional Convention and beyond-but every Reacting course centers on methods and questions peculiar to the social sciences, and therefore counts for General Education credit in this group. By learning how to analyze complicated texts and evaluate primary sources from a number of perspectives, and developing their ideas and understanding through spoken and written assignments, students acquire familiarity with the ways practicing social scientists study social change. The course prepares them to evaluate both the large-scale forces and individual decisions that help to explain momentous historical turning points.

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