Gold CoastSession 2Session 2
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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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Workshop on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Workshop online 2 hours  (2 weeks)


Teaching method
Structured online learning 2 hours (12 weeks)
Workshop online 2 hours (2 weeks)

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Fee information


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