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.
- 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
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.
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:|
|1||describe their understanding of American history and evaluate the sources of this knowledge and its reliability|
|2||formulate a question for historical inquiry|
|3||consider arguments that are different to their own|
|4||organise and evaluate evidence to support claims about US history|
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
- describe their understanding of American history and evaluate the sources of this knowledge and its reliability
- formulate a question for historical inquiry
- consider arguments that are different to their own
- organise and evaluate evidence to support claims about US history
- 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.
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