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American Heritage. Lecture 1. Monday, January 6 th. Contact Information American Heritage Office 3421 HBLL 422-6076 Hours: 9am-5pm M-F American Heritage Review Room 3421 HBLL Hours: 9am-4pm M-F Professor Kirkham 784 SWKT

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monday january 6 th

Monday, January 6th

Contact Information

American Heritage Office

3421 HBLL 422-6076

Hours: 9am-5pm M-F

American Heritage Review Room

3421 HBLL

Hours: 9am-4pm M-F

Professor Kirkham

784 SWKT


Office Hours: Mondays 3:30 – 5 p.m.

monday january 6 th1
Monday, January 6th
  • Don’t forget to go to labs!
    • Check for your section and room location
    • No lab quiz this week
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American Heritage
  • Examine the history and impact of the American founding
  • Interdisciplinary mix of history, political philosophy, and economics
getting started
Getting Started
  • Questions
    • Add/Drop Deadline
    • Announcement Slide
    • Course Coordinator: Erica Souza
    • Introduce ourselves
      • Professor
      • Teaching Assistants (TAs)
    • Lecture Procedures
    • Participation
    • Books
    • Course Packet and Syllabus
      • Bring to lecture?
  • Study it!
    • TAs
    • Readings:
      • Textbook: City Upon A Hill: The Legacy of America’s Founding, Fox and Pope (2007)
      • American Heritage Course Packet: Available from BYU Bookstore, under Kirkham, David
      • Justice, Michael Sandel (2009)
      • Animal Farm, George Orwell.
    • Lectures and media clips
      • iClicker
    • Exams and Quizzes
    • Essays
    • Citizenship Project (10 hours)
    • Films
    • Grading
course assignments1
Course Assignments
  • Three essay assignments (25, 50, 75 points each)
  • Two midterm examinations (100 points each)
  • comprehensive final examination (150 points)
  • Participation (50 points; attendance and iClicker responses are important parts of this grade)
  • Citizenship project (50 points)

There is ample opportunity to receive the grade you earn.

class conduct
Class Conduct
  • There are no entirely correct opinions about politics or public policy. We should treat everyone and everyone’s opinions with respect and civility.
  • We should treat the US and its people, including government officials, with respect but not with unexamined acceptance.
  • We should treat other nations and all peoples with the same respect accorded the US and its people.
  • This is a serious course, dealing with serious issues, but we can still have fun.
the founders rules
The Founders’ Rules
  • Reasoned discourse
  • Respect for differing opinions
  • Sense of humility about the limits of their own understanding
more rules of class conduct
More Rules of Class Conduct
  • Only one person in each seat
  • If you are going to eat in class, bring enough food for all of us (e.g. 120 sandwiches or 30 pizzas).
  • If you are going to leave class early, pretend to be sick.
  • Texting is fine if the text is taken from the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, or the Gettysburg Address; otherwise, no.
  • Cell phones may be used in class if there is a natural disaster, or you are going into labor.
policies for success
Policies for Success
  • Attend class faithfully.
  • Pay attention in class
    • When taking notes, supplement the information on the screen with information from the lecture and discussion. (Most of the slides will be posted for viewing online.)
    • Do not be distracted by cell phones, email, Facebook, ESPN, video games, etc.
  • Do the reading before the class for which it is assigned.
  • Schedule time to complete your assignments, rather than frantically completing them before the deadline.
  • Utilize the resources available to you, e.g., the TAs and the review room.
modern political discourse may not be the preferred method of discussion
Modern political discourse may not be the preferred method of discussion.
  • How do we treat the American Founders?
    • Hypocritical, pompous, slave-holding aristocrats?
    • Flawless demigods?
  • Try to avoid such extremes.
  • Remember that widely broadcasted opinions are not always the best opinions. #fb #twitter
why study american heritage
Why study American Heritage?
  • The idea of a bold experiment.
    • Has the United States found a formula to keep people free and prosperous?
    • Should this bold experiment be a beacon to other nations?
      • The founding occurs during the Age of Enlightenment when individuals believe they can solve, through the application of reason, the social ills that bedeviled ancient society.
    • American Heritage helps us to begin to answer the question “why” we engage in certain practices.
      • Why do we have a market economy?
      • Why do we have a two-party system?
so why does the university require me to take this course
So why does the university require me to take this course?
  • In order to help you to begin to answer the following question:
    • “How can we design a government that resolves conflicting interests and fosters beneficial cooperation while maintaining order and liberty?”
importance of the american experience in world history
Importance of the American experience in world history
  • Embodiment of the ideal of consent of the governed
    • Government held accountable by its citizens
  • Freedom of the individual to pursue self-definition and realization
    • This particular brand of individual liberty has been labeled by some philosophers as “human flourishing.”
importance of the questions from an academic perspective
Importance of the questions from an academic perspective
  • “Foundings” do not happen very often.
  • “Foundings” ask us to reflect on fundamental questions.
    • Who should rule?
    • What is a citizen?
    • How much power should government have?
    • What values should a government foster?
importance of these questions from a gospel centered perspective
Importance of these questions from a gospel-centered perspective
  • Members of the LDS faith in the United States provided the resources to fuel the expansion of the gospel abroad.
    • The prosperity of the United States is still essential for world-wide expansion today.
  • The system of rights and liberties established by the founding provides a “cradle for the Church.”
    • Religious liberty is a precondition for engaging in the activities that we cherish.
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American Heritage
  • A continual reflection on the practices, cultures, and institutions that make a stable and prosperous republic possible.
    • Stability and prosperity should not be taken for granted.
    • Governments and nations change.
    • Those changes can either enhance stability or promote destabilization.
    • Where is the American republic in 2014?
  • Are the answers of 1787 appropriate to 2014?
  • Importance of American Heritage for helping you understand the political, cultural, and economic world surrounding you.
    • This environment shapes every significant choice you make.
    • You can run from American Heritage, but you cannot hide.
  • Read syllabus in its entirety for class on Wednesday.
  • Wednesday, Read Chapter 1 in City on a Hill