HI1006: US History since 1865

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 6.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semester 2.
Teaching Methods: 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 6 x 1hr(s) Tutorials; Other (3 office hour consultations; self-directed learning centred on module outline)
Module Co-ordinator: Prof David Ryan, School of History.
Lecturer(s): Staff, School of History.
Module Objective: To examine the history of the United States since 1865.
Module Content: 'US History since 1865' will provide first year students with an introduction to the key events, ideas, and movements that shaped US history from the years 1865 to 2008. It will explore the relationships between culture and politics, foreign and domestic policies, and how the United States interacted with the world around it. This course will move from an examination of post-Civil War Reconstruction and the socioeconomic transformations of westward expansion and industrialisation, to the transition from isolationism to super-power from World War I to the Cold War, to consider the 'unipolar moment' when, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the US seemingly stood alone in the world in terms of its power and prestige. Key areas: Reconstruction; industrialization; immigration; expansion and Empire; World War II, the Cold War and the emergence of a superpower; the struggle for Civil Rights; dissent and protest movements; the post-Cold War world: the unipolar moment and the debate over American decline.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Understand the processes of continuity and change in US history and the problems involved in identifying and explaining these processes.
  • Acquire an expanded knowledge base about particular periods, themes and issues in the study of US history.
  • Gather, sift, select, organize and synthesize appropriate quantities of evidence.
  • Appreciate the range of problems involved in the interpretation of historical material.
  • Analyse historical material and evidence and construct and advance arguments through essay writing, document analysis.
  • Evaluate the validity and merit of contrasting forms of historical judgement through a book review.
  • Solve problems by devising and formulating the appropriate questions to ask of the evidence in preparation of the essay.
  • Analyse the context, form and content of primary sources and also to judge their relative importance to the topic.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 2,500 word essay to be submitted on a date prescribed by the School: 60 marks; 1 x 1,500 word reflection on 'major problem' in US history: 20 marks; 1 x 750 word review of 'published scholarly work': 10 marks; seminar participation: 10 marks).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (a failed or non-submitted element of continuous assessment, as prescribed by the School, must be submitted in the autumn on a date prescribed by the School).

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