Course Title: The President’s Health Club: Personal Health and the Modern American Presidency
Course Description: Woodrow Wilson’s stroke, Franklin Roosevelt’s struggle with polio, and First Lady Betty Ford’s battle against alcoholism are among the personal health issues that have impacted the American presidency and United States history. This Learning Community considers the ways that health concerns of U.S. presidents affected American history during important events including World War I, Watergate, and the impeachment of Bill Clinton. In examining the health of presidents and the health policies of their administrations, students will learn approaches to wellness that could improve their well-being in such areas as cardio-vascular health, psychological health, human sexuality, and nutrition.
Course Credit Hours: 6 Lecture Hours: 6
Placement Assessment: Placement in college-level reading and English 1301
Student Learning Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:
1. Recognize and explain the relationships between the personal health of American presidents and the historical outcomes of their administrations.
2. Apply personal health concepts to the consideration of historically important events.
3. Compare the development of health policy at different time periods in modern American history.
4. Create an argument through the use of historical evidence.
5. Analyze and interpret primary and secondary sources.
6. Analyze the effects of historical, social, political, economic, cultural, and global forces on this period of United States history.
Withdrawal Policy: See the current Collin Registration Guide for the last day to withdraw.
Academic Policies: See the current Collin Student Handbook.
Americans with Disabilities Act: Collin College will adhere to all applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations as required to afford equal opportunity. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the ACCESS Office, SCC G-200 or 972.881.5898, (V/TDD: 972.881.5950) to arrange for appropriate accommodations. See the current Collin Student Handbook for additional information.
Instructor’s Name: Matthew Ware Coulter
Office Number: B-235a
Office Hours: MW, 10:00am-noon; TR, 1:00-2:00pm; and by appointment
Phone Number: 972-881-5816
Department Office 972-881-5800
Instructor’s Name: Linda Muysson
Office Number: A-217
Office Hours: MW, 10:00am-11:00am, 12:15-1:15pm, T&R, 12:45pm-1:45pm
Phone Number: 972-881-5777
Department Office 972-881-5925
Please send e-mail messages from your Collin College Cougar Mail address.
Meeting location: A-216, Spring Creek Campus
Course Resources: Created Equal, by Jones and others, fourth edition., vol. 2
Core Concepts in Health, by Insel and Roth, 13th edition
Supplies: Three SCANTRON Mini-Essay Books
Attendance is required. 3 FREE absences will be awarded to all students. After 3 FREE absences have been exhausted the 4th absence and any successive absences will drop your attendance grade from: 10% = 0-3 absences, 7% = 4th absence, 4% = 5th absence, 1% = 6th absence. An absence may be excused if a doctor’s note is provided.
Tests may be made up under the following conditions:
You must have a written medical excuse to take the same test as the rest of the class.
If you do not have a written medical excuse, you may take an all essay make-up test in the Testing Center. The make-up test must be taken before the next regularly scheduled test.
If you are unable to complete this course, you must withdraw from it by Friday, March 20, 2015. You must withdraw from both History 1302 and Physical Education 1304.
Method of Evaluation:
Title, Format, and Value
Attendance, 50 pts.
Quizzes, 4 quizzes at 5 points each, 20 pts.
Reading Outlines, 3 at 5 points each, 15 pts.
Writing Opportunities, 3 at 5 points each, in-class writing opportunities, 15 pts.
Tests, three tests at 100 points each, total 300 pts. Tests questions may be multiple-choice, matching, fill in the blank, short answer, and essay.
Class Presentation Project, 100 pts.
Total Points, 500 pts.
Final grades will be assigned as follows: Individuals who earn 450 or more points (90 percent or more of the total points) will receive A grades. Those earning from 400 to 449 points will receive B grades. Those earning from 350 to 399 points will receive C grades, and those earning from 300 to 349 points will receive D grades. Anyone earning less than 300 points will fail the Learning Community.
Each person will receive the same final grade for each course in the Learning Community. In other words, your final grade in History 1302 and Physical Education 1304 will be the same.
If the Collin College Dean of Students determines that a student engaged in scholastic dishonesty on an assignment or activity in this course, the student may receive zero credit for that assignment or activity.
Date/Day Readings Topic
January 20 Introduction to class
January 22 Jones, pp. 425-437 Sexuality in late 19th Century America
Thursday Insel & Roth, ch. 5
January 27 Jones, pp. 476-485, 511-512 Women’s Rights
Tuesday Insel & Roth, ch. 5
January 29 Jones, pp. Birth control and contraception
Thursday Insel & Roth, ch. 6 and 7
Reading Outline #1
February 3 Jones, pp. 465-475 Fitness in the Progressive Era:
Tuesday Insel & Roth, ch. 13 and 14 Presidents T. Roosevelt and Taft
February 5 Jones, pp. 487-499 Fitness and World War I
Thursday Insel & Roth, ch. 13 and 14
February 10 Jones , pp. 499-507 Cardiovascular Disease:
Tuesday Insel & Roth, ch. 15 President Wilson
Writing Opportunity #1
February 12 Jones.pp.509-529 Cardiovascular Disease:
Thursday President Harding
February 17 Jones, pp. 531-539 Stress: Hoover and the Great Tuesday Insel & Roth, ch.2
February 19 Test 1 (1877-1933)
February 24 Jones, pp. 539-533 Intimate Relationships:
Tuesday Insel & Roth, ch.4 Franklin and Eleanor
Writing Opportunity #2
February 26 Jones,pp. 614-619 Intimate Relationships:
Thursday Insel & Roth, ch.4 JFK and Jackie
March 3 21st Amendment Alcohol: The End of Prohibition
Tuesday Insel & Roth, ch.10
Hand-Out from Prof. Coulter
March 5 Insel & Roth, ch.10 Alcohol
March 10 and 12 Enjoy Spring Break
Tuesday and Thursday
March 18 Jones pp.555-573 Nutrition in World War II
Tuesday Insel & Roth, ch.12
March 19 Jones, pp.591-603 Nutrition and the rise of “fast food”
Thursday Insel & Roth, ch.12
March 24 Hand Out from Prof. Coulter Tobacco
Tuesday Insel & Roth, ch.11
March 26 Jones, pp.631-637 Illicit Drugs and the 1960s counter-culture
Thursday Insel & Roth, ch.9
Reading Outline #2
March 31 Insel & Roth, ch.9 Nixon and the “War on Drugs”
Tuesday Hand Out
April 2 Test 2 (1933-1970)
April 7 Jones, pp.645-648 Mental Health
Tuesday Insel & Roth, ch.3 Watergate
April 9 Insel & Roth, ch.3 Mental Health:
Thursday The Eagleton Affair
April 14 STDs
Tuesday Insel & Roth, ch.18
April 16 Jones, pp.676-680 AIDS during the Reagan Presidency
Thursday Insel & Roth, ch.18
April 21 Insel & Roth, ch.22 Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease
Tuesday Hand Out
April 23 Jones, pp.697-705 Aging and Sexuality
Thursday Insel & Roth, ch.5
April 28 Insel & Roth, ch.16 Cancer
April 30 Insel & Roth, ch.16 Cancer: G.W. Bush
Thursday Jones pp.706-717
May 5 Insel & Roth, ch.23 Death and Dying:
Tuesday Reading Outline #3 Ronald and Nancy
May 7 Insel & Roth, ch.23 Death and Dying: 9/11
Thursday Jones, pp.711-720
Writing Opportunity #3
Tuesday Final Exam (1970-present)