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Undergraduate Course: United States Foreign Policy 1880-1917 (HIST10253)

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 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaHistory Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe period on which this course focuses has generally been described as the "coming of age" of U.S. foreign policy. Using a wide array of theories on imperialism, this course focuses on the question of whether U.S. foreign policy in this era, particularly around the Spanish-American War of 1898, can be rightfully described as imperialist or whether the United States ultimately adhered to its anti-colonial and anti-imperialist heritage. In addition to addressing this pointed question, the course will more generally provide a detailed overview of American foreign policy at a time when the country first appeared as a major player on the world stage until its entry into the First World War. Domestic debates on the direction American foreign policy should take will also form an important part of this course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements A pass or passes in 40 credits of first level historical courses or equivalent and a pass or passes in 40 credits of second level historical courses or equivalent.
Before enrolling students on this course, Directors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Secretary to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 503783).
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should usually have at least 3 History courses 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
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Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, students should be able to:
! demonstrate their knowledge of U.S. foreign policy leading up to the nation=s involvement in World War I, to be assessed particularly in the final exam.
! demonstrate a thorough understanding of the historiographical controversies surrounding the period, both in their essays and in the final exam.
! weigh and judge the course=s analytical question of whether or to what extent the United States, at the time, was an imperialist power.
! independently locate and examine relevant primary source material for the analysis of pertinent questions, as demonstrated in the context of their course essay.
! arrive at independent conclusions and present them with logical coherence and clarity in their essay and in the exam.
! produce well-argued, well-documented, and properly referenced coursework essays on U.S. foreign policy between 1880 and 1917.
Assessment Information
One essay of about 3000 words (one third of overall assessment); one two-hour examination paper (two-thirds of overall assessment).
Visiting Student Variant Assessment
One essay of about 3000 words (one third of overall assessment); one take home examination paper (two-thirds of overall assessment).
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Course organiserDr Fabian Hilfrich
Tel: (0131 6)51 3236
Course secretaryMs Marie-Therese Rafferty
Tel: (0131 6)50 3780
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