MAST 352
America and the Sea, 1600-Present Fall 2009 (also offered Spring 2010)
Division II Writing Skills
Cross-listed HIST 352 / MAST 352
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This course focuses on the history of America’s relationship to the sea from the age of discovery through the heyday of merchant sail to the triumph of steam and the challenges of the twentieth century. Readings in primary sources and secondary works on the social, economic, and diplomatic implications of maritime activities culminate in a research paper. Topics such as shipbuilding, whaling, and fisheries are studied through museum exhibits and artifacts in the material culture component of the course.
The Class: Format: lecture/discussion, including coastal and near-shore field trips, 10 days offshore, and an independent, primary source research paper
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: an hour test, two papers, and a final exam Student papers will be a 5-page minimum and a 15-page minimum essay; the 15-page paper will be critiqued in three steps, as an outline, a draft, and a final paper, with attention to reasoning and style
Extra Info: offered only at Mystic Seaport
Prerequisites: Biology 101 or Geosciences/Maritime Studies 104, or permission of instructor
Unit Notes: meets Group F and G requirements for History major only if registration is under HIST
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
HIST 352 Division II MAST 352 Division II
Attributes: AMST Space and Place Electives
ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives
EXPE Experiential Education Courses

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