HIST257-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023

America in Revolution and Civil War

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


This course explores the basic political ideas and institutions of early America in association with a close examination of the American revolution and the Civil War. It considers ideas from multiple perspectives and by means of close reading of texts of multiple genre including political essays, letters, fiction and autobiography.

History 257 narrates one of the great episodes in the history of the West. It details the emergence of the United States as the first new democratic nation in the world. Undertaking the first revolution in the modern world, the Americans defeated Britain, created a new nation and composed the world's oldest extant written Constitution. Several generations later that same democracy fought the first modern war. From 1861-65 Americans engaged in a bloody struggle that threatened the existence of the nation. This course seeks to explore in the history of the United States our origins as moderns and democrats.

Learning Outcomes

University Graduate Attributes

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.


Any 15 points at 100 level in HIST or CLAS120, or
any 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA.



Peter Field


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Essay One 25% Term Three
Essay Two 25% Term Four
Classwork 25% Class Activity
Final Exam 25%

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Indicative Fees

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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  • HIST257-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023