The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code

HIST1002

Units

10 units

Level

1000 level

Course handbook

Description

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.


Availability

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2020

Online

  • Semester 1 - 2020

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


Content

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.


Requisite

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

Callaghan

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 starting in week 2

Tutorials commence in week 2

Online

Lecture

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial

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

Tutorials commence in week 2