This course is an exploration of the age of Reagan—i.e. the period from roughly 1964 to 1990. Particular focus is on American politics, foreign policy, economic affairs, political ideologies, social issues, and popular culture.
For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.
This course will provide the student with a more detailed approach to American history and society in the second half of the 20th century—specifically as it relates to Ronald Reagan and politics in the period between 1964 and 1990.
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Course Overview.
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to submit a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 250 words. For each thread, the student’s assertions must be supported with at least 2 citations in current Turabian format. Each reply must incorporate at least 1 citation. Acceptable sources include course readings and campaign videos (speeches and television advertisements).
Annotated Bibliography/Prospectus Assignment
The student will write a 1-page summary of his or her plans for the Final Paper. The student will also provide an annotated bibliography of at least 8 primary sources and 5 secondary sources. Each title should have a 4 to 6-sentence-long paragraph describing the importance of that particular work to the larger project. The summary and bibliography must be in current Turabian format.
Research Paper Assignment
The student will write an 8-10 page research-based paper in current Turabian format that focuses on an element of the Reagan presidency (or the 1970s and 1980s). The topic must be approved by the instructor. The paper must include at least 8 primary sources and 8 secondary sources in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.
Quiz: Ronald Reagan and His Quest to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
This quiz will cover Ronald Reagan and His Quest to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. The quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 multiple-choice and true/false questions and 1 short answer, and have a 45-minute time limit.
Quiz: Primary Sources (8)
Each quiz will be based on content presented in primary source video for the assigned Module: Week. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 5 multiple-choice questions, and have a 15-minute time limit.
Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the assigned Module: Week. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes; contain 31 multiple-choice, true/false, and short answer questions, and have a 45-minute time limit.