Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


This course surveys the domestic history and foreign relations of the United States since 1865. It looks broadly at social movements and developments in American society and culture over 150 years of American history as well as the main political developments in that period.



  • Semester 1 - 2022


  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Articulate core knowledge of American history in the period since the Civil War.

2. Critically analyse interpretations of America’s past, and the primary source documentation that underpins them.

3. Employ basic research skills to identify suitable scholarly sources in the field of American history.

4. Communicate clear and concise arguments in written and oral forms that address problems and issues in American history


This course analyses key issues in American History since the Civil War. 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.


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

Assessment items

Project: Podcast (Individual) (20%)

Quiz: Online quizzes (30%)

Annotated Bibliography: Annotated Bibliography (15%)

Essay: Essay (35%)

Contact hours



Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks starting in week 2



Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks starting in week 2

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