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Undergraduate Course: American History 2 (HIST08003)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) Credits40
Home subject areaHistory Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course aims to provide a general overview of American history from the arrival of the first permanent European settlers at Jamestown in 1607 through to the eve of the new millennium.

In the first semester, we focus on the colonial period to approximately 1898. In the second semester, we focus primarily on the twentieth century. In covering such an extensive period, this course is aimed at providing a general introduction to the major issues in American history with an in-depth coverage of a few specific topics. In addition, the examination, tutorials and tutorial journals will provide opportunities to carry out more detailed study and analysis.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements A pass in any first level course.
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should usually have at least 1 introductory level History course at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.

Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Full Year, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  280
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Class Delivery Information Plus one weekly one hour tutorial to be arranged
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 66, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 21, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 302 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 40 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 20 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)3:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)3:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
American History 2 aims to enable students to develop general intellectual and personal skills. Students will have the opportunity in both their written work and their tutorial discussions to participate in intellectual debate - comparing conflicting arguments, weighing up evidence and reaching conclusions. In the process, we hope that students will be able to develop their research, analytical and interpretative abilities. Equally importantly, we hope that, in both their written work and their oral discussions, students will develop their capacity to express arguments cogently and confidently.
More generally, we want to use the discipline of history to give a humane education within the tradition of the broad-based Scottish arts degree; to encourage active learning and habits of critical and independent thought, profiting from the close association of research and teaching; and to teach intellectual and communication skills which will equip students for high personal and professional achievement
Assessment Information
The overall mark for the course will be made up of the following components:

Tutorial Journals: 40%
Non-written skills: 20%
Degree examination: 40%
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Course organiserDr Mark Newman
Tel: (0131 6)50 3759
Course secretaryMs Marie-Therese Rafferty
Tel: (0131 6)50 3780
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