HIST257-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024

America in Revolution and Civil War

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2024
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 28 July 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 29 September 2024


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.


Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 11:00 Meremere 105 Lecture Theatre
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 09:00 - 11:00 Beatrice Tinsley 112
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct

Course Coordinator

Peter Field


Please check the course Learn page for further details and updates.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $844.00

International fee $3,950.00

* 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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