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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

Examines major changes in politics, economy and society beginning with reconstruction in 1865. The unit takes a critical approach to the subject of American history. Students question, connect, source and argue to consider a range of perspectives on the history of modern America. This class involves weekly discussions that rely on a combination of secondary historical analyses and primary sources.

Unit content

  • Reconstruction 1865–1877
  • America's Gilded Age, 1870–1890
  • Progressive Era, 1900–1916
  • US and World War I, 1916–1920
  • Roaring Twenties to Great Depression, Business to Bust 1920–1932
  • The New Deal, 1932–1940
  • World War II 1941–1945
  • Cold War and American Culture, 1945–1960
  • Sixties 1960–1968
  • Nixon to Reagan: Conservatism 1969–1988
  • Globalisation, 1989–
  • America After September 11, 2001

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 articulate what they know of American history, explain how they came to know it and on what basis it can be claimed Intellectual rigour
2 formulate a question for historical inquiry Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning
3 identify the arguments made in American history sources Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning
4 consider arguments that are different to their own Knowledge of a discipline
5 connect disparate sources of information Intellectual rigour
6 organise and evaluate evidence to support claims about US history Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
7 narrate an episode in modern American history. Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. articulate what they know of American history, explain how they came to know it and on what basis it can be claimed
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  2. formulate a question for historical inquiry
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  3. identify the arguments made in American history sources
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  4. consider arguments that are different to their own
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. connect disparate sources of information
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  6. organise and evaluate evidence to support claims about US history
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  7. narrate an episode in modern American history.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning