Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24
Available as a Free Standing Elective
To introduce students to key themes in the history of the United States from the late colonial period to about 1900; to develop skills in historical analysis in preparation for advanced level work; to develop transferable analytic, organizational and communication skills.
Intended Learning Outcomes
demonstrate knowledge of U.S. history, including awareness of basic chronology, of major social, economic political and cultural trends, and of key individuals who have shaped American development: 1,2work collaboratively and independently to synthesize and communicate ideas and arguments: 1,2investigate and evaluate the use of primary and secondary sources in historical analysis: 1,2assess and evaluate relevant historical debates and issues: 1,2
12 x 1-hour lectures; 12 x 1-hour workshops; 12 x 1-hour seminars; 62 hours lecture and seminar preparation; 12 hours group presentation preparation; 40 hours essay preparation
1: Group Presentation weighted 25%
Description of Module Assessment
Group presentationIn groups of two to four, students will give a group presentation of c.10 minutes to scrutinize relevant secondary and/or primary materials read in advance of the seminar. Each student will give one presentation over the course of the module. Students should assess the arguments and evidence employed by the source(s). Marks will be awarded on an individual basis and reflect the individual's contribution to the presentation.
2: Essay weighted 75%
1,500-word essayEssay chosen from a list of around ten, exploring major issues in U.S. history. Emphasis on historical analysis, narrative organization, evidence and validation, presentation, and literacy.