The United States from Civil War to Superpower

Course code HIST1002
Not available in 2017


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.


Not currently available.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2016.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

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.


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.


This course replaces HIST3010. If you have successfully completed HIST3010 you cannot enrol in this course.

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