History 2AM: Society, Culture & Politics In North America HIST2002

  • Academic Session: 2016-17
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

The American History Level 2 course will concentrate on several fundamentally significant eras and themes in the history of the portion of North America that became the United States, covering the period from first contact between Native Americans and Europeans in 1492 to the present.

Timetable

Three lectures per week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and occasionally on Thursdays and Fridays. Plus six one-hour seminars (choice of times) as scheduled on mycampus.

Requirements of Entry

Grade D or better in any ONE level 1 course in History or Economic and Social History

Assessment

Examination (90 Minute duration) - 60%

Essay (1500 words) - 20%

Oral Presentation (5 minutes) - 10%

Seminar Contribution - 10%

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ Familiarise you with fundamentally significant eras and themes in the history of the portion of North America that became the United States, covering the period between first contact between Native Americans and Europeans in 1492 and the present.

■ Improve your critical and evaluative skills in the handling of a variety of primary and secondary sources, enabling you to proceed with confidence to Honours; to enhance your independence of judgment in dealing with conflicting interpretations of major issues.

■ Improve your presentational and analytical skills through seminar reports and discussion.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

On completion of the module you will be expected to:

*interpret the development of the English and British colonies in North America, their path to independence, and the nature of the American republic;

*analyse the development of the United States from a small and weak nation into a superpower, including the values and objectives that have informed American policies and objectives;

*assess the role of race in American history, encompassing relations between whites and Native Americans, the development of racial slavery, the move toward civil rights and equality, and the place of other racial groups such as Latino Americans;

*evaluate the distinction between historical narrative and historical interpretation, and to appreciate the function of each;

*construct a coherent historical argument based on an appropriate selection of both primary and secondary evidence and on an evaluation of the validity of alternative interpretations; and

*communicate such an argument convincingly and clearly, in both oral and written forms of expression.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.