HISTORY 2AM - Crichton HIST2010
- Academic Session: 2014-15
- School: School of Humanities
- Credits: 20
- Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
- Typically Offered: Semester 1
- Available to Visiting Students: Yes
The American History level 2 course concentrates 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.
As per the Glasgow History 2AM offering
Requirements of Entry
Grade D or better in any ONE level 1 course in History or Economic and Social History
Examination 60% (held at end of course), essay (20%), assessed seminar paper (10%) and overall seminar contribution across the course (10%)
Main Assessment In: December
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; to 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 judgement in dealing with conflicting interpretations of major issues; to improve your presentational and analytical skills through seminar reports and discussion.
Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
By the end of this course students will be able to:
Demonstrate the ability to describe the development of the English and British colonies in North America, their path to independence, and the nature of the American republic;
Demonstrate the ability to discuss the development of the United States from a small and weak nation into a superpower: including analysis of the values and objectives that have informed American policies and objectives;
Demonstrate the ability to analyse the role of race in American history; encompassing relations between whites and Indians, the development of racial slavery, the move toward civil rights and equality, and the place of other racial groups such as Latino Americans;
Demonstrate the ability to distinguish historical narrative from historical interpretation, and to appreciate the function of each;
Demonstrate the ability to construct a coherent historical argument based on an appropriate selection of evidence and on an evaluation of the validity of alternative interpretations;
Demonstrate the ability to present such an argument convincingly and clearly.