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Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)

Module HIST53430: Politics and Society in United States since 1776, II

Department: History

HIST53430: Politics and Society in United States since 1776, II

Type Open Level 4 Credits 30 Availability Available in 2007/08


  • HIST53330


  • HIST50130

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • Further study of politics and society in the United States since 1776 at an advanced level, extending work undertaken in Politics and Society in the United States since 1776, I, and normally leading to a dissertation in this field.


  • The module will address further selected aspects of United States history, reflecting current debate on the subject, and the particular interests of the student. Major topics covered include the significant stages in the political development of the United States and the social, economic and cultural context within which they occurred. The processes of settlement, community formation commercialisation, class formation, regional differentiation, nation consciousness, and their political consequences will be central themes.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
    Subject-specific Skills:
      Key Skills:

        Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

        • Objectives are to be met through a programme of intensive directed reading, regular discussion of issues arising from the reading, and the production of an extensive piece of writing on an agreed subject.

        Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

        Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
        Tutorials 5 fortnightly 1.5 7.5
        Other: Unscheduled meetings as requested by the student. Variable Variable Variable 2.5
        Preparation & Reading 290
        Total 300

        Summative Assessment

        Component: Essay Component Weighting: 100%
        Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
        Essay 5000 words 100%

        Formative Assessment:

        Discussion of work in progress.

        Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University