Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE HST2035

 
TITLE U.S. History: 1492 to 1939

 
LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 4

 
DEPARTMENT History

 
DESCRIPTION This study-unit will introduce students to the history of the United States from the sixteenth through the twentieth centuries. The study-unit is structured chronologically and will cover political, social, economic and cultural aspects. Students will also be exposed to different historiographical interpretations regarding critical themes in the history of the United States.

Study-unit Aims:

The study-unit aims to familiarize students with key political, social, economic and cultural developments in the United States from the sixteenth century to the outbreak of the Second War War in 1939. Students taking this study-unit will be exposed to key tools and analytical methods of historical inquiry. Weekly readings, oral presentations and writing assignments will encourage students to think critically about the past and its relationship to the present.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Identify key events regarding United States history from the sixteenth through the twentieth centuries;
- Describe critical themes and characteristics in the political, social, economic and cultural history of the United States during this period;
- Differentiate among different historiographical approaches related to particular themes.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Analyze the impact of political, economic and social change and continuity over time;
- Evaluate issues of causality and consequence;
- Compose a research paper using historical documents and secondary literature;
- Discuss ideas and concepts individually and in groups.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:
Maier, Pauline, et al. Inventing America. A History of the United States. Volume 1. Second Edition. W. W. Norton, 2006.
Maier, Pauline, et al. Inventing America. A History of the United States. Volume 2. Second Edition. W. W. Norton, 2006.
Nash, Gary, et al. The American People. Creating a Nation and a Society. Volume 1. Seventh Edition. Pearson, 2010.
Nash, Gary, et al. The American People. Creating a Nation and a Society. Volume 2.Seventh Edition. Pearson, 2010.

Supplementary Texts:
Fiege, Mark. The Republic of Nature. An Environmental History of the United States. University of Washington Press, 2013.
Nash, Gary, et al. The American People. Creating a Nation and a Society. Volume 1. Seventh Edition. Pearson, 2010.
Nash, Gary, et al. The American People. Creating a Nation and a Society. Volume 2.Seventh Edition. Pearson, 2010.
Zinn, Howard. A People's History of the United States. Harper Perennial, 2005.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Seminar

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 50%
Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 50%

 
LECTURER/S Mark Aloisio

 
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