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Unit description

Examines major changes in politics, economy and society beginning with reconstruction in 1865. The unit takes a critical approach to the subject of American history. Students question, connect, source and argue to consider a range of perspectives on the history of modern America. This class involves weekly discussions that rely on a combination of secondary historical analyses and primary sources.

Unit content

  • Reconstruction 1865–1877
  • America's Gilded Age, 1870–1890
  • Progressive Era, 1900–1916
  • US and World War I, 1916–1920
  • Roaring Twenties to Great Depression, Business to Bust 1920–1932
  • The New Deal, 1932–1940
  • World War II 1941–1945
  • Cold War and American Culture, 1945–1960
  • Sixties 1960–1968
  • Nixon to Reagan: Conservatism 1969–1988
  • Globalisation, 1989–
  • America After September 11, 2001

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1articulate what they know of American history, explain how they came to know it and on what basis it can be claimedIntellectual rigour
2formulate a question for historical inquiryIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
3identify the arguments made in American history sourcesIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
4consider arguments that are different to their ownKnowledge of a discipline
5connect disparate sources of informationIntellectual rigour
6organise and evaluate evidence to support claims about US historyIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
7narrate an episode in modern American history.Intellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. articulate what they know of American history, explain how they came to know it and on what basis it can be claimed
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  2. formulate a question for historical inquiry
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  3. identify the arguments made in American history sources
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  4. consider arguments that are different to their own
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. connect disparate sources of information
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  6. organise and evaluate evidence to support claims about US history
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  7. narrate an episode in modern American history.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning

Prescribed texts

  • Foner, E, 2017, Give Me Liberty: An American History Volume II, 5th edn, WW Norton and Company, New York. ISBN: 978-0-393-61414-5.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Workshop online 1 hour  (12 weeks)
Structured online learning 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Essay20%
Participation30%
Essay50%
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