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American History

An introduction to the main events of American history from the beginnings of English colonization in the early seventeenth century to the present, this lecture-only module is divided chronologically in two parts. Among topics covered are the colonial period; the establishment of American independence; the U.S. constitution; slavery; the Civil War; industrialization, urbanisation and the problems of a multi-ethnic society. Changes in American popular culture are considered, as are the emergence of the US as a world power and American foreign policy.

How to apply

Closing date for online and postal applications is Friday 13 January 2017.

You may register and pay by credit/Visa debit card online at after 16th August 2016 or you can download an application form and send it with a cheque/money order made payable to Trinity College number 1 account to: Dr Patricia Stapleton, Evening and Short Courses administrator, School of Histories and Humanities, Room 3141, Arts Building, Trinity College, Dublin 2.

Applications may be made in person in room 3141, Arts Building, Trinity College BETWEEN 16TH AND 27TH AUGUST 2.30 pm - 4.30 pm or by appointment.


EUR 150 / Concession EUR 75. The concession rate is available to second and third level students and people whose primary source of income is social welfare, health board or a government-sponsored employment scheme.

Time and place

Please check our website after 16th August 2015 for update or text INFO followed by your name and address to 087 257 2016.


This lecture-only module comprises two lectures per week over one twelve-week term commencing in the week beginning Monday 16 January 2017. There is a one week break, (27 February – 3 March 2017) when no lectures will take place.