For Students Enrolled in Hist. 17A or 17B, Fall 2015:
Welcome! I look forward to meeting all of you soon.
The book you are required to have for the course is listed at the Cabrillo College bookstore website—you can either buy it on line or at the physical store on the Cabrillo campus. (There will be other required reading in addition to this textbook, but I will provide it for you.) And yes, the newest edition is required!
Your first reading assignment will be the first chapter of the textbook, due the second day of class (September 2) and you will have a short quiz on the reading; so it’s a great idea to buy the book before class starts, and perhaps even get a head start on the reading!
Our class will have fairly extensive (and hopefully helpful!) resources on Blackboard, which you can access the day before our class starts. If you have never used Blackboard, it is nothing to be intimidated by, and I will help you learn how to use it. There’s also a great online tutorial you can do on your own.
Let me assure you that both Hist. 17A and 17B are incredibly engaging and interesting courses. They are definitely a lot of work, but everyone who finishes feels that it was well worth the effort. I am incredibly passionate about how history affects our lives today, and I make everything we study relevant to our contemporary world. I love engaging with students in deep and significant discussions, so my courses encourage (and require) really active participation. This class is not about simple regurgitation of historical facts and data.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.