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Syllabus Use and Submission Policy
Brief History of H-Urban Syllabi Collection
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Syllabus Submission Formats and Procedures


In June 1990, the Urban History Association and the Valentine Museum (in Richmond,Virginia) collaborated on a printed collection of syllabi, titled the Syllabus Exchange, edited by Judy M. Harris. This was a compilation of 67 syllabi from scholars in the United States and the United Kingdom. In January 1990, the Urban History Association approved the creation of an on-line version of the Syllabus Exchange. H-URBAN, funded by the University of Illinois at Chicago Graduate Student Council, created an on-line version of many of the syllabi on its "Gopher" (an early version of the WWW).

As a follow-up to the first Syllabus Exchange, the Urban History Association and the Valentine Museum published the Syllabus Exchange II. Edited by Judy A. Lankford, the second collection contained an additional 24 syllabi and 15 teaching assignments, with an introduction by Richard Harris from McMaster University. The Exchanges have been out of print for several years, and the H-Urban Teaching Center was created when there was a need for new dissemination of the most recent urban history and urban-related syllabi.

H-URBAN is committed to maintaining and expanding the syllabus site for scholarly research and interactive exchange.

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Within the H-URBAN Syllabus site, syllabi are sorted by various methods.
  • Syllabi can be accessed through the Date Index, Author Index, and Subject Index.

  • In the Subject Index, syllabi are listed by course topic or theme (like "politics", "housing").

  • In the Date Index, syllabi are sorted by the first date a course was developed, taught or submitted to H-URBAN.

Use the Teaching Articles and Comments page to access articles about teaching urban-related courses, and to quickly find teacher comments included with and related to syllabi on the H-URBAN site.

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The copyright on a syllabus contributed to the H-URBAN Teaching Center's Urban-Related Syllabi site remains with the author of the syllabus. For information on the non-profit, educational use of copyrighted material on H-NET lists, see the H-NET Copyright Policy statement.

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Every syllabus submitted to H-URBAN for its Teaching Center Syllabi site should be reasonably free of spelling and grammatical errors and ideally contain the following:
  • name of course, institution where it has been taught, and class level (undergraduate/graduate)
  • name of instructor(s) and affiliation(s) at the time syllabus was taught
  • date(s) syllabus used for a particular class, or date syllabus was initially formulated
  • complete bibliographic information on texts, assignments, and references
  • image source, copyright ownership (if known), and permission for graphics, illustrations, and photographs to publish on H-Urban
  • syllabus content, including narrative, readings, and related bibliographies
  • contributor's current contact information and full address(es) of where the course was taught
  • expected student learning and instructor teaching outcomes of course
  • a list of the "subject" categor(ies) under which you believe your syllabus should be included on the H-URBAN Syllabus Subject Index

H-URBAN also encourages and warmly welcomes instructors to include additional comments on the syllabus. Comments may cover the theoretical and methodological goals and expectations at the time the syllabus was created, the experience of teaching the course and the response to it, and proposed changes based on this experience.

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Due to rapidly changing technologies and the persistence of older versions of hardware and software, there are several means of submitting syllabi to H-URBAN. The effectiveness of each method will depend on many factors, some beyond H-URBAN's control. Experience has shown the following tips to be the most effective to date.

1.   Contacts
A query about submitting a syllabus should be emailed to: 2.   Syllabus Formats And Transmission Methods
  1. If a syllabus is in a document format like Word (.doc), WordPerfect (.wpd), Works (.wps), basic text or ASCII file (.txt or .rtf), or Acrobat (.pdf) file, then it can be transmitted in electronic form to the H-URBAN Teaching Center by email in these ways:
    • copying the original and pasting it into an email message to H-URBAN (no file attachments); or
    • sending it as a file attachment in an email message to:

  2. If a syllabus is in HTML format, then it can be transmitted to the H-URBAN Teaching Center by:
    • providing H-URBAN with current URL where the document can be located; or
    • sending it as a file attachment in an email message to:

  3. If a syllabus cannot be transmitted in electronic form, then a computer disc or hard copy can be mailed directly to a Teaching Editor. Please contact the H-URBAN Teaching Center for more specifics.
If you still have questions about submitting a syllabus, or have a syllabus in another format and would like to see how to transmit it to H-URBAN, contact us (Comments and Questions) for assistance.
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