HIS316-002 Syllabus
TOPIC - Southern Conservatism

Instructor: Randolph Hollingsworth, Ph.D.
Office hours: TR 9:30-11 am in 1601 Patterson Office Tower; also, look for me on Weds 3-4 pm in Special Collections and Archives
Contact: voice 606-257-9739; FAX 606-257-7034; email dolph@pop.uky.edu

"Where is the South?"

by Diane Roberts,
NPR Weekend Edition, 2/20/00

to Course Themes & Schedule

COURSE DESCRIPTION AND OBJECTIVES: An introduction to research and writing in the field of history with attention given to the problems of historical thought and interpretation. Preferably to be taken during the first semester of the junior year. Required of all history majors. Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. read and evaluate primary and secondary historical resources critically;
  2. recognize and use various methods in practicing history;
  3. demonstrate a collegial approach to historical inquiry and recognize the collaborative elements inherent in great scholarship;
  4. develop and support an historical argument in a creative, clear, and persuasive essay complete with footnotes and bibliography.
Required Texts to Purchase: Recommended Text to Purchase: Other supplies:

Course Requirements and Grading Scale: Your performance will be evaluated from several sources, and your grade will be calculated on a 100-point scale, where A = 90-100%, B = 80-89%, C = 70-79%, D = 60-69%, E = 59% and below. To succeed in this class you will fulfill the following requirements:

Class Participation: Participation in class discussions both in class and on the Internet will be assessed; you should meet with me personally before midterm (March 6th) to determine how your class participation is being graded. All students are expected to attend all classes due to the discussion nature of the course; and you are expected to turn in notecards on the assigned readings. Notecards should be no larger than 4"x6" and include the following information:

After midterm, while individual reports and drafts of student papers are being presented, you will be expected to contribute with meaningful peer review reports each week. The depth and scope of these responses to your classmates' presentations will also be assessed as part of your class participation.

More than 3 unexcused absences from class will lower your final grade 10 points. An excused absence is one in which you have contacted me beforehand and made alternative arrangements for what you have missed. You are responsible for officially withdrawing by March 10th if attendance becomes problematic.

Policy On Attendance, Withdrawals, And Incompletes: Regular class attendance is expected, and roll will be taken each day. Mere physical attendance is important, but your prepared attendance is the most valuable part of this course. You may withdraw from this class on your own at any time before March 10th, but after that date you will not be allowed to withdraw (except for non-academic related emergencies) because we will be relying on you. Incompletes are given only in emergencies and only when there is a minor amount of the course left to complete. For you to receive an "I" grade, you must submit a written contract on how you plan to make up the work, and this contract must be signed by me before the last day of classes.

Cheating/Plagiarism: Cheating and plagiarism will not be tolerated, and any infringement of the U.K. Student Code will be dealt with swiftly and completely. The first offence will earn a failing grade on the assignment in question; and you will not be allowed to submit any further work without a conference with me during which you show me a draft of your work. The second offence will deserve a more public hearing by the Ombud. If you are not sure what plagiarism is, please read the Student Code at www.uky.edu/StudentAffairs/Code.

Policy On Late Work: Keeping up-to-date with each requirement is your responsibility. If you miss a class or any specified deadline, you MUST contact me in advance, but if you wish to receive credit for a scheduled assignment, you must first negotiate with me to find an acceptable compromise deadline. You will not be allowed to make up for a responsibility you have in this class unless you have communicated with me and made alternative arrangements before the deadline.

Writing Awards: The Kentucky Association of Teachers of History (KATH) annually presents awards for student historical research and writing. The winner for the best undergraduate research paper in history will receive a $100 prize and a certificate. A paper may cover any historical topic; however, for students who choose to research Kentucky Civil War history, the Madison County Civil War Round Table offers an additional prize of $100 and one year's free membership to the Round Table. For instructions on how to compete for these prizes, see www.uky.edu/LCC/HIS/KATH/awards.html.

* * What is History? What is Southern? What is Southern Conservatism? * *
Jan 24
Introductions and Orientation; Assigned Reading for Class Discussion
  • Gerda Lerner, Why History Matters, Part I "History as Memory"
  • John Shelton Reed, "Where is the South?" Southern Cultures 5 (Summer 1999): p. 116.
    See the UNC Howard W. Odum Institute for Research in Social Science website which explains the Southern Focus Poll.
Jan 31
Assigned Reading for Class Discussion
  • Edward L. Ayers, "What We Talk about When We Talk about the South," pp. 62-82 in All Over the Map: Rethinking American Regions (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins U. Press, 1996).
  • Immanuel Wallerstein, "What Can One Mean by Southern Culture?" pp. 1-13 in The Evolution of Southern Culture, Numan V. Bartley, ed. (Athens: U. of Georgia Press, 1988).
  • Eugene Genovese, Southern Tradition, "Introduction," pp. 1-10
  • Allen Tate, "Ode to the Confederate Dead," available at www.poets.org/lit/POEM/atate01.htm; see also Allen Tate, "Narcissus as Narcissus" in which he discusses the "Ode", and "Allen Tate: A Modernist Historian" which was written by students at Penn. State
Feb 7
Field Trip to U.K. Archives and Special Collections; meet in the lobby of M.I.King Library South at the beginning of regular class time
Feb 14Assigned Reading for Class Discussion
Feb 21Project Topic Sheet Due; Assigned Reading for Class Discussion
  • Russell Kirk, "Southern Conservatism: Randolph and Calhoun," ch. 5 in The Conservative Mind, 7th ed.(Washington D.C.: Regnery Pub., Inc., 1985).
  • Genovese, Southern Tradition, "Lineaments of the Southern Tradition," pp. 11-40
  • Lerner, Why History Matters, Part III "Re-Visioning History"
* * The Historian's Craft * *
Feb 28
Assigned Reading for Class Discussion
Mar 6
Project Prospectus due; Assigned Reading for Class Discussion
See Student Projects
Mar 13Spring Break
* * Making Your Own History * *
Mar 20
Annotated Bibliography Due; Assigned Reading for Class Discussion
  • Rampolla, Pocket Guide To Writing in History (no notecard due)
See Annotated Bibliographies
Mar 27
Peer Review
Apr 3
3 copies of Rough Draft Due; orientation to peer review form
Apr 10Peer Review
Apr 17Peer Review
Apr 24Peer Review and individual conferences with me sometime during the week
May 5Final Draft (and self-addressed mailing packet) due in my mailbox 16th floor POT no later than 10:00 AM, Friday (end of regularly scheduled Final Exam time); those individuals competing for the KATH writing awards should submit four copies, three of which will be submitted to KATH

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University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY  40506-0027
Phone: 606-257-9739; Fax: 606-257-7034
Email: dolph@pop.uky.edu
Last revised February 28, 2000