Available in 2018

Course handbook


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.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2018


  • Semester 1 - 2018

Replacing course(s)

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

Learning outcomes

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

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

2. Develop the ability to think critically;

3. Develop the ability to conduct research;

4. Enhance the 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.


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



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


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 2

Tutorials commence in week 2



Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Online 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 2

Tutorials commence in week 2