HIST 3215: Southerners
Professor Karen L. Cox
Office: 122A Garinger Hall
Office hours: Tuesdays-Thursdays, 1-2pm and by appointment
This course examines the American South through the biography and memoir, specifically of southern women, black and white. The class will explore questions about southern-ness. What makes the South the South? Who gets to be a southerner? Etc. Since the course covers the 20th and 21st centuries, there will be an effort to help you to better understand issues like Jim Crow, civil rights, and different kinds of experiences within the same region. Is WV southern? Is Mississippi “the most southern place on earth?” Reading is fundamental to success in this class. It will also make our discussions so much more interesting.
Fields, Lemon Swamp and Other Places: A Carolina Memoir
Smith, Killers of the Dream
Moody, Coming of Age in Mississippi
Curry, Deep in Our Hearts: Nine White Women in the Freedom Movement
Ward, Men We Reaped
Wall, The Glass Castle
Lumpkin, The Making of a Southerner
Course Assignments (Instructions will be posted online)
Green Book assignment 10%
4 In-class reading reflections 40%
Grading policy: Grading for this course is based on a 10-point scale, such that (A=90-100; B=80-89; C=70-79, and so on). However, individual assignments will be provided with a numerical grade, based on the following (A+=98-100; A=94-97; A-=90-93; B+=88-89; B=84-87, and so on). Thus, your course average could be a 90, but would appear on your transcript as an “A.”
All written assignments will be graded for clarity of composition and grammar as well as content. All assignments other than exams must be typed, double-spaced with one-inch margins, stapled, and include page numbers. Since this is a history course, your citations (use footnotes) must meet the guidelines established in The Chicago Manual of Style. See: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide/citation-guide-1.html
If you turn in an assignment after it is due, expect a grade penalty.
Plagiarism: Please note that plagiarism is not tolerated. Those who violate this rule run the risk of failing the assignment, the class or worse. The Department of History strictly enforces the UNC Charlotte Code of Student Academic Integrity. Any violation results in penalty and may lead to failure of the course. See http://www.legal.uncc.edu/policies/ps-105.html.
Class Participation/Discussion: This class is not strictly a lecture class, therefore important emphasis is placed on student discussion of the reading. In order to insure this occurs, you will be required to write reflections on the readings. I strive for a class environment in which everybody regardless their age, background, orientation, gender identity, preferences, or personal circumstance, feels included and free to express themselves; i.e. an optimal learning experience for all. I look forward to your contributions towards this goal. Academic test and notetaking accommodation due to disability may occur upon letter from Disability Services from that day forward.
Attendance policy: In a class that meets twice a week, you are allowed 2 unexcused absences. 3 unexcused absences will result in the loss of one letter grade. Four unexcused absences will result in failure. Attendance counted from Jan 16 on. Excused absences to be documented and cleared. Religious accommodation requests must be submitted by January 22, 2018 (https://legal.uncc.edu/policies/up-409. )
General Class Etiquette: Be respectful of other students and avoid distracting them and hindering their opportunity to learn. Refrain from making comments or remarks while the professor is teaching. All students should be given the opportunity to participate in a discussion.
Running late to class? I can accept being a few minutes late, however, beyond that it is rude and disruptive. Make the effort to get to class on time. Thank you.
Electronic distractions (NO): This should go without saying, but let’s say it anyway: you should turn off your cellphone and/or other devices before you enter the classroom. I understand that your phones connect you with your friends and family, but the classroom should be a place apart, however briefly, from the outside world. You will learn more if you can concentrate on the course while you’re in the course. Sorry, but laptops are forbidden for purposes of note taking. Go old school and take notes with pen and paper, studies show that you will retain the information better. While I’d prefer that you read the paper version of a book, if you are using an e-reader, please request permission to use it for class.
Emailing your professor: There should be a salutation (Dear Professor or just Professor). Your subject line should be specific and not something like “class.” And you should sign your name. Always use your UNCC email and not some address like “firstname.lastname@example.org.” If you skip any of these steps, then don’t expect a reply.