At the end of the course, the student:
- will have a basic knowledge and understanding of the events, developments, people, and ideas that shaped American history from 1865 onward.
- will be able to identify and describe events, people, and ideas relevant to American history;
- will be able to explain how specific people, social groups, political parties, and ethnicities have interacted at specific moments in American history;
- will be able to explain the origins and legacies of major developments such as Reconstruction, Imperialism, World War I etcetera.
- will have a basic understanding of how the methods and approaches of 'history' as an academic discipline differ from those of other disciplines within the larger field of American Studies.
- will be able to construct an argument based on historical facts;
- will be able to reflect on the importance of a text, image, or film as a primary historical source rather than a cultural artefact.
- will have a basic understanding of and training in research skills.
- will be able to formulate a precise and arguable research question;
- will be able to find academic literature (secondary sources) and to assess its relevance to your research;
- will be able to write a research report that relates findings from secondary sources to your own research question.
This course will introduce you to the history and politics of the United States from the late 19th century to today. It will deal with the most important issues and developments in social, economic and political history such as overseas expansionism, the Progressive Era, segregation, immigration and diversity, the World Wars and their domestic consequences, women's rights, the Depression and the New Deal, the Cold War abroad and at home, the civil rights struggle and reform movements of the 1960s, the Vietnam War, resurgent conservatism and the Reagan revolution, and the end of the Cold War.|