Advanced topics in American History II 4219-AW102-A
The course offers discussion on selected pertinent issues in the post-Civil War era in the United States. The course will be chronologically arranged and will cover the period from the 1870s up to the 1980s. The topics of racial relations, armed conflicts, childhood, consumer culture, social movements, changes in the role of women will be addressed.
Type of course
1.Students will gain an understanding of some specific topics of American history from Reconstruction to the early 21st century.
2. Students will be able to use terminology pertaining to history writing and analysis of the past.
3. Students will get acquainted with a range of primary sources, including visual materials.
1. Students will learn to synthesize this material to make arguments that demonstrate their understanding of American history.
2. Students will learn how to analyze primary sources for what they reveal about the era in which they were produced.
3. Students will learn how to critically assess secondary sources, including textbooks and scholarly literature, and to read critically the contributions of historians to our understanding of American history.
1. Students will learn how to present assigned material and how to formulate and defend their opinions.
2. Student will practice the ability to speak publically, presenting argument supporting their theses.
3. Students will gain the appreciation of diversity and multiculturality.
Active participation in class discussion: 20%
Final exam: 60%
Wheeling and Becker, Discovering the American Past.
A range of scholarly articles pertaining to the discussed topics.
Information on level of this course, year of study and semester when the course unit is delivered, types and amount of class hours - can be found in course structure diagrams of apropriate study programmes. This course is related to the following study programmes:
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