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Fall 2012

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HIS227 - War of 1812 and Early American Republic
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Examines the role of the War of 1812 in the development of the fledgling United States. Surveys the historical debate over the causes and consequences of this often forgotten conflict and investigates its impact on the evolution of the North American continent. Note: Students wishing to use this course to fulfill the SUNY General Education requirement in American History are required to meet one of the following criteria: successful completion of HIS 203 or HIS 204; or score 85 or better on the New York State Regents American History and Government examination.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
Upon successful completion of this course as documented through writing, objective testing, case studies, laboratory practice, and/or classroom discussion, the student will be able to:

1.Discuss the major historical figures, key events, and significant political, social and economic transformations that have shaped American history from 1787-1820. *
2.Evaluate and explain American foreign policy before and after the War of 1812.*
3.Analyze the strategies, doctrines and battlefield tactics of American and British military commanders in at least two theatres of War of 1812 operations through primary and secondary sources.
4.Identify and evaluate at least three causes of the War of 1812.
5.Evaluate the development of nationalism during the Early Republic.
6.Assess at least three consequences of the War of 1812 on the development of the United States.
7.Demonstrate the ability to read and interpret at least three primary documents related to the War of 1812.
8.Assess how the War of 1812 impacted at least three different groups in American society.*
9.Evaluate history as an interpretative discipline with a diversity of viewpoints through the detection and appraisal for bias and viewpoint within at least three pieces of history related to the Early American Republic.
10. Demonstrate an ability to formulate, organize and defend an historical argument in a written or oral presentation (University of Chicago guide format) based upon library research involving a minimum of three scholarly sources utilizing online full-text databases.

* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.




Content Outline:
I. The Framework of a New Nation
II. Preserving Neutrality during a European War
III. Native American Issues on the Frontier
IV. War Hawks and the Motives for War
V. Invasion of Canada
VI. War on the Frontier
VII. British offensives of 1814
VIII. The Naval War
IX. Opposition to the War
X. Peace Settlement and Consequences
XI. The Post-War Republic





Effective Term: Fall 2012