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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 describe their understanding of American history and evaluate the sources of this knowledge and its reliability
2 formulate a question for historical inquiry
3 consider arguments that are different to their own
4 organise and evaluate evidence to support claims about US history

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

  1. describe their understanding of American history and evaluate the sources of this knowledge and its reliability
  2. formulate a question for historical inquiry
  3. consider arguments that are different to their own
  4. organise and evaluate evidence to support claims about US history

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.