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Semester 1

History of the United States (HIST08045)







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Visiting students must have taken at least 1 introductory level History course at grade B or above for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.

Course Summary

This course offers an introduction to the history of the United States, spanning from the revolutionary era of the eighteenth century through to the twenty-first century. From the creation of the American republic, the course explores the nation's development and challenges it faced over time.

Course Description

In exploring key themes in the history of the United States, the course examines: how Americans created a new nation that achieved continental expansion, and how sectional crisis - leading to Civil War - emerged; how norms of race, gender, and class attained entrenchment, and how Americans over time undertook fights for racial, social, and gender equality; how the U.S. government interacted with the wider world, and how - and with what consequences - the United States emerged as a world power; and how the U.S. economy underwent transformation, and how Americans responded to the challenges posed by economic crisis. The course promotes the development of students' skills (both written and non-written) in historical research and analysis, encompassing critical engagement with both historiographical debates and primary sources.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

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