HIS-30159 - Violence and Power in Antebellum America
Coordinator: Kristen Brill Tel: +44 1782 7 33201
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733147

Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2023/24

This module aims to enhance students┐ evidence-based knowledge and analytical skills in its examination of the relationship between violence and power in nineteenth-century America.

Intended Learning Outcomes

demonstrate an understanding of current approaches to and debates surrounding the history of nineteenth-century America: 1,2
examine the longer term historical questions of continuity and discontinuity in American history: 1,2
use and reflect critically upon a range of relevant primary and secondary material: 1,2
collect and analyse relevant historical evidence to produce appropriate arguments both oral and written: 1,2
work independently and collaboratively: 1,2

Study hours

24 hours seminars (2 hour weekly seminar, weeks 1-12)
12 hours workshops
68 hours preparation for seminars (including group presentation)
46 hours preparation for and completion of the essay

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Group Presentation weighted 35%
Group Presentation
In groups of two to four, students will give 20-minute presentations. Each student will give one presentation over the course of the module. Presenters should use a powerpoint presentation or provide a hard copy handout to the class outlining the major points in their presentations. A rough template for presentation structure is below: approx 7 minutes: Background information on the seminar topic approx 7 minutes: Key points in primary and secondary readings approx 7 minutes: Connections to the wider module themes (i.e. violence, power, gender, race, identity, etc.), offer questions for discussion. Marks will be awarded on an individual basis to reflect the individual's contribution to the presentation.

2: Essay weighted 65%
Research Essay
Students will write a 2,000-word research essay. Students are encouraged to visit the module leader during office hours to discuss possible essay topics and readings. Primary and secondary sources must be included in the essay. Full referencing must be employed.