The United States from Civil War to Superpower

Description

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.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Develop students' understanding of American history in the period since the Civil War;

2. Develop students' ability to think critically;

3. develop students' ability to conduct research;

4. enhance students' ability to present arguments and analysis in written and oral form.

Content

This 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)

This course replaces the following course(s): HIST3010. Students who have successfully completed HIST3010 are not eligible to enrol in HIST1002.

Assessment Items

In Term Test: Examination: Class

Essay: Short Essay

Annotated Bibliography: Annotated Bibliography

Essay: Major Essay

Participation: Class participation demonstrating preparation and involvement

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorials commence in week 2