Spring Semester 2019
TextsGerard J. DeGroot, The Bomb: A Life (Cambridge: Harvard UP, 2006)
David E. Hoffman, The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and its Dangerous Legacy (New York: Anchor Books, 2009)
Paul Bracken, The Second Nuclear Age: Strategy, Danger and the New Power Politics (New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 2013)
Study Guide for DeGroot, The Bomb: A Life, click [here]
The Arms Race and the Space Race
week 8 Blight and Lang (2007) "Robert McNamara then and now" (available on CANVAS)
MAR 05 Start Wikipedia training
MAR 07 Deadline to start Wikipedia account; Deadline for Cold War quiz 1
week 9 required: Hoffman pp. 13-72, optional: 101-167
MAR 12 begin group project research
MAR 14 group project research
SPRING BREAK MAR 18 -- MAR 22
week 10 Hoffman pp. 167-376
MAR 26 group project research
MAR 28 group project research; deadline to complete Wikipedia training.
From the Cold War to the Second Nuclear Age
week 11 Bracken Ch.'s 1-3, esp. 82-90. Hoffman, pp. 72-100
APR 02 group project research
APR 04 group project research
week 12 Bracken Ch's 4,5, esp. ch. 5; Hoffman Ch's 10-12,16, esp. ch.16;
APR 09 Submit draft Wikipedia project for Peer Review
APR 11 Return Wikipedia project with suggestions for improvement
week 13 Hoffman pp. 401-423 & 439-58, esp. 412-2; Bracken Ch.'s 4,5 esp. ch. 5
APR 16 finalize group project
APR 18 Wikipedia group project due
week 14 Bracken Ch.'s 6,7; National Intelligence Council "Global Trends" (available on CANVAS)
APR 23 Reports on Wiki projects
APR 25 Reports on Wiki projects; Deadline for Cold War Quiz 2
week 15 Bracken Ch.'s 8,9, Conclusion + Afterword, if you have the paperback.
APR 30 Review: Retrospect and prospect
MAY 02 Review and exit questionnaire
Final Exam: 10:30am-12:30pm Wednesday, May 08
There will be a graded test covering course Organization and Policies on January 24.
Grades will be computed as follows: O&P test 5%; online quizzes: Essay Training, Cold War 1, Cold War 2, 5% each; research essay 20%; establish Wikipedia account 5%; complete Wikipedia training 5%; upload complete Wikipedia Project (Group) 15%; Powerpoint (or similar) report on Wikipedia project 5%; Final exam 20%; participation 5%. Students who miss three classes will be penalized one letter grade within this grade item. However, it is the policy of the University to excuse absences of students that result from religious observances and to provide without penalty for the rescheduling of examinations and additional required class work that may fall on religious holidays. If you wish to be excused for religious observances, please contact the Instructor at least one week before you will be absent, in order to reschedule the corresponding work.
Extra Credit is available for all major assignments except the Final
We assume you understand and adhere to the norms of academic honesty stated in A Student's Guide to Academic Integrity at the University of Oklahoma. We also assume you are honest unless proven otherwise, so if you are not sure about something ask us. We encourage you to work together (and with us) to prepare for class, exams and essays -- on the understanding that the final version is all your own work. 'Plagiarism' used to mean copying out of a book. Electronic media like Wikipedia and blogs pose special problems. While we encourage you to use them as sources of ideas and information, no sentence that you submit as your own work should be identical to any sentence in a book or electronic medium. If we judge that work you submit fails to meet these standards, the following things will happen:
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