The United States from Civil War to Superpower

Course code HIST1002Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Surveys the domestic history and foreign relations of the U.S. since 1865. Topics include: reconstruction, industrialisation, immigration, progressive reform, the 1920s, the Ku Klux Klan, the Great Depression, the New Deal, Civil Rights, the liberal experiments of the 1960s, Malcolm X and Black Power, feminism, and the conservative resurgence beginning with the election of Richard Nixon in 1968. In foreign policy, the main theme is the tension between 'isolationism' and 'internationalism,' paying specific attention to America's acquisition of an empire in the late nineteenth century, US entry into the World Wars, the Cold War and the Gulf War.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesDevelop students' understanding of American history in the period since the Civil War; develop students' ability to think critically; develop students' ability to conduct research; and enhance students' ability to present arguments and analysis in written and oral form.
ContentThis course analyses key issues in American History since the Civil War, including: industrialisation, immigration, and urbanisation in the post-Civil War period, race relations, American foreign policy since the late nineteenth century, the US during the 1920s, the Depression and New Deal, the Civil rights movement, McCarthyism and anti-communism, America during the 1960s, and the conservative revival.
Replacing Course(s)students who have completed HIST3010 are not permitted to enrol in this course
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledgena
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassTest (90 mins) 15%
Essays / Written AssignmentsShort Essay (1000 words) 20%

Annotated Bibliography 10%

Major Essay (2000 words) 40%
Group/tutorial participation and contributionClass participation demonstrating preparation and involvement, worth 15%
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for HIST1002