• Academic Session: 2015-16
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will examine the relationships between Americans and the environments they inhabit.


Monday 10-12 and Wednesday 10-11

Requirements of Entry

Available to all students fulfilling requirements for Honours entry into History, and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programmes

Excluded Courses





Examination 70% Course essay 20% Seminar paper/presentation 6% Seminar Contribution 4%.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities normally available? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The aims common to all the Department's Honours modules are as follows:
1. the development of the intellectual interests and analytical skills acquired by students during their first two years.
2. awareness of previously unfamiliar methodological approaches, chronological periods and geographical areas by offering a wide and flexible choice of options.
3. to offer the opportunity to develop skills in historical computing, as well as basic IT awareness.
4. familiarity with complex historical debates and interpretations, skill in interpreting primary sources where appropriate, and to inform these discussions with new ideas derived from lecturers' current research.
5. the development of transferable skills by fostering individual initiative, personal choice, group discussion and, where appropriate, problem-solving teamwork.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

After completing the module students should be able to:
1. demonstrate the ability to read sufficiently in the history of American landscapes to have mastered the key definitions and principal issues of the subject, including both the components of landscapes (such as architecture, open spaces, boundaries, and transportation) and the influences upon them( such as the pre-existing topography, the prevalent economy, and cultural beliefs) and understand major historiographical debates about these topics.
2. demonstrate the abililty to write clearly argued essays about the creation of landscapes in the course of American history, supported by accurate and relevant evidence from an array of both primary and secondary literature , including not only documentary sources but also visual representation such as maps, plans photographs, and paintings.
3 have developed a critical faculty to evaluate both historical evidence and historiographical arguments.
4. have developed oral, organisational and interpersonal skills by participating in seminar discussions on prescribed topics such as town planning, gardens, road and streetscapes, both agricultural and industrial use of land, parks, cemeteries and reserves of 'nature'.

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.