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The history of British America and the US from 1492 to the present.
This course offers a survey of the history of the United States from its origins as a British colony in the New World through to the end of the twentieth century. It provides students with a framework for understanding the key themes and problems in the development of what was an unprecedented experiment in modern times of a democratic republic and in its rise to the status of a world power. It is a history rich in paradox, with episodes of tragedy and violence, feats of human ingenuity and courage, and tensions both productive and destructive. Political, social, economic and cultural threads are woven together in exploring the history of a diverse nation and its people. HIST127 traces American history from the first settlers to the present day. It examines major themes and events in American history, with a particular focus on European expansion and the role of the United States, its politics and people, in Atlantic and World contexts.
By the end of the course, students should be able to demonstrate: A broad overall knowledge of American History in a world-historical context.Some demonstrable increase in creative, communicative and collaborative skills.Ability to analyse the major events explored in the course with a view to answering questions about causation, human agency, and pivotal moments.Some awareness of differences among historians in approaching key topics.Some ability to connect facts and dates and personages to the larger questions about the relation of Americans’ experience to modern history.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
HIST119, HIST120, AMST127
Students must attend one activity from each section.
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The Paradox of Freedom
Two lectures a week and one tutorial on the following topics: European expansion into the Atlantic, African slavery in the Americas, the first British empire, American independence, the origins of constitutional democracy, antebellum politics and society, the Civil War, Reconstruction, the rise of industrialisation, American imperialism, Progressivism, the World Wars and the nuclear age, the Vietnam war, and the social crises of the 1960s.
Domestic fee $821.00
International fee $3,750.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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