HIU12026 Themes in Modern American History
- Module Coordinator:
- Dr Daniel Geary
- Hilary term
- Contact Hours:
- 2 lectures per week and 6 seminars over the course of the term
- 10 ECTS
- 20% essay, 80% examination
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.
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
- Outline chronologically key events and developments in the history of north America since the sixteenth century
- Assess the causes and consequences for America of the War of Independence, the Civil War, the two World Wars and the Vietnamese war
- Discuss the core features of north American society since the colonial era
- Analyse the impact of different aspects of political, social and cultural development in north America since colonial times
- Undertake a basic analysis and evaluation of selected primary sources relating to aspects of north American history
- Present and discuss in written and oral format analysis of key questions relating to the history of North America since the colonial period.